I don’t have a lot of new outfits to post these days, as I’ve been working mostly from home in the past month or so due to the coronavirus (yeah, Vietnam has closed schools and canceled events since February to prevent the spread of the virus, and everything is still fine over here, so for those of you whose countries are only beginning to shut things down – don’t worry, you’ll be OK.)
Thankfully, I still have a bunch of backlogged outfits from way back in January, which is why you’ll find that they’re a lot more appropriate for winter than spring, especially in their colors – like this outfit, for example. But then again, traditional spring colors like pastels and bright colors don’t look good on me. I’m much more of a fall/winter (both in terms of my coloring and my preference), so I’m holding on to winter as long as I can.
So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Degas’s sculpture, “Little 14-Year-Old Dancer.” The outfit itself is pretty self-explanatory – I simply took inspiration from the neutral colors and ballet theme of the sculpture, hence the ballet flats and the skirt (which I think should be called my “ballet skirt” from now on.) However, you may notice that this is not the usual background for my outfit photos. In fact, it is very unusual – it’s the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia!!!
That’s right, I just came back from a 2-week trip in Russia, during which time I had the wonderful opportunity to watch a ballet at the prestigious Mariinsky (I originally wanted to go to the Bolshoi in Moscow, but their schedule didn’t quite line up with my travel plan.) I had to admit, this was the reason I picked this sculpture as the inspiration for SIA, because I knew I’d have the chance to take my outfit photos at the theater itself. I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture of me in my seat, but I was so overwhelmed by the experience that I barely even remembered to take pictures at all (I snatched these quickly during the intermission.) So here are some pictures from my seat instead – our seats were not the best, but they’re the best we can afford (we were in the 3rd box on the 1st tier, and they cost about $70 each). The ones with a better view of the stage are naturally more expensive.
As for the show, we saw La Bayadère, which, while not as well-known as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, is actually one of the most famous classical ballets in Russia. It’s good that I knew nothing about it beforehand, because that means I could fully enjoy the experience and understand the story from the dances alone – and it’s truly amazing how the ballet manages to tell the story so clearly just with music and dance moves. Of course, this being the Mariinsky, the technique, music, and costumes are all top-notch. And the three leads are perfectly cast too – I’ve seen photos of other productions, and while I have no doubt the other dancers are all experts, their looks are not as well-matched to their characters as the ones I saw (being a filmmaker, I can’t help but notice these things).
(You’re not supposed to take photos during the performance, so all of my photos were during the curtain calls.)
Stay tuned for my travel posts, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this sculpture!
Last week I shared an outfit featuring these wide-leg cropped jeans with tall boots, but the boots aren’t comfortable, so this time, I tried pairing them with these Chelsea boots instead. When I first tried these boots on, I dismissed them because the gap between the hem of the pants and the top of the boots chops my (already short) legs up and makes my legs really cold, but then I had the idea of layering a pair of tights underneath, and bam! Both problems solved. This is how I’m going to wear my wide-leg pants all through winter now.
When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – the woodcut lace design by Isabella Parasole – I immediately thought about my lace tights. Once I had the lace element down, the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly – black tights layered underneath and a dark gray dress to make the white lace really pop, just like in the print, and a silver brooch and cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the lace.
I wore this last week, for my last day at work before the break (I still have a few work outfits left to post), back when it was still cold enough to wear two pairs of tights. Now the sun is back, which is good, but I could never get used to the Lunar New Year without a bit of drizzling rain.
Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full round-ups of all the outfits inspired by this work of art!
Dress: tailor, Tights: Target & Forever21 (I think?), Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: Dutch flea market