Prepster

Though I wear a lot of preppy things – button-up shirts, stripes, loafers, oxfords, etc. – I never describe my style as “preppy”. To be honest, I find preppy style a bit boring, and I’d like to think my style is more eclectic than that (which is another way of saying I don’t like to confine myself to a rigidly defined “style”; I just wear whatever the hell I want). However, occasionally I do put together a pretty straightforward preppy outfit, like this one.  I mean, all that’s missing is a pearl necklace, right?

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Tiny Glasses

I’ve noticed that I haven’t worn a lot of jewelry lately. One reason is that not a lot of my summer clothes go well with brooches, which is my jewelry of choice, but a bigger reason is that I’ve been feeling burned out on jewelry. I don’t buy them anymore, and I tend to focus mostly on the silhouette and proportion of my outfits instead of accessories. I’m sure when the weather cools down and I wear more layers, I would start wearing jewelry more, but for now, I’m keeping it simple. But that doesn’t mean I’m not having fun with it too – like with this eyeglasses brooch. Usually I would wear it horizontally like a normal brooch, but this time I decided to wear it like how you would put glasses into your pocket.


Autumn Scribbles

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”. This shirt is new, and I have to admit, I bought it because I was thinking of SIA – the color may not be the same, but the scribble print is perfect for it, right? Of course, I didn’t buy it solely because of SIA. The shirt is silk, so it’s super comfortable to wear as well.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple and neutral, to stick close to the color scheme of the inspiration painting. Yes, it looks more summer than autumn, with the white pants and sandals, but the weather is still summery, so what can I do?

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up!


India Inspired

After I wore this tunic with jeans for SIA, I thought that the silhouette looks familiar, but I couldn’t place it until I realized it was similar to what Indian women often wear in everyday life – fitted trousers (churidar) with a tunic (kurta). Even the embroideries are reminiscent of the designs on the kurta as well, though perhaps not as elaborate. So today I decided to recreate the silhouette more faithfully, with actual trousers instead of jeans and flat sandals instead of heels. The funny thing is that the outfit can also be seen as a modern take on the traditional styling of the Vietnamese áo dài (which is a long tunic over loose-fitting trousers). But that’s what I love about style – you can take your inspiration from almost anywhere!


Blanked

I just want to let you guys know that posting will be a bit sporadic from now until the end of May. I will try to stick to a Monday – Wednesday – Friday schedule. It’s finals time, which is always busy, plus this year I’m the thesis advisor for three graduating students on top of my usual classes, so I’ve got extra work to do. Yay.

Looking back at my archive, I realize I could always tell when my schedule was crazy, because that’s when my outfits start to lose colors and patterns – I think my brain can only handle so much. I’m afraid the next few outfits are going to be just as colorless and patternless as this one.

Another housekeeping thing: I’m going to do away with the “naming the brand” thing at the end of the post where I list each item in my outfit and what brand it’s from. There is no link and I’m not making any money from the blog, so who cares, right? If you guys want to know where a particular item is from, you can always shoot me a question in the comment.


Rosy And Sparkly

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a roses-and-sequins painting of the growArts program, I had decided to bring out my trusty rose-printed tunic. However, the weather turned cold suddenly (the last cold snap of the season, I believe), so I had to go with a looser interpretation. In the end, though, I’m quite happy with the outfit – it has most of the colors of the painting, and the embellishments on my sweatshirt bring just the right touch of sparkles. I also managed to take pictures with some pink roses in the background, so the roses are represented as well.

Don’t forget to check out Erin’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this!

Sweatshirt: Zalora, Pants: Mango, Heels: Zara


Preppy

navy gingham shirt white pants brown oxfords by 14 shades of grey

“Preppy” is not a word I usually use to describe my style. Yes, I wear a lot of button-ups, oxford shoes, gingham, and cardigans. But I don’t wear pearls. I think my style is a bit more eclectic than that. However, sometimes you just have to go with a cliche, especially when it’s too early in the week and you’re already running out of ideas for outfits.

Basically, this outfit started out with a pair of shoes. I wanted to wear these oxfords with my white pants, simply because I haven’t paired them together. Then I thought, “Hey, that looks kind of preppy,” and figured what the heck, I’ll be literal this time and wear my gingham shirt. A bit boring, but I’m OK with it.

navy gingham shirt white pants by 14 shades of greywhite pants brown oxfords by 14 shades of grey

navy gingham shirt leaf pin by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Pants: Mango, Oxfords: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21