The Solitary Cyclist

I was drawn to this sweater because the puff sleeves and long cuffs remind me of those Edwardian cycling sweaters. I love Edwardian fashion, and I am a cyclist, so of course I snapped this up. It isn’t exactly right (the lack of a high neck is quite noticeable), but that couldn’t stop me from pairing it with my Edwardian-inspired wool skirt and titling this post after a Sherlock Holmes story. I’m not quite brave enough for a pair of bloomers though…

Embroidered Girl

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Marquet’s “Girl Embroidering, Seated in a Garden“. I knew I’d wear this cardigan and brooch for the green color and the embroidery part, but there is a bit of pink in the painting that I struggled with – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, and those pink pieces that I do have don’t really go with the outfit I had in mind. Then I remembered this scarf, and instead of wearing as a normal scarf (which wouldn’t work with this cardigan anyway), I decided to try something new and wear it as a headscarf instead. The cardigan and the headscarf kind of remind me of those WWII outfits that women often wore to work in factories and farms (like these), so I finished off the outfit with my wide-leg pants and oxfords to complete a 1940s looks. A bit different than my usual, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!

Short Sleeve Sweater And A Slice Of Pizza

This fall/winter season, I’ve been loving the short-sleeve sweaters/knit tops. I’ve worn them last year too, but this year I’ve found several secondhand/vintage ones that really help to solidify my 1940s-inspired style. I’m aiming for tops like these or these, but those can be difficult to find. I tend to look better in something more streamlined anyway, so a simple cut like this one works well – it can look vintage or modern depending on how I style it.

As for the “slice of pizza” part? Well, my niece and nephew said that my brooch looks just like a slice of pizza, and I haven’t been able to unsee it since :)) I actually don’t know what my brooch is supposed to be, probably just an abstract design, but a “golden slice of pizza” certainly sounds better.

Maroon 3

This is another skirt I bought last year but didn’t get to wearing until now. It’s not because of the fabric (it’s a nice heavy cotton and can be worn any time), but rather because of the color. I bought it off of a live stream sale on Facebook, and on my monitor, it looked deep red – not as deep as it is now, but certainly not the bright, tomato red it turned out to be. (Incidentally, it was also my first and last time buying things off of a live stream sale – everything goes so quickly and you get so caught up in the high of “scoring” something cheap that you forget to check things carefully, so in the end, the cheap prices are not really worth it.)

So the skirt languished in my closet for nearly a year, as I couldn’t figure out a way to style it without looking like a walking hazard lights switch. Then I came across this article on over-dyeing, and by a stroke of luck, I still had some navy dye lying around, so I decided to try it. To my happy surprise, the skirt came out in this rich maroon shade that fits right in with my closet. It matches the cuffs of this blouse exactly, so of course I had to pair them together, along with my maroon shoes as well (hence the post title.)

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.