Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

I’ve been listening to The Kinks a lot lately, hence the title, but it’s kind of related to my post as well. When it comes to fashion trends,  although I don’t really follow them, I’m not anti-trend either. Instead, I just pick whatever trends that speak to my own style and preference, and take inspirations from them rather than following them blindly. So that means no ’00s fashion (I’ve been there once and hated it, thank you every much), but dark academia and some cottagecore? Yes, please. Take this outfit, for example: it’s the combination of those two trends – the big collar for cottagecore (I’m so happy that I keep this dress-turned-blouse), and the color scheme and the plaid for dark academia – but it still feels me.

All this reflection is because I recently read on a fashion forum a question asking whether bike shorts are cute or not, as the OP was having a hard time getting into the trend. And that kind of boggled my mind. To me, if you like a trend and want to follow it, then who cares what everybody thinks? On the other hand, if you’re not sure about a trend, then just… don’t do it? It’s really that simple.


Of all the things I left back in LA when I moved home, the one that I think about the most (other than my books) is this plaid wool skirt, which I bought to dress up as Peggy from Mad Men one Halloween. It’s probably not going to fit me now and may be too heavy for our climate, but it is perfect for my style now (it goes to show that my style really has come full circle.) I’ve been searching for a replacement for a while, and although I’ve found a couple of brown plaid skirts (seen here and here), none of them is quite right – either it’s too short or the fabric is different. This one may be the closest in terms of length and fabric, but it’s still not perfect. But I think I should stop looking for that perfect one. I have enough skirts already, and it’s very unlikely that I would come across the exact piece (it’s only happened to be once, with this top.)

Night Sky

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the Nebra sky disk. I originally bought this sweater (which is a knock-off of a Dior design) because it reminded me of the star spirits in Howl’s Moving Castle (you know, these creepy things), but then I noticed its similarity to the sky disk too, so of course I had to wear it for this challenge. I paired it with these green corduroy pants to mimic the green background of the disk. Sadly, I don’t have any gold shoes, so these brown boots would have to do, and finally, to maximize the celestial theme, I added a sun, moon, and stars brooch too.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this!

Brown Whale

This outfit is a little too summery for this time of year, but the dress material is actually heavier than it looks, which is why I’ve been saving it until now. I tried to make the outfit more autumnal by pairing the dress with brown accessories, but because of the blue of the dress, I felt I had to have a nautical touch in there somehow, so I added this whale brooch – it’s nautical, and it’s made out of wood, so the color is still within the blue-brown scheme. Hey, I’m nothing if I don’t overthink every single detail of my outfit, right?

Garden Under Rain

I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Gauguin’s “Garden under Snow“, but we had some rain and the temperature dropped, giving me a chance to bring out some more winter-y clothes – this cardigan and these wool pants. The colors of the cardigan are a nod to the snowy background (so is the peek of blue of my socks), and Daenel mentioned that tweed may be a texture to bring out the sense of movement in the painting, so I thought these pants would do. All in all, I’m really happy with this outfit, even if it was a last-minute decision.

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!