Cozy

This week was absolutely crazy in terms of work, so I couldn’t maintain a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule and had to make do with Tuesday-Thursday instead. Oh, and if you’re looking for SIA, it’s coming back next week with Jen’s pick, so stay tuned!

Anyway, about the outfit – it was actually built around the socks. It’s all about the socks for me this season. In winters past, I always left my ankles bare when I wore oxfords and ankle boots, but the no-show socks I wore with them are thin and tend to slide down my heels, which is super annoying. Plus my ankles got really cold. So this year I stocked up on some colorful socks. They’re cozy, and they can add some interest to an outfit. No more cold ankles for me!

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Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Dark Blue Tights

black wool dress mustard scarf black boots by 14 shades of grey

That’s a Father Ted reference in the title, in case you’re wondering (my third favorite sitcom, after The IT Crowd and Black Books.) I chose that because my tights are actually not black but very, very, very dark blue. Not that anyone can tell, since my dress is long enough and the boots high enough that the tights are barely visible. Usually I hate it when the colors in my outfit are close in shade but do not match – blacks that don’t match are one of my biggest sartorial pet peeves – but these are fleece-lined, and with the recent drop in the temperature, I wouldn’t wear anything else.

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Dress: tailor, Scarf: Forever 21, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: Bijou Brigitte


Weekly Capsule 10.4: Skirt Edition

gray sweatshirt black skirt black heeled boots by 14 shades of grey

Well, I said I was going to try these boots with skirt, so here we are. I… like them here better than in yesterday’s outfit, but now the rest of the outfit looks kind of frumpy, no? I don’t know. I guess I’m just in a cranky mood today because it’s been raining for too long, plus it’s that time of the year again when my script reading job gets super busy and my brain hurts from reading too much. I would want to say that it’s going to be better next week, but the weather is warming up, and for us that means terrible humidity (I’m talking about the-walls-are-sweating-the-floor-is-sweating-everything-is-sweating level of humidity here), so… no. It won’t be better.

Anyway, this was my last chance to try these boots before putting them away until next winter (again: warming up next week), but I haven’t decided if they’re a keeper yet. Thoughts?

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Sweatshirt: Next, Skirt & Boots: hand-me-down, Scarf: Forever21, Belt: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange

And here are my looks this week (wow, you can really see the ground getting more and more rain-soaked as the week passed):

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gray sweatshirt mustard jeans high heeled boots by 14 shades of greygray sweatshirt black skirt black heeled boots by 14 shades of grey


Capsule Outfit #38

striped sweatshirt black skirt brown boots mustard scard

You can tell I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel because this is the kind of clumsy outfit that I came up with toward the end of the capsule. I mean, I like the idea – striped sweater, skirt, boots, scarf – that sounds all right, doesn’t it? Except this sweatshirt doesn’t really go well with being tucked into a skirt, and for this skirt + boots combo to work, my skirt should be an A-line, not pleated, and my boots could do with a bit more of a heel too. Oh well. At least now I know what doesn’t work.

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striped sweatshirt black skirt brown bootsstriped sweatshirt mustard scard

Sweatshirt & Scarf: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Boots: Aldo


Capsule Outfit #34/At the Piano

maroon cardigan white shirt black jeans black boots mustard scarf by 14 shades of grey

Yes, this is a new cardigan. Yes, I’m still categorizing this as a capsule outfit because I’m using this cardigan to replace… something. I don’t know, something I haven’t worn yet. If my memory is correct, there are at least three pieces in this capsule I haven’t worn, and it doesn’t look like I will wear them in the foreseeable future, so it doesn’t matter which one I’m replacing. And it’s a nice and warm cardigan, and I don’t have anything maroon/burgundy in my closet (I refuse to call it “oxblood”, which is so 2012 anyway), so I think it’s a justified purchase, don’t you?

Of course, this is also my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Whistler’s “At the Piano”. It’s pretty self-explanatory: the cardigan reflects the deep red of the carpet and the piano, the jeans and boots are for the lady’s black gown, the shirt for the little girl’s white dress, and the scarf and the brooch are for the picture frames and the details on the wall. I am very thorough when it comes to SIA 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Jess’ blog for more interpretation of this painting!

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maroon cardigan white shirt black jeans black boots by 14 shades of greymaroon cardigan white shirt leaf brooch mustard scarf by 14 shades of grey

Shirt, Cardigan, and Boots: local shop, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: Forever21, Brooch: vintage


Sundown

blue plaid shirt navy blazer black jeans black riding boots by 14 shades of grey

Today was busier than usual – a big script to read in the morning and my afternoon class went longer than expected, so it was pretty late in the afternoon when I found the time to grab these photos. That’s why it looks like I have a ghost leg: low light = slower shutter speed = more movement.

I was going to say something more about my new plaid shirt (it seems like ages since I bought something so reminiscent of my old style, before I started the blog and got introduced to things like florals and polka dots and colors other than blue and black and grey), but my brain is fried after I spent three hours trying to explain to my students that yes, short films should definitely have the three-act structure, and please don’t try to break the rules until you’ve mastered them… So I think I’m just going to turn in early and catch up on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Later!

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blue plaid shirt navy blazer mustard scarf by 14 shades of greyblack jeans black riding boots by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Uniqlo, Blazer: Atmosphere, Scarf: Forever21, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: local shop


Holiday Uniform

black sweater mustard scarf blue jeans sneakers by 14 shades of grey

This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I wanted to post it anyway because I’m going to be wearing variations of it in the next few days. It’s my Lunar New Year uniform, if you will. It’s comfy, and versatile enough that I just need to change shoes for different things – sneakers for when I’m hanging around the house, boots for tomorrow night’s firework display, and oxfords for going out (as if I ever go out!)

The preparation for the Lunar New Year is mostly done, there’s just some cooking to do tomorrow, and then I can settle into a week-long food coma. I’ll probably post some photos later this week, but if not, I’ll see you guys again in the Year of the Horse!

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black sweater mustard scarf blue jeans by 14 shades of greyblack sweater mustard scarf by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: hand-me-down, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21, Sneakers: Converse, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange, Boots: local shop