Hanoi Woman

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Breton Woman” by Kanae Yamamoto. I thought about wearing my gray striped dress, but the weather warmed up unexpectedly, so I had to look for an alternative. Luckily, my sister just handed this gray skirt down to me, so I paired it with my black blouse and added my feather brooch as a nod to some of the hard/soft lines in the print. All in all, I’m quite happy with how the outfit turned out – perhaps even more so than my original plan!

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!

Back To Basics

The weather is definitely warming up now, so I’m seizing these transitional days to wear some of my more awkward pieces – too light to be worn in the winter, but not breathable enough for the summer – like this dress, for example. For some reason, whenever I wear it, I always revert to my early “twee” days of style blogging with the coordinated accessories and everything, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it?


The weather has been crazy lately, boiling hot and humid one day, then cold and rainy the next. But at least it’s given me a chance to try this look before it gets too warm. I bought this dress last year thinking it would be a pinafore dress like the one in The Queen’s Gambit, but it turns out to be more school uniform than I’d envisioned. Wearing it with a white button-up only exaggerated the schoolgirl look, so I went with this black turtleneck and chelsea boots for more of a 1960s mod-inspired outfit. It’s still quite Beth Harmon-esque, if I may say so myself.

All Gray Every Day

This is the outfit I’d originally put together for the SIA challenge inspired by the portrait of Countess de la Maitrie, but back then, I got annoyed because the grays don’t match. Now though, I looked at it again and the non-matching grays don’t bother me so much anymore, so I thought, why not wear it? No use wasting a perfectly good outfit. I only added the gold snail brooch for a pop of color/shine.

Big Bad Wolf

This is another random outfit I threw together because I’d wanted to wear this brooch for the longest time and couldn’t think of a theme-appropriate outfit to pair with it. I mean, what would be a theme-appropriate outfit for this brooch, other than an actual red cape? So I simply went with a dress to best show off the brooch (though I guess the gray stripes could be seen as a nod to the wolf? I don’t know. It may sound strange on a style blog, but I don’t think that deeply about my outfits, TBH.)