Hazy Shade Of Winter

I know I said we’ve had our first cold snap of the season a couple of weeks ago, but it appears the “real” cold snap – one that lasts more than a few days – doesn’t arrive until next week. In the meantime, it’s gray and drizzling and miserable (hence the post title, which, of course, is also a song by Simon&Garfunkel/The Bangles and a “Stranger Things” reference).

It’s reflected in my outfit too. This jacket is a Teacher’s Day gift from my students, and it’s pretty nice, except it’s a bit short and baggy for my style. So far I haven’t tried pairing it with anything other than skinny jeans, but we’ll see.

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The Shadow King

Now this is a much better styling of these gray plaid pants than what I posted on Wednesday. I think I look better in these types of clean, minimalist, but I don’t always get them right because my vintage-loving mind still tells me I need some colors or patterns or accessories. I have to remind myself that what I like and what looks good on me are two different things.

I can’t take full credit for this outfit though. It’s actually inspired by one of Aubrey Plaza’s costumes in “Legion” (if you’ve seen the show, then you’ll understand the post title). I remembered watching this episode and thinking, “I have to put together an outfit like that.” I have most of the pieces, but what I really want are those kick-ass checkered socks. My plaid pants are meant to mimic them, but they’re really not the same.


Sweater Set

Do you guys have an outfit or a silhouette that you always try to wear but can never get quite right? For me it’s this oddly specific combination of plaid pants & embroidered cardigans/sweaters. I think I was influenced by Mad Men (Betty from season 1, to be precise), but it beats me why this combination looks good¬† or why I’m so determined to get it right. It’s not particularly flattering to me, and I’m never happy with any of my versions of it either. I tried it once before but it didn’t quite work, and this time, it’s slightly better but not by much. I just haven’t found the right cardigan or the right pair of pants yet (none of my pants have a high enough waist). Guess I’ll just keep trying…


Wednesday Addams

I know, I know, Wednesday Addams is supposed to be in all black, but I’m posting this on Wednesday, so I’m allowed to stretch it a bit, right?

I do admit though, this would look better with black shoes. However, since my black heels broke a couple of months ago, I have tried in vain to search for a replacement pair. Either the heels are too high (I can’t handle anything over 3″ these days), or the material isn’t right, or the shape isn’t right, or (this is the most common reason, *sighs*) they’re too expensive. Apparently, finding a pair of basic black heels isn’t as easy as I thought.


Kuroki Neko

This outfit came together very quickly for me. I took one look at the inspiration painting, “Black Cat” by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso, and though, “Yellow, black, and gray. Done.” If it were colder I would’ve worn a gray sweater underneath the black blazer to mimic the texture of the tree trunk, but for now this T-shirt would do.

What actually took a long time is deciding which of my cat brooches to wear. In the end, I opted for this instead of the wooden one, for a bit of sparkle. I figured the outfit was minimalist enough, so it needed some actual bling to stand out.

Don’t forget, you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. There are some pretty cool ones already, so this should be a fun round-up!


Monday Casual

Usually I don’t put a close-up first in a post, but is this the perfect Monday shirt or what? (I’m posting it on Wednesday, but I wore this on Monday.) The only downside is that I can only wear it Monday. And maybe late Sunday. Any other day and it would be like wearing a Christmas sweater in January.

Full disclosure: I actually got this shirt from the kid’s section of H&M while shopping for my niece. But it was on sale, it fits, and besides, the graphic is more suitable for an adult, right? Kids have no concept of Monday blues, do they? Or maybe they do now, I don’t know. They have pretty stressful lives these days, compared to when I was a kid.


Angel Applicant

 

Believe it or not, I was actually wearing this outfit when I got Erin’s email about this week’s SIA inspiration – “Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee. That’s what I call serendipity.

Of course, because I put the outfit together before I got the email, some details don’t quite match – like my bow brooch, for example – but the rest of it, from the sweatshirt to the jeans and the boots, is spot on, if I do say so myself.

P/S: I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection before, but between the gray color and the title “Angel Applicant”, the figure in this painting really reminds me of a Weeping Angel. If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you watch “Blink”, one of the most terrifying and arguably most famous episodes of Doctor Who. I promise you’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder at every stone statue you see afterward.