Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, the tapestry “Damunt de tu només les flors” by Spanish textile artist, Carles Delclaux Is. At first, the colors really stumped me, until I remembered my maroon jeans – though it is more red/brown than purple, it is OK for the background of the tapestry. The exuberant patterns are also a challenge, but by a stroke of luck, I just bought this rainbow-colored neck buff, which is perfect (it also works as a beanie.) To top it off, I added my heart brooch to reflect the heart motif. It doesn’t go that well with the rest of the outfit, but it goes well with the tapestry, so I’m happy.
Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile art!
So here’s a variation on my “cold weather uniform” – it still consists of a turtleneck, jeans, blazer, and boots, but because we just had a cold snap, the turtleneck is a sweater and the boots are taller. I wasn’t happy with the blazer – I should’ve gone with an actual jacket – but it gets the job done. And because of the boots, which are kind of equestrian to me, I had to add my Western brooch.
I just realized that I tend to go seasonal with not just my clothes but my jewelry as well. Take this brooch, for example – I almost never wear in during the warmer month (mostly because it’s too heavy for my summer clothes, but also something about the Western theme makes me only want to pair it with jeans and boots.) In the fall, I’d wear my leaf brooches, and I’d wear my flower brooches more often during spring and summer. I guess it makes sense to me because most of my brooches usually have clear “themes” to them, but does anyone else do this?
Don’t let the sunshine fool you, it’s colder than it looks. Which is why I decided to bring out this jacket, which I dubbed my “Cookie Monster” jacket due to its navy fleece material. I bought it earlier this season, but it’s a little casual for my work clothes (I wore this to a book fair last weekend) so it hasn’t made its appearance on the blog yet. I wish there were some ways to dress it up, because it’s really warm and comfy and I want to wear it more, but I don’t want to be mistaken for a student again. Any ideas?
This outfit works better in my mind. I guess I was inspired by the Land Girl uniform of sweater tucked into trousers, but the proportion is kinda off and I don’t know why. Maybe because my sweater is a turtleneck and not a v-neck. Maybe I should’ve worn tall boots (but that’d take this outfit straight into cosplaying territory) or at least black boots. Maybe my black belt doesn’t go. I don’t know. I like the navy blue and mustard color combo though, and the brooch is cute, if I say so myself (a scarecrow brooch is perfect for an outfit inspired by Land Girl uniform, right?), so here we are.
This has been my uniform for the past few weeks now – actually, it is my uniform for the past few winters, in fact. It rarely gets colder for anything else than a long-sleeve top, a blazer, jeans, and ankle boots. Sometimes I would switch the blazer for a sweater and change the silhouette of the jeans (from skinny to boyfriend to wide-leg), or add a scarf or a brooch to liven things up, but otherwise, this is it. It does make getting dressed in the morning a little easier.
This white blazer is the last one I got from raiding my mom’s closet. At first, I was going to save it for the spring, as it is linen and fairly lightweight, but then the weather warmed up unexpectedly, so I decided to bring it out.
On a different note, remember how I always lament that I can’t get the tuck right with my sweaters? While I don’t think I can ever master it, there’s something else that I excel at – the sleeve-roll. Just look at the roll/cuff on my sleeves here. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s the perfect amount of disheveled, right? I only wish I could tuck my sweaters into my trousers/jeans as naturally as I roll my sleeves. But I guess the roll comes naturally to me because I always push my sleeves up anyway, while I tend to wear my tops untucked so I can’t figure out how to tuck them in.
Happy New Year everybody! We do have a day off today, but it was work as usual yesterday and would be work as usual again tomorrow, because our proper winter holiday doesn’t start until the Lunar New Year, which will be in late January this year.
Anyway, to celebrate the new year, here’s a colorful and shiny outfit from last week. It was inspired by this. I may not look as badass, but I think it’s an appropriate start for a new decade. Hey, it’s the Roaring Twenties (though, judging from the way the world is going, it may be more like the Screaming Twenties), so let’s bring out the shiny and the flamboyant, right?