Le Demoiselle

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Picasso’s seminal “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. The outfit actually came together quite quickly for me – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, which makes selecting the right items much easier. As for the rest, I knew I’d wear this skirt, because its stripes of beige and blueish gray are a perfect mimic of the painting’s background, and I also added a belt for the darker splashes of brown. Finally, I topped it off with my “lady” brooch, as a nod to all the ladies in the painting. Easy peasy, and I quite like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!


No Lump

I don’t often pay much attention to all those “style tips” articles. Most of the times they just complicate things – like, why do I need a 7-step guide on how to roll my sleeves? – and don’t apply to my style at all. That said, there is one “style tip” that I do find useful, which is tucking my sweater into a belt instead of the waistband of my skirt/pants to avoid a lumpy waist. I don’t have to use this trick very often, as most of my sweaters can be left untucked or are thin enough to be tucked into the waistband, but it still works particularly well when the sweater is thick or long, like here. I also find that an elastic belt works better than the typical leather ones.


Tricksy Hobbitses

Another day, another vest (or rather, waistcoat) worn with a skirt. This is another velvet waistcoat that I bought last year, but it’s a bit big on me, so while figuring out how to size it down, I decided to tuck it into a skirt instead. There’s something about the ruffled shirt and the tucked-in waistcoat, which looks a bit like a bodice, that reminds me of a female Hobbit costume, hence the title. It’s the thing about inspiration – you never know where it’s going to come from. I’ve never been much of a Lord of the Rings fan (sacrilege, I know, but I didn’t grow up with it and while I enjoy the films, they never mean much to me), so I’ve never consciously taken any fashion inspiration from them. On the other hand, I’m a very visual person, and following costume and cosplay blogs, I’ve seen my share of Hobbit costumes. I guess the images just get stored in my brain, to be called up randomly.