Weekly Capsule 02.3

white shirt navy dress brown ankle boots by 14 shades of grey

I notice that this week’s outfits have been even more repetitive than last week’s (all sweater + jeans + ankle boots), so in an attempt to have a different silhouette, I added this shift dress to this week’s capsule. It’s fitting too, because Audrey of Putting Me Together has just started a weekly style challenge, and this week’s theme is “wear a dress”.

I would like to wear more dresses and skirts in the winter too, but I find it really difficult to figure out what sweater and shoes to pair with a dress or skirt. Even this outfit took me half an hour last night trying things on and fussing, before I said “Ah, fuck it” and decided on this combination – which is OK but not my favorite (plain black tights and black boots would be better.) With jeans it’s so much easier. You can just pretty much throw anything on and they’ll go together.

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gray tights brown ankle boots by 14 shades of greygray circle scarf locket brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Tights: local shops, Dress: Gap (thrifted), Boots: Topshop, Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage


Capsule Outfit #35

gray cableknit sweater chambray shirt blue jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

I think one of the reasons I deemed this capsule a failure (other than the fact that I keep shopping all the time to add to it) is that I felt a bit stuck with my style. But it’s a fine line, isn’t it, between being stuck in a style rut and having a go-to look. Like this silhouette, for example – I’ve been wearing it every single day this month, either with riding boots or ankle boots, but I don’t even notice it. So maybe I should just tell myself that there’s nothing wrong with always coming back to a look that works for you. And that is not being stuck, that is just developing your own style.

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Shirt: Esprit, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: gift, Scarf: hand-made, Coat: thrifted


Flamingo

tan sweater black midi skirt grey scarf red heels by 14 shades of grey

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo”, I knew I was going to wear my red heels to mimic the sculpture itself, but I had no idea about the rest of the outfit. Then when I looked at the photo of the sculpture again, I came up with the idea of wearing all neutrals so that the heels would stand out like how the sculpture stands out from the buildings around it. I liked this when I put it together, but now when I look at the photos again, I realize it’s that weird mix between fussy and frumpy that some of my outfits usually end up when I overthink things (jeans might be better.) It looks like simplifying my style will be more difficult than I thought…

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tan sweater black midi skirt grey scarf by 14 shades of greyblack midi skirt red heels by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: J.Crew (thrifted), Skirt: thrifted, Heels: Steve Madden (thrifted), Tights: Target, Scarf: self-made

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog to see how this is interpreted! It’s the first time a sculpture is featured in SIA, so it should be awesome.


Blogging Ups And Downs

red coat tan sweater blue jeans black riding boots by 14 shades of grey

I completely forgot that the blog turned three this Wednesday. It has been miserable these last few days, rainy and cold, so I couldn’t come up with any outfit more interesting than a variation of this: sweater with button-up or scarf or both, jeans, boots, big coat – in short, the same old things I’ve been wearing all winter. I still prefer winter over summer, but seriously, this is getting ridiculous. I remember this time last year I was already in T-shirts and skirts with bare legs, and now I’m still shivering in tons of layers? I’ve had quite enough of that, thank you very much.

But then the weirdest thing happened when I was uploading these photos into my computer. I suddenly felt excited again, and it took me a while to realize that in those three days I stayed off the blog, I actually missed it – this whole process of putting together an outfit post. I can’t believe I’ve been doing it for three years now, but I think the fact that I missed it means that I can keep doing it. And that is a very appropriate conclusion to this belated blog birthday post.

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red coat tan sweater green plaid shirt by 14 shades of grey

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red coat blue jeans black riding boots by 14 shades of greyred coat blue jeans black riding boots by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Urban Oufitters, Sweater: J.Crew (thrifted), Coat: Forever21 (thrifted), Jeans: H&M, Boots: local shop, Scarf: self-made


Totally Coral

striped sweater pink coat wide-leg jeans by 14 shades of grey

After the freezing cold of the past week, I’m ready for some spring colors, so I pulled out this coat even though it’s still a bit too chilly for it. It’s not until I looked at these photos that I realized nothing in this outfit really go together. Well, maybe the coat and the striped sweater do. I should’ve worn my darker trouser jeans, but these are warmer, and this scarf has a permanent home on my neck now, so I didn’t feel like taking it off. I guess my winter outfits are just a constant battle between being comfortable and being put-together… and comfort usually wins.

P/S: Anybody caught the SpongeBob reference in the title? Because the coat is, you know, coral-ish… no? I’m just a dork then? OK.

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wide-leg jeans heeled loafers by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Forever21, Jeans: hand-me-down, Coat: H&M (hand-me-down and dyed), Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage, Heels: Payless

ETA: Since I’m linking up to Mix-It Monday, here are a few ways I’ve worn this sweater before.

blue striped sweater black pants mustard heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greyblue striped sweater polka dot dress red flats by 14 shades of grey

blue striped sweater mustard scarf black maxi skirt by 14 shades of greyblue striped sweater black skinny pants by 14 shades of grey