Rewired

Occasionally, after I’ve been in a sartorial slump like I have over the past few weeks, I would try to put a bit more thoughts into an outfit to get my “mojo” back, so to speak (actually I don’t use phrases like “get my mojo back”, which sounds so corny to me. Plus “mojo” only makes me think of Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls.) The result is often spotty – sometimes I would chance on something good and get inspired again; sometimes I would overthink it and end up with an awkward mess. This outfit falls somewhere in the middle. It isn’t an awkward mess, but it certainly didn’t look as good as I pictured it in my head. I guess I’m going back to my minimalist phase for a bit longer…

(P/S: I was going to title this post “Re-inspired”, but the outfit is not “inspired” exactly. Then I saw Kasabian playing on TV and just grabbed the song title. It’s close enough.)

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Fake Suit

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know I have this thing about blacks and whites that don’t match, i.e. they drive me insane. I’m not sure if it’s something I picked up from reading Tom & Lorenzo, or if it’s just the way my brain works, or if it’s because I have a lot of black clothes but none of them match. So I was really excited when I found that my black blazer and my black pants are close enough that I could wear them together.

… Well, they kinda match. If you tilt your monitor at a certain angle.

Maybe I should just buy a suit and be done with it.

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Shirt: tailor, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 40.1 & SIA: Bibliophile

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Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Be Kind to Books” poster. It’s pretty self-explanatory – I know there is no polka dot in the original poster, but the shade of blue of my shirt matches the blue in the poster exactly, so I couldn’t pass it up. The funny thing is, around the same time last year I wore a very similar outfit that could work for this SIA challenge as well, so this time I tried it with a different skirt and shoes. My mustard oxfords (RIP) would’ve been perfect, but alas, I had to make do with these brown pair. And of course, my book necklace is a must 🙂

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog tomorrow for other outfits inspired by this work of art!

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Shirt: tailor, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: self-made


Lunar Holiday Capsule 04: Stain-Resistant

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I picked this outfit specifically for firework watching on New Year’s Eve and going to my uncle’s yesterday for the New Year feast. It’s dressy enough, but still comfy, and the sweater and jeans are dark – but not black – so I didn’t have to worry about getting food or drink on them. I actually spilled wine on myself as I was trying to open the bottle, so it’s great that I was wearing wine-colored jeans!

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Shirt: tailor, Sweatshirt: Next, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: local shop (they’re all cracked and gross so I’m using them as glorified rain boots for now), Brooch: vintage


Lunar Holiday Capsule 02: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

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I posted this outfit anyway, even though it’s not very blog-worthy, because all these pieces are going to be parts of my holiday capsule. Plus I wanted to link up to this week’s Work My Closet challenge, which is to wear red, pink, or purple, to get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Now if you guys have been reading the blog for a while, you know how I feel about commercialized “holidays” like Valentine’s (and if you don’t, I have one word about them: ugh), but I’ve never been one to turn down theme-dressing, so here is my contribution to Valentine’s. Oh and eating a lot of chocolate too.

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Shirt: tailor, Sweatshirt: Zalora, Jeans & Boots: local shops


Weekly Capsule 05.1: The Forgotten

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One of my goals for the weekly capsules is trying to wear the pieces I had to exclude from my previous seasonal capsule because of the arbitrary limited numbers. Like this sweater, for example. I like the color and the shape, except when I wear it again after all this time, I realized why I didn’t put it into my capsule in the first place – a cowl-neck sweater is kind of awkward to style, isn’t it? I mean, it’s not a turtleneck, so it doesn’t provide coverage for your neck, but what can you do if your neck gets cold? A scarf with a cowl-neck sweater is like socks with sandals, it’s just… no (believe me, I’ve tried.)

So the best I can do is layer a button-up underneath it, like this, or maybe save it for days when I don’t have to wear a scarf. Which doesn’t seem likely this week, what with my recent sore throat and a cold snap just coming in. Any idea?

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Sweater: Target, Shirt: tailor, Jeans: Mango (hand-me-down), Boots: Aldo


Parade/Capsule Outfit #29

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So, for those of you who celebrate it, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? Filled with good food and good company, I hope? For me it was just a normal weekend, but the nice thing about working for a US company is that you get the US holiday off too, so I did have some slow time to catch up on my TV shows and my books.

Anyway, here’s my entry for this week’s SIA, inspired by the short film “Parade or Here They Are Coming Down Our Street” by Charles and Ray Eames. The piece is so rich in colors and textures that I had a hard time deciding where to pull my inspiration from, but after watching it again, I saw this clown figure and this Japanese carriage:

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I decided to put the two together, using my polka dot chambray shirt and my dad’s Japanese scarf. I then added my floral ankle boots because hey, some more patterns and colors won’t hurt, right? And better yet, I managed to stick to my capsule wardrobe! Win-win.

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Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog for more interpretations of this awesome piece of inspiration!

Shirt: tailor, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Betts, Scarf: borrowed from my dad