Peasant

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.

Back pockets!


The Hallucinogenic Toreador

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Salvador Dali’s “The Hallucinogenic Toreador“. It’s pretty tame, but it’s the best I could do with what I have, and besides, I don’t want to go all-out just to fit the painting and forget my own personal style. Anyway, two things in the painting that stand out to me are one, the dots – there are polka dots and some sort of insect (flies?) that form a series of dots throughout and the painting, and two, the arches around the bullfighting ring. I put those together and came up with this shirt – the cutout embroideries are to reflect both the dots and the arches. I paired it with this plaid skirt, which has some of the colors in the painting, and my cameo brooch is a nod to the Venus de Milo, another stand-out motif in the painting. So all in all, not a bad outfit (if I do say so myself) and it does reflect the inspiration too.


One Top, Two Ways

These outfits are pretty simple, which is why I’m grouping them together. I simply pull colors from the shirt – red and navy – and match them to my bottoms and shoes. Basic, yes, but it works, so why mess around with it? Besides, I’m getting to the end of the semester, which means I’m again too busy to think about outfits, so something deceptively simple like these is perfect.


Retro + Modern

This outfit is a testament to how weird this summer has been: it’s inconceivable that I was still able to wear these pair of thick jeans, this top with its high collar and long sleeves, and these shoes, and all these dark colors, in May. I wanted to wear this top again because I’ve been struggling to style it – the collar gives me a retro, 1960s vibe, but it’s a bit big on me, and so far, the only way I can think of to wear it has been to tuck it into bottoms. Here I tried to match the maroon cuffs and stripes to my maroon shoes, and balance the slightly fussy design of the top with the simpler, more streamlined bottom. It works, but I’m still looking for more ways to make this top more versatile.


Spring Colors, Fall Textures

I’m continuing with my attempt to slowly switch my clothes for warmer weather. I think I was in a state of shock most years because we never have much of a spring –  just a week of humidity and intense discomfort, and then suddenly it’s summer – but this year, we actually have some pretty spring-like weather. It’s still pretty cool in the morning here (in fact, we’re due for another cold snap later this week), so I went with my short-sleeve sweater and wool skirt, but I kept the colors brighter and accessorized with a flower brooch to make it more spring-like. I may never warm up to spring (cheesy pun totally intended), but I’m getting the hang of dressing for it.