Salazar In The Garden

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Carl Larsson’s “Karin at the Shore“, I knew I’d wear this floral waistcoat, as it’s perfect for the flowers in the painting – in fact, I think it even features the same lilies as the painting! For the rest of the outfit, I didn’t want anything too dark and heavy (it is the summer, after all), but I did want to reference the woman’s dress in some way. In the end, I went with this white lace top and navy pants, because if you look closely, there are white lace trims on her dress. The shoes were, I admit, an afterthought, so I just picked what went well with the outfit rather than referencing the painting, but this pair is neutral enough so they’re all right. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out.

If you haven’t send me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see how everybody did!


1930s Golfer

This outfit was built around these shoes. Ever since I gave my saddle shoes to my sister, I’ve been looking for a pair with the same two-tone look, but easier to style – for me, saddle shoes tend to conjure up a certain sporty look that is not really “me” (which is why I gave my pair to my sister.) So I was really excited to come across this pair – they have that masculine, spectator-esque look that I like, but they’re more versatile and not as sporty as saddle shoes. Having said that, it’s a bit ironic that I ended up choosing a sporty look as the inspiration for this outfit, more specifically, 1930s women’s golfing attire. The buttons on the skirt remind me of women’s sportswear back then, and I went with the sporty theme by wearing my quiver brooch – it looks a bit like a golf bag, doesn’t it?


Wear Your Bright Clothes

Last week I mentioned that I don’t wear skirts and dresses as frequently anymore now that it’s warming up, and here I am, with two outfits featuring skirts this week so far. In my defense, it’s been raining a lot, so it was cool enough. Anyway, there’s not much to say about this outfit – it’s very typically “me”, with a collared shirt, plaid skirt, and brooch. I originally wore my navy-and-brown heeled oxfords, but they’re a bit heavy for the outfit (though they match the skirt quite well), so I switched to these sandals. They’re quite old (>7 years old!), but they’re still going strong.

P/S: The title is from “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. Yes, I know the exact lyrics is “When the winter’s here […], wear your bright clothes”, but it fits.


Cat Lady, Summer Version

This top is one of my favorite purchases from last season, but I haven’t worn it as much as I’d like, because it’s made of polyester and in our hot, humid summer, polyester = death. However, as it’s been unseasonably cool lately, I decided to give the top another try – after all, it is short-sleeved, so it shouldn’t be too bad (and it’s also why the rest of the outfit is just kinda there – I was just throwing things together.) And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s actually quite comfy to wear in the summer! Maybe not when it’s 100+ degrees out, but definitely wearable in early/late summer.


One Top, Two Ways

These outfits are pretty simple, which is why I’m grouping them together. I simply pull colors from the shirt – red and navy – and match them to my bottoms and shoes. Basic, yes, but it works, so why mess around with it? Besides, I’m getting to the end of the semester, which means I’m again too busy to think about outfits, so something deceptively simple like these is perfect.