Bracing Up

As the work-from-home days stretch on without an ending anywhere in sight (not that I’m complaining. I know how lucky I am to be able to work from home), I keep trying to find new ways to spice up my WFH wardrobe. It should be dressy (I find I work better if I actually dress up as opposed to staying in my pajamas) while still comfortable (I’m still at home, after all), interesting but not overwrought or complicated (it’s summer; I’d like to keep my outfits light and simple). These suspenders fit the bill nicely. They’re simple but can elevate this outfit from the basic jeans-and-a-shirt to something more interesting, and the menswear vibe is always a plus for me.


Light Academia

Dark Academia has been my newest style discovery this past year (I hate using the word “aesthetics”, because I’m strictly just in it for the fashion), but with a focus on layering, heavy fabrics, and dark colors, it’s not an easy one to translate to the summer of my tropical climate. So I’m experimenting with Light Academia instead. I use similar silhouettes and patterns to Dark Academia, but in lighter colors and fabric. I also added a pair of suspenders and use my brooch like a tie pin to highlight the academia/vintage/classic elements of the outfit. I think the outfit is a success, and it’s definitely given me some more ideas to try with my summer style!


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?