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!


Blazer It Up

Although I’m working from home these days, occasionally I still have an online video conference, meaning I have to appear a little dressed up than usual. You may notice that I said “appear” – since I’m only showing my torso, it doesn’t really matter what I wear on the bottom. So what I do is simply throw a blazer on top of my outfit, like here, and I’m instantly dressed up. Of course, for these photos, I had to tuck in my shirt and put on actual shoes, but otherwise, I’m pretty much wearing a blazer on top of pajamas here.