Tattooed Cats

One of the things I love about SIA is that it inspires me to put together outfits that I’d never come up with otherwise. Takes this outfit, for example – I would never decide to pair these particular items together, but now that I did, I was quite happy with it. It has a vaguely 80’s feel (I think it’s the combination of the high-waisted pants and the shoulder pads on my jacket), but I like it. And of course, it’s perfect for this week’s SIA, inspired by the Monmon Cats painting of Kuazaki Horitomo.

I wanted to get my cats in the photos – they happen to look quite similar to the two cats in the painting, one is a tabby and the other a tortoiseshell – but when I took these photos, they were having breakfast so I didn’t want to interrupt them. At least the cat on my jacket is not running anywhere 🙂

The full round-up will be posted tomorrow, so remember to drop by!

Top: Mango, Pants: Topshop, Jacket: tailor, Heels: Zara, Brooch: local shop


Scroll-down Fug

This outfit, in the words of the Fug Girls, is a total scroll-down fug – it’s OK on top, but you scroll down to the shoes and it’s a needle scratch. I was going for a 1930’s menswear-inspired look, as I always do with these pants, but I’ve picked the wrong shoes. These oxfords are too clunky. My oxford heels would be much better, but I’ve worn them with these pants before and didn’t want to repeat myself. Well, lesson learned: when something works, it’s worth repeating.

P/S: This is the second of the two brooches I bought from my recent trip to Singapore. I’ve been looking for a simple bow brooch like this for ages, and this fits the bill perfectly.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Pants: Esprit, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


One Thing Off

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I know at the beginning of the year I said I’d try to wear at least one piece of jewelry with each outfit, and I’ve kept at it most days, but sometimes, like that Coco Chanel quote, you should always take at least one piece off, you know? Like with this outfit (which is actually a copy of this). I had put on a necklace, but even before I looked at myself in the mirror, it felt wrong somehow, so I just took it off. And it looks much better without the necklace, if I do say so myself.

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T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Mango, Jacket: tailor, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff


When You Reach Me

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Here’s my outfit inspired by Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me. It’s definitely the best out of the three books I read last month, and also the easiest to translate into an outfit as well. The story takes place in the winter of 1978, so I chose my wide-leg jeans and striped turtleneck to mimic a 1970’s style. Then I topped it off with my herringbone jacket and this ceramic brooch, because… the pattern looks kind of mysterious and time-travel-y? I don’t know, I just like it. (And shut up, “time-travel-y” is totally a word.)

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Jeans: H&M, Turtleneck & Boots: local shops, Jacket: tailor, Brooch: vintage


Uh…

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I’ve been sitting here staring at the “Add New Post” page and these outfit photos for nearly half an hour, and I still have no idea what to write. I like the outfit, but there’s not much to say about it (other than the fact that it’s a copy of this catalog look). Nothing’s noteworthy has happened. I could talk about the Golden Globes, but then I realized that I don’t care. I could talk about David Bowie, but I’ve never been a fan so it will be pretentious of me to try. I guess some days the words just won’t come. So here you go. Enjoy these outfit photos with a bunch of words about nothing at all.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Mango, Jacket: tailor, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: self-made (it was a necklace pendant that was broken so I glued a pin to the back to turn it into a brooch)


Weekly Capsule 50.3: Backwards

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I wore this for the opening ceremony of the film festival – so yeah, the posts this week are actually backwards (the post on Monday was actually my Friday outfit.) The opening is not as formal as the award ceremony, so I went with something a little more dressed up but not too much.

At the risk of sounding like a total fashion victim, when putting this together I was actually thinking of the last outfit in The Devil Wears Prada (that last scene is my favorite in the movie, and one of my favorite endings) but my neck got cold so I had to add the chambray shirt underneath. Speaking of which, some of the outfits in that movie look pretty dated now, don’t they? Like this ridiculous getup.

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Shirt: thrifted, Sweater: Atmosphere, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: local shop


Weekly Capsule 50.1 & SIA: No Stress

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I actually had a different outfit in mind when I picked out this week’s SIA inspiration, “Stressed Out” by Layla Holzer. It involves my black embroidered sweatshirt and brushstroke skirt, but when I put them together, they looked hella awkward, so I had to rethink the whole thing. I thought of my black-and-white Zara dress next, but I only wore it for special occasions. Then I realized I had the perfect special occasion for it – the award ceremony for our school’s film festival. Once I had the dress as my foundation, the rest of the outfit came together quite easily.

I’ll talk more about the film festival later in the week, but suffice to say, it was fun and not nearly as stressful as I thought (well, I didn’t have a lot of responsibilities to begin with…) Anyway, at least I got an SIA-appropriate outfit out of it.

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Check back tomorrow for the full round-up of all looks inspired by this lovely illustration!

Dress: Zara, Jacket: tailor, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: vintage