Cold Weather Uniform

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.


Victorian Urchin

Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*


Goodbye 2019

For the last outfit post of 2019, I opted for something simple. It’s inspired by (or rather, is a copy of) this look, but try as I may, I just couldn’t get my outfit to look as sharp and cool as the inspiration. I tried tucking in my sweater but it looked lumpy, so I tried a half-tuck, only for it to look sloppy instead. I guess I just have to accept I’ll always look slightly sloppy.

As it’s Christmas next week, I’m taking a break from the usual post schedule and do my yearly reviews instead – SIA, books, and outfits. Stay tuned!


Mom Clothes

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.


Keep On Skirting

As I mentioned last week, this is optimal weather for wearing skirts (for me anyway) – cool in the morning and sunny during the day – so I’m bringing out another favorite skirt that I don’t wear often enough. Yes, it’s another midi, button-front skirt, but it seems that’s all I’m reaching for these days. I used to wear knee-length or just below-the-knee skirts, but now I tend to go for longer ones. I’m not sure if it’s just the weather (longer skirts = warmer) or it’s my changing style.

In other news, these boots are on their last legs (pun unintended) so I’m trying to wear them as much as I can this season before tossing them. They’ve had a good run (over 5 years!), but I still feel a little sad to see them falling apart. I have plenty of brown ankle boots, but none goes with skirts and dresses as well as these.


Tapestry

I have to admit that this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tapestry” by Sam Gilliam, really stumped me. It features a lot of colors, and I don’t have anything that colorful in my closet. My attempts at combining different colors just looked random. Then I suddenly remembered my socks – they’re certainly colorful, but are they enough? Finally, I decided to pick the loudest pair of socks I have as an accent and base the rest of the outfit on textures instead – the artwork itself is smooth, but I like how the different panels and colors seem to give it a sense of texture, so I chose my wool sweater and this new pair of corduroy pants to reflect that. Plus, the cream of the sweater and the mustard yellow of the pants can also be found in the piece, and if you look closely, there are flecks of different colors on my sweater as well.

And that’s why I love SIA – it allows you to think differently and creatively about your outfit. Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog later in the week to see other outfits inspired by this artwork!


Striped Embroideries

For this week’s SIA, inspired by an 18th-century embroidery sample, I immediately knew I’d wear this embroidered sweatshirt. The bottom, however, required a bit of thinking. I could pair it with my black or gray jeans and be done with it, but I wanted to do something a little different, so in the end, I decided to layer the sweatshirt on top of this striped dress to reflect the striped background of the sample. Finishing off is my trusted pair of embroidered boots, just in case there aren’t enough embroideries in this outfit.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog for more outfits inspired by this work!