Dark Academia has been my newest style discovery this past year (I hate using the word “aesthetics”, because I’m strictly just in it for the fashion), but with a focus on layering, heavy fabrics, and dark colors, it’s not an easy one to translate to the summer of my tropical climate. So I’m experimenting with Light Academia instead. I use similar silhouettes and patterns to Dark Academia, but in lighter colors and fabric. I also added a pair of suspenders and use my brooch like a tie pin to highlight the academia/vintage/classic elements of the outfit. I think the outfit is a success, and it’s definitely given me some more ideas to try with my summer style!
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.