Summer Uniform

As the heat and the humidity increase, I’m reaching for my usual summer items – wide-leg pants and short-sleeve tops. Dresses and skirts are worn less frequently because they require bike shorts underneath, and even accessories are kept to a minimum because most of my summer tops can’t take the weigh of brooches. Instead, I jazz up my outfits with embroidered pieces and “cooling” color combo, like this white + green. This year, though, I’m adding something new by using casual 1940s fashion for my inspiration. Usually, I reserve my vintage-inspired silhouettes for the fall/winter, when I can layer and play around, but summer looks can be vintage too – like this top, which is vaguely 1930s-1940s with its Peter Pan collar and embroideries. I keep it more modern by mixing up the decades, pairing it with the cropped pants and clog sandals, but the inspiration is there.


Lotus Pods

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ray Morimura’s “Lotus Pond” woodblock print. I knew I’d wear this dress/tunic – the color and the lotus motif make it a no-brainer, even though the lotus here is more autumnal than summery. For the rest of the outfit, I’d originally worn it with black pants to mimic the black elements in the print, but they made the outfit look a bit heavy, plus I’d worn black pants with the tunic before. After some debating, I went with these jeans and the clogs. There’s something about their pairing with the tunic that reminds me of Mori style, which I thought would be appropriate for the inspiration; plus, the brown clogs pick up the touches of reddish brown in the print as well.

Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this print!


Eostre

It’s starting to warm up around here (boo), and I’m slowly bringing out my lighter clothes. However, it’s been a long winter – not particularly cold, but it seems I got to wear my winter clothes for a lot longer than usual – and I feel a little out of practice when it comes to warm-weather clothes. So I started with my short-sleeve sweaters first (you’ll see a lot more of them in the coming weeks), so I would get used to the idea of wearing short sleeves again. I don’t celebrate Easter (which is why I titled the post “Eostre”, after the Germanic goddess of dawn/spring and the namesake of the festival of Easter), but I must be feeling its influence, because I decided to pair it with this gingham skirt. There’s just something about the crochet top, the pastel flowers, and the gingham that screams “Easter” to me.

(You may notice that I tag these clogs “beige”, even though they’re clearly dark brown. Well, they used to be beige, but the spring humidity has wreaked havoc on them, so I had to stain them with dark brown polish to mask all the mold spots. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like spring – the humidity is absolute murder.)


It’s Cooler Down Below

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Austin Cooper’s 1924 posters for the London Underground. As suggested by the title, I took my inspiration mostly from the “cooler” poster, rather than the “warmer” poster. I didn’t go for the exactly colors, but the pattern on this short-sleeve sweater is a perfect match for the graphic of the poster, and I paired it with my navy pants for the “cooler” part. The blazer doesn’t really match the colors of the poster either, but it’s a match for the pattern on the sweater, so I added it for some extra patterns and textures. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this outfit, and I can’t wait to see what everybody does – make sure to check out the round-up post on Wednesday!


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…