A few housekeeping notes first: I’m keeping my Cuba travel post to one per week because 1) it takes a long time to write one of those posts and assemble all the pictures so I just don’t have the time to write more; 2) I don’t want to overload the blog with too many travel posts at once; and 3) I want to drag it out so I can relive the trip for as long as possible.
Also, until I’m done with the travel posts, I will try to maintain at least one outfit post per week, and this week, here’s a green outfit, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:
I got this sweater from the boys’ section of the store, can you believe it? Apparently I wasn’t the only one that set my eyes on it either, because when I brought it to the check-out counter, several ladies in line asked where I saw it and were really disappointed to learn it was the only one left.
I didn’t wear this specifically for St. Patrick’s Day – this outfit was from a while ago, and I think I was subconsciously influenced by Link from The Legend of Zelda – but St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so it’s perfect, isn’t it?
Like I said, this SIA is pretty easy for me – green, blue, brown, black. When I saw the inspiration painting (“Pond in the Woods” by Georgia O’Keeffe, just in case you forgot), I immediately thought of this coat and this scarf. The rest of the outfit came together very quickly. Then I added my ceramic brooch, because the circle shape and the pattern are reminiscent of the painting, and the swirls of colors in the painting look like glazes to me as well. Done, and done.
Don’t forget to check Erin’s blog to see how others interpret this!
Top: Uniqlo, Scarf & Boots: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage
I wore this to the Christmas pageant at my niece and nephew’s kindergarten, so I threw subtlety out the window and just went straight for the red + green + white (and added the holly brooch in case anybody was still confused.) Of course, it was a good thing my jeans were maroon; true red would’ve been pretty eye-searing – I don’t think I’m brave enough to try that!
Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Coat: thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Hush Puppies
My looks this week – a bit of colors just in time for the holiday:
Here’s a tip: want to wear a scarf with your cowl-neck sweater? Just get a giant blanket scarf and cover up the cowl-neck part. Bam, you’re done.
Figuring out how to style said giant scarf, without making it look like a living thing trying to crawl onto your face, is another matter…
Sweater: Target, Jeans: Mango, Boots & Scarf: local shops, Coat: thrifted
I think one of the reasons I deemed this capsule a failure (other than the fact that I keep shopping all the time to add to it) is that I felt a bit stuck with my style. But it’s a fine line, isn’t it, between being stuck in a style rut and having a go-to look. Like this silhouette, for example – I’ve been wearing it every single day this month, either with riding boots or ankle boots, but I don’t even notice it. So maybe I should just tell myself that there’s nothing wrong with always coming back to a look that works for you. And that is not being stuck, that is just developing your own style.
Shirt: Esprit, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: gift, Scarf: hand-made, Coat: thrifted
When I pick a piece for Style Imitating Art, I usually have a specific piece of clothing in mind, something that I can use to recreate the painting. I don’t plan the whole outfit, because in the week from when I post the inspiration to the deadline, something always comes up – the weather turns colder or warmer, I have a better idea, an early submission gives me a better idea, etc. This time, though, I did have this entire outfit in mind when I picked the inspiration, the cover for Sandman Volume 1, #8, “The Sound of her Wings“, and I wore it exactly. The coat is a no-brainer; the dress is a hand-me-down from my sister, the silhouette is not really my style, but it works – I really can’t imagine Death (Sandman‘s Death anyway) in a fit-and-flare dress, can you? The scarf and the brooch is to mimic the white and soft greenish blue of the cover, and of course the brooch can be an ivy leaf if you squint a bit. The only thing I wish I could recreate is the ankh… oh well, that would be too on-the-nose I guess.
Remember, you still have until tonight to send me your outfit, and come back again tomorrow for the full round-up post!
Dress: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target, Brooch: vintage
It may not look cold in these photos, but trust me, I was freezing my butt off. We’re having what is called “bitter cold”, which means it’s rainy and windy (you can tell by all the little hairs going crazy around my head) and absolutely miserable. Last weekend my ex-roommate from LA stopped by Hanoi during his tour around Southeast Asia, and he was shocked at how cold it was. We did have some fun going around town though. I really wish I could join him for the rest of the tour, but alas, it’s back to the old grind for me. Classes started again yesterday, and this semester my class actually has two sessions per week, so I guess it’s going to be a little bit busier.
Sweater: hand-me-down, Coat: thrifted, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Belt: Forever21, Brooch: vintage