Summery Vibe

For this week’s SIA, inspired by J.C. Leyendecker‘s ad for Arrow shirt collar, I went the simple route by pairing my white blouse with my gray pants. A collared, button-up shirt would be a naturally choice, but as I’m on summer break and want to keep the outfit casual, I went with this blouse. At first, I planned to pair it with my white pants, but they don’t match – and you know how twitchy I get about mismatched whites and blacks – so in the end, I chose these pants, which are an entirely different shade but still light enough to mimic the light tones of the ad. For a touch of color, I used my green scarf as a belt, and because the two people in the ad look like they’re on a boat, I wore my brown loafers, which kinda look like boat shoes. So yeah, it’s simple, but I think it’s a pretty close interpretation.

Don’t forget to send me your outfit if you haven’t already, and come back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this ad!

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Amaryllis

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One of the surest signs of spring in our garden is the amaryllis blooms. This year, thanks to the rain, they’re stronger than ever, and every pot is a mass of bright red. So naturally I had to use them as the background for my photos, especially since my scarf kinda matches the blooms a bit too, though it’s orange and yellow rather than red.

As for the outfit, I’m thinking this is a formula worth remembering for spring and fall – simple top, blazer, jeans, heels or ankle boots, and light scarf. I’m still having some difficulty dressing like a teacher and not a student (mostly because I don’t remember to!) but a blazer really does go a long way in making an outfit look more professional.

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Blazer & Scarf: hand-me-down, Jeans: Mango, T-shirt: Uniqlo, Heels: Forever21

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