No, not “blue” as in “sad”, I’m just running out of titles and that cheesy dance song just came into my head (if anyone has it stuck in their head now, I am so sorry.) Anyway, here is my attempt to style this dress more casually. I still had to add a brooch, of course – the dress is the perfect blank canvas for brooches and pins – but it’s an embroidered brooch, which again, is more casual than the silver one I wore last time. The flats are still pretty dressy, but I always think of flats as more casual than heels. However, I think this dress needs heels. It hits me at an unflattering place, and with heels, my legs wouldn’t look so dumpy. But that’s the fun of experimenting with fashion, isn’t it? You figure out what works and what doesn’t as you go along.
This blue-striped blouse is a recent thrift store find, and I’m really happy with it. It has the right mix of classic, simplicity, and quirkiness that is just my style. The bow is actually what drew me to it – it’s not a limp “pussy bow”, but much crisper, like something you’d find on a boater hat, and the subtle blue stripes also further its naval feel.
For the rest of the outfit, I chose my go-to combination of blue and yellow (I try to stay away from bright blue and bright yellow though – my skin can’t handle primary colors, and I don’t want to look like a school mascot.) I was going to add a brooch or a pin to the blouse, but then I decided that, between the bow and the lace-up flats, there are enough visual interests already.
Since I rediscovered thrifting earlier this year, it has offered me a lot more choices in shopping, so instead of just following the trends in the shop, I can pick and choose what I really like. This has given me some insights into my style. I’ve realized that I tend to navigate toward nature-inspired patterns, that I prefer embroideries to prints, and cutouts/broderie anglaise to laces, and that as much as I wish to pull off that clean, minimalist look, I can’t. I have to rely on colors and patterns to bring interest to my looks. This outfit has no thrifted pieces, but it kind of reflects my newfound style insights. It’s all solid colors, but the cutouts of my top and shoes, and the lacing of the shoes make it look more interesting (if I say so myself).
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s “Triple Portrait of Charles II“, I immediately knew I’d wear this top and these culottes (which means I’ve worn the culottes for SIA twice in a row). I thought about wearing my silver-vine brooch to mimic the silvery vines in the painting, but it gets lost in the print of the top, so I went with this safer choice instead. For the shoes, luckily I just bought these lace-up flats – they’re new, and I know I’ve made a point to only buy secondhand, but they were on deep sale, so I couldn’t resist. Plus, they’re perfect for the challenge.
If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this gorgeous work of art!