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!


Lopapeysa

One of my regrets after my trip to Iceland is that I was unable to buy a traditional Icelandic sweater, aka a lopapeysa. The secondhand stores and flea market where I’d planned to shop were closed that day because it was a bank holiday, and the usual shops were too expensive. So when I saw this sweater at a local secondhand shop, I had to snap it up immediately. I don’t know if it’s an authentic lopapeysa – I can only tell that it’s certainly handmade, and it’s real wool (as opposed to synthetic yarn). But the design is spot-on and it’s super warm – we’ve had a cold snap lately, yet this sweater was all I need – so I’m not complaining. And to keep with the Scandinavian style, I’m pairing it with these new-to-me clogs. I’ve been saving them for the summer, but they work here too.


The Professor

Last week I posted an outfit with this gold velvet waistcoat, which is a bit big on me. Well, I finally figured out how to make it fit better – I (very badly) sewed two darts in the back, and voila, it fits! For the outfit, I tried to evoke a three-piece suit – I’ve always loved the look of three-piece suits, but I don’t think I would want to wear them very often. I love pattern-mixing too much to wear a suit that is all one pattern and color. This outfit, which not only mixes patterns but textures as well, is much more my style. I thought about adding a brooch to make it even more “me”, but in the end, decided that the outfit is busy enough.