Black Lace

black wool dress lace tights black heels by 14 shades of grey

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.

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black wool dress lace tights black heels by 14 shades of greyblack wool dress silver brooch by 14 shades of grey

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


Quilted

white sweater white skirt plaid scarf brown boots by 14 shades of grey

And I’m back, both to work and to the blog, after the Lunar New Year Break. Before the break, three weeks seemed so long, but now I felt like I’ve hardly gotten any rest at all. Mostly because I spent the entire time catching up on my translating work. Never mind, we’re going to have another break at the end of April and by then I should be finished, I can rest then. And I’m planning a proper break this summer (shh! it isn’t finalized yet and I don’t want to jinx it.)

Anyway, here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Harriet Powers’ “Bible Quilt”. I picked this sweater and skirt for their textures and neutral colors, and add in some touches of gray and brown. You can’t see my tights, but they’re actually gray polka dots, to echo the polka-dot animals on the quilt. I admit, the untucked sweater and skirt look a bit frumpy together, but I like it.

Drop by Jen’s blog tomorrow to see how others interpret this unique piece of art!

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white sweater plaid scarf by 14 shades of greywhite sweater white skirt plaid scarf brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: local shop, Skirt: Zalora, Scarf: Candies’, Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo


Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Dark Blue Tights

black wool dress mustard scarf black boots by 14 shades of grey

That’s a Father Ted reference in the title, in case you’re wondering (my third favorite sitcom, after The IT Crowd and Black Books.) I chose that because my tights are actually not black but very, very, very dark blue. Not that anyone can tell, since my dress is long enough and the boots high enough that the tights are barely visible. Usually I hate it when the colors in my outfit are close in shade but do not match – blacks that don’t match are one of my biggest sartorial pet peeves – but these are fleece-lined, and with the recent drop in the temperature, I wouldn’t wear anything else.

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black wool dress mustard scarf dragonfly brooch by 14 shades of greyblack wool dress black boots by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Scarf: Forever 21, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: Bijou Brigitte


Weekly Capsule 50.1 & SIA: No Stress

black and white print dress herringbone jacket black boots by 14 shades of grey

I actually had a different outfit in mind when I picked out this week’s SIA inspiration, “Stressed Out” by Layla Holzer. It involves my black embroidered sweatshirt and brushstroke skirt, but when I put them together, they looked hella awkward, so I had to rethink the whole thing. I thought of my black-and-white Zara dress next, but I only wore it for special occasions. Then I realized I had the perfect special occasion for it – the award ceremony for our school’s film festival. Once I had the dress as my foundation, the rest of the outfit came together quite easily.

I’ll talk more about the film festival later in the week, but suffice to say, it was fun and not nearly as stressful as I thought (well, I didn’t have a lot of responsibilities to begin with…) Anyway, at least I got an SIA-appropriate outfit out of it.

black and white print dress herringbone jacket by 14 shades of grey

black and white print dress herringbone jacket brooch by 14 shades of greyblack and white print dress herringbone jacket black boots by 14 shades of grey

Check back tomorrow for the full round-up of all looks inspired by this lovely illustration!

Dress: Zara, Jacket: tailor, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 02.3

white shirt navy dress brown ankle boots by 14 shades of grey

I notice that this week’s outfits have been even more repetitive than last week’s (all sweater + jeans + ankle boots), so in an attempt to have a different silhouette, I added this shift dress to this week’s capsule. It’s fitting too, because Audrey of Putting Me Together has just started a weekly style challenge, and this week’s theme is “wear a dress”.

I would like to wear more dresses and skirts in the winter too, but I find it really difficult to figure out what sweater and shoes to pair with a dress or skirt. Even this outfit took me half an hour last night trying things on and fussing, before I said “Ah, fuck it” and decided on this combination – which is OK but not my favorite (plain black tights and black boots would be better.) With jeans it’s so much easier. You can just pretty much throw anything on and they’ll go together.

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gray tights brown ankle boots by 14 shades of greygray circle scarf locket brooch by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Tights: local shops, Dress: Gap (thrifted), Boots: Topshop, Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage


Capsule Outfit #37

navy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

My SIA co-hosts and I have decided to give SIA a break, since it’s the holiday and everything. The challenge will resume on Monday, January 5th, and it’s my turn to curate, so be sure to drop by in two weeks to see what I’ve picked as inspiration!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to get the most out of my capsule wardrobe, before moving on to a new experiment for the new year (I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning very strongly toward weekly capsules.)

navy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan white scarf by 14 shades of grey

navy shift dress maroon cardigan white scarf by 14 shades of greynavy shift dress maroon cardigan polka dot tights black boots by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Gap (thrifted), Cardigan & Boots: local shop, Scarf: gift, Tights: Target


Capsule Outfit #21

navy dress pink sweater black tights chelsea boots by 14 shades of grey

It looks like everybody at the script reading company where I work is taking an early Thanksgiving break, which is why I find myself with a giant pile of scripts to read, and nothing interesting to say about this outfit because my brain is too tired.

Wait, actually I do have something to say: I wasn’t sure about this combo, both the silhouette (the sweater is too long, the boots may cut off my legs) and colors (usually I couldn’t care less about pairing navy and black, but this looks off somehow, and the pink sweater and white scarf look anemic together). But then I looked at the photos and it turns out to be all right, if I do say so myself. That is rare indeed. Usually it’s the other way around – I thought the outfit was great, then I looked at the photos and it was horrible.

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Dress: Gap (thrifted), Sweater: Zalora, Scarf: Target, Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Din Sko