No Lump

I don’t often pay much attention to all those “style tips” articles. Most of the times they just complicate things – like, why do I need a 7-step guide on how to roll my sleeves? – and don’t apply to my style at all. That said, there is one “style tip” that I do find useful, which is tucking my sweater into a belt instead of the waistband of my skirt/pants to avoid a lumpy waist. I don’t have to use this trick very often, as most of my sweaters can be left untucked or are thin enough to be tucked into the waistband, but it still works particularly well when the sweater is thick or long, like here. I also find that an elastic belt works better than the typical leather ones.


Velvet And Fur And Feather

This week’s SIA, inspired by Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, took me some thinking. I have several velvet pieces, but none in this exact color. I don’t have any fur or feather things in my closet either. In the end, I went with this sweater again – the pleats and the pearls remind me of the collar and undershirt of the lady’s dress. For the colors, I chose my trusty maroon corduroy pants (plus, corduroy is kind of similar to velvet too – indeed, in Vietnamese, corduroy is called “striped velvet”) and burnt orange coat, and as a nod to the feather on her hat, I accessorized with my feathery brooch. The final outfit is not as close to the original as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy with it.

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


The Solitary Cyclist

I was drawn to this sweater because the puff sleeves and long cuffs remind me of those Edwardian cycling sweaters. I love Edwardian fashion, and I am a cyclist, so of course I snapped this up. It isn’t exactly right (the lack of a high neck is quite noticeable), but that couldn’t stop me from pairing it with my Edwardian-inspired wool skirt and titling this post after a Sherlock Holmes story. I’m not quite brave enough for a pair of bloomers though…


Dapper Cats

I had previously titled a post “Dapper Dog” because I accessorized the outfit in that post with a brooch of a dog wearing a bow tie, so naturally, here, where I’m wearing my cat(s) brooch, the title is inevitable. This waistcoat is one of the velvet ones that I mentioned in last week’s post – initially, I didn’t intend to get a black waistcoat, thinking it is too waitress-y, but after looking around a bit, I realized it is an absolute classic. And it all depends on how you style it anyway, so I’m looking forward to wearing it more.


Galaxy Quest

I bought a bunch of these pleated velvet skirts last season but never got around to wearing them all. You may think that it’ll teach me not to buy multiples in different colors, but of course this year I made the same mistake again, with a different item (you’ll see.) Ah well. At least that means I will always have replacements handy.

Not much to say about the outfit itself – I just took the silver from the skirt and built the outfit around that. Since my sweater features the galaxy, I couldn’t help titling the post after one of my favorite movies of all time. I use it in my teaching at least once a year, and my friends from film school and I still constantly quote it at each other.