Autumnal Colors

Although the weather has cooled down, it’s still fairly warm (most days are 27-28C), so I’m still wearing my lighter clothes, but I try to stick to autumnal colors – navy, brown, green, mustard – and autumnal prints (plaid, mostly.) I even emphasized the autumnal feel with a leaf brooch. I know wearing colors by seasons (like no white after Labor Day or wearing red/green during the winter holidays) is an antiquated fashion rule, but sometimes I can’t help it. It seems weird, somehow, wearing bright colors and floral prints during these moths, no matter what the temperature is. Does anybody else feel the same?


Loosey Goosey

This is the last of my work outfits from the semester. I almost didn’t post this because I wasn’t wild about the outfit, but I’m running out of material to post, so I figure beggars can’t be choosers. See, I was going for this kind of loose silhouette I see on so many Japanese fashion blogs, but I don’t think I pulled it off with my body type. I guess I’ll just stick to the more classic “loose + fitted” silhouette from now on.


One Klutz With A Dog

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Picasso’s “Two Acrobats with a Dog”. I’m the furthest thing away from an acrobat as you can imagine, hence the title. As for the dog, I couldn’t get mine to pose properly, so I had to make do with a photo of her from the back (maybe she’s camera shy.)

The outfit is self-explanatory, as you can see – blue, gray, and plaid in place of the harlequin pattern. I also tried to mimic the same pattern in my triangle necklace. I was only a little bummed out  when I realized that I’d forgotten about the touch of tan/yellow in the painting. My tan oxford heels would have been perfect… but then again there are black diamonds in the harlequin pattern too, so maybe my black pumps aren’t so bad after all.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit photos, you still have until tomorrow. Otherwise, remember to come back on Wednesday for the full round-up. See ya!


Belt Or No Belt

navy blouse khaki skirt brown mary janes by 14 shades of grey

Confession: I actually wore this without the belt throughout the day, but when I took the pictures, I thought the empty belt loops looked weird so I put this belt on. Then it looked too fussy so I took it off again 😛 The brooch and the pleats on the blouse and the heels are fussy enough without the bow on the belt too.

I am trying to move away from all of these “girly girl” details and go for “feminine but streamlined”, but occasionally I still had a moment of over-thinking and put together something like this… Well, hopefully three months of capsule wardrobe will flush all that fussiness out of my system!

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navy blouse khaki skirt brown belt by 14 shades of grey

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  navy blouse locket brooch by 14 shades of grey

Top: Mango (hand-me-down), Skirt & Heels: thrifted, Belt: Wet Seal, Brooch: vintage


Heirloom

navy blouse white jeans leopard print flats by 14 shades of grey

After my question about jewelry on the blog last week (big thanks to Jen, by the way, for putting together an entire Pinterest board of suggestions for me), I asked my mom whether she knows where I can buy pieces like those in Hanoi. Most of the costume jewelry stores around here mostly sell the huge statement necklaces and stuff like that, and their simpler pieces are really boring. So my mom’s answer is to offer me some of her own necklaces that she doesn’t wear much. If I want proof that my taste has changed, this is it – a few years ago I wouldn’t even consider wearing my mom’s jewelry, but now I’ve found a couple of pieces that I think would work really well with my new style, like this amber pendant (OK, my sister and I actually bought it for my mom in Poland, so I definitely like it, I just didn’t like it for myself back then.)

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navy blouse white jeans by 14 shades of greynavy blouse white jeans by 14 shades of grey

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Shirt: Mango (hand-me-down), Jeans: Calvin Klein, Flats: LA Fashion District, Necklace: hand-me-down