Clogging It

It comes as a surprise to me that the 1970s is as much a source of sartorial inspiration to me as the 1940s and the 1950s, but I’ve been loving the midi-skirt-with-boots look in the fall/winter, and this summer, my new obsession is clogs, such as this pair that I recently thrifted. The woven design makes them less clunky than the classic clogs, they’re more like normal sandals, but they still have that “clog” look with the wooden soles. Plus the colors make them really versatile, so I’m excited to wear them a lot more in the warmer months.


We Can Do It!

Do you guys have any plans for Halloween? I guess that due to the pandemic, there won’t be a lot of parties, but that doesn’t stop you from dressing up, does it? I’m never been one to dress up in full costumes – I always prefer a more practical, real-world approaching to dressing up, i.e. my costume should work as an actual outfit and not just a costume. Take this, for example. I wouldn’t call it a costume, but it is inspired by the casual 1940s/1950s look with the jeans, tie-front shirt, headscarf, and saddle shoes. The colors – blue, yellow, and red – are reminiscent of the “Rosie the Riveter” poster as well, hence my post title. So it is not a costume, but it’s a little more costume-y than my everyday outfit. Consider it my nod to Halloween.


Cats And Dogs

Are you a cat person or a dog person? My family always have both, so I always think, why can’t you be both? Case in point: recently, I saw this adorable shirt on Miss Patina and decided to recreate it – I can’t embroider, but I can do iron-on patches. I went to my local craft store to find some cat and dog patches – the idea is to have two dogs and two cats that match my dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they were all out of cat patches and didn’t know when they were going to be restocked, so I went with all dogs instead. But I can’t ignore my cats altogether, so I added these cat socks to my outfit. Who says you have to choose, right? They’re both adorable.


Word Up

Because I’m wearing a cameo, get it? No? I’m really running out of ideas for post titles now… Anyway, here is yet another broderie anglaise top. I know, I know, I got too many of them already, but like the Breton striped top, I can’t seem to pass it up whenever I see one. This one is a little too froufrou, so I had some fun with the styling by pairing it with a classic accessory (the cameo brooch) and something unexpected (the jeans). It would be the easiest thing in the world to pair it with a skirt, but that would make the outfit too girly for me.


Audition

I wore this when I had to proctor our school’s entrance examination in early September (due to the pandemic, everything got pushed back a month.) It was going to be an all-day affair, so I wanted something simple and easy to move around in. As it turned out, I got the easy job this year – I had to oversee the auditions of the musical theater students. I only had to ferry them back and forth from the waiting room to the audition room, and even got to watch them sing and dance. It was great fun, and it certainly beats sitting in a room for 4 hours watching them sweat over a film essay.