The balance between minimalist and vintage style has been my struggle for a few years now, and still I haven’t found a solid solution. It’s like my style is the heroine in a costume drama, having to choose between two suitors – the minimal look which is clean and simple, but can be a little boring, or the vintage look, which is more fun, but also tougher to pull off. Occasionally, though, I manage to put together a look that manages to walk the line between the two, like this one, for example – the dress and the brooch are vintage-inspired, but the styling keeps it modern. I think I need to aim for more “classic” looks like this, which can be minimalist and vintage at the same time.
Speaking of vintage, this is off-topic, but I just watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this weekend (the 2015 movie, not the original TV show). It’s a really fun, stylish movie, and the 1960’s fashion are gorgeous, but gods, it should be illegal to put Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in a movie together. Nobody can handle that much hotness in one sitting.
Dress: tailor, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: local shop
I’ve got nothing to say about today’s outfit, which is just random top + whatever bottom and shoes I still have in the weekly capsule, so I’m going to talk about something a little more serious: clothing budget (and why I don’t have one.)
A lot of the blogs I follow have a post every month where they talk about what they buy and how they keep those purchases within their budget. I like those and had considered doing the same, when my shopping was getting a little excessive and I wasn’t happy with everything I bought. But when I tried giving myself $50/month (which is a lot considering what I make), I went over-budget every single month. What went wrong?
I realize that, the moment I gave myself a budget, it was like money burning in my pocket begging to be spent. My mindset is that “Oh I have that extra $50, I must buy something with it!” And once I started buying, it was hard to stop. In a way, it was like my capsule wardrobe experiment. By restricting myself, I only made myself think more about what I was not supposed to do, and it backfired.
So, instead of a budget, I try to be more conscientious about my shopping. I create a list of “holes in my closet” and when I come across an item on that list, I would consider it carefully before making a purchase. I guess restriction just never works with me, not in shopping or in dieting or in anything. I just have to be smarter about it.
Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Cache, Shoes & Necklace: local shops
My outfits this week:
This week is a weird one, in terms of capsule. In fact, it wasn’t a capsule at all because I didn’t wear anything twice. I couldn’t, anyway, with such heat. So here is an outfit that has nothing to do with the other two I’ve posted. I almost didn’t post it because the last time I wore this shirt, I paired it with almost the exact same item – also a black pleated skirt and heeled oxfords. But here it is anyway. I guess my sartorial sense, like the brains of the trolls in Discworld, doesn’t function very well when it’s overheated.
Shirt: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop
I believe I’ve talked about my journals on the blog before – I kept a journal throughout middle school and high school, and a bit in college too, but from my junior year in college until grad school, script writing took over, and then I started the blog, which is a journal of sort, so I just stopped. I don’t think I’ll ever get back to it, because there is only so much of your day that is worth documenting. I kinda miss writing in an actual journal with pen and paper though. Mostly the only thing I write with pen and paper now is brainstorming for story ideas (which reads like the rambling of a madman and makes sense to nobody but myself.)
What I’ve been trying to do is start a dream journal. “Trying”, because there are only two entries so far. Sometimes I don’t remember my dreams, and sometimes they’re too tedious to even bother. I plan to use them for story ideas, you see, and a dream about forgetting my passport at home is not going to be that useful. I guess it’s true what Dylan Moran said, your dreams become more boring as you get older.
Top: Mango, Jeans: Mango, Blazer: hand-me-down, Heels & Necklace: local shops
In keeping with this week’s theme of dressing like it’s fall instead of spring (which I just made up), here I am in the most autumnal colors ever. To be fair, I had this dress made a while ago, but by the time the tailor was finished it’d gotten too cold. So if nothing else, at least I’m glad the weather is warming up enough for me to wear it now.
The tricky thing with this dress is, as amazingly comfy as it is, I can’t think of any other way to style it. I mean, I can layer it with a blazer or a thin cardigan now, but once the temperature gets into the 90’s, which is when I’m sure I’ll be wearing it the most, there is nothing else I can do with it. That’s the problem with dresses in the summer, right? They’re so easy to wear yet you get bored with them so easily because you can pretty much only change the look by switching out the shoes.
Dress: tailored, Belt: Forever21, Heels: local shop, Brooch: Etsy