The Mightier Pen

I guess it’s a week of waistcoats then. This outfit came about when I noticed my brown tweed waistcoat almost matched my brown tweed trousers – almost, but not quite, the waistcoat being a few shades lighter. But it doesn’t matter. Their texture is the same, and that’s enough for me. The outfit made me feel quite professorial, so I accessorized it with my book tie and pen pin. The pen is too tiny to really be much of an accessory though. I would’ve liked to wear it on my tie as a tie pin, but it doesn’t stand out enough against the print. Maybe I should buy some solid-colored ties…

Happy Year Of The Cat

It won’t be the Year of the Cat (or the Rabbit) until Sunday, but here’s my outfit anyway. I was going to wear my cat sweater, but I thought it’s a bit obvious and not festive enough, so I’m bringing out all of my cat brooches instead (didn’t realize I had so many!) The rest of the outfit is very simple, to let the brooches shine, though I wanted to give a shout-out to this sweater, as it’s kind of new (to me) – it was actually made by my mom for my dad when they were in university! My mom was cleaning out her closet, and when I saw the brown color and the cable-knit, I snatched it up immediately. Either it had shrunk, or my dad must’ve been quite a lanky young man, because it fits me perfectly.

Green And Brown

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Emperor Ham Nghi’s “Decline of the Day”. I’d originally wanted to have some homage to the artist in my outfit – after all, I picked the painting because of its history more than its artistic merits – but I couldn’t work out how to do it, so here’s a straightforward outfit instead. I built it around different shades of green and brown; the patterns on my sweater are a nod to the touches of lighter colors, blue and pink, in the painting, and the various textures of my sweater (knitted), blazer (wool), and pants (corduroy) are to reflect the textures of the painting as well.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday to see how others interpret this painting.

The Professor

Last week I posted an outfit with this gold velvet waistcoat, which is a bit big on me. Well, I finally figured out how to make it fit better – I (very badly) sewed two darts in the back, and voila, it fits! For the outfit, I tried to evoke a three-piece suit – I’ve always loved the look of three-piece suits, but I don’t think I would want to wear them very often. I love pattern-mixing too much to wear a suit that is all one pattern and color. This outfit, which not only mixes patterns but textures as well, is much more my style. I thought about adding a brooch to make it even more “me”, but in the end, decided that the outfit is busy enough.

Four Seasons

Here’s my latest experiment with brooch clustering. It’s the time of transition between winter/spring/summer (because let’s face it, we barely have a spring. Usually it’s just a couple of weeks of horrible humidity before the heat begins), so I thought it would be fun to do a “seasonal” cluster. I was happy to discover that I have all the necessary pieces – the blossoming branch for spring, the bunch of grape for summer, the bird for fall, and the snowflake for winter – and they are all the same color/style too. The rest of the outfit I keep super simple, so the brooches can really shine. All in all, it’s a very cohesive cluster, and probably my favorite so far!