Casual Vintage Summer

I bought these pants solely because of the buttons on the front – they remind me of those 1930s/1940s trousers with the bib at the front, like this pair. And, keeping with that inspiration, I paired them with this short-sleeve blouse and a headscarf (which is not just for show, by the way, a handkerchief is a good thing to have in our insanely muggy summer) for a casual vintage summer look. It’s a bit Land Girls, which is exactly my sweet style spot. I love vintage outfits, but they’re not always the most comfortable to wear, especially with dresses that require all sorts of foundation garments and accessories to look right, so these casual looks are a great way for me to fulfill that vintage aesthetic while remaining comfy.


Summer Uniform

As the heat and the humidity increase, I’m reaching for my usual summer items – wide-leg pants and short-sleeve tops. Dresses and skirts are worn less frequently because they require bike shorts underneath, and even accessories are kept to a minimum because most of my summer tops can’t take the weigh of brooches. Instead, I jazz up my outfits with embroidered pieces and “cooling” color combo, like this white + green. This year, though, I’m adding something new by using casual 1940s fashion for my inspiration. Usually, I reserve my vintage-inspired silhouettes for the fall/winter, when I can layer and play around, but summer looks can be vintage too – like this top, which is vaguely 1930s-1940s with its Peter Pan collar and embroideries. I keep it more modern by mixing up the decades, pairing it with the cropped pants and clog sandals, but the inspiration is there.


Flower Power

These flower pins are actually earrings. They’re included for free in a purchase I made from a vintage boutique a while ago, and I’m never one to let some free jewelry go to waste. My ears are not pierced and these are too big for my sister’s taste, so I used them as pins instead. The back is not as sharp as actual pins and a bit more difficult to push through fabric though, so maybe I’ll only wear them with knitted items from now on.

Speaking of knitted things, we just had some heavy rain lately, and the first hint of fall seems to be in the air… but it’s still too hot for anything but cotton and linen. So I had to make do with some fall colors (like these mossy brown culottes) while dreaming of sweater weather.


The Dining Room

There may come a day when I stop wearing this dress whenever SIA calls for some multi colors and patterns, but today is not that day. Yup, yet again I was stumped by the colors of the inspiration, Pierre Bonnard’s “The Dining Room in the Countryside”, and yet again I had to reach for this printed dress. I paired it with this plaid shirt to mimic the contrast between the window and door frames and the soft interior, and the color and weave of my sandals are a nod to the furniture in the room. The outfit is a bit all over the place, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


A Pretty Pickle

Red and green is a color combo I’m not brave enough to try often (I think I’ve only tried it once, way back when I first started the blog.) The Christmas association is too strong. Plus, in Vietnam, there’s a saying that translates to “Green pants and red shirt prove that you’re a boor”, so maybe that influences me somehow. But lately, I’ve discovered some red/green combinations that are more applicable, when the red and green are less saturated – like here, which is more like pink and green (the gingham tones down the red color a bit), or red and olive green. It would be fun to try more opposite color combos like that.

On an unrelated note, the post title is obviously a reference to my brooch, but it’s also a joke because my family, despite our large garden, has never been able to grow cucumbers. One year my dad started three pots, which grew and covered the entire trellises, but never produced a single flower, let alone a fruit. After that he got frustrated and quit trying to grow cucumbers again.