I got this shirt from my sister – she has a thing for v-neck blouses, and she’s forever handing them down to me. Now, I never say no to a free shirt, and some of my sister’s shirts have gone on to become work horses in my closet, but this one, I’m not so sure about. Something about the combination of the color and the feminine silhouette doesn’t feel very me – I have a couple of pink shirts, but the silhouettes are more streamlined. Or maybe it’s the way I styled it. I guess I’ll give it another chance to see if it’s a keeper or not.
I don’t know about this outfit, you guys. It’s another embroidered top I got from the annual sale of my local boutique, and I’m a sucker for anything botanical (the embroidery on this particular top is cilantro flowers and seed pods), so I’m excited to wear it, but when I received the top, it turns out to be more cropped than I expected. You’d think that crop tops would work on a long torso like mine, but not always. When I wore the top untucked, it looked sloppy, and when I tried the French tuck, it didn’t look quite right either. It’s frustrating, isn’t it, when you’re looking forward to wearing a new item and then it turns into a struggle? Maybe it’s the pants. I’ll try pairing it with a different pair next time and see how that works.
As I’m reintroducing colors into my wardrobe (actually, I’m re-reintroducing them, having gone full circle “introducing colors – back to neutrals – introducing colors again” since I started the blog), I’m discovering some new color combinations that I haven’t thought of before. When I first started the blog, I might try bright, even eye-searing combinations like red and green, teal and purple, or yellow and fuchsia (ye gods!) but now, my combinations are a little more pleasant, if I do say so myself. Like this gray blouse and mustard culottes, for example. I just thought I’d try pairing them together because of the yellow buttons on the blouse, but they turn out to go quite well together, don’t they?
This may sound like a total stereotype, but like most women, I have a problem with shoes. As in I have too many shoes. And yet I still can’t seem to resist a new pair. Like this one. When I saw it in the store, I was just like SpongeBob going “I don’t need it, I don’t need it, I definitely don’t need it.” I mean, I really don’t. I have enough oxfords in every color of the rainbow (well, not exactly… oh gods I’m giving myself ideas), and a pair of patent black-and-silver oxfords wouldn’t fill any hole in my closet. But they hit that sweet spot between classic, vintage, and whimsical that is exactly my style, so in the end, just like SpongeBob, I screamed “I NEED IT!!!” (not literally) and bought them.
I justified it by saying that the patent leather would make them easier to wear in the rain, but that’s just an excuse. I bought them because I like them, and I can’t wait to wear them. In the end, isn’t that the best reason to buy something though?
I’m not a very trendy person, style-wise. I mostly wear what I like regardless of trends. However, I can’t escape trends altogether, especially when I live in a place still ruled by fast fashion. So my approach is to look at what’s currently on trend and see if any of it can fit into my style. Unfortunately, the most prevalent trend right now seems to be 90s revival, which, no offense, is hideous (my most obnoxious teenage years were spent in those styles; I don’t need to see them again, thank you very much.)
That said, there is one current trend that I can get behind – the wide-leg pants. I’m still holding on to my skinny jeans, but as the weather starts warming up, I want a looser silhouette. So far you’ve seen the wide-leg khaki pants I wore for SIA a couple of weeks ago, and here is another pair. I’m not sure if the blazer works (it’s too long and too boxy), but I’ve gotten a few compliments for this outfit from my students and co-workers, so I must be doing something right.
I called this outfit “Working-class Professor” because the top half, with the turtleneck and the blazer, reads “professor”, while the bottom half, with the jeans and Chelsea boots (complete with mud-caked soles) reads “dock worker”. But the entire look goes together, so it doesn’t matter.
Excuse me for the short post, but I have “Avengers: Endgame” to catch. I’ll be back next week with my thoughts!