The weather is warming up again (for the last time this season, I hope), so here are two simple looks. As the post title says, these are both inspired by Japanese street style – not any outfit in particular, but by several style blogs that I’ve been following. I used to be drawn to the classic silhouettes, bright colors, and all the patterns of vintage style (1940’s – 1950’s, to be exact), but now, while I still like looking at them, I don’t really want to wear them anymore. Instead, I prefer minimalism and more relaxed silhouettes, which is almost the exact opposite of vintage style. It’s funny how that changes, right?
I take a lot of my style inspiration from TV. Mad Men, Jessica Jones, Legion, and now, Stranger Things. I love the show, but because it’s set in the 80’s, there aren’t a lot of inspiration for real-life outfits (unless you’re talking about very loose interpretations)… until episode 7 of season 2, that is. Yes, that infamous “worst episode of Stranger Things” that everybody was complaining about also gives us another iconic Eleven look, except one that can be much more easily translated into real life than her look from season 1. I’m predicting that we’re going to see a lot more couple costumes of the two Elevens in next year’s Halloween (there weren’t a lot of those this year because season 2 was released so close to Halloween, I think.)
I’m missing the black eyeliner, of course, but again, this is an “inspired by” outfit, not a cosplay.
P/S: I apologize if the post doesn’t make a lot of sense to those of you that don’t watch Stranger Things. Also, what are you waiting for?
The outfit is simple, but I still want to post it to document how crazy the weather has been. It just warmed up unexpectedly last week, to the point it almost feels like summer. I’m not complaining though; it’s usually a sign that we’re in for a cold snap soon, so I just have to hang on for a little longer.
These pants are really comfortable, except they’re a pain to bike in, so I don’t wear them as often as I’d like. Besides, I don’t quite know what to call them. I guess they’re culottes, but I’ve been disinclined to use that ever since I found out it means underpants in French. They’re not quite gaucho pants either, which are usually knee-length. But who cares what they’re called, right? They’re cute, and that’s what matters.
When it comes to color combinations, red, white, and blue is pretty much a classic, isn’t it? As I was putting this outfit together (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. “Putting this outfit together” mostly consists of me ironing the shirt), I was struck by how many countries have red, white, and blue flags. I know that the flag of France, for instance, was official adopted after the French Revolution, so the three colors stand for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, but I have no idea about the other countries. And, even in the case the French flag, how did those colors come to symbolize these ideas? I did some Googling, but there is no definitive answer. The only thing I could glean is that there are so many tricolor flags because of colonization (for example, all the former British and Dutch colonies also have red, white, and blue flags).
You know what, I bet it’s just a case of some person looking at these colors and thinking, “Hey, they look nice together.” Like I did with this outfit 🙂
Sorry I still haven’t been able to post as regularly as I’d like – I actually have enough material for 4-5 posts/week now, but next week I’m going on another 10-day work trip, and I want to save some posts so the blog won’t have to go on hiatus while I’m gone. So here’s a simple outfit to end the week (and the reason for the title – it’s after a song by Kasabian) and I’ll see you guys next week, even if I’m not here 😉
Sorry for the radio silence this past week. I had planned on posting something in the middle of the week, but then time got away from me, and I didn’t have anything interesting say anyway, so rather than to force a post, I decided to just take a break. Anyway, school is back next week, so hopefully I can have regular outfit posts again and the blog will be back on track.
Back to the matter at hand – here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Melissa McCracken‘s synesthetic painting. I had to admit, I picked this mainly because it’s such a beautiful piece. I had no idea what I was going to wear for it. By a stroke of luck, last week I went shopping with my sister and picked up a few new tops, including this lilac tunic (my sister called it “taro-colored”, which is quite accurate actually). Even though the color isn’t exactly right (the painting has more pink than purple), I thought the flowy silhouette would be a good fit for this. I paired it with my navy jeans and dark red heels to mimic the other colors in the painting. I thought about adding my yellow brooch as well, but it clashes with the purple. Besides, the tunic has some very pretty embroideries already, and I didn’t want to distract from them, so I figured this would do, even if it’s not as close to the painting as I’d like.
So that’s it for me. I’m probably going to post the round-up on Wednesday, so you still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits. Get to it!