One Dress Two Ways

I’m definitely wearing more dresses this summer. Usually, I don’t worry much about my summer style, because at this time of year, my work would be winding down as we prepare for the summer break, but due to the pandemic, we are still playing catch-up and it looks like we’re going to be working all summer. This means I have to step up my style a little, but dresses are an easy way to look put-together. Before, I used to stay away from dresses because one dress is just one silhouette, but now, thanks to all these cotton dresses I recently thrifted, I can vary my looks without feeling like I’m repeating myself.


Blazer It Up

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.


Quarantine Morning #2

Here’s my second outfit for SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Carolina Morning” (outfit #1 is here.) We had a warm weekend last week, so I decided to mimic the woman in the painting by bringing out this dress and my sunhat (yes, I know the woman is wearing heels, but it felt a bit too… extra to wear heels just to take outfit photos at home.) And the print on my dress has all the colors of the painting too – blue, beige, and a bit of green and yellow – so this isn’t out-there as it seems.

Remember to drop by Kim’s blog for the full round-up of outfits inspired by this painting. Stay safe!


Quarantine Morning #1

I actually had two outfits for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Carolina Morning” – one inspired by the colors of the entire painting, and another inspired just by the woman in the painting. This, of course, is the one inspired by the entire painting. I picked out the blue and sandy beige of the painting and added a pop of red with my sneakers – simple. It’s the perfect work-from-home outfit too, comfy but still put-together enough.

The other outfit will be posted on Wednesday, so stay tuned. And don’t forget to check Kim’s blog for other interpretations of this painting!


Ladybird

It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.

And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)