When I named this blog “14 Shades of Grey”, it was more of a joke (it’s a reference to an album by Staind) rather than a true reflection of my closet. If it was to reflect my closet at the time, “14 Shades of Blue” would be more apt. In recent years, though, especially during the fall/winter, “14 Shades of Brown” seems more appropriate. Take this outfit, for example – it is pretty much built around this neckerchief (the tag says “Sanderson”, which apparently is an English fabric designer). You may not be able to see it from the photos, but the pattern is very similar to this, and it totally appeals to my Anglophile, Morris & Co.-loving heart, so I just put together an outfit of brown items to match it.
(The outfit is also my interpretation of this outfit. Of course, I may be missing a certain “je ne sais quoi” quality that the girl in the photo has, but I’ve come to accept that I never have that “je ne sais quoi” quality anyway, so it’s OK.)
I’ve been listening to The Kinks a lot lately, hence the title, but it’s kind of related to my post as well. When it comes to fashion trends, although I don’t really follow them, I’m not anti-trend either. Instead, I just pick whatever trends that speak to my own style and preference, and take inspirations from them rather than following them blindly. So that means no ’00s fashion (I’ve been there once and hated it, thank you every much), but dark academia and some cottagecore? Yes, please. Take this outfit, for example: it’s the combination of those two trends – the big collar for cottagecore (I’m so happy that I keep this dress-turned-blouse), and the color scheme and the plaid for dark academia – but it still feels me.
All this reflection is because I recently read on a fashion forum a question asking whether bike shorts are cute or not, as the OP was having a hard time getting into the trend. And that kind of boggled my mind. To me, if you like a trend and want to follow it, then who cares what everybody thinks? On the other hand, if you’re not sure about a trend, then just… don’t do it? It’s really that simple.
So I finally made my own feather tee. Just don’t look too closely, it’s kind of a Monet.
Another goal I’ve set for myself, other than wearing more dresses and skirts (I know, I’m wearing pants, but I have a bunch of errands to run today and I have yet to master the art of biking in a dress/skirt), is to accessorize more – not just with my usual brooch, but my necklaces and bracelets too. I put the time into making them, I might as well wear them, right? So, in keeping with the avian theme, I picked this bracelet. It’s just a charm I got from Michael’s strung between two pieces of cord and some elastic.
T-shirt: Old Navy, DIY by me
Cardigan: Gap, Pants: thrifted
Bracelet: self-made, Shoes: Payless
I’d planned to take a “twirling” picture with this skirt. But then I forgot, because I’m sick. Not terribly sick, but I’m feeling the start of a sore throat, plus it’s not fun to have a cold when it’s hot outside. Fortunately I have some Linkin Park songs in my MP3 player (and I’m talking about old school LP, LP of Hybrid Theory), and that got my energy up a bit (gave me a title for the post too. It’s from their song “With You.”)
Skirt (texture): thrifted, remixed
Shirt (color, pattern): thrifted (I saw this shirt next to another shirt with the exact same print, which is quite uncommon in thrift stores. The weirder thing is, they’re two completely different brands! Just happened to use the same fabric.)
Belt (color): thrifted
Cardigan (color, texture): Gap, remixed
Flats: Payless, remixed
(Yes, I’m still using my bracelet as the “shine” element, but it’s less cheating this time, because the shirt is too busy for a brooch/necklace.)
Anyway, tomorrow is Saturday, which means I can sleep in, and then hit Buffalo Exchange for their $1 Day Sale. If I find something good, I might do a post later too.
P/S: Btw, check out my shopping list at Target – Strepsils, food dye, clear nail polish, transparent hair ties, bike shorts, leather hole punch. Isn’t that the weirdest, most random shopping list ever? And I’m not even going to explain it 😀