First Outfit Post Of 2019

Happy New Year! The past few years have been tough, and 2019 looks to be more or less the same, but at least we’re still here and still kicking it, right?

I was going to post some sort of retrospective about the last year and the state of blogging in general, given that many of my favorite blogs are getting shut down or moved to different platforms (Instagram, for example), but in the spirit of moving forward and not looking back, I decided to just go ahead with an outfit post, as usual. The truth is that, this blog has always been just a personal thing for me, so I never feel any pressure to make it more than what it is. During the heights of style blogging, about a year or so after I started the blog, I did try to expand it, but that quickly passed. I’m happy with the blog as it is right now – a documentation of my life – and if it helps me to be more mindful of what I wear, all the better 🙂

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Empire Inspired

For this week’s SIA, I took the inspiration from both of the Empire-style dresses in the photo. My mustard jeans are to mimic the yellow dress, my white shirt and striped sweatshirt are to mimic the white dress with the striped spencer jacket (I know, the stripes and dots are green, but I don’t have anything green-striped), and finally, my boots are to mimic the embroidered shoes and the paisley shawl (the appliques on my sweatshirt are a nod to the paisley too). When I first put this together, I was afraid that the pieces are a bit too random, but they ended up going together pretty well, even if I do say so myself.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for the other interpretations of these lovely dresses. Also, this is the last SIA challenge of the year, as next week is Christmas and then there’s New Year (where did 2018 go?!), but we’ll be back the first Monday of January. See you then!


Plants And Insects

For this week’s SIA, I knew I’d wear these pants to mimic the color of the watermelon and these boots to mimic the flowers and insects in the painting. What’s left is the background. At first, I thought about bringing out my mustard cardigan or yellow scarf, but the yellow looks garish against the green of my pants, so in the end, I picked a more neutral sweater and added my dragonfly brooch to it. I’m quite happy with the end result – perfect for SIA yet still functional, and that’s what these challenges are all about.

Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Apple And Bicycle

“Apple and Bicycle” sounds like the title of an alphabet book, doesn’t it? The weather is steadily warming up now, but I still have a few straggling outfits left to post from the good ole days when it was still cool. It’ll be at least 7 more months before I can start wearing things like these again.

On an unrelated note, I went to see “Avengers: Infinity War” earlier today and it was everything I expected. Namely, it’s a lot of fun, all the set pieces are spectacular, and most of the character interactions are enjoyable (I only wish they cut out some stuff with the Guardians of the Galaxy), but it won’t work if you’re not steeped in the MCU. And it’s bloated. Oh so bloated. But you can’t juggle that many characters and storylines without being weighed down by them. At least I could follow each story and understand what the characters are trying to do, and the story beats more or less hit their marks, which is more than I can say for Age of Ultron or most of the DC films.


Dressing Up

I know last week I promised to try and post all the backlogged outfits if I could, but I don’t think that’s happening. Between preparations for the Lunar New Year and the upcoming trip and catching up on work so I can have a guilt-free vacation, I just don’t have the time for them. Plus I wanted to save those outfits for a rainy day, both literally and figuratively, when I don’t have anything to post. So, other than the usual SIA posts, the blog is going on vacation as well.

For the last outfit post of the Year of the Rooster, here is what I wore to the end-of-the-year party at work. Sure, it’s a bit Wednesday Addams-ish, but my style this winter has been very casual so far, so it’s great to have a chance to dress up.

P/S: Only after I scheduled this post that I realized, today is Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? Well, considering that I find Valentine’s Day a gross commercialization, it’s fitting that I’m posting a Wednesday Addams-inspired outfit today.


Menswear

It is unofficial Fun Socks Week here on 14 Shades of Grey (or is it official? I make the rules around here, don’t I?) Since I already posted two outfits with colorful/patterned socks, I decided to close out the week with another similar outfit. I’m a big fan of the “formal suit + fun socks” look on guys, so I thought I’d try it for myself. The result was… okay. I like each piece, but the proportion is all wrong. That’s why I opened the post with the photo with my dog, even though it’s technically an outtake – it hides how long the blazer is and how short my pants are. Plus I just like the photo 🙂


Hazy Shade Of Winter

I know I said we’ve had our first cold snap of the season a couple of weeks ago, but it appears the “real” cold snap – one that lasts more than a few days – doesn’t arrive until next week. In the meantime, it’s gray and drizzling and miserable (hence the post title, which, of course, is also a song by Simon&Garfunkel/The Bangles and a “Stranger Things” reference).

It’s reflected in my outfit too. This jacket is a Teacher’s Day gift from my students, and it’s pretty nice, except it’s a bit short and baggy for my style. So far I haven’t tried pairing it with anything other than skinny jeans, but we’ll see.