When I first saw this red cardigan, it immediately reminded me of Mr. Rogers’ iconic sweater. Unlike many of my US friends and readers, I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers and only heard of him when I went to college in the US. Still, Mr. Rogers was such a major figure in pop culture that I couldn’t help but become familiar with him and admire him for everything he did. So for this outfit, I took some inspiration from the man himself and put together a Mr. Rogers-esque outfit with these pants and shoes. I don’t have a pair of canvas shoes like his, so I made do with my saddles shoes instead, and my cat brooch is a nod to the puppets on his show. Tom Hanks, eat your heart out.
So how is everybody’s first week of 2021 going? I got a sinus infection, which is awesome. If this is how the first week of 2021 is, I don’t want to know what the rest of the year is going to be.
Anyway, on to the outfit: I bought this skirt from an online vintage boutique, and it turns out to be a little shorter than I expected, so it looks a bit like a school uniform skirt (note to self: all my skirts now should be at least 25″ long. This one, for the record, is 20″). My decision to pair it with saddle shoes doesn’t help, but I thought, I might as well lean into the schoolgirl look. It’s too bad that I didn’t find this sooner, because it would’ve made the perfect Audrey Horne cosplay. The jacket and brooch were added for a bit of warmth and color, and to, well, make it less of an Audrey Horne cosplay.
I had so much fun pairing my saddle shoes with socks and dresses that I tried it again with this dress, again adding my own funky twist with these printed socks instead of the traditional white bobby socks. I had thought about saving these socks for SIA someday (they are printed with Monet’s “Woman with a Parasol“, hence the post title), but truly, I’ve been wearing these artwork socks for SIA at least twice already, so I didn’t want to use them as a crutch. They’re fun in their own right, and I should wear them more, not just for SIA.
In other news, my dress could really use a good steaming, but I figured it’s just going to get wrinkled anyway, so why bother?