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


Capsule Outfit #18/Happy Halloween

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I don’t have anywhere to go on Halloween, but I decide to dress up anyway because one) I wanted to see if I could put together a “costume” just from things in my capsule wardrobe, and two) it’s fun!

So this is my costume, and yes, these are all items from my capsule. I’m Bernard Black from Black Books. I’ve been watching that show over and over for the past month, and I have to say, Bernard Black is my spirit animal. I mean, the guy lives in a bookshop, and he spends the day reading and shouting at people. That’s my dream life right there. Maybe without the constant smoking and drinking though 😀

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My costume is pretty simple: a glass of wine (it’s actually green tea), a cigarette (a piece of rolled-up paper and some Scotch tape), black clothes, and Chelsea boots. That’s it! This is not a hundred percent perfect, of course: Bernard would never wears polka dot, cardigan, or such skinny jeans, I need a book, and I am missing his gloriously tousled Irish hair. But this will have to do. Besides, I can just rip the name tag off and it’ll be a totally normal, wearable outfit. Can you do that with your fancy costumes?

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Shirt: tailor, Cardigan: H&M (hand-me-down), Jeans: Hermes, Boots:


Capsule Outfit #13

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It’s only Tuesday. Is it? I feel like it should be Thursday or something.

Excuse me while I go watch Black Books again. I’ve been working my way through all of Graham Linehan’s comedies, and I love it.

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Shirt: tailor, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Belt: local shop, Boots: Topshop


Capsule Outfit #2

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Another way I’ve made things more difficult for myself with the capsule: because most of the pieces I picked are work horses in my closet, which means that I’ve worn them a lot and am running out of new ways to style them. Now shoes are the one thing I can rely on to make an outfit look different. Take this one, for example. I’ve worn it before, just with different shoes. It’s still pretty warm today, but the humidity is a bit better, so I say, F*ck it, I’m wearing boots. I guess I could wear this with my heeled oxfords too, but I have been waiting to wear these boots for over a month now (they’re the replacement for my trusted Steve Madden ankle boots) and I feel like oxfords can make the outfit look frumpy, while the boots give it an edge.

P/S: Apparently something about this capsule wardrobe is bringing out my foul mouth. But then again I curse pretty freely in my everyday life (always in English though, somehow it sounds less nasty than cursing in my native language), so maybe this is just bringing out the real me.

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Shirt: tailor, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Topshop