Water Lilies

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”. You may notice that this isn’t my usual background for outfit photos – this is the pond at my school. Last week I had to drop by the office to pick up a few things to prepare for going back to work this week (yup, social distancing/isolation is over! We’re still taking precautions, but things are slowly normalized), so I decided to switch things up and take photos by an actual lily pond – too bad our lilies are white, not pink, so the color scheme is not quite right. I’ve never taken outfit photos at school because I get self-conscious, but there was no one around, so I figured, why not?

As for the outfit, the colors are self-explanatory. The highlight is absolutely these socks (no I didn’t pick the painting because of the socks what are you talking about), but I also added my lily pad brooch as a nod to the painting.

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic!


I Don’t Want To Wait

Here’s another piece I’ve been wanting to style for a while – it’s a cotton vintage dress I bought earlier this year, and I’m waiting until summer so I can wear it more regularly. But now, stuck at home and bored, I thought, why wait? I could wear it now. Plus, I need to take it to a tailor’s before I can wear it on its own, so it’s a good excuse to try the old “layering with a sweater” trick. What I did is to belt the dress, tuck the sweater into it, and pull it up and let it drape down to hide the belt. I quite like it, and now that I’ve learned that trick, hopefully I’m going to wear more dresses in the winter.

(The post title is kind of a Dawson’s Creek reference, but I was never a fan. I preferred my teen dramas with a bit more sci-fi – I remembered watching shows like Roswell and Smallville. I think I would’ve loved Buffy if it was shown in Vietnam back then, but by the time I saw it in college, I’d outgrown those shows. I do like the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack though, hence the reference to the theme song.)


It’s Easier With Hoover

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the French poster for Hoover vacuum cleaners. I’ve known right away that I’d wear these pants – they’re not bright orange like in the poster, but they’re the closest I have. The blue striped shirt and navy loafers are also easy choices, to mimic the touches of blue and navy in the poster. The green and yellow bits took me some thinking, but then I remembered this green scarf with yellow and orange print – perfect!

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this poster.


Yellow-stemmed Flower

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – a piece of 1920s textile sample – I immediately knew that I’d wear these pants, as they are the perfect shade for the orange part of the print. The blue-and-purple print was a bit more difficult, as I don’t have a lot of purple in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided on my trusty embroidered blouse, which is my go-to whenever I want to add a touch of color to my outfit. And finally, I finished it all off with my blue suede loafers. The outfit seemed a little haphazard in my head, but after looking at the photos and comparing it with the inspiration, I have to say it isn’t half bad.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile!


Ton-sur-Ton

I was trying a bit of “ton-sur-ton” (or “tone-on-tone”) with this outfit. But an entire brown outfit looks rather drab, so I added a pop of blue with my loafers and brooch. In my mind it was a bit haphazard, but the actual outfit turns out better than I expected (if I do say so myself.) It goes to show that the colors don’t have to match, they just have to go with each other.

On another note, this T-shirt, along with the green one I wore a couple of weeks ago, are actually men’s tees. I got so fed up because the women’s tees at my local stores only come in colors that look horrible on me, like hot pink, purple, and bright yellow. Meanwhile, the men’s tees are thicker, fit me better (I have a long torso so women’s tees always end up too short), the higher neckline is more flattering, and come in all of “my” colors like brown and green. So of course, they are a natural choice.


Windowpanes

The weather has been cooling down considerably over the last few weeks, but I’m still posting stragglers from late September – early October, so please bear with me through some very unseasonal outfits.

Anyway, this outfit looks like it’s been matched very carefully, right? The eyelets on my top match the plaid on my pants, and the blue pendant matches the blue loafers. The truth, though, is that I put almost no thoughts into it at all, other than, “Oh yeah, those will go together.” It’s one of those outfits that just came about naturally, which goes to show, sometimes it’s best to go with your instincts and not to overthink it.


Prepster

Though I wear a lot of preppy things – button-up shirts, stripes, loafers, oxfords, etc. – I never describe my style as “preppy”. To be honest, I find preppy style a bit boring, and I’d like to think my style is more eclectic than that (which is another way of saying I don’t like to confine myself to a rigidly defined “style”; I just wear whatever the hell I want). However, occasionally I do put together a pretty straightforward preppy outfit, like this one.  I mean, all that’s missing is a pearl necklace, right?