Back To The Start

It’s funny how my style is coming back full circle to the vintage-inspired looks of the blog’s early days. Luckily, trends are coming back, too – it’s now all cottagecore and dark academia, which are just different versions of twee (not that my style was ever that twee.) I was looking at my archive and found this outfit, which I’d be happy to wear today (yes, including the big collar, which is trendy again). So here I recreated the outfit with what I have now, and added some current touches – blazer and suspenders. The suspenders are bit much, but the skirt is slightly large for me and the suspenders are the best way to hold it up, plus they added a dark academia/menswear touch to the outfit, so I’m not complaining.


Edwardian Dapper

(The blur on my blazer is actually a dragonfly mid-flight. I thought it looked cool)

While I enjoy incorporating vintage/historical elements in my outfits, I tend to combine them with more modern pieces, for practical reasons – it’s just difficult finding vintage pieces around here. However, since rediscovering secondhand shopping, I’ve been navigating toward more purely vintage/historical looks. Take this outfit, for example. Before, I would probably wear this shirt with jeans or a leather jacket to “modernize” it a bit, but now I just thought, What the heck. Let’s dress like a Teddy Boy/Girl, because I want to. (That said, the Teddy Boys and Girls actually took their inspiration from the Edwardian era, so their style is already a modernized version.)


Grandpa-core

If you’ve been following my blog since the early days, you may remember that back then, I used to accessorize with suspenders. I forgot about them when my style became more minimalist, but I’ve recently discovered them again, albeit in more subdued colors. They’re great to add a menswear, Dark Academia touch to my outfit, so expect to see them more often on the blog.

As I lean more into the vintage, Miss Marple-inspired style, I realize that I tend to go for two extremes – either a “schoolgirl” look (like my Audrey Horne cosplay last week) or a “grandpa” look like this, nothing in between. I don’t know what that says about my personal style… I guess that means I don’t go for traditionally feminine vintage style?


Feminine Menswear

Something simple but still fun for the weekend. Suspenders always seem masculine to me, so I played around by pairing them with a skirt. My loafers would be a better fit for the “feminine/masculine” theme I was going for, but I only remembered this after I’d taken the photos. Oh well. It’s Saturday. My mind was elsewhere.

Shirt: Old Navy (thrifted), Skirt: Banana Republic (thrifted)
Suspenders: thrifted, Flats: Payless


Street Urchin

Today’s prompt is “Menswear.” Again, that sounded easy at first, but I knew it required a bit more thought, or I could be mistaken for a man (yes, it happened. A lady at the grocery store called me “Sir”, then I turned around and she was like, “Oh excuse me. You’re a girl.” I think that might be the moment I decided to start changing my style :P)

I brought a little femininity (not too much) into the outfit with these lace-trimmed shorts I got from my sister. So the overall outfit is still very tomboyish, but not too mannish.

And, because the suspenders and the plaid shirt (and the sneakers too) make me feel like a street urchin, I couldn’t help but do some kiddie things in the photos:


The shopping cart’s handle matches my suspenders!

Shirt: tailored from home, remixed
Shorts: hand-me-down from my sister (she chopped and trimmed them herself)
Sneakers: Converse, remixed
Suspenders: thrifted