This is a very basic outfit, right down to the owl brooch (owl, for some reason, was the motif of the early 2010s, the height of Modcloth and the twee-as-fuck style à la Zooey Deschanel, so I always associate it with “basic hipsters”.) The outfit is actually built around this faded red +olive green color combo, which I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and the shirt looks bare, but I couldn’t think of what brooch to wear, so I settled for a “basic” one. Ah well. At least it’s cute and doesn’t clash with anything.
A horizontal striped top is one of the must-haves in my closet, and I can never have enough – it seems I’d buy new ones every year! This one, for example, is one of the few new items I bought last year (from Uniqlo). I’ve been wearing it casually a lot, but I wanted to try pairing it with something dressier, like this skirt. With its high waist and buttons, it makes me think Edwardian, and by pairing with this striped top and these canvas shoes, I could almost picture myself in the French Riviera in the early 20th century. When the pandemic makes it impossible to travel, I guess I have to rely on my clothes to do some traveling in my head.
This outfit seems like your average layered look, right? But if you look closely at the lining of the blazer, you can see that it’s printed. And of course, the real story is at the back, which makes the outfit really fun. I thought about adding a brooch to the blazer, but then I decided the outfit had enough interest already.
Another point of interest in this outfit – these boots. They look like your average Chelsea boots, right? Nope, they’re rain boots! They’re one of the few new things I bought this year, and one of the best $20 I’ve ever spent on shoes.
Although I’m working from home these days, occasionally I still have an online video conference, meaning I have to appear a little dressed up than usual. You may notice that I said “appear” – since I’m only showing my torso, it doesn’t really matter what I wear on the bottom. So what I do is simply throw a blazer on top of my outfit, like here, and I’m instantly dressed up. Of course, for these photos, I had to tuck in my shirt and put on actual shoes, but otherwise, I’m pretty much wearing a blazer on top of pajamas here.
Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*