It’s funny how my style is coming back full circle to the vintage-inspired looks of the blog’s early days. Luckily, trends are coming back, too – it’s now all cottagecore and dark academia, which are just different versions of twee (not that my style was ever that twee.) I was looking at my archive and found this outfit, which I’d be happy to wear today (yes, including the big collar, which is trendy again). So here I recreated the outfit with what I have now, and added some current touches – blazer and suspenders. The suspenders are bit much, but the skirt is slightly large for me and the suspenders are the best way to hold it up, plus they added a dark academia/menswear touch to the outfit, so I’m not complaining.
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Huie’s “Counting Lesson”, I knew I’d want to wear something with polka dots, but I haven’t worn polka dots in so long – it’s all about stripes and plaid for me now; polka dots just seem too twee for some reason – that I don’t quite know what I would wear. Luckily, I remember these polka dot socks that I bought earlier this year and never got around to wearing yet.
For the rest of the outfit, I wanted to mimic the colors and textures in the painting – the wall and the curtain behind the girl, and the chair she’s sitting in – so I went with this blazer and sweater. The bow of my trousers’ belt is a nod to the bow on the girl’s dress, and I also added a lace collar to mimic her Peter Pan collar, and topped it off with a red brooch to mimic her red bow. Overall, I’m happy with the outfit because it feels more “me” while still reflecting the inspiration, rather than being a direct copy of the inspiration without reflecting my style.
After my failed attempt to pair these tall boots with my wide-leg jeans, I moved on to a different pairing – with this skirt. This outfit looks much better, in my opinion, even though (or precisely because) I looked like an extra in Annie Hall. The only quibble I have is that I’m not sure which way looks better – belting the blazer or belting the skirt. Belting the skirt is more comfortable (I didn’t have to constantly adjust the bulk of the blazer around my waist), but belting the blazer is a trendier look. Which one do you prefer?
This has been my uniform for the past few weeks now – actually, it is my uniform for the past few winters, in fact. It rarely gets colder for anything else than a long-sleeve top, a blazer, jeans, and ankle boots. Sometimes I would switch the blazer for a sweater and change the silhouette of the jeans (from skinny to boyfriend to wide-leg), or add a scarf or a brooch to liven things up, but otherwise, this is it. It does make getting dressed in the morning a little easier.
I just raided my mom’s closet this past weekend and found a bunch of goodies – several blazers (here is one of them) and a gorgeous brocade scarf (here it is.) Without access to a well-stocked thrift store, this is the closest I can get to thrifting. The good news is that my mom had an extensive work wardrobe, which she doesn’t wear anymore now that she’s retired, plus she has great taste so a lot of her things are timeless classics.