Puss In Boots

Because I’m wearing a pussy bow blouse and boots, get it? I know, terrible. Anyway, a pussy bow blouse is one of those typically “vintage” pieces that I tend to stay away from, because it always strikes me as overly fussy – I like vintage style, but even with vintage, I still prefer clean lines and straightforward designs, and fussy things like bows, ruffles, and lace trims always make me feel sloppy and overwhelmed. However, this blouse is fairly straightforward, even with the bow, so I’m willing to give it a try. By pairing it with simple and slightly masculine pieces like here, I think I can balance out the fussiness.


Edwardian Dapper

(The blur on my blazer is actually a dragonfly mid-flight. I thought it looked cool)

While I enjoy incorporating vintage/historical elements in my outfits, I tend to combine them with more modern pieces, for practical reasons – it’s just difficult finding vintage pieces around here. However, since rediscovering secondhand shopping, I’ve been navigating toward more purely vintage/historical looks. Take this outfit, for example. Before, I would probably wear this shirt with jeans or a leather jacket to “modernize” it a bit, but now I just thought, What the heck. Let’s dress like a Teddy Boy/Girl, because I want to. (That said, the Teddy Boys and Girls actually took their inspiration from the Edwardian era, so their style is already a modernized version.)


Dark Academia

Dark academia” is certainly the buzzword of this year, isn’t it? I was a bit annoyed about it, because I’ve been dressing like this (cozy knits, wool and tweed, blazers, etc.) in fall/winter since forever, and now Gen Z is suddenly acting like they invented it? I’m just kidding. I don’t really care where the aesthetic comes from, I’m just happy that it’s on trend right now. It’s also a happy coincidence that the year dark academia becomes a trend is also the year I rediscover thrift/secondhand/vintage shopping, where it’s much easier to find clothes that fit this aesthetic, so I can put together a head-to-toe look like this for a fraction of the price.