One of the items I’ve been looking for this summer is skirts with novelty prints around the hem – something like this. I haven’t been able to find it yet, but during my search, I stumbled upon this skirt. It doesn’t have the novelty print, but the embroideries are lovely, plus it has pockets – not just side pockets, but back pockets too! The embroideries remind me of traditional Russian embroideries, so I leaned into that folksy feel and paired it with a gingham shirt and lace-up mules to evoke the traditional Russian bast shoes.
The weather may be warming up, but we still have some cold days here and there, and I’m hanging on to those with all my might. I bought these plaid pants a while ago but haven’t gotten around to wearing them yet, so when we had some cooler days, I immediately brought them out before it gets too warm. I paired them simply with this red gingham shirt and navy cardigan to echo the navy-and-red plaid of the pants. I can’t wait to wear them more next season (I know I always say this a lot at the end of every season, LOL.)
This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “The Thousand Quilt” by Elizabeth Shippen Green. I had to admit, I struggled with this one a bit because there are so many patterns and colors in it, and I know I couldn’t reflect all of them in my outfit. In the end, I went with this sweater and shirt combo because the brown, blue, and red patterns reflect some of the details in the illustration – from the floral lampshade to the carved back of the chair to the curtain (or wallpaper?) in the background – and it is a nod to the graphic of the quilt as well. I tried pairing it with my green corduroy pants (for the green wall), but they don’t go with the sweater, so I opted for these brown ones instead. It helps that the brown of the pants matches the brown of the sweater exactly, and there is a lot of brown in the illustration as well. So I ended up quite happy with the outfit, even if I did struggle with it.
Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this illustration!
Red and green is a color combo I’m not brave enough to try often (I think I’ve only tried it once, way back when I first started the blog.) The Christmas association is too strong. Plus, in Vietnam, there’s a saying that translates to “Green pants and red shirt prove that you’re a boor”, so maybe that influences me somehow. But lately, I’ve discovered some red/green combinations that are more applicable, when the red and green are less saturated – like here, which is more like pink and green (the gingham tones down the red color a bit), or red and olive green. It would be fun to try more opposite color combos like that.
On an unrelated note, the post title is obviously a reference to my brooch, but it’s also a joke because my family, despite our large garden, has never been able to grow cucumbers. One year my dad started three pots, which grew and covered the entire trellises, but never produced a single flower, let alone a fruit. After that he got frustrated and quit trying to grow cucumbers again.
I wore this to meet the new class of screenwriting students I’m teaching this year. It was the first time I met them, and we’re going to be stuck with each other for the next four years (hopefully), so I wanted to wear something that looks the most “me”, to give them an accurate first impression. In the end, I settled for this. It certainly has all the things that I tend to reach for the most – plaid/gingham, button-up, midi skirt, brooch, and sensible shoes. One of my co-workers said that I looked like a schoolteacher on Little House on the Prairie (I guess it’s the combination of the gingham and the brooch?), which is not exactly what I was going for, but hey, I am a teacher after all.