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!
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.
Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Jeans: H&M, Shoes: local shop
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?
Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: local shop
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!
Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: vintage, Heels: local shop
I didn’t realize it when I put this outfit together, but I’m actually wearing two cat colors – the tabby in my striped top, and the calico or tortoiseshell in my printed skirt (I believe that’s the sort of association only a true cat lady would make.) Coincidentally, I also have a tabby and a calico, so it’s quite appropriate. I should’ve worn my cat brooch too 🙂
Top: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes & Belt: local shops, Necklace: Lia Sophia
My looks this week:
I got these pants as hand-me-down from my sister a while ago and didn’t get around to wearing them for the longest time because, well, they feel too “office-y”. But I get a bit tired of skinny pants all the time, so I decided to give them a try.
… And I hated them. Maybe I didn’t do a good enough job picking the top to pair with it, because while I like the silhouette, the whole outfit feels kinda aging and frumpy to me. And the colors are kind of grim – these pants may look better with a crisp white shirt. Well, I’m going to keep the pants in rotation to see if I could style them in any way that feels more “me”, but if not, they’re going back to my sister.
Pants: Esprit (hand-me-down), Top: Forever21, Necklace & Shoes: local shops