Seasonal Accessories

Does anybody match their accessories/jewelry to the season? I’m not talking about colors, but rather the theme of the piece itself. Since I mostly wear brooches, I always coordinate them not just to my outfits, but to the season as well. Sometimes, they can be obvious – like a snowflake in the winter or a brown leaf in the fall or here, a bunch of flowers in the spring. Sometimes, though, I have my own logic, such as how I’d mostly wear my wooden brooches in the fall because they’re kind of rustic and in my mind, rustic = fall somehow? Anyway, it’s a long-winded way of saying that this dress may be more appropriate for the fall, but I spring it up by adding a floral brooch.

The Mystery Of Water

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Christi Belcourt‘s “The Mystery of Water”, I had to think a bit. My first instinct is to wear my fish-print shirt, but it’s a bit too early for that (I usually reserve it for the height of summer), plus I had no idea what to pair with it. I know I want something with a water theme, and by a stroke of luck, I recently bought this dress printed with a river scene, so I decided to build my outfit around it. Once I had that foundation, the rest of the outfit came easy, and I topped it off with my yin-yang fish pin. All in all, I’m really pleased with the outfit – it’s not a close visual match to the inspiration, but it’s pretty spot-on thematically.

Shrinking Violet

I bought this skirt way back last fall, but haven’t been able to find a top to pair with it – I didn’t realize that gray and blue would be such a tough combo to match! Any color I pair with this skirt would either not look right or seem too much, so I was happy to discover this blue sweater, which matches the blue of the skirt exactly. I also added a flower brooch (some violets, hence the post title) to make it more spring-appropriate. Usually, I would try to avoid “one-trick ponies” (items that can only be pair with one other item) and matchy-matchy looks like this though, so I’m going to have to find some new ways to wear this skirt before next winter.

Dressing For The Weather

Have you ever had to scrap your planned outfit because of a sudden change in the weather? As I was changing for work this morning, there was a massive storm cloud on the horizon, so I had to put together an entirely new outfit. First I had to change into these jeans instead of wide-leg pants (so I could put rain pants over them), and these shoes instead of loafers because they’re patent leather and therefore waterproof, and because I’d changed my pants and my shoes, I had to change my top too, and by that time I was running late, so I threw on a T-shirt and blazer and a brooch, for some interest (it’s another of my souvenirs from Russia) and called it a day.

Sometimes, when I just throw things together like that, it works, but this was one of the times when I wasn’t entirely happy with the end result. But hey, with a storm on the way, it was the best I could do.

Water Lilies

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”. You may notice that this isn’t my usual background for outfit photos – this is the pond at my school. Last week I had to drop by the office to pick up a few things to prepare for going back to work this week (yup, social distancing/isolation is over! We’re still taking precautions, but things are slowly normalized), so I decided to switch things up and take photos by an actual lily pond – too bad our lilies are white, not pink, so the color scheme is not quite right. I’ve never taken outfit photos at school because I get self-conscious, but there was no one around, so I figured, why not?

As for the outfit, the colors are self-explanatory. The highlight is absolutely these socks (no I didn’t pick the painting because of the socks what are you talking about), but I also added my lily pad brooch as a nod to the painting.

If you haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic!