Jeans Are The New Tights

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Thank the gods for this trend of dresses with pants. It’s much more comfortable than dresses with tights, it looks more interesting/grown-up than dresses with leggings, and because of that, it makes getting dressed a lot easier in the morning. Which is exactly what I need when I’m running around like a headless chicken with a million things to do.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Jeans: H&M, Brooch: local shop, Boots: Betts

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Weekly Capsule 02.3

white shirt navy dress brown ankle boots by 14 shades of grey

I notice that this week’s outfits have been even more repetitive than last week’s (all sweater + jeans + ankle boots), so in an attempt to have a different silhouette, I added this shift dress to this week’s capsule. It’s fitting too, because Audrey of Putting Me Together has just started a weekly style challenge, and this week’s theme is “wear a dress”.

I would like to wear more dresses and skirts in the winter too, but I find it really difficult to figure out what sweater and shoes to pair with a dress or skirt. Even this outfit took me half an hour last night trying things on and fussing, before I said “Ah, fuck it” and decided on this combination – which is OK but not my favorite (plain black tights and black boots would be better.) With jeans it’s so much easier. You can just pretty much throw anything on and they’ll go together.

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Shirt & Tights: local shops, Dress: Gap (thrifted), Boots: Topshop, Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage


Capsule Outfit #37

navy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

My SIA co-hosts and I have decided to give SIA a break, since it’s the holiday and everything. The challenge will resume on Monday, January 5th, and it’s my turn to curate, so be sure to drop by in two weeks to see what I’ve picked as inspiration!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to get the most out of my capsule wardrobe, before moving on to a new experiment for the new year (I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning very strongly toward weekly capsules.)

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navy shift dress maroon cardigan white scarf by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Gap (thrifted), Cardigan & Boots: local shop, Scarf: gift, Tights: Target


Capsule Outfit #21

navy dress pink sweater black tights chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

It looks like everybody at the script reading company where I work is taking an early Thanksgiving break, which is why I find myself with a giant pile of scripts to read, and nothing interesting to say about this outfit because my brain is too tired.

Wait, actually I do have something to say: I wasn’t sure about this combo, both the silhouette (the sweater is too long, the boots may cut off my legs) and colors (usually I couldn’t care less about pairing navy and black, but this looks off somehow, and the pink sweater and white scarf look anemic together). But then I looked at the photos and it turns out to be all right, if I do say so myself. That is rare indeed. Usually it’s the other way around – I thought the outfit was great, then I looked at the photos and it was horrible.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Sweater: Zalora, Scarf: Target, Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Din Sko


Friday of the Year

navy dress pink blazer brown boots by 14 shades of grey

The weather has been really nice lately. Chilly in the morning and night, but during the day it’s always in the upper 70’s, breezy, warm, and clear. I’m suspicious of it. Let me check the forecast… Yep. A cold front is coming next week, with what looks like a lot of rain. Of course.

Anyway, I don’t know if it’s because the weather’s been nicer or because I’ve just gone through a whole month in jeans and neutrals, but suddenly I’m all about dresses and skirts and colors (well, not a whole lot of colors, I don’t want to shock myself, but definitely more than I wore last month). Maybe it is the weather. I read a post on Tumblr that says “November is like the Thursday of the year”, and while that shouldn’t make any damned sense, it just does, you know? November is long and dreary and we all want it to end. And if November is the Thursday of the year, then early December would be Friday, so I’m breaking out the dresses and skirts to celebrate. And then the holiday season would be… the weekend, I guess?

P/S: Of course, I posted this on a Thursday, which makes it even more confusing.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Blazer: Zara (hand-me-down), Tights: Forever21, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: vintage


Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

navy shift dress blue scarf black boots by 14 shades of grey

I’m taking a break from Take One Pass It On for Style Imitating Art. I guess I could have incorporated an item from my previous outfit in this, but I’ve had the outfit for this specific painting in mind for so long that I decided a little break was OK too. Actually I only thought of the dress and the scarf, but then I added the brooch for the touch of orange from the man’s hair.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Scarf: borrowed from my mom, Brooch: vintage, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target


Rhinestone Cowboy

This outfit makes me feel a bit like a cowgirl, probably because of the combination of plaid, boots, and rhinestones. Also, apparently it’s unofficial plaid week here in 14 Shades of Grey.

Off-topic question: anybody can give me some advice on getting a Kindle? Is it worth it to buy it used? I’m finally buckling down and thinking about getting one. It’s because once I move home, English books will be hard to come by, and I don’t want to have to reread my old books. I’m not looking for anything fancy, just something that allows me to read books and PDF files. Any thought/suggestion would be welcome!

Shirt: Forever21, Dress: Gap (thrifted)
Boots: Target, Boot socks & Bracelets: self-made