Pinafore Dress

I’ve wanted a pinafore dress for a while (more exactly, after seeing this dress in “The Queen’s Gambit”), but alas, I haven’t had much luck. This is the closest I can find in my usual secondhand/vintage shops, but it’s still not what I really want – it’s too short and the skirt is not wide enough. It makes me look like a schoolgirl. To be fair, all pinafore dresses look a little girlish no matter how you style them, but this one is even more so, because it looks like a school uniform. I leaned into that when styling this dress, with my white button-up and loafers, but next winter, I might try a more 1960s Mod look (I’ve taken inspiration from all eras of the 20th century, but oddly enough, the 60s is one I’ve never tried) to see if I can make it look more age-appropriate. In the meantime, my search for a pinafore dress continues…


Le Demoiselle

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Picasso’s seminal “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. The outfit actually came together quite quickly for me – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, which makes selecting the right items much easier. As for the rest, I knew I’d wear this skirt, because its stripes of beige and blueish gray are a perfect mimic of the painting’s background, and I also added a belt for the darker splashes of brown. Finally, I topped it off with my “lady” brooch, as a nod to all the ladies in the painting. Easy peasy, and I quite like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!


Suits

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that despite my love for menswear, I’ve never been drawn to the idea of a suit, because I like mixing patterns and textures too much to build an entire outfit around a suit (I prefer skirts over dresses for the same reason – more possibilities for mix-and-match.) Case in point: I bought this suit a while ago, but have never worn the blazer and pants together, partly because of my aforementioned aversion for pant suits, but also because I couldn’t think of what shirt to wear with them. Now that I’ve got this blouse that would add some interest to the outfit, I decided to take the plunge. The verdict? I didn’t hate it, but truth be told, I’d still prefer it if I was wearing them separately :))


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.


Sunday Morning

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Sunday Morning” illustration, my problem was not that I didn’t know what to wear, but rather the opposite – I had so many ideas that I couldn’t pick just one! In the end, though, I decided to go with this combination. I was going to wear my gray waistcoat, but sadly it doesn’t match the gray of my blazer, so I picked this sweater vest instead. There are actually a lot of colors/patterns in the painting, from the flowers on the windowsill to the hats of mom (which I also gave a nod to in my brooch) and the girls, and I think this vest reflects that. Plus, it brings a casual/formal contrast to the outfit, which works well for the painting (mom and the kids’ formal church clothes vs. dad’s sloppy loungewear). For the rest of the outfit, I went with my trusty combo of red cords + lace-up boots. Yes, I wore them for the last SIA challenge too, but when something works, why change it?

Don’t forget to check out Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun illustration!