Casual Ravenclaw

Despite my online moniker, I am a Ravenclaw through-and-through – in fact, in the early days of the Internet, I went by Rowena, as in Rowena Ravenclaw, but then I decided that it was too feminine for me. Probably because I associate the name with Lady Rowena in Ivanhoe.

Anyway, this outfit was a no-brainer, but when it came to titling the post, I was stumped. That usually happens to me when the outfit is simple or too “obvious”, as there is not much to talk about and I can’t come up with a snappy title. Then, while browsing Pinterest, I came across a board for clothes inspired by the four Hogwarts Houses and the title just popped into my head, since I was wearing the Ravenclaw colors – blue and bronze (well, my brown boots can count as bronze) – and there is a preppy touch with the striped button-up and the cable-knit sweater.

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Covered Bridge

Thank the gods for SIA. Without it, I would’ve probably spent this entire winter in gray. Of course, this outfit is not a riot of colors either, but at least it’s not all-gray, is it? The main colors in the inspiration piece (Daenel’s photo of the Burfordville Covered Bridge) are brown, black, and light blue, so that’s what I went with. My brown blazer, black jeans, and brown Chelsea boots made the base of the outfit, and I added to that a chambray shirt for a touch of blue and another brown element (my scarf) for good measure. (I’m watching a cooking show as I write this, maybe that’s why my description of my outfit sounds like a recipe :P)

Anyway, don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog tomorrow to see other interpretations of this piece, and come back next week for an exciting announcement – our new co-host!


Proportion, Proportion

In my “Year in Reviews: Outfit” post, I mentioned that I’ve been focusing on the proportions in my outfits instead of colors and patterns. But that was after I put together this outfit – it has been freezing around here, so I’ve been posting old outfits from the last weeks of 2018.This outfit is an example of… what I shouldn’t have done. It was good in my imagination, but the proportion looked a little awkward in real life somehow. Maybe if the blazer was longer, it would look better. Well, you live and learn, right?


Modern Fashion Plate

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the 1886 fashion plate of┬áScandinavian magazine Freja. OK, I have to admit that I actually put this outfit together before Jen sent the inspiration, but this fit the inspiration so well that I decided to use it for SIA too. My plaid blazer and striped top (my “Edwardian shirt” may have been a better choice, but I’ve worn it a lot lately, so this would do too) mimic the white dress with plaid trims, while the pattern on my brown boots can be seen as an echo of the brown lace dress. I would love to be able to wear an actual 1880’s dress for this SIA, but this is a good, real-world interpretation of the inspiration, and I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this fashion plate!