It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.
And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)
My interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, is a little different. Sure, it has most of the colors of the painting (green and black, with a touch of brown), but the print of my dress makes it decidedly more futuristic – usually, I would try to echo the feel of the painting if I can, but I see this print as my way of mimicking the intricately pinked trims on the sleeves and the pleated front of the woman’s dress in the painting. I also added my brooch because it reminds me of the mirror on the wall behind the couple.
More importantly, I was going to wear this to a wedding last week, which I thought would make it appropriate for the theme of the painting. Unfortunately, the wedding was canceled due to the pandemic (“pandemic” is a word I never thought I’d type for a real-life situation. Usually I only read it in sci-fi books. But such is the time we’re living in.) The couple decided to have a very simple family affair instead of the big reception they’d planned, and my hat’s off to them for sacrificing their big day in the name of public health and safety. Anyway, even though I didn’t get to wear it to a wedding, I thought, why waste a perfectly good outfit? So here we are.
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this classic painting!
Last week I shared an outfit featuring these wide-leg cropped jeans with tall boots, but the boots aren’t comfortable, so this time, I tried pairing them with these Chelsea boots instead. When I first tried these boots on, I dismissed them because the gap between the hem of the pants and the top of the boots chops my (already short) legs up and makes my legs really cold, but then I had the idea of layering a pair of tights underneath, and bam! Both problems solved. This is how I’m going to wear my wide-leg pants all through winter now.
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?
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.