That 70s Spring

The weather has started to warm up around here (booooo), and as usual, that’s the signal for me to incorporate more floral-themed pieces into my outfit. The combination of the waistcoat, the big collar, and the wide-leg pants makes this outfit look vaguely 1970s to me (hence the post title), but I’m not mad at it. And hey, I’m wearing orange (and a bit of green) just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! It was totally unintentional, but happy St. Patrick’s Day to anyone celebrating!

1940s Extra

This outfit originally started out with just the sweater and the trousers. But then it was colder than I expected, so I added the jacket (riveting stuff, right?) It makes me feel like an extra in Foyle’s War or All Creatures Great and Small, and that’s no bad thing. (Also, I feel like I’ve worn this brooch with this jacket before, but I was too lazy to dig through my archive to find out. Ah well. It was drizzly that day, so I just felt like a watering can brooch was appropriate.)

Faux Suit

I’ve always loved the look of a three-piece suit, but my maximalist taste also thinks that it’s boring to wear three pieces in the same color, pattern, and texture, so ever since I started wearing more waistcoats, I’ve tried to recreate the look of a three-piece suit using different pieces that don’t necessarily match but go together, like here. I’s an experiment in pattern and color mixing, which I find much more fun and rewarding than just wearing a suit. One of my co-workers actually asked me if my waistcoat and jacket were a set, which I took to mean I’ve paired them well enough that you can’t tell from a casual glance that they’re separates.

Tie The Knot

No, I’m not getting married (ha!) I’m just trying out a new accessory this fall/winter season – ties. I’ve always wanted to try them out but was afraid they would look too mannish, but when I came across some floral ties at one of my favorite secondhand shops, I thought they may be a good practice. I’m starting slow first, going with with a plain outfit that picks up the colors from the tie – the background matches my pants exactly, and the blue print matches my shirt. I’m sure that when I get more comfortable with wearing them, I’ll try different, less “feminine” patterns as well. And hopefully get better at tying them too! I thought tying a tie was simple, but man, it took me so long to get this right. No wonder there are so many video tutorials.

Getting Jabbed

I wore this to get my first dose of COVID vaccination. I wasn’t going to photograph this – basically I just wore something sleeveless and comfy – but then I thought, “Hey, this doesn’t look half bad”, and decided to add the belt to make it more blog-worthy. Besides, I’d take any chance to get dressed up these days.

It’s a relief to get vaccinated, though I know I’m privileged to even get it at all – most of our vaccines are reserved for other parts of the country, where the outbreak is much worse, but as a teacher, I’m one of the prioritized groups. Besides, my mom hasn’t been able to get vaccinated yet due to her medications, so I’m doing what I can to keep her safe.