Summer Layering

When the weather warms up, one of the things I always struggle with is how to make my outfits more interesting. During the cooler months, I can always rely on layering to play around with colors and textures, but that’s not so feasible in the summer. This year, however, with my newly purchased waistcoat, I have a summer layering item that doesn’t add too much bulk or weight. Of course, it only works with a lightweight waistcoat like this one, and only when it’s under 35 degrees Celsius (about 95F). Anything higher than that and I’m not even venturing outdoors, let alone worrying about having an interesting outfit.


Waistcoated

Last fall/winter, there was one item of clothing that I searched and searched but couldn’t find: the waistcoat. I’ve wanted a waistcoat since seeing Jo’s costumes in the 2019 adaptation of Little Women, but as hard as I searched, I couldn’t find them anywhere, since they’re not exactly the trendiest of items. Then, at the end of the season, just as I was ready to give up the search, I came across not one, but two shops that sell waistcoats! By then, most of the nicer ones were sold out, though I still managed to grab a few. It’s almost too warm now to wear them, but I couldn’t wait, so here’s a floral one to make it more seasonally appropriate. I’m looking forward to the end of the year to wear the others, and perhaps to add some more to my collection!


I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Sky above Clouds IV“. The bright colors stump me a bit, but luckily, we had a warm day, so I was able to bring out this ice cream shirt. The pink stripes and the ice cream cone embroideries mimic the graphic quality and the colors of the painting quite well, I think. The shirt is the real star here, so I paired it simply with jeans and my pink loafers for maximum pink-and-blue action. (And yes, I know the above phrase is supposed to end with “for ice cream”, but it’s a bit cheesy, isn’t it, when I’m literally wearing an ice cream shirt?)

Don’t forget to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


The New Classic

At the beginning of the fall/winter season, I picked up a bunch of these pleated velvet skirts from the thrift store, in different colors. I’ve only worn three of them – this dusky pink one, the ice blue, and the forest green, but I would’ve bought more colors if the store had them. I had to remind myself that I actually have two more (silver and olive green) still in storage to make myself stop. Plus, I need to save some room for next season (I’m looking for a gold one.) I felt a little crazy buying so many of them at once, but pleated midi skirts have pretty much become a classic by now that I’m confident I can get a lot of wear out of them, as long as my style doesn’t change too much, that is!


Sun, Moon, And Stars

Here’s another celestial-themed outfit (told you guys I’m obsessed with it.) I actually built this outfit around these socks, and since the glittery tulle socks paired with pale pink heels are pretty feminine already, I kept the rest of the outfit simple and balanced with boyfriend jeans, a button-up shirt, and a blazer. I was going to wear my leather jacket to “toughen up” the outfit a bit, but it was too warm for it, plus I can’t wear this brooch (to keep with the celestial theme) on a leather jacket, so this blazer was the perfect choice.