Capsule Outfit #35

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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.

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Shirt: Esprit, Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: gift, Scarf: hand-made, Coat: thrifted


The Sound Of Her Wings

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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 SandmanĀ 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!

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Dress: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target, Brooch: vintage


Brrrr

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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.

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Sweater: hand-me-down, Coat: thrifted, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Belt: Forever21, Brooch: vintage


Crazy Cat Lady

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So far I’ve spent my break catching up on Elementary (which is growing on me) and Sleepy Hollow (which is fun but so uneven, hopefully the second season will be more cohesive). I still have tons of Doctor Who to watch, because I have to be in a specific mood to watch it. I don’t take a complete break from work though, I’m still translating and doing subtitles, but it’s far easier, so it still feels like a vacation after the last few crazy weeks.

Anyway, here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Suzanne Valadon’s “Louison and Raminou”. I picked the painting with these pieces in mind, so the outfit came together pretty quickly. The finishing touch is the brooch to mimic the lighter bits of colors in the painting.

And of course I got my cat in the photos with me. I woke her up from her nap so she wasn’t too happy with me, but at least she let me hold her. The kitty (whom I still call “kitty” even though now she’s bigger than her mother) just ran the moment I came near her.

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P/S: Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up post!

Sweater: Target, Coat: thrifted, Leggings: local shop, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: vintage


The First Thrift

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Happy 2014! My first outfit post of the year couldn’t be more basic, but it’s still noteworthy because this coat is actually the first piece I thrifted ever since I moved home. Thrifting here is less common than it is in the US, not because we don’t have thrift stores, but because there is no system like Goodwill and the various consignment stores. Here the shops actually ship their stuff in from other places and you just have to dig through piles and piles of stuff hoping you will find something great and not just a cheap old knock-off. Most of the time you’re better off buying new anyway, because it’s not that much more expensive. Still, just like thrifting in the US, sometimes you do hit gold. Some of my co-workers are quite committed thrifters, so I joined them on a shopping trip last week and came back with this coat. I was drawn to the deep green color – I don’t have enough of that in my closet – and the slightly military-inspired feel. Hey, all I need is a loose greyish shirt, and I could dress up as Ichabod Crane for next Halloween (alas, my hair will never be as glorious as Tom Mison’s though.)

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Coat: thrifted, Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Forever21, Boots: Vietnamese shop, Brooch: vintage