Rewired

Occasionally, after I’ve been in a sartorial slump like I have over the past few weeks, I would try to put a bit more thoughts into an outfit to get my “mojo” back, so to speak (actually I don’t use phrases like “get my mojo back”, which sounds so corny to me. Plus “mojo” only makes me think of Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls.) The result is often spotty – sometimes I would chance on something good and get inspired again; sometimes I would overthink it and end up with an awkward mess. This outfit falls somewhere in the middle. It isn’t an awkward mess, but it certainly didn’t look as good as I pictured it in my head. I guess I’m going back to my minimalist phase for a bit longer…

(P/S: I was going to title this post “Re-inspired”, but the outfit is not “inspired” exactly. Then I saw Kasabian playing on TV and just grabbed the song title. It’s close enough.)

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The Home Coming

blue striped top pink skirt beige sandals by 14 shades of grey

I actually had a much more casual outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Bertha Lum’s woodblock print “The Home Coming“. However, I’m beginning to feel a little tired of looking so schlubby all the time as the summer drags on, so when I had an end-of-the-year staff meeting at school, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dress up a bit. I went with this skirt (yes, I’ve worn it for SIA twice in a row now) and the shirt to mimic the strong lines and soft colors of the print, and the sandals echo the curves of the bridge.

Don’t forget to drop by Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see the full round-up of outfits inspired by this artwork!

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Top: Mango, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks


Rosy Roses

rose print shirt pink skirt flat sandals by 14 shades of grey

This outfit is one of the few times I break my self-imposed rule of not wearing two girly items together (i.e. no lace top with pink skirt, that kind of thing). Since I don’t have many downright “girly” clothes, that usually isn’t a problem. But this top and this skirt are so appropriate this week’s SIA – “The Roses of Heliogabalus” – that I couldn’t pass them up. And of course, the sandals are the perfect finishing touch to mimic the Roman sandals.

P/S: Last time I wore this skirt I said I was going to shorten it, and I did try pinning it up to see how it’d look, but after some consideration, I decided I like the longer length.

Don’t forget to drop by tomorrow for other interpretations of this painting!

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pink skirt flat sandals by 14 shades of greyrose print shirt pink skirt by 14 shades of grey

Top: Handmade (store in LA), Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Aldo


A For Idea, C For Execution

black striped top pink midi skirt pink sneakers by 14 shades of grey

This is one of those outfits that definitely looked better in my head. I like the idea of pairing sneakers with a midi skirt, but the hem of this skirt hits me at a really unflattering place when I’m wearing flats, so it just makes my legs look extra-stumpy. I’ve been reluctant to hem it (it used to be my mom’s) because I like the length, but now I think it needs at least a couple of inches off the hem, so that it falls just below my knees. That way I can wear it with heels if I want to, but I can wear it with flats too.

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pink midi skirt pink sneakers by 14 shades of greyblack striped top necklace by 14 shades of grey

Top: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Necklace: local shop


Weekly Capsule 18.2: Repeat

navy shirt pink skirt brown heels by 14 shades of grey

When I spring-cleaned my closet last month, I sorted my skirts into three piles – the “to be donated”, which don’t fit me/my current style anymore; the “work horses”, which I wear to work (and are all black/navy and pleated, incidentally); and finally, the “fun” skirts, which are skirts that I still like but are a bit fussy for work. Skirts like this one, basically. I love the pleats, and pink is a good color to add to my closet, but I feel it is too girly, so I don’t reach for it as often as I want. For this, I tried to balance it out with a simple shirt and necklace. I’ve worn something similar to this before, but there is something about the navy + pink combination that I really like.

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pink skirt brown heels by 14 shades of greynavy shirt silver necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Necklace: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: local shop


Get Shorty

grey t-shirt pink pleated skirt sneakers by 14 shades of grey

My legs are like a Shetland pony’s. I’m not petite by any means, but back in the US, occasionally I had to shop in the petite section because normal-sized pants are way too long for me, and even here in Vietnam, where I’m considered pretty tall, I still have to get my pants hemmed. Yet for some reason, recently I’ve constantly been drawn to the midi skirt + flats look (this outfit is a copy of this pin.) Yeah, the skirt hits me at a really unflattering spot, and I really can’t pull it off without the benefit of heels. I don’t care though. It’s comfy, and that’s all that matters.

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pink pleated skirt sneakers by 14 shades of greyamber necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Converse, Necklace: self-made


Pretty Pleats

white shirt pink pleated skirt red flats by 14 shades of grey

I am so sorry for that cheesy title but it’s really too hot (today is 100 and heat index is 115 again) and my brain is too tired (finale week is just as tiring for the teacher as it is for the students, who knows) to come up with anything else. Anyway, this is my outfit for this week’s SIA. I let everybody pick their favorite floating sculpture by Peter Gentenaar, and for myself, I picked this one:

I mimicked the swirls of the sculpture with my pleats, and kept the rest of the outfit simple and monochromatic. Midi skirt + flats is not the best combo for my stumpy legs, but it gives the outfit an easy breezy look that I kinda like. One regret though: my mom has this bracelet made from pieces of seashells that would’ve been perfect (it looks like this, only more pinkish), but it’s nowhere to be found. But then again I doubt I would want anything against my wrist in this heat, so maybe it’s for the best.

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pink pleated skirt red flats by 14 shades of greywhite shirt pink pleated skirt red belt by 14 shades of grey

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up post to see the other interpretations. We have a lot of varieties this week, it’s going to be great!

Shirt: Zara, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: Caprice, Belt: borrowed from my mom