I don’t wear dresses much during the summer. You would think it’s the easiest thing to just throw on a dress, right? To me though, it can get boring very quickly. Yeah, you can change your shoes and accessories, but without the benefit of layers, it’ll just look like the same dress over and over again. That’s why I’m much more likely to reach for separates, because with those, at least you can mix and match. Do you guys have any idea on how to mix it up for summer dresses?
Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Belt & Shoes: local shop
I’m not happy with this outfit. It’s for this week’s SIA, inspired by Erté’s “Spring Rain”, and as usual, I got caught up in trying to recreate the painting as closely as I could and forgot that it should be a put-together outfit at the same time. So I ended up wearing all the things. I should’ve gone for something more subtle, or at least take off the lace tights (but my legs are still scarred so tights are kind of a must if I want to wear a dress.) Everybody is killing it this week though, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!
In other news, it has been crazy humid here lately and everything is moldy. And I mean everything. Shoes, bags, belt – anything made from genuine leather. Even my mouse pad. It’s absolutely gross, but there is nothing I can do except to wipe everything down with rubbing alcohol and turn the dehumidifier up high, and wait for the sun to come out. It seems I always have to fight humidity wherever I live. Back in LA it was because there was not enough of it, and here because there’s too much. Ugh.
Dress, Belt, and Shoes: local shop, Blazer: thrifted, Tights: Forever21, Necklace: self-made
See, what did I tell you about these shoes? I’m just going to wear them all the time now. Of course it helps that they’re a neutral color and go with pretty much every silhouette. This outfit is a bit too neutral for me, actually, but none of the “pop of color” I tried looked quite right. Besides, I’ve been wearing more and more neutrals. Looking back at my recent outfits, it’s usually a bunch of neutrals with just one thing of color. It’s not that I’m too lazy to spend time thinking which color goes with which (though it certainly makes getting dressed easier), it’s just that my style has changed to the point where I don’t want to wear too many colors anymore.
It’s funny how style changes, isn’t it? Though my style doesn’t exactly change, rather it just becomes more defined. When I first started the blog I tried to be more girly, but now I realize that isn’t me. I’m much more comfortable with just a few feminine touches here and there.
Blazer & Scarf: hand-me-down, T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Heels: local shop
For some reason, I’ve been really neglecting my skirts this winter (you can just tell by how wrinkled this skirt is.) Since January, I’ve only had four skirt outfits. I guess I just got bored with skirts. They’re more difficult to style than dresses, especially in the winter – you have to figure out what top to go with it, what tights, what kind of shoes, belt or no belt… I spent nearly half an hour trying on different tights and sweaters before settling with these, but I wasn’t happy with the result. The tights are completely lazy, and the neckline of this sweater, I realize, does not look good on a broad-shouldered person like me. I need something more boat-necked than this. Oh well. The truth is that I just wanted to show off my new heeled oxfords. I know, I know, buying new things is not the best way to break out of a style rut, but when I saw these, I couldn’t pass them up. Besides, they’re real leather, which means they’re super soft and comfy, so expect to see them a lot more on the blog in the foreseeable future.
Sweater: Gap (thrifted), Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: vintage, Tights: Target