A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

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.


Star Student

This outfit is a bit schoolgirl-y, and there are stars on the buttons of my cardigan, hence the title. I’d never been much of a “star” student back in grade school – I did pretty well in school, but I was too quiet, too shy to draw attention to myself. My confidence improved in college and grad school, probably because I was in film schools, where I could be myself. Looking back, though, I’m still surprised that I was better at natural sciences than social sciences and language (my math and chemistry grades were always higher than my English and Vietnamese grades.) I guess that’s because the natural science subjects have clear rules, which for me is easier to understand, while the social science subjects rely too much on memorization and not enough on problem-solving.


Schoolgirl

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.


We Can Do It!

Do you guys have any plans for Halloween? I guess that due to the pandemic, there won’t be a lot of parties, but that doesn’t stop you from dressing up, does it? I’m never been one to dress up in full costumes – I always prefer a more practical, real-world approaching to dressing up, i.e. my costume should work as an actual outfit and not just a costume. Take this, for example. I wouldn’t call it a costume, but it is inspired by the casual 1940s/1950s look with the jeans, tie-front shirt, headscarf, and saddle shoes. The colors – blue, yellow, and red – are reminiscent of the “Rosie the Riveter” poster as well, hence my post title. So it is not a costume, but it’s a little more costume-y than my everyday outfit. Consider it my nod to Halloween.


Woman With A Parasol

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?