Dress For The Job You Have

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You know that saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? I always find it kind of a limited advice, and in my case, downright counterproductive. If I dressed for the job I want (freelance writer/script doctor), I would wear nothing but ratty old T-shirts and sweatpants all day. So in the meantime, I’m going to dress for the job that I actually have and want to keep, thank you very much.

P/S: I’m actually surprised it took this long for my matchy-matchy brain to pair this shirt with this skirt.

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Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Zara


Miss Hokusai

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Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Hokusai’s iconic “The Great Wave off Kanagawa“. The skirt and sandals are my first choices, since the soft pleats are a perfect echo of the waves in the print, and the sandals mimic the boats. I thought about pairing my polka dot chambray shirt with it for a different shade of blue, and also to mimic the dotted sprays, but then I opted for this hand-me-down white shirt from my sister and my polka dot scarf instead (and the scarf is not just a pointless accessory either – I’ve been coughing for like two weeks now, and the constant rain doesn’t help, so a scarf keeps my neck nice and warm.)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up!

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Scarf: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks

P/S: By a fun coincidence, the week we’re featuring Hokusai’s most famous print also saw the release of the trailer for “Miss Hokusai”, an upcoming animated feature about Hokusai’s daughter, who was also a painter:

Looks great, doesn’t it?


Gibson Girl

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I feel very much like a Gibson Girl in this outfit. Considering the 1900’s is one of my favorite eras in fashion (along with the 1800’s, 1880’s, and 1930’s), it’s not surprising. I think it’s the combination of the simple, high-collared shirt, the dark skirt (of course, on a real Gibson Girl, the skirt would’ve been floor-length), and sensible but still cute shoes. Should’ve worn a brooch too. What I’m really missing, though, is the hairstyle – I’ve tried the “Gibson tuck” so many times before, but my stupid hair won’t stay put and won’t hold the bobby pins. So alas, I had to make do with this quick bun instead.

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Shirt: Mango, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Heels: Zara


Weekly Capsule 40.3: Duhh

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These are all workhorse pieces in my closet, so I can’t believe it took me this long to put them together into one outfit. In hindsight, maybe I should’ve added a belt or hiked the skirt higher because the wide waistband doesn’t look great for my long torso, but to hell with it, I like what I’m wearing and I’m comfy, that’s what counts, right?

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navy gingham shirt black and white watch by 14 shades of greynavy skirt leopard printed flats by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop; Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Flats: LA Fashion District, Watch: Swatch (gift)


Weekly Capsule 40.1 & SIA: Bibliophile

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Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Be Kind to Books” poster. It’s pretty self-explanatory – I know there is no polka dot in the original poster, but the shade of blue of my shirt matches the blue in the poster exactly, so I couldn’t pass it up. The funny thing is, around the same time last year I wore a very similar outfit that could work for this SIA challenge as well, so this time I tried it with a different skirt and shoes. My mustard oxfords (RIP) would’ve been perfect, but alas, I had to make do with these brown pair. And of course, my book necklace is a must 🙂

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog tomorrow for other outfits inspired by this work of art!

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polka dot chambray shirt book necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: tailor, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: self-made


Weekly Capsule 34.3: Schoolmarm/girl

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This is what I wore for my first solo class this semester (I have been teaching several classes but always in conjunction with older professors; this is the first time I’m on my own). Considering I dress like a schoolmarm most of the time, it didn’t take me long to put this together. My only qualm is that it might look “schoolgirl” instead of schoolmarm with the white button-up and navy skirt, but then I saw this outfit featuring the exact same skirt, and I thought I’d be fine. The class went well (I showed a collection of Pixar short films, which I always do with every beginners’ class), everything was good.

Then, after class, I went to my sister’s place for lunch, and as I got into the elevator, a very nice old lady turned to me and asked “What grade are you in?”

*Facepalm*

I was tempted to tell her I was in high school, but my poker face is not good enough. So I told her I was in college instead. Which is not a lie. Technically.

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white shirt navy skirt watch by 14 shades of greynavy skirt brown loafers heels by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Belt: thrifted, Watch: Swatch (gift)


Weekly Capsule 32.4: Casual Work

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School doesn’t officially start until next week, but I’ve already been teaching for two weeks now at an amateur film making workshop. Since the students are of all ages (the oldest I’ve had is middle-aged, the youngest is 15) and the atmosphere is much more relaxed than a usual class with college-aged students, I tend to dress much more casually than I normally do – like this, for example. And yet, despite that, I’ve never been mistaken for a student like I have at school. Weird, right?

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted), Sneakers: local shop, Necklace: Forever21

Also, I’m very proud that this week I managed to mix and match just 6 items. I know I’ve promised not to pay too much attention to the numbers anymore, but I’d like to keep the number of items in a weekly capsule under 8 if I can. Anyway, here are my looks this week:

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