Crouching Tiger, Hidden Cheetah

I’ve always loved big cats, because my Zodiac is all associated with big cats – in the Chinese Zodiac, I was born in the year of the tiger and the hour of the tiger, and my Western Zodiac sign is Leo. I don’t know much about astrology, but according to Chinese astrology, I’m a “tiger in the forest” or something like that, meaning my “tiger” part tends to be hidden. It makes sense, since people always seem surprised when they learn I’m a Leo/Tiger, because I’m so quiet and reserved (though if they’ve worked with me on film sets or are my students, they would soon learn that I have a temper.)

All this is a roundabout way to talk about my cheetah print. If I want to be pretentious, I could say that it represents the “hidden tiger” part in me (because it’s hidden under the blazer), but the truth is that it just doesn’t fit on the lapel of my blazer, so I wore it on the turtleneck underneath instead.


Wearing White After Labor Day

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.


Untrendy

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.


Dreams Of Winter

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*


Perfect Condition

The last few days before the Lunar New Year (and during the holiday, in fact) were unseasonably warm and dry, fall-like instead of spring/winter, so I was able to change up my outfit formula a bit. It’s the most “blog-worthy” outfit I’ve worn in a while, even though it’s not that different from my usual formula of sweater + coat + jeans. At least the shirt and blazer are a nice change and the brooch is fun, and everything works together instead of feeling forced.

It just further proves the cliche that all style bloggers love the fall. When it’s too cold or too hot, I have to focus on staying warm/cool, so there isn’t much room for sartorial creativity. This kind of weather is perfect (even if it’s unseasonal.)