I’m very excited about the cool weather – it’s sunny in the photos, but it’s actually pretty crisp – and this smiling whale brooch perfectly captures my mood (my sister just went on a trip and this is her present for me. She knows me well.) Look at how content he is! I know I’m going to whine in about a month or so when the cold snaps start arriving and the days are gray and depressing, but for now, I’m enjoying myself.
The weather may be cooling down considerably now but it’s mostly just in the morning and at night. At noon, it’s still in the 80s and pretty hot. So I’ve taken to dress in what I call “summer on top, fall on bottom” – like this outfit, for example. In the morning, I just put a button-up or a light jacket on top (which I have to, anyway, to keep out the dust and stuff – it’s way too polluted around here) and I’ll be fine.
My sister convinced me to buy these heels at an end-of-summer sale. I tend to stay away from such conventionally feminine things, especially when it comes to shoes, and these are the most conventionally feminine shoes ever – the pink color, the heels, the Mary Jane straps. If I do wear heels, they’re usually more basic than that. But I agreed with my sister that I need to branch out a bit, and besides, these heels are low enough that they’re pretty comfortable to wear. I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can pair them with some of my more masculine pieces like boyfriend jeans and blazers – because I’m all about keeping the balance between feminine and masculine in my style.
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ingres’s “Portrait of Comtess d’Haussonville“. I got this dress from an end-of-summer sale, and immediately knew it would be perfect for this challenge with its different shades of grayish blue. I added my brooch to mimic the gold bracelet and ring the Countess is wearing as well as the mirror frame, and my shoes are perfect to mimic the red velvet bow on her hair. I even tried posing like her but I ended up looking silly, so here are some normally-posed photos instead 😛
Don’t forget to send me your outfit, and check back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this wonderful portrait!
I got this shirt from my sister – she has a thing for v-neck blouses, and she’s forever handing them down to me. Now, I never say no to a free shirt, and some of my sister’s shirts have gone on to become work horses in my closet, but this one, I’m not so sure about. Something about the combination of the color and the feminine silhouette doesn’t feel very me – I have a couple of pink shirts, but the silhouettes are more streamlined. Or maybe it’s the way I styled it. I guess I’ll give it another chance to see if it’s a keeper or not.
For this week’s SIA, inspired by a poster for Cordial Médoc liqueur, I know I’d wear my maroon printed dress and heels, since their color perfectly mimics the red grapes in the poster. There is yellow in there as well, but neither of my yellow things – a scarf and a belt – looks right with the dress, so in the end, I decided to forgo the yellow and just added my grape bunch brooch to finish off the outfit. Besides, there are touches of yellow in the print of my dress anyway, so I’d figure it would do. All in all, I’m quite happy with how it turns out. Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this poster!
One of the reasons I don’t wear dresses that often is because a dress is an entire outfit on its own – I know, that’s precisely the reason some people only wear dresses, because they’re supposedly easier, but for me, I find that a bit boring. You can change the shoes and the accessories, but it still looks the same, unlike separates where you can combine different colors and silhouettes.
When I try styling a dress differently, like with this one, I’d usually end up with this – overwrought and overthought. I thought it looked OK when I first put it on, but now looking back at the photos, I see that it’s a mess – the shoes and the belt don’t go with each other, the shoes don’t go with the dress, and the brooch is not necessary. I guess I just need to stop overthinking it and let the dress shine on its own.