Dress Renewal

I tend to not feature dresses a lot on the blog – not as much as skirts anyway – because it’s always difficult to turn them into different outfits. Even if you wear different shoes, it would still look the same. Of course, this is a “blog” problem rather than a real-life problem, but still, I would like to show off my dresses more often. But after the SIA outfit last week, when I layered a button-up with a dress, I suddenly remembered that it was an option (provided that the weather isn’t too scorching, of course). So here is another variation of the same look. I like the color combo of navy and mustard yellow, and both the dress and the shirt are very light-weight, so even though it was pretty muggy, they were still comfortable to wear. Definitely going to try more of this!


Girl In Beige And Brown

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Robert Henri’s portrait “Girl in Rose and Gray“. Like I said in my post last week, I don’t really see rose and gray in the painting; rather, I see beige and brown (I guess it’s a case of The dress), so I went with those colors. These culottes are perfect to mimic the drapes of the woman’s dress, and I added a waistcoat and my lace-up mules to reflect the layering and crisscrossing of the fabrics. I’m really happy with how the outfit turns out. Sure, it was a bit hot for a waistcoat, but for SIA, I’m willing to go a little unseasonable.

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


Bug Bites

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of Amber Share’s “Subpar Parks” posters, based on one-star reviews of the Sequoia National Park. I actually built the entire outfit around this T-shirt – it’s one of the rare new things I bought recently (from the boys’ section of Uniqlo – why can’t the women’s section have cute shirts like this?). The green color and the graphic print are perfect to mimic the poster, and I paired it with these pants and shoes to mimic the brown tree trunks.

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


Channeling Audrey

At the risk of sounding really basic, I’m totally channeling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday with this outfit. The general feel of the outfit is there though my skirt is not quite right, my shirt (a hand-me-down from my mom) has a camp collar rather than a normal button-up, and I’m missing a neckerchief. Actually, I built this entire outfit around the shoes. I don’t often go for such obvious inspiration, but when I saw that Aundrey was wearing lace-up flats in the still image (I didn’t pay much attention to her shoes when I was watching the movie – I only remembered the shirt and the skirt), I immediately thought of my lace-up mules and the rest of the outfit came together from there.


Hedge Witch

I recently saw this lovely print collection of different “witch” aesthetics and thought if I were a witch, I’d be a hedge witch all the way (in those “Which Hogwarts professor are you?” quizzes, I always get Professor Sprout.) I guess it came from having a gardener for a dad and growing up surrounded by a rambling garden, and it certainly explains why I’m always drawn to botanical/floral prints.

The print is so cute that I was inspired to put together an outfit with this “hedge witch” aesthetic. The thing is, my style is not witchy at all – when I think “witchy”, I think loose, flowy silhouettes, fringes, black, basically like the cast of American Horror Story: Coven. So this is what I came up with – it is as “witchy” as I can get, while still staying close to my everyday style.