Fall, But Make It Spring

I bought this dress last year but didn’t get around to wearing it until now. It’s linen, but it’s pretty thick, so it’s impossible to wear during summer. I was saving it for the spring, but one thing led to another and I complete forgot about it. To my dismay, I discovered that it’s a bit tight on me compared to last year (hello pandemic weight gain!) so as much as I love it (especially the pockets), I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it in the hope that I may lose this weight or if I’m going to pass it down to my niece. The thing is, she’s a total tomboy and probably wouldn’t want to wear a dress anyway, so maybe it’s best if I just keep it.

P/S: A funny thing happened while I was looking up ideas to style a green linen dress. I came across this photo which features the exact same dress! Too bad reverse image search doesn’t yield any further information.


Late Bloomer

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the flower collages/decoupages of Mary Delany, I had to dig into my storage and brought out this dress. I’s a hand-me-down from my mom, and I haven’t worn it in a while because it’s a little short for my taste now, but for this challenge, it’s perfect (so glad I didn’t donate it!) I layered it with a knotted black T-shirt and topped it off with my flower brooch as a nod to the 3D feel of the collages – and I mean, come on, you wouldn’t expect me not to wear a brooch with this, would you?

You still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see how everybody did!


Bugs And Bars

Because there are bugs on my top and stripes (bars) on my skirt, get it? Now that the new semester has started, I’m moving away from the more casual outfits and focusing more on something work-appropriate (or, I should say, Zoom-appropriate, since I’m still working from home), so in the next week or so, I’m going to post all the rest of the summery outfits. This T-shirt and skirt combination is a no-brainer, but looking at these photos, I realize I should’ve worn my clog sandals with it. These flat sandals do my thick ankles no favor. I’ve never noticed it before because I always wear them with pants, but I guess flat sandals + midi skirt is not a good combo.


Beetles

For this week’s SIA outfit, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth”, I went with a different direction. I could’ve worn my green dress, but I wanted to give a nod to the beetlewing embroidery too, so, in the end, I went with something more modern and casual – my insect T-shirt. See, the Lady Macbeth costume is covered in beetle wings, and my shirt is covered in beetles too! I paired it with my black jeans to keep the dark color scheme of the painting, and to top it off, I wore my two beetle brooches on my shoes. The T-shirt and the brooches all added some more textures and colors, certainly more than just the dress alone, so I’m really happy with the outfit.

Don’t forget to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and come back on Wednesday to see all the outfits inspired by this painting!


Tree Frog

We’ve had some heavy rain lately, and our frog and toad population just exploded. (Though we don’t have actual frogs. We only have tree frogs.) Coincidentally, I just bought a frog brooch – I’m aiming to own brooches representing all the insects/small animals in our garden – so of course I had to put together an outfit inspired by the frog. And it’s not just a matter of slapping the brooch on either. I actually thought carefully about it, and I chose these culottes and this shirt because the green and the blue stripes are meant to represent the frog’s colors. I then wore the brooch on my shoe for some added interest; plus it stands out more on the black shoe than on my top.

What do you think? A pretty good representation, right?