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!


Headscarf

In the summer, I’m constantly searching for new ways to accessorize my outfits. Brooches don’t always work with my summer tops – not just because they may destroy the thinner fabric, but also because my summer tops tend to be printed and a brooch can’t stand out enough, while layering is mostly out of the question (I make do with my waistcoat and suspenders, but can’t rely on them all the time.) So here I am, trying a new look – the headscarf. I actually wear a headscarf like this whenever I bike in the summer, to prevent sweat from falling into my eyes, but it’s the first time I feature it on the blog. For some reason, the headscarf worn like this seems vaguely 1970s to me, so I kept the rest of the outfit 70s-inspired with my jean culottes and clogs.


Come Into The Garden

As I prepared these photos for the blog, I realized that I wore very similar things the same time last year – something about July that makes my outfits take on a decidedly floral look. I guess it’s because the summer flowers in our garden are starting to bloom, so I can’t help but draw some inspirations from them, which means bringing out my floral shirts, green bottoms, and brown shoes. They may not be the most imaginative “flower-inspired” looks, but they’re serviceable and easy to throw on, and in the summer, that’s all I’m asking for.

And on that note, here are some more of our flowers – it’s been a while since I shared these, so enjoy!


Trumpet vine


Rangoon creeper and crepe myrtle

More crepe myrtle


Cape periwinkle and a squash blossom


Light Academia

Dark Academia has been my newest style discovery this past year (I hate using the word “aesthetics”, because I’m strictly just in it for the fashion), but with a focus on layering, heavy fabrics, and dark colors, it’s not an easy one to translate to the summer of my tropical climate. So I’m experimenting with Light Academia instead. I use similar silhouettes and patterns to Dark Academia, but in lighter colors and fabric. I also added a pair of suspenders and use my brooch like a tie pin to highlight the academia/vintage/classic elements of the outfit. I think the outfit is a success, and it’s definitely given me some more ideas to try with my summer style!


A Pretty Pickle

Red and green is a color combo I’m not brave enough to try often (I think I’ve only tried it once, way back when I first started the blog.) The Christmas association is too strong. Plus, in Vietnam, there’s a saying that translates to “Green pants and red shirt prove that you’re a boor”, so maybe that influences me somehow. But lately, I’ve discovered some red/green combinations that are more applicable, when the red and green are less saturated – like here, which is more like pink and green (the gingham tones down the red color a bit), or red and olive green. It would be fun to try more opposite color combos like that.

On an unrelated note, the post title is obviously a reference to my brooch, but it’s also a joke because my family, despite our large garden, has never been able to grow cucumbers. One year my dad started three pots, which grew and covered the entire trellises, but never produced a single flower, let alone a fruit. After that he got frustrated and quit trying to grow cucumbers again.