I hope everybody is still doing well in isolation. I guess I’m luckier than most people – luckier than most of my co-workers, even – that I can work from home easily (it’s not easy teaching a class on cinematography from home, that’s for sure) and that I’m used to it. However, working from home by choice is different from being forced to work from home, so I still feel a little stir-crazy after a while. In an attempt to liven things up, I decided to add some funky socks to my work-from-home outfits, making them more blog-worthy. The colorful socks lifted my spirits, and taking photos got me out of the house (even if it’s only into the garden) and making the days seem more normal.
So here’s a variation on my “cold weather uniform” – it still consists of a turtleneck, jeans, blazer, and boots, but because we just had a cold snap, the turtleneck is a sweater and the boots are taller. I wasn’t happy with the blazer – I should’ve gone with an actual jacket – but it gets the job done. And because of the boots, which are kind of equestrian to me, I had to add my Western brooch.
I just realized that I tend to go seasonal with not just my clothes but my jewelry as well. Take this brooch, for example – I almost never wear in during the warmer month (mostly because it’s too heavy for my summer clothes, but also something about the Western theme makes me only want to pair it with jeans and boots.) In the fall, I’d wear my leaf brooches, and I’d wear my flower brooches more often during spring and summer. I guess it makes sense to me because most of my brooches usually have clear “themes” to them, but does anyone else do this?
This is it. I have reached peak-gray. I was going to wear this gray turtleneck with my leather jacket, but when I saw that it exactly matches my gray coat, I had to pair them together. I almost wore my charcoal gray jeans as well, but even I had to decide that would be pushing things too far (plus those jeans aren’t as warm as these black ones, and it was a freezing day). I added my yellow enamel brooch so I wouldn’t look like a walking concrete column, which… kinda worked, I guess?
Happy 2014! My first outfit post of the year couldn’t be more basic, but it’s still noteworthy because this coat is actually the first piece I thrifted ever since I moved home. Thrifting here is less common than it is in the US, not because we don’t have thrift stores, but because there is no system like Goodwill and the various consignment stores. Here the shops actually ship their stuff in from other places and you just have to dig through piles and piles of stuff hoping you will find something great and not just a cheap old knock-off. Most of the time you’re better off buying new anyway, because it’s not that much more expensive. Still, just like thrifting in the US, sometimes you do hit gold. Some of my co-workers are quite committed thrifters, so I joined them on a shopping trip last week and came back with this coat. I was drawn to the deep green color – I don’t have enough of that in my closet – and the slightly military-inspired feel. Hey, all I need is a loose greyish shirt, and I could dress up as Ichabod Crane for next Halloween (alas, my hair will never be as glorious as Tom Mison’s though.)
Coat: thrifted, Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Forever21, Boots: Vietnamese shop, Brooch: vintage