The Mightier Pen

I guess it’s a week of waistcoats then. This outfit came about when I noticed my brown tweed waistcoat almost matched my brown tweed trousers – almost, but not quite, the waistcoat being a few shades lighter. But it doesn’t matter. Their texture is the same, and that’s enough for me. The outfit made me feel quite professorial, so I accessorized it with my book tie and pen pin. The pen is too tiny to really be much of an accessory though. I would’ve liked to wear it on my tie as a tie pin, but it doesn’t stand out enough against the print. Maybe I should buy some solid-colored ties…


Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. It’s pretty much a no-brainer for me – I settled on the waistcoat, the blazer, and the boots immediately, while the trousers took some thinking. In the end, I went with this pair to add some colors and patterns to the outfit (also because I don’t have any gray pants that exactly match my waistcoat or blazer, and that set my eyes twitching). Funnily enough, it was the brooch that took me the longest to decide, because I had to choose whether to go with a flower brooch (to match the boutonniere) or a dog brooch (for the dog, duh). In the end, I went with the dog brooch, because I wanted to interpret the entire painting instead of just the lady’s outfit. And the dog brooch is more fun anyway. Don’t forget to send me your outfits if you haven’t, and please come back on Wednesday to see what everyone else wore!

Tom And Jenny

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Andres Valencia’s “Tom and Jenny“, I knew I’d wear something menswear-inspired with some pops of color. The “menswear” part is easy enough – I just went with the black-and-gray color scheme and added my velvet waistcoat for some extra texture. The pops of color, however, took some thinking, because I don’t have anything in those bright shades of pink, yellow, and green. I tried wearing a scarf, but it doesn’t look right with the blazer. In the end, I went with this tie (borrowed from my dad) and a brooch, since the pattern of the tie reflects the graphic quality of the painting, and the brooch… well, I already represented the man in my outfit, so the brooch is to represent the lady. The colors aren’t the same, but they reflect the general vibe of the painting, so I’m happy with it.

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

Planet Of Fire

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.

Green And Brown

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.