This is my second attempt at the “blue outfit with paper bag pants and red accents” after my first try didn’t turn out so well. I like it better because the vertical stripes make this shirt look less billowy that the other one, but it’s still a little looser than I’d like, and by the end of the work day, it had pretty much come untucked.
I have never seen the appeal of the bodysuit before, but now I’m seriously considering buying one because it drove me crazy trying to fix the tuck all day long. Unfortunately (or, fortunately, if you look at it from a financial standpoint, because I do not need more clothes), all the bodysuits I see in store look like swimsuits and not like normal tops, so I don’t think I’ll be buying one yet.
I think one of the reasons I’m so excited about these new paperbag pants is because they are a basic color, so they go with almost everything in my closet, but their silhouette is different enough that they can make the outfits look new and fresh. Take this outfit, for example. This is certainly not the first time I paired this shirt with wide-leg pants, but because of the exaggerated silhouette, it doesn’t look repetitive.
In other news, I feel I’m going to have to retire this shirt soon. It’s rayon, so despite my best effort (wash in cold water and hang dry), it’s been shrinking over the past 4 yearsto the point it doesn’t fit me right anymore. It’s sad because I love novelty print shirts like this and they’re hard to find here, but at least it’s had a good run.
This is another “duh” outfit, one that seems like a no-brainer but I didn’t think of for the longest time. I mean, the navy stripe on this top matches the navy of my culottes perfectly – it’s not often that two of my items are a perfect match like that – so naturally, I had to pair them together. Then, when it came to accessories, I know I wear this brooch with this top a lot, and these shoes with these culottes a lot too, but again, they go so well together, so why change it, right?
I saw this linen tee on sale last week, and even though the weather has cooled down considerably, it is still warm enough for a T-shirt, so of course I had to snatch it up. (In Vietnam, “cooling down” generally means “you’re going to wear the same summer clothes except you’re not going to sweat through them in 10 minutes”. And then, snap! Winter is here! There is no in-between.)
I think it’s not just any old boat but actually a Chinese junk embroidered on the T-shirt, but “Row, row, row your Chinese junk” doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?
With this outfit, I was trying to emulate a kind of 1930’s, Katharine Hepburn type of look. Of course, my pants are not structured enough and the shirt is a bit too casual, but it’s pretty close, isn’t it? I think a pair of white sandals may be more appropriate too, but a) I don’t have white sandals and b) I had to add a bit of color somewhere.
In other sad news, I stupidly threw these pants into the washing machine – I’ve machine-washed linen before and never thought twice about it – and now they’ve shrunk beyond recognition. Apparently the shop didn’t bother pre-shrinking their linen. I’ve tried to stretch them out as best as I could, and I’ll see if they can be salvaged with some ironing, but at best, they’re still going to look cropped. Just my luck. I’ve been looking for a good pair of wide-leg pants forever, and I managed to ruin the one pair that I found.