As much as I love 1930s- and 1940s-inspired fashion, sometimes it can be a bit of a hassle to decide what to pair together, especially when winter is winding down but it’s not warm enough for summer clothes yet. So when I’m not feeling excited about my vintage clothes, I’d reach for my comfier, “at-home” clothes – things like these wide-leg jeans, this striped top, and this grandpa cardigan. When put together, they look vaguely 1970s in a rustic, hippie-ish kind of way (hence the title), so I paired them with my clogs and my wooden cat brooch to fit with that aesthetic. I don’t often list the 1970s as part of my fashion inspiration, but now that I think about it, I actually do get inspired by it a lot!


We’re having a weird summer. Usually, by this time, we would’ve already sweated our way through at least one heatwave and could look forward to at least another two to three months of intense heat, yet this year… nothing. Sure, it’s been warm and muggy, but the temperature barely reaches above 90F (32C), and we’re even getting a cold snap! The last time I remember a May this cool was when I was in 8th or 9th grade. So I’m enjoying the cooler weather and making the most of it by wearing things like this sweater (which I thought I would have to save until October, at least), but at the same time, I’m not trusting it. It doesn’t feel right.

Dream Bag

I don’t often include bags with my outfits, because I don’t consider them an essential part of the outfit, and as a result, I only have two bags – a backpack for my laptop and a tote for everything else (occasionally, when I travel – which is never these days – I would also use a cross-body bag for my phone, passport, and wallet.) However, I’ve been looking for a way to streamline my backpack and tote into one everyday bag. A laptop bag is too utilitarian, and more importantly, it doesn’t fit my overall style. After some searching, I set my eyes on a satchel/messenger bag, and after even a longer time scouring secondhand/vintage store, I finally found this. It’s pretty much the perfect bag for me – it fits my laptop and all my odds and ends, and it also hits my style sweet spot (vintage, Dark Academia, menswear-inspired) – so of course I had to give it its own post. The outfit is just an afterthought, really (it’s my take on this outfit worn by the fabulous Farrah Fawcett.)


Even though I’m still working from home these days, I still try to dress up every day – it makes me feel like I’m still “going in” to work and helps with productivity. Of course, working from home means that my clothes don’t get dirty as quickly as when I commute to work, and at the end of the week, I would’ve accumulated a bunch of clothes that haven’t been worn long enough for the laundry (I tend to wash shirts after one wear, but jeans and sweaters take longer.) So what I do is to put together an outfit of “leftovers” – they don’t always work, and even when they do, they still kind of look randomly thrown together, like here, but at least it’s a way to use up the clothes.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Sky above Clouds IV“. The bright colors stump me a bit, but luckily, we had a warm day, so I was able to bring out this ice cream shirt. The pink stripes and the ice cream cone embroideries mimic the graphic quality and the colors of the painting quite well, I think. The shirt is the real star here, so I paired it simply with jeans and my pink loafers for maximum pink-and-blue action. (And yes, I know the above phrase is supposed to end with “for ice cream”, but it’s a bit cheesy, isn’t it, when I’m literally wearing an ice cream shirt?)

Don’t forget to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!