All About The Shoes

These two oufits are very simple and feature the same pair of pants, so I decided to put them together in one post rather than giving them their own posts. Also, they’re both built around the shoes. I know it sounds like a total cliche, but shoes really are the item that will make or break the outfit for me. The wrong pair of shoes can ruin a carefully selected outfit, and on the other hand, I could be wearing the simplest outfit – like these – but a good pair of shoes would still make me feel put-together.

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Shoe-Mad

This may sound like a total stereotype, but like most women, I have a problem with shoes. As in I have too many shoes. And yet I still can’t seem to resist a new pair. Like this one. When I saw it in the store, I was just like SpongeBob going “I don’t need it, I don’t need it, I definitely don’t need it.” I mean, I really don’t. I have enough oxfords in every color of the rainbow (well, not exactly… oh gods I’m giving myself ideas), and a pair of patent black-and-silver oxfords wouldn’t fill any hole in my closet. But they hit that sweet spot between classic, vintage, and whimsical that is exactly my style, so in the end, just like SpongeBob, I screamed “I NEED IT!!!” (not literally) and bought them.

I justified it by saying that the patent leather would make them easier to wear in the rain, but that’s just an excuse. I bought them because I like them, and I can’t wait to wear them. In the end, isn’t that the best reason to buy something though?


Working-Class Professor

I called this outfit “Working-class Professor” because the top half, with the turtleneck and the blazer, reads “professor”, while the bottom half, with the jeans and Chelsea boots (complete with mud-caked soles) reads “dock worker”. But the entire look goes together, so it doesn’t matter.

Excuse me for the short post, but I have “Avengers: Endgame” to catch. I’ll be back next week with my thoughts!


Non-Equestrian

This week’s SIA inspiration, “Personnages aux Chevaux” by French artist Marcelle Cahn, is a true challenge for me. At first, I thought about going the equestrian route – my brown riding boots would be a good choice for both the colors and the theme – but then I didn’t know what pants to pair them with to mimic the rest of the painting. Then I thought about color blocking, but I don’t have the exact colors in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided to pick out the pieces that are closest in colors and put them together. I also added my pendant necklace as an interpretation of the exaggerated eyes in the painting.

The result is… interesting, I guess? Not bad, exactly. Although I’m leaning toward this kind of loose-fitting silhoutte now, I certainly would never pair these items together if it wasn’t for SIA, so at least it’s something new.

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting!


Melody

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Kate Bunce‘s “Melody (Musica)”. I tried to recreate the red-and-green color scheme of the painting with my red shoes, but ended up looking like a walking Christmas tree, so I toned it down with my pink shirt instead. It goes better with the green, and the embroideries can mimic the foliage in the painting (both the actual blossoms and the print on the lady’s dress). I would’ve stopped there, but then I noticed the necklace the lady is wearing in the painting, so my vintage-looking necklace made for the perfect outfit-completer.

You still have until Tuesday to send me your outfits, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see the full round-up!


Windowpanes

The weather has been cooling down considerably over the last few weeks, but I’m still posting stragglers from late September – early October, so please bear with me through some very unseasonal outfits.

Anyway, this outfit looks like it’s been matched very carefully, right? The eyelets on my top match the plaid on my pants, and the blue pendant matches the blue loafers. The truth, though, is that I put almost no thoughts into it at all, other than, “Oh yeah, those will go together.” It’s one of those outfits that just came about naturally, which goes to show, sometimes it’s best to go with your instincts and not to overthink it.


Heatwave

We’re having the first heatwave of the summer, hence my simple and breezy outfit. I know most style guides would advice you to wear dresses or shorts in the summer, but I actually find a loose-fitting shirt and pair of pants work better for me. You won’t have to worry about thigh rub like you would in a dress, and with long pants instead of shorts, you won’t have to apply so much sunscreen and there is less surface for the bugs to feed on too. I always recoil in horror when I see tourists wandering around in shorts and tank tops (yes, I’m aware that I’m technically wearing a tank top too.) Cover up, people! There’s a reason people in Vietnam dress like this when we go out.