Cottage Academia

Here’s another “Dark Academia meets cottagecore” outfit. This pairing is actually something I’ve planned to try for a long time, but the weather was never right – when it’s cold enough for the wool skirt, then it’s too cold for the shirt, and when it’s warm enough for the shirt, then it’s too warm for the skirt. I briefly considered wearing a cardigan with it, but I wanted the shirt to shine on its own. Luckily, the insane weather in the past weeks has given me a chance. Yes, it was still a little warm for the skirt, but by keeping things light on top, the outfit was actually quite comfy. And of course, I had to add a floral brooch to make it more spring-like – call me old-fashioned, but once it starts feeling like spring, I always feel compelled to add some floral touches to my outfit.


Old Hag

The other day I found three gray hairs on my head. I’ve had the odd gray hair since my 20s, but those were just half-gray (what we call “tóc sâu”, literally “bug-eaten hair”, in Vietnamese). This is the first time I found full-length, completely silver hairs from root to tip. I’m not worried, though. I inherit my dad and my grandmother’s hair, meaning I’m not going to go fully gray until my 70s. Besides, I don’t mind gray hair. If anything, I’m actually looking forward to having gray hair and being properly old. As long as I can keep reasonably healthy (*knocks on wood*, but with my terrible genes, who knows), I plan to fully embrace being a crazy, “get off my lawn” type of old lady. I mean, there’s a reason I took my style inspiration from Miss Marple. Take this outfit, for example. It wouldn’t look out of place on the old nemesis herself.


Greenery

It’s still pretty cold here, but as we draw closer to the Lunar New Year (which is only two weeks away!), I’m starting to feel more spring-y in my clothing choice. Hence this touch of green in my outfit. The rest I kept neutral – after all, it’s still winter, and there may still be a few more cold snaps to come, but sometimes I get tired of seeing gray skies all the time and just want a spot of green to cheer myself up.

The outfit is, of course, another take on the 1940s style. After Miss Marple, I’ve been watching Home Fires, so the WWII style must have rubbed off on me even more.


Wearing The Pants

Here I am, continuing with my 1940s-inspired outfits. I meant to use these jeans as a stand-in for those straight-leg/wide-leg 1940s pants (something like these or these), and the blazer, with its strong shoulder, is also vaguely 1940s. Luckily for me, “80s/90s does 40s” garments are in abundance in secondhand/vintage stores around here, so I’m able to find a lot of pieces with that vintage vibe. I know they’re not exactly accurate, but then again I’m not a cosplayer or reenactor – and besides, if I ever find an authentic 1940s piece, I would probably be too scared of damaging it to actually wear it!