To Tuck Or Not To Tuck

I don’t know about this outfit, you guys. It’s another embroidered top I got from the annual sale of my local boutique, and I’m a sucker for anything botanical (the embroidery on this particular top is cilantro flowers and seed pods), so I’m excited to wear it, but when I received the top, it turns out to be more cropped than I expected. You’d think that crop tops would work on a long torso like mine, but not always.  When I wore the top untucked, it looked sloppy, and when I tried the French tuck, it didn’t look quite right either. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, when you’re looking forward to wearing a new item and then it turns into a struggle? Maybe it’s the pants. I’ll try pairing it with a different pair next time and see how that works.


Weekly Capsule 28.3: Begin Again

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I’m not a fan of Keira Knightley. She’s not on my Irrational Hate List or anything, but I tend to foam at the mouth every time somebody brings up her version of Pride and Prejudice or Anna Karenina. Not just because perfect adaptations of those books already exist, but also because I don’t know why she keeps getting cast in period pieces. Just because she’s an English rose doesn’t mean that she fits those roles (the exceptions are the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which are not meant to be historically accurate anyway, and Atonement and The Imitation Game – her look does fit the 1940’s.)

To prove my point: I just caught Begin Again on TV the other day, and actually liked her in it. Well, the movie is really charming, and Mark Ruffalo helped a lot, but for once Keira Knightley doesn’t annoy me with her “wrinkled nose” brand of acting. She’s much more believable as a hipster, I think. And aside from the music, I really, really like her character’s style, which I tried to recreate with this outfit – high-waist linen pants, blouse, and flats.

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Top: Zalora, Pants: Mango, Loafers: Footglove, Necklace: Lia Sophia


Weekly Capsule 28.2: Back To Black

black tee gray slouchy pants black slip-ons by 14 shades of grey

I think last week’s explosion of colors (apparently a red striped tee and a floral skirt count as “explosion of colors” to me now) has scared me back to my neutral looks. The weather is actually a lot cooler this week thanks to some rain, so you would think I wouldn’t mind wearing more colors, but not really. It’s funny, though, isn’t it? I started this blog because I wanted to introduce more colors into my wardrobe (hence the blog name, you see, it’s a joke that my wardrobe has only “14 shades of grey”, and also a reference to an album by Staind), and now I’m back to being monochrome again. Good thing the blog name still fits, right?

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: Mango, Sneakers: local shop, Necklace: Venice gift shop


Weekly Capsule 26.1 & SIA: Tabby Cat

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This is the third SIA challenge in a row that I interpreted with a t-shirt, baggy pants, and flats. And I’m not going to change that any time soon because school’s out for the summer, so why not be comfortable, right? Besides, this is the sartorial interpretation of a cat on a chair, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for the feel of the painting if I wasn’t in something lazy and comfortable. It is a little bright compared to the inspiration painting, “Cat on a Chair” by Theophile Steinlen, but between the striped shirt (yes, another striped shirt. You can never have too many striped shirts, I always say), the gray pants, and brown sandals, I think it’s pretty close. I didn’t have either of my cats in the photos with me because they were busy sunning themselves and would get cranky if I woke them up, so I put on my cat brooch instead 😀

If you want to participate in SIA, there is still time to send me your submission; otherwise, check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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T-shirt: Forever21, Pants: Mango, Sandals: gift, Brooch: local shop