The Hardest Button

The post title not only refers to the song by The White Stripes but also to the fact that this SIA was harder to interpret than I thought. The colors are clear enough and I have most of them in my closet, but with the weather being quite unpredictable lately, I didn’t quite know how to combine them in an outfit. In the end, this is what I came up with – a layered outfit that works well for this kind of weather and has all the colors of the inspirational photo. I also added a brooch to mimic the intricate button on the top of the pile. All in all, I’m happy with it 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by her lovely photo!

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Perfect Condition

The last few days before the Lunar New Year (and during the holiday, in fact) were unseasonably warm and dry, fall-like instead of spring/winter, so I was able to change up my outfit formula a bit. It’s the most “blog-worthy” outfit I’ve worn in a while, even though it’s not that different from my usual formula of sweater + coat + jeans. At least the shirt and blazer are a nice change and the brooch is fun, and everything works together instead of feeling forced.

It just further proves the cliche that all style bloggers love the fall. When it’s too cold or too hot, I have to focus on staying warm/cool, so there isn’t much room for sartorial creativity. This kind of weather is perfect (even if it’s unseasonal.)


Pink Dome

This week’s inspiration for SIA – the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri – is gorgeous, but I had no idea how I could interpret it in an outfit. When I’m stuck in SIA, I would usually look at the piece’s color scheme as a starting point. In this case, I picked out pink, white, and blue as the main colors, so I knew I would wear this pink button-up and the blue oxfords. Luckily, the weather was cool enough that I could layer the button-up over my white eyelet top (it did get warmer at noon, but still), and I added my gold brooch to mimic the intriciate gold decorations on the dome. Then I finished the outfit with jeans because… well, they went well with the rest. Sometimes you just have to forget the inspiration and choose what looks good.

Remember to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this beautiful dome!


Grumpy Bird

This outfit is not very blog-worthy, I know – I tried making it more interesting with the half-tuck, but I can’t do “trendy” touches like that; they just look sloppy on me. No, the real interest of the outfit is my brooch. It’s a present from my sister, and normally I don’t wear brooches with button-up shirts (except for maybe the ocassional small pin on the collar), but I had to wear it this time because the bird’s expression matches my mood so well. Just look how grumpy it is!

I’m grumpy too, because even though May is over, I’m still not done with school – next week I have to sit in on the thesis committee for the screenwriting students. Well, at least I’m not on the receiving end. I may have finished grad school 7 years ago (gods, has it really been that long?!) but I can still remember how nerve-wrecking those meetings can be.


Button Up, Button Down

Quiz time: what do you call this shirt? A button-up, button-down, or oxford shirt? I always call it a button-up, and apparently, there is a difference between a button-up and a button-down – a button-down is one with two buttons on the collar, holding it down, and usually those are only featured on men’s shirts. Interestingly enough, in Vietnam this type of shirt is translated literally to “German-collar shirt”. I don’t know why. I believe this turned-down collar is invented by a French tailor, so I have no idea what German has to do with it, but that’s language for you. And this is the point where I’ve typed the word “collar” so many times that it’s lost all meaning.

Anyway, I actually bought these two things together and even tried them on together at the store, but I didn’t think about pairing them until now. I thought the two rows of buttons would be too much, but they actually go quite well together, right?


Pink Spring

We’re finally having some spring-like weather around here, but while it is humid, thankfully it remains cool, rather than hot and humid, so getting dressed is still enjoyable instead of the chore it is during the warmer months. I always prefer to dress in layers – it’s much easier to add interest with layers – so as long as it stays cool, I’m happy.

That said, this (new) shirt can still add interest to an outfit even by itself. If you look at the close-up, you can see that its buttons are actually printed with a subtle floral pattern. Very appropriate for spring without being obvious. I’m sure Miranda Priestly will approve.