Playing With Volumes

One of my style goals this year is to play around with silhouettes and volumes more, especially the loose-loose silhouette. Take this blouse, for example. Before I’ve worn it exclusively with fitted bottoms, but this time, I decided to pair it with some loose-fitting pants to experiment. Actually, I was going for this look, but I don’t think I can pull it off. So to avoid looking sloppy, I’d go with this less extreme version, thank you very much.

But don’t ask me why I accessorized it with this crab brooch. The fabric of the blouse reminds me of Japanese linen, and the brooch reminds me of a chopstick rest in the shape of a crab that my dad brought back from Japan when I was young, so I decided to pair them together… Somehow it made sense in my mind.


I didn’t realize it until I uploaded the photos, but this outfit could have been an interpretation of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers“, if we’d picked it for SIA (we tend to stay away from such well-known works though). I guess I was influenced by Loving Vincent, the oil-painted animation about Van Gogh’s death, which I saw a couple of weeks ago. The story is nothing to write home about, but the film itself is gorgeous. It’s literally Van Gogh’s paintings coming to life. Highly recommended if you’re an art lover.

In other movie news, I saw Thor: Ragnarok last week (I wanted to see Blade Runner 2049, of which I’ve heard a lot of good things, but Vietnamese theaters only keep movies on a 2-week rotation, so it’s no longer showing. I’m just going to have to wait for the DVD release.) Ragnarok is a lot of fun, but not much else. At least it was more entertaining thanĀ The Dark World, I’d give it that.

More Cats

Sure, why not. We already started this week on a cat theme, so I might as well roll with it. But there was actually a bit more thinking behind my accessorizing – see, this is my “Mori Girl” blouse, so I tend to reach for the “natural” accessories whenever I wear it (like the lacquered owl brooch last time), in keeping with the Mori Girl aesthetics. I’m not brave enough to try the full Mori Girl look, and it’s not my style anyway, but sometimes a certain item calls for a certain way of styling.

Top: local boutique, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: The Dulcet Fig

Half-Mori Girl

blue linen top black jeans brown booties by 14 shades of grey

It seems I’ve been wearing a lot of these scrubs-like shirts lately. My sister convinced me to buy this blouse after she bought a similar one (but without the buttons) at a local handmade boutique. They mostly specialize in the kind of loose-fitting, earthy-looking clothes like you would find on a Mori Girl – which, if you click on the link, you’ll see that is not my style at all. I prefer a more… shall we say, streamlined look. But this blouse is simple enough while still has some interest in the shape, the texture of the fabric, and the buttons, that I think it can work well in my closet. Also, pockets! Always a plus.

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blue linen top black jeans brown booties by 14 shades of greyblue linen top owl brooch by 14 shades of grey

Top & Jeans: local shops, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: hand-me-down