Out of all the fashion “rules” I’ve heard of, “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is the most idiotic. Not just because it’s elitist bullshit, but also because it makes no sense – for example, if you wear white in March 2020, as I am here, you can say that it’s after Labor Day of 2019, but it’s actually before Labor Day of 2020. So which is it, fashion police? Am I breaking the rule? I know, I know, the actual rule is that you wear white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day, but what about other countries that don’t have those days that clearly mark the beginning and the end of summer? See, it’s just a rule begging to be broken.
P/S: These pants are actually fleece-lined (I brought them for my Russia trip) so I can only wear them in the winter, white or not.
I’m not a very trendy person, style-wise. I mostly wear what I like regardless of trends. However, I can’t escape trends altogether, especially when I live in a place still ruled by fast fashion. So my approach is to look at what’s currently on trend and see if any of it can fit into my style. Unfortunately, the most prevalent trend right now seems to be 90s revival, which, no offense, is hideous (my most obnoxious teenage years were spent in those styles; I don’t need to see them again, thank you very much.)
That said, there is one current trend that I can get behind – the wide-leg pants. I’m still holding on to my skinny jeans, but as the weather starts warming up, I want a looser silhouette. So far you’ve seen the wide-leg khaki pants I wore for SIA a couple of weeks ago, and here is another pair. I’m not sure if the blazer works (it’s too long and too boxy), but I’ve gotten a few compliments for this outfit from my students and co-workers, so I must be doing something right.
The weather has warmed up for real now, but I still have a bunch of outfits backlogged, so here is one of them. Even though I’m liking my experiments with new silhouettes, they’re mostly for warm weather (loose-fitting tops + wide-leg pants), so I still turn to this classic look of sweater/blazer (or both) + jeans + boots when the weather is cooler. It would be interesting to see how the new approach to my personal style would turn out next winter (or if I’m still interested in it), but for now, I still have 6+ months of warm weather to get through… *sighs*
You know that weird limbo week between Christmas and New Year when you don’t know what day it is and what you’re supposed to do? It’s like that for us now, except it’s a whole month between Christmas/New Year and the Lunar New Year. We don’t have an official New Year celebration, but we do get a day off, and then it just kind of bleeds into the preparation for the Lunar New Year. It’s even more confusing at school because that was the end of our fall semester and now the new semester has started but nobody really wants to work because our minds are all on that long break.
Basically, we’re all tired and want a break, is what I’m saying.
Anyway, this was what I actually wore for Christmas – it was a normal working day for us, so I just celebrated by adding a Christmas tree brooch to my blazer.
Speaking of which, check out this awesome tree at our school – can you guess what it’s made of? That’s right, it’s 35mm film! Only at a film school, right?
This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by the 1886 fashion plate of Scandinavian magazine Freja. OK, I have to admit that I actually put this outfit together before Jen sent the inspiration, but this fit the inspiration so well that I decided to use it for SIA too. My plaid blazer and striped top (my “Edwardian shirt” may have been a better choice, but I’ve worn it a lot lately, so this would do too) mimic the white dress with plaid trims, while the pattern on my brown boots can be seen as an echo of the brown lace dress. I would love to be able to wear an actual 1880’s dress for this SIA, but this is a good, real-world interpretation of the inspiration, and I’m happy with it.
Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this fashion plate!