You Can Never Wear Too Many Textures

Yes, there is pattern mixing here, but mostly I wanted to play around with the textures – the different wool textures of the pants, the vest, and the jacket. The eyelets on my shirt collar can count as another texture as well. I kept the colors roughly in the same family, brown and green (even the brown body and green eyes of my owl brooch match the browns of my shoes and pants, and the greens of the vest and jacket) to keep the outfit from being too busy.

Looking at it now, I realize this outfit would be perfect for this week’s SIA too. I guess I was just feeling green and brown this week…


Pierrot

I’ve mentioned last week that I cannot resist a cute/quirky brooch, and these days, I often build an entire outfit around a brooch. Take this one, for example – I don’t often wear brooches with human shapes/faces (they always strike me as a tiny bit creepy), but this one, in the shape of Pierrot the clown, fits that sweet spot between quirky and vintage that I love. Since the brooch itself is so attention-grabbing, I kept the rest of the outfit simple, using the little green gem on the brooch as a starting point and matching that to my jacket, sweater, and even socks, so the brooch can really shine.

Maybe I should keep an eye out for Harlequin and Columbine brooches as well, to complete the set…


Between Flowers And Insects

Ever since I discovered a local Facebook sellers that specializes in secondhand costume jewelry, I’ve accumulated a lot of brooches… and I mean a lot. So, in an attempt to wear more of them, I’m doing just that – wearing more than just one brooch in an outfit, I mean. I’m still quite new to the art of brooch clustering (is that a thing? I’d say it’s a thing), and so far I’ve only clustered them according to theme – like all fruits together, or here, all insects (and one reptile) together. I’m going to play around and see if I can come up with more combinations – perhaps with similar/complementary colors and textures, or all sparkly? – because it is really fun.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple, but I couldn’t resist adding to the natural theme from my green jacket and the insect brooches with these floral socks (a gift from a co-worker, who knows I love fun socks.)


Schoolgirl

So how is everybody’s first week of 2021 going? I got a sinus infection, which is awesome. If this is how the first week of 2021 is, I don’t want to know what the rest of the year is going to be.

Anyway, on to the outfit: I bought this skirt from an online vintage boutique, and it turns out to be a little shorter than I expected, so it looks a bit like a school uniform skirt (note to self: all my skirts now should be at least 25″ long. This one, for the record, is 20″). My decision to pair it with saddle shoes doesn’t help, but I thought, I might as well lean into the schoolgirl look. It’s too bad that I didn’t find this sooner, because it would’ve made the perfect Audrey Horne cosplay. The jacket and brooch were added for a bit of warmth and color, and to, well, make it less of an Audrey Horne cosplay.