Well, the unseasonably cool weather couldn’t last. We got some heavy rain last week, but now it’s warming up quickly. Before it gets completely scorching though, I managed to have one last hurrah, one last layered outfit – to be honest, it was a bit too warm for three layers, but as I mostly sat in an air-conditioned room (attending the thesis dissertation of the screenwriting students), it wasn’t bad. This outfit was built around the idea of pairing this waistcoat and blazer together, but I couldn’t find the right bottom to make it into one cohesive look. In the end, I was inspired by the costume of the Fifth Doctor on Doctor Who – more exactly, this outfit is a mix of his regular cricketer’s kit (the white jacket and tan trousers – his are striped though) and his floral waistcoat in the episode “Planet of Fire” (hence the post title). I even include a floral brooch as a nod to his celery boutonniere.
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Emperor Ham Nghi’s “Decline of the Day”. I’d originally wanted to have some homage to the artist in my outfit – after all, I picked the painting because of its history more than its artistic merits – but I couldn’t work out how to do it, so here’s a straightforward outfit instead. I built it around different shades of green and brown; the patterns on my sweater are a nod to the touches of lighter colors, blue and pink, in the painting, and the various textures of my sweater (knitted), blazer (wool), and pants (corduroy) are to reflect the textures of the painting as well.
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday to see how others interpret this painting.
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.
Last week I posted an outfit with this gold velvet waistcoat, which is a bit big on me. Well, I finally figured out how to make it fit better – I (very badly) sewed two darts in the back, and voila, it fits! For the outfit, I tried to evoke a three-piece suit – I’ve always loved the look of three-piece suits, but I don’t think I would want to wear them very often. I love pattern-mixing too much to wear a suit that is all one pattern and color. This outfit, which not only mixes patterns but textures as well, is much more my style. I thought about adding a brooch to make it even more “me”, but in the end, decided that the outfit is busy enough.
Here’s another celestial-themed outfit (told you guys I’m obsessed with it.) I actually built this outfit around these socks, and since the glittery tulle socks paired with pale pink heels are pretty feminine already, I kept the rest of the outfit simple and balanced with boyfriend jeans, a button-up shirt, and a blazer. I was going to wear my leather jacket to “toughen up” the outfit a bit, but it was too warm for it, plus I can’t wear this brooch (to keep with the celestial theme) on a leather jacket, so this blazer was the perfect choice.