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!


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!