I Don’t Want To Wait

Here’s another piece I’ve been wanting to style for a while – it’s a cotton vintage dress I bought earlier this year, and I’m waiting until summer so I can wear it more regularly. But now, stuck at home and bored, I thought, why wait? I could wear it now. Plus, I need to take it to a tailor’s before I can wear it on its own, so it’s a good excuse to try the old “layering with a sweater” trick. What I did is to belt the dress, tuck the sweater into it, and pull it up and let it drape down to hide the belt. I quite like it, and now that I’ve learned that trick, hopefully I’m going to wear more dresses in the winter.

(The post title is kind of a Dawson’s Creek reference, but I was never a fan. I preferred my teen dramas with a bit more sci-fi – I remembered watching shows like Roswell and Smallville. I think I would’ve loved Buffy if it was shown in Vietnam back then, but by the time I saw it in college, I’d outgrown those shows. I do like the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack though, hence the reference to the theme song.)


Ladybird

It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.

And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)


Casual Ravenclaw

Despite my online moniker, I am a Ravenclaw through-and-through – in fact, in the early days of the Internet, I went by Rowena, as in Rowena Ravenclaw, but then I decided that it was too feminine for me. Probably because I associate the name with Lady Rowena in Ivanhoe.

Anyway, this outfit was a no-brainer, but when it came to titling the post, I was stumped. That usually happens to me when the outfit is simple or too “obvious”, as there is not much to talk about and I can’t come up with a snappy title. Then, while browsing Pinterest, I came across a board for clothes inspired by the four Hogwarts Houses and the title just popped into my head, since I was wearing the Ravenclaw colors – blue and bronze (well, my brown boots can count as bronze) – and there is a preppy touch with the striped button-up and the cable-knit sweater.


Cozy Blue

This is my second outfit for SIA. I wasn’t going to put together two outfits for this challenge; these mustard jeans and the navy sweater were actually going to be the foundation for my one outfit, but they look absolutely horrendous with my Van Gogh socks, so I had to start again. However, I still thought that the jeans and sweater looked good together and it would be a waste to scrape that outfit altogether. I added my brocade boots, and thus we had a pretty solid interpretation of the inspiration painting.

Originally, the outfit was just going to be the sweater and jeans, but it has been quite arctic around here (we’ve had snow up in the mountains), and I had to add this coat. Luckily, it matched my sweater perfectly (you know how non-matching shades get me all twitchy.)


Capsule Outfit #25

navy sweater navy jeans star scarf chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

The next color in the Pantone-inspired Challenge is “mauve mist”, which looks like a dusky purplish pink to me. I don’t have anything like that in my closet, and I was thinking I could get away with my pink sweatshirt, when serendipitously, I got this scarf as a Teacher’s Day present from my students. It looks gray from afar, but up close it’s more purple, which is perfect. And better yet, the scarf has a different pattern on the other end (I’ll show you guys soon), so it’s like two scarves in one.

And yes, this is the same exact outfit from yesterday, just with different scarf and boots. I’m creative like that 😛

P/S: I’m also linking up with Bri’s Third Thursday Thread. The theme is “Fall Footwear”, so it’s all appropriate.

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navy jeans chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: gift


Capsule Outfit #24

navy sweater navy jeans green scarf brown boots by 14 shades of grey

It’s that time of the year again – time for the Pantone-inspired Color Challenge hosted by Marissa of The Modern Austen and Heidi of Literate & Stylish. I had to miss out on the Monday color, which is “sangria” (a sort of purplish red/burgundy), because other than a pair of tights, I don’t really have anything of that color in my closet. For Tuesday and Wednesday though, we have “cypress” and “royal blue”, so I picked my green scarf and navy sweater. Simple. This sweater + scarf + jeans + boots combo has been my uniform in the past two weeks, and I don’t mind that at all – it’s easy, it works, and I’m not bored with it yet, so I’m not changing it up any time soon.

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navy sweater green scarf by 14 shades of greynavy sweater navy jeans brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Scarf: hand-me-down


Black, Grey, and Blue

khaki jacket black jeans animal print scarf by 14 shades of grey

I debated whether to post this outfit or not, because it’s really nothing remarkable – just another all-neutral look, in the same silhouette I’ve been wearing pretty much all through November. It’s not that I’m a style rut. One of the reasons I reach for this combination and the neutral colors so much may simply be because I’m too busy to figure out which color works with which. Back when I first started the blog, I usually took some time to plan my outfit the evening before, but now, with 5 different reading/writing/translating projects going on, I just grab the first things that are clean, so it’s actually easier to have a silhouette that works and colors that I don’t have to worry about clashing. Although some colors here and there would be nice; it’s been so dreary lately, I don’t need my clothes to look dreary too.

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Sweater: Fedora Boutique, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Jacket & Scarf: hand-me-down

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