Dressed Up

Last week our school celebrated its 38th birthday, so I had to dress up a bit with this dress from my sister – she bought it for herself but it doesn’t fit and non-returnable, so she passed it on to me. I like the outfit, but to be honest, it feels a little dated to me. It’s been such a long time since I wore something like this – in fact, I wore a very similar outfit way back when the blog first started, in 2011 (gosh! Such a long time ago!) – that it doesn’t really feel like “me” anymore.

Anyway, this dressy outfit seems like an appropriate one to close out the year. In the next two weeks, I’m going to post a series of yearly reviews, so stay tuned!

So Frawnch

At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, I must say this outfit feels quite French to me. I’m not sure if it’s the pants, the white button-up, the scarf, or the cropped trench coat, or a combination of them. No, it’s definitely the scarf. I usually zhuzh my scarves a lot whenever I wore them, but this time I just knotted it quickly and let it be. I guess that lends it a certain air of “je ne sais quoi”.

Of course, if this was truly a French look, I would have to pose with my coat around my shoulders, but I tried it and it looked like I had no arms, so I guess I’m not quite so French after all.

Everything from local shops except thrifted trench coat and hand-me-down scarf

Once More, With Feelings

navy plaid dress skinny jeans heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

I like the “dress over pants” outfit I wore last week so much that I decided to try it again this week. Like I said the last time I wore this dress, it’s getting a bit too juvenile for me now, but adding the jeans makes it a bit more age-appropriate, don’t you think?

I still kept the outfit simple because I think the silhouette is eye-catching enough so I don’t want to clutter it up. The funny thing is, I never like wearing dresses with leggings, but dress with pants feels like a different outfit somehow. I’ll definitely try it more in the fall and winter.

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Jeans: H&M, Shoes: local shop


hot air balloon shirt white skirt brown heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

I had this post all lined up and ready to go, when I happened to check my archives and realized I’ve worn this exact outfit before. Just with different shoes (and a belt). Oops. But hey, we all repeat outfits all the time, so what’s the harm, right? Besides, I think I like this version better. The brown of the shoes goes better with the skirt.

But the repetition is understandable, because this skirt is kind of awkward. I didn’t mean it’s awkward to style. No, it’s more like it only fits a very awkward kind of weather. It’s made of heavy tweed-like material, so I can’t wear it in warm weather. And then in the winter I have a hard time styling it too, because it’s difficult finding a pair of tights to go with it (other than black, that is.) That means I could only wear it during these in-between times, when it’s still cool enough for a heavy skirt but warm enough for bare legs.

So I guess… I did mean this skirt is awkward to style after all?

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: local shop

Spring Tulips

chambray shirt printed wrap skirt brown heels by 14 shades of grey

Whenever an SIA challenge features a work of art with bright colors, it’s a challenge for me, and this week’s inspiration, a piece of 16th century Turkish tulip embroidery, is no different. As gorgeous as it is, I had no idea how to interpret it, since the dominating color is red, and I have very few red pieces in my closet, and even fewer pieces with a print similar to this. And then I remembered my reversible wrap skirt, with an exuberant floral print on one side and bright red on the other. My plan was to wear the red side with a printed/embroidered top, but after looking more closely at the print, I decided it would be better – sort of like a realistic interpretation of the embroidered tulip, if you will. Then I chose my chambray shirt because the faded blue in the piece looks like chambray, and finished the look with my heeled loafers. This is a looser interpretation than I usually do, but I quite like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Jen’s blog to see how others do with this piece!

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chambray shirt printed wrap skirt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: vintage, Heels: local shop