We just had our first real cold snap this past week, but the weather was absolutely hideous (raining all day, bitter wind) and it was dark all day so I couldn’t take outfit photos. So here’s an old outfit from when it was still warm. It’s one of those “duh” outfits (hence the post title) that all the pieces go so well together that I almost didn’t wear it because I thought it’d be too predictable. But it works, so why not, right?
That post title sounds like a BuzzFeed quiz (I’m pretty sure it actually existed somewhere), but actually I was thinking of this post by Jen, in which she said Daenel once complimented her by saying that her personality is like polka dots, “fun, flirty, and classic”. That got me thinking, if I was a print or a pattern, what would I be? And I decided that I would be more of a stripe or plaid – utilitarian, versatile, and yes, classic. Which is why I think this outfit is so “me” – clean lines, neutral colors, and a pop of interest with the brooch. I would gladly dress like this every day.
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?
This week’s SIA, inspired by the poster for the 1917, Theda Bara-starring film “Cleopatra”, is a difficult one for me. It has mostly autumnal colors – rust, orange, gold, etc. – and the weather where I am is not cool enough for those yet. There are a lot of patterns too. After some thinking, I decided to go with this printed top – the busiest thing I have in my closet, and these jeans and heels to mimic some of the colors in the poster. The result may not be as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but it’s a perfectly functional outfit, and I’d take that over some forced attempt to mimic the inspiration exactly.
Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of other oufits inspired by this kickass poster!
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.