Holding On To Winter

I don’t have a lot of new outfits to post these days, as I’ve been working mostly from home in the past month or so due to the coronavirus (yeah, Vietnam has closed schools and canceled events since February to prevent the spread of the virus, and everything is still fine over here, so for those of you whose countries are only beginning to shut things down – don’t worry, you’ll be OK.)

Thankfully, I still have a bunch of backlogged outfits from way back in January, which is why you’ll find that they’re a lot more appropriate for winter than spring, especially in their colors – like this outfit, for example. But then again, traditional spring colors like pastels and bright colors don’t look good on me. I’m much more of a fall/winter (both in terms of my coloring and my preference), so I’m holding on to winter as long as I can.


Capsule Outfit #8

navy striped top black jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey

I was debating whether to post this outfit on its own or combine it into one big post with other outfits, because it’s really simple. But then I figure if I don’t give an outfit its own post just because it’s simple, then I would probably not post at all for three months and just have a big round-up post once I’m done with this capsule. Plus I wanted to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Thread link-up, whose theme is pink (for Breast Cancer Awareness), and I figured my anemone brooch qualifies, even though it’s kind of more magenta than pink.

P/S: The top + brooch combination almost looks like those Comme des Garcons striped shirts, doesn’t it?

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navy striped top black jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey

Top: Zara, Jeans: Hermes, Flats: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


Colors With Silly Names

purple cardigan blue striped top polka dot scarf white jeans by 14 shades of grey

I just spent the last four days giving the entire tag system of the blog an overhaul. My shoulders are screaming from too much computer, but at least it’s done. Now you can use the tag to see how I’ve worn a certain item, or find a look by colors. It was interesting to go back to the earlier posts (there is so much WTF in some of those early outfits, like seriously, what the fuck was I thinking?) and see how my style has changed. One thing I’ve noticed is that once I moved home, I don’t wear a lot of colors anymore, it’s mostly black and blue and gray. Of course the main reason for that is my changing style and taste, but ideally, I’d like to be able to put together grown-up outfits without sacrificing colors too.

And on that note, I’m taking part in Heidi and Marissa‘s semi-annual Pantone-inspired Color challenge, or as I like to call it, the Colors with Silly Names challenge. Yesterday’s color was Radian Orchid, which is kind of a soft purple, and my cardigan is perfect for it. The weather is warming up, but very slowly, so I resisted the temptation of dressing like it’s still winter by wearing white jeans, to make the outfit more spring-appropriate.

ETA: The white jeans might be my own decision but I can’t take credit for top half of the outfit, which is lifted directly from this pin.

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purple cardigan blue striped top polka dot scarf by 14 shades of grey

Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me), Top: Zara, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sandals: Zalora, Scarf: hand-me-down

literate & stylish


This Is The End

striped shirt polka dot skirt black jacket brown riding boots by 14 shades of grey

No, no, it’s not a “goodbye to the blog” post or anything like that. It’s just that as I was looking at these pictures, I finally admitted that my style has really changed. A year or so before, this outfit would’ve seemed like a good idea to me, but now I find it… a bit much. Isn’t it? Between the pattern mixing and the color tights, it seems too twee, too overwrought somehow. And this is nowhere near the most twee (tweest?) thing I’ve worn. I like the jacket with the brooch, but that’s about it.

So I think this is the end of my attempt at twee, girly outfits. They’re not me. Not anymore. Things probably won’t change so much on the blog because I have been going toward that simpler direction anyway, but now that I’ve accepted that, I will be more comfortable posting more minimalist outfits without thinking that my style is getting more boring.

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: thrifted, Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo, Jacket: borrowed from my mom, Brooch: vintage


Put A Hat On It

striped shirt red cardigan black boots felt cloche by 14 shades of grey

(I was going to title this post “Cloche Enough” but that is way too cheesy.)

The outfit is a big ole pile of nothing, so I added a hat to make it more interesting and give myself something to babble about. I always wear a hat when I go out – this when it’s cold (my deerstalker cap is deemed too valuable to be worn daily, the thing is like an antique at this point) and my straw boater when it’s warm  – but I rarely keep them on for outfit photos because they’re like my bag or my watch. I put them on every day before I go out, regardless of what else I’m wearing, so they’re not part of the outfit. Today, however, I made an exception because my hair needed washing 😛

Also, is it just me or do I really not look like myself with my hair down?

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Shirt & Jeans: Forever21, Cardigan: thrifted, Boots: Vietnamese shop, Cloche: Target