As much as I love 1930s- and 1940s-inspired fashion, sometimes it can be a bit of a hassle to decide what to pair together, especially when winter is winding down but it’s not warm enough for summer clothes yet. So when I’m not feeling excited about my vintage clothes, I’d reach for my comfier, “at-home” clothes – things like these wide-leg jeans, this striped top, and this grandpa cardigan. When put together, they look vaguely 1970s in a rustic, hippie-ish kind of way (hence the title), so I paired them with my clogs and my wooden cat brooch to fit with that aesthetic. I don’t often list the 1970s as part of my fashion inspiration, but now that I think about it, I actually do get inspired by it a lot!

Funny Face

This outfit was kind of inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s all-black ensemble in the Bohemian Dance scene in Funny Face, but it also kind of came about because I wanted to show off these socks, and since they’re so loud and colorful, an all-black outfit is the only choice that wouldn’t clash with them. (I’m a bit annoyed because the blacks don’t match, but shh, it’s fine as long as you don’t look at it too closely.) And there are cyclists on the socks, so of course I had to accessorize with my bicycle brooch as well.

Desert Hermit

Happy May the Fourth! To be honest, I haven’t kept up with the Star Wars fandom in a while – after the disappointment of The Rise of Skywalker, I just wasn’t invested anymore (I did watch The Mandalorian, but not The Book of Boba Fett and probably not the upcoming Obi-Wan either, despite what the post title says. I like The Mandalorian because at least it explored something newish, instead of just rehashing old characters.) This outfit did not start out as a tribute to Star Wars, but the socks are kind of Tatooine-esque, and I’m posting on May 4th, so I’m still going to pretend it’s a Star Wars-inspired outfit anyway (the truth is that I just wanted to try styling these socks with these clogs to see if I can. The result is not bad, but it’s definitely very casual.)

A Tale Of Two Cities

It’s been a while since I utilized socks to add colors and patterns to my outfit, mostly because I’ve been relying on other things for those (patterned sweaters and vests, for one thing) and I haven’t found any new socks that really excite me. But when I bought this sweater (another graphic one), I immediately remembered these “cityscape” socks I’ve had for a while but haven’t got a chance to show off on the blog yet, and happily, they go together! I kept the rest of the outfit simple, but I couldn’t help adding another whimsical touch – a brooch featuring these fabric owls. If they had been pigeons or crows, it would’ve fit my “city” theme better, but owls would have to do.

The Thousand Quilt

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “The Thousand Quilt” by Elizabeth Shippen Green. I had to admit, I struggled with this one a bit because there are so many patterns and colors in it, and I know I couldn’t reflect all of them in my outfit. In the end, I went with this sweater and shirt combo because the brown, blue, and red patterns reflect some of the details in the illustration – from the floral lampshade to the carved back of the chair to the curtain (or wallpaper?) in the background – and it is a nod to the graphic of the quilt as well. I tried pairing it with my green corduroy pants (for the green wall), but they don’t go with the sweater, so I opted for these brown ones instead. It helps that the brown of the pants matches the brown of the sweater exactly, and there is a lot of brown in the illustration as well. So I ended up quite happy with the outfit, even if I did struggle with it.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this illustration!