It’s Cooler Down Below

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Austin Cooper’s 1924 posters for the London Underground. As suggested by the title, I took my inspiration mostly from the “cooler” poster, rather than the “warmer” poster. I didn’t go for the exactly colors, but the pattern on this short-sleeve sweater is a perfect match for the graphic of the poster, and I paired it with my navy pants for the “cooler” part. The blazer doesn’t really match the colors of the poster either, but it’s a match for the pattern on the sweater, so I added it for some extra patterns and textures. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this outfit, and I can’t wait to see what everybody does – make sure to check out the round-up post on Wednesday!


Don’t Mesh With Me

I’m sorry for that terrible pun of a title. It sounds like a bad Sean Connery (RIP) impression. Anyway, the reason for the pun is, of course, I’m wearing mesh socks. This year, my fall/winter style is leaning decidedly toward a more vintage look, I still haven’t forgotten some of my favorite pairings from last season, especially the funky socks looks. So here is another outfit with socks, except I’m experimenting with mesh socks this time. They’re not especially comfortable to wear (maybe because I got the cheap kind), but they’re fun and different from my usual printed socks, so I’ll give them a few more tries.


Hobby Blogging

This outfit is nothing to write home about, but I was quite excited to add the fun socks to liven it up. And that excitement about the outfit suddenly got me wondering why I was doing this, putting such thoughts into my outfits and photographing them and blogging about them when they’re not likely to make any difference in the world and certainly not any money. But then I realized it was simply because I enjoy doing it. It’s a hobby, and much like any other hobby, I do it for fun.

In fact, I believe that the moment you can monetize your hobby, then it’s no longer a hobby. The pressure for financial gain would drain all the fun from it. I do admit, there was a time when I felt a bit pressured to “generate content” for the blog or whatever, especially when I first started out, but now I view it as my personal journal and don’t really care how many people read it (that said, if you’re still reading this, thank you!)


Getting Old

The other day, my students asked me why I kept saying “When you get to my age” so much, as if I’m 50 years older than them instead of 15, and I didn’t even realize I was doing it. But I do feel like I’m getting old, if not mentally then at least physically. My knees are really creaky these days, and I can’t handle heels much anymore. I still wear them occasionally, but usually when I know I won’t have to be on my feet. Take this outfit, for example – just last year, I would’ve worn it with heels, but now, these sensible shoes are a much better choice. At least they’re fun, right?


Of Course

We just had our first real cold snap this past week, but the weather was absolutely hideous (raining all day, bitter wind) and it was dark all day so I couldn’t take outfit photos. So here’s an old outfit from when it was still warm. It’s one of those “duh” outfits (hence the post title) that all the pieces go so well together that I almost didn’t wear it because I thought it’d be too predictable. But it works, so why not, right?