Green And Brown

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Emperor Ham Nghi’s “Decline of the Day”. I’d originally wanted to have some homage to the artist in my outfit – after all, I picked the painting because of its history more than its artistic merits – but I couldn’t work out how to do it, so here’s a straightforward outfit instead. I built it around different shades of green and brown; the patterns on my sweater are a nod to the touches of lighter colors, blue and pink, in the painting, and the various textures of my sweater (knitted), blazer (wool), and pants (corduroy) are to reflect the textures of the painting as well.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday to see how others interpret this painting.


Tapestry Waistcoat

When I first started my hunt for vintage waistcoats, I had three specific ones on my wish list – a velvet one, a tweed/plaid one, and a tapestry one. The velvet and tweed are included because they are classic staples, and the tapestry, while it may be screaming late 1980s-early 1990s, appeals to my “grandma” heart for some reason. Out of those, I have managed to find two – velvet and tapestry (still keeping an eye out for that perfect tweed waistcoat so I can fulfill my dream of dressing like a British country squire.) The velvet waistcoat is going to make an appearance soon, but here’s the tapestry one. I was super happy to have found it – after searching several secondhand/vintage sellers, I see that when it comes to waistcoats, people tend to favorite minimalist designs that look more modern, so I wasn’t even sure if I could ever find one that fits my maximalist aesthetics. Luckily, there is always something for everybody in the secondhand market!


Pocket Square

I’ve always loved menswear, but there are two menswear accessories that I have yet to master – the tie and the pocket square. For some reason, whenever I try wearing a tie I look like a waitress/server, and as for the pocket square, I’ve yet to figure out how to fold/tuck it so it looks natural. Maybe the handkerchiefs I’ve been using are too big, I don’t know. Anyway, here’s my latest attempt. The fold/tuck is OK, but I’m not happy with the color. I wanted to break away from the sea of brown that is my fall/winter wardrobe, but this color combo just doesn’t work (at least it matches my jeans?) Oh well. Back to the drawing board…


Song For Autumn

I hope my US readers are having a safe, fun-filled and food-filled Thanksgiving. For once, we’re actually having some Thanksgiving-appropriate weather as well. These past two years, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy abnormally long falls. Basically, there was no winter, it was just one long fall all the way to spring, with barely a few cold days in between. It’s basically the dream weather for me, and I’m dressing up to my heart’s content. I know it’s a cliche for a style blogger to love the fall, but at least 2/3 of my closet is dedicated to fall clothes. Take this outfit, for example – it’s pretty much just a few random things I threw together, but it still has all the fall colors and textures (including the brooch.) That goes to show how much “fall” dominates my wardrobe.

P/S: The post title is a poem by Mary Oliver.