Keep On Skirting

As I mentioned last week, this is optimal weather for wearing skirts (for me anyway) – cool in the morning and sunny during the day – so I’m bringing out another favorite skirt that I don’t wear often enough. Yes, it’s another midi, button-front skirt, but it seems that’s all I’m reaching for these days. I used to wear knee-length or just below-the-knee skirts, but now I tend to go for longer ones. I’m not sure if it’s just the weather (longer skirts = warmer) or it’s my changing style.

In other news, these boots are on their last legs (pun unintended) so I’m trying to wear them as much as I can this season before tossing them. They’ve had a good run (over 5 years!), but I still feel a little sad to see them falling apart. I have plenty of brown ankle boots, but none goes with skirts and dresses as well as these.


Overeager

Despite the rain you see in the photos, it was actually a bit too warm for this sweater, but I’ve been waiting to wear it since I got it, so excuse me for being a little overeager. What I really like about it is the neckline – it’s not a turtleneck (which should be fitted around the neck), and it’s not a boatneck, but more like a combination of the two. It’s a small detail but it adds a lot of interest, I think. I can’t wait to wear it more when it gets properly cold.


Hobby Blogging

This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I was quite excited to add the fun socks to liven it up. And that excitement about the outfit suddenly got me wondering why I was doing this, putting such thoughts into my outfits and photographing them and blogging about them when they’re not likely to make any difference in the world and certainly not any money. But then I realized it was simply because I enjoy doing it. It’s a hobby, and much like any other hobby, I do it for fun.

In fact, I believe that the moment you can monetize your hobby, then it’s no longer a hobby. The pressure for financial gain would drain all the fun from it. I do admit, there was a time when I felt a bit pressured to “generate content” for the blog or whatever, especially when I first started out, but now I view it as my personal journal and don’t really care how many people read it (that said, if you’re still reading this, thank you!)


Sock It To Me

What’s this? A sweatshirt? Jeans? Socks?!!! That’s right, friends, fall weather has truly arrived in Hanoi. It’s been hovering around the edge of the days for a while now, but this past week, after some heavy rain, we can put away our fans and summer clothes and finally enjoy the cooler weather. It means I can bring out the fun socks I’ve been saving since the summer – I got a bunch of them in an end-of-season sale, so expect to see a lot of them in the weeks to come!


My socks have cats on them, so I figured it made sense to feature a photo of my dog (my cats are lazy and hid in my blanket at the first hint of the cold)


Unplanned

I had an outfit planned for today, but then it started raining right before I left, so I had to put together an entirely different outfit – these pants because they’re going to dry quickly if they get wet, these shoes because the patent leather is waterproof, and this top because it was the only thing I had left that doesn’t require ironing. Of course, taking outfit photos is out of the question, but when I got to work and glanced at the hallway mirror, I thought the outfit didn’t look half bad, considering I literally threw it on five minutes before I left home. So when I got back in the afternoon, I decided to grab a few quick photos. I guess sometimes it’s best not to overthink an outfit.


Different Styling

This tunic is what I call a “one-trick pony”, meaning I only have one way of styling it – with a pair of skinny pants or jeans. However, after looking at the lookbook from the boutique where I got the tunic, I saw a number of similar tunics paired with culottes, so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I quite like it – it has echoes of the traditional Vietnamese áo dài, which consists of a long tunic worn over a pair of wide-leg pants, but looks more modern. I guess I can call this tunic a two-trick pony now!


Autumn

I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edouard Manet’s “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)“. Unfortunately, I’d spent the entire last week laid up in bed with the flu (I still haven’t fully recovered yet), so I had to make do with an outfit from the week before last instead. It doesn’t have the dark, rich brown or the floral touches of the inspiration painting, but at least it has the blue and the brown, and under these circumstances, it’s the best I can do.

Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog tomorrow to see other outfits inspired by this painting!