What Kind Of Print Are You?

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.

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A Perfect Match

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?


Cleopatra

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!


Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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?


Skirting It

I’ve been neglecting my┬ádresses and skirts these past few months. It’s not just because of the weather – though I’m always disinclined to wear skirts and dresses during the warmer months. I know, I know, most people say a dress is the easiest thing to reach for when it’s hot, but for me a dress is always fussier than pants, plus almost all of my dresses have a cinched waist, and that would be terrible in the heat.

Anyway, it’s cooler now, but I still prefer to wear pants, because I feel much more comfortable in them. I notice that I’ve been picking “comfort” over “fashion” a lot more now – I wear less jewelry, more loose-fitting clothes, and more comfy shoes. I guess I’m moving toward that age when I want to wear only PJs and slippers all day. And there is nothing wrong with that!


1930’s Vibe

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.


Addicted To Plaid

I have a problem. I was doing closet inventory the other day and realized that I have three button-up shirts in identical shades of blue, all with a plaid pattern of varying sizes – one is a buffalo plaid, one is a checkered plaid, and one is gingham. This is a problem, right? It’s what you get for blindly buying without thinking of what you already had. Especially when I don’t know how to style them to make them look different enough from one another. At least this one is collarless so it looks slightly more casual, but that’s not much. Do you guys have any suggestion?