The end of the semester is drawing close, which means I’m getting busier as usual; plus, as the numbers of COVID cases have gone down, we’re going back to working in person again, which only adds to the busyness. Because of that, I opted to go for something simple. It’s 1940s-inspired, as usual, but the pants and flat shoes allow me to run around more easily. And to go with that “lazy” theme, I accessorized this with a cat brooch. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking and is comfy to boot – my kind of outfit.
I’ve talked about my obsession with waistcoats before, but not so much the sweater vest. I’ve always thought of sweater vests as rather dumpy/dorky, and the fact that they’re on trend makes me even less inclined to wear them. However, I’ve been following some menswear blogs and was finally convinced of the value of a nice Fair Isle sweater vest, especially worn with a tweed jacket or blazer, like here. It’s a classic/professorial look that is much more “me” than the current trend, and yes, it’s still a bit dorky, but then again, I’m a dork too, so it doesn’t matter.
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Marquet’s “Girl Embroidering, Seated in a Garden“. I knew I’d wear this cardigan and brooch for the green color and the embroidery part, but there is a bit of pink in the painting that I struggled with – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, and those pink pieces that I do have don’t really go with the outfit I had in mind. Then I remembered this scarf, and instead of wearing as a normal scarf (which wouldn’t work with this cardigan anyway), I decided to try something new and wear it as a headscarf instead. The cardigan and the headscarf kind of remind me of those WWII outfits that women often wore to work in factories and farms (like these), so I finished off the outfit with my wide-leg pants and oxfords to complete a 1940s looks. A bit different than my usual, but I like it.
Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!
It’s still pretty cold here, but as we draw closer to the Lunar New Year (which is only two weeks away!), I’m starting to feel more spring-y in my clothing choice. Hence this touch of green in my outfit. The rest I kept neutral – after all, it’s still winter, and there may still be a few more cold snaps to come, but sometimes I get tired of seeing gray skies all the time and just want a spot of green to cheer myself up.
The outfit is, of course, another take on the 1940s style. After Miss Marple, I’ve been watching Home Fires, so the WWII style must have rubbed off on me even more.