Get Shorty

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


Pretty Pleats

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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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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


Polyester Time

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Even though it’s still close to 90 degrees here, the weather has gotten to that weird phase when it’s sweater weather in the morning, but at noon if you’re wearing a sweater, you’ll die of a heatstroke. So my solution is wear all the polyester. I mean, when else can I wear it? It’s warm enough in the morning, and light enough so that the ceiling fan in the teacher’s lounge can keep me cool. This outfit could also be called “raid the closets” too, because only the shoes and accessories are mine. There’s a reason why most of the polyester things in my closet are hand-me-down. I try not to buy them, since there is only a brief window of time when you can wear them and not drown in your own sweat.

… And on that lovely image, I’ll end the post.

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Shirt: Mango (on temporary loan from my sister), Skirt: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: thrifted, Belt: Vietnamese shop


The In-Betweener

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After meeting the college graduates last week and talking to them, I realized that now I’m so much more comfortable conversing with people younger than me, rather than with my peers. I literally have nothing to talk to my peers about – my friends’ Facebook pages are full of baby photos and baby stories, while mine has cat pictures and rants about whatever TV show I’m watching at the moment. I may dress like an old lady, but other than the cat thing, I’m still very much a kid at heart. I mean, I still fight with my niece over which cartoon channel to watch, for God’s sake (hey, what can I say? Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is on at the same time as Phineas and Ferb.)

P/S: I totally had a brain fart moment when I put on clothes this morning. Apparently I didn’t realize this skirt has belt loops.

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T-shirt: Uniqlo, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: Forever21, Heels: Mudd (thrifted), Collar: self-made


Repeated Fashion

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Happy International Women’s Day, ladies!

This skirt is another one from my mom’s closet, and this one I’m keeping as is because it’s pretty much perfect – the length, the color, the pleats. Since I sold my Helmut Lang pleated skirt before moving home (for a whooping $25, which is awesome considering I bought it for $5), I’ve been on the lookout for a light-colored pleated skirt again, and this is better than I could hope for. Plus it means I can finally recreate this outfit (my photos are nowhere near as gorgeous though.) My mom said she got it made some time in the early 90’s, which only goes to show that fashion, just like history, tends to repeat itself. Who knows, maybe fifty or a hundred years from now we’d all be wearing hoop skirts or panniers again.

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Day 4 of Take One, Pass It On:

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt & Shoes: thrifted, Necklace: Forever21