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 🙂
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.
Whenever I wear this jacket, I can’t help but style the rest of the outfit like one of the Teddy Girls. I’m missing a scarf/ascot/cameo brooch, and my hair is nowhere near as cool as theirs, but the silhouette is pretty close, right? I would happily dress like that every day. It’s probably one of the coolest style subcultures – rebellious for their time, but so dapper and chic. Maybe I just love it so much because they took their inspirations from Edwardian style (hence the name “Teddy”), which is one of my favorite style eras. Why can’t we look to those more elegant times for fashion inspirations? Why are we going back to the nineties fof for God’s sake?!
I wasn’t going to do a Halloween costume this year (I haven’t in a while), but when I was looking up ways to style my new pair of red Converse, I came across this image of the 10th Doctor and thought, “I have most of those pieces! I can totally put together a costume!” I didn’t even think about this look because I tend to associate the 10th Doctor more with the brown pinstripe suit, but hey, whatever works, right?
Of course, my look isn’t exact – I’m wearing a trench coat, not a duster coat, and I don’t have a red tie so I substituted it with my red scarf. Even if I did have a tie, I wouldn’t wear it, because then it would be like a cosplay and not just an “everyday costume”. And of course, no sonic screwdriver. At first I thought about borrowing one from my dad’s toolbox (an actual screwdriver, that is. My dad is not a Time Lord), but again, not cosplaying here, so I made do with my camera remote 😛
Between this and the Weeping Angel SIA, I’m in a bit of a Doctor Who mood this week, aren’t I? Guess it’s time for a rewatch.
So the new semester has started and I’m back to work. This semester I’m going to be pretty busy, with four classes to teach, but they’re all interesting (TV Writing and Adaptation, to name two), so I’m looking forward to it.
For the first day of school, I’m going with a simple outfit – first days are stressful enough without having to mess around with skirts and dresses. Of course, first days in college are different from first days in grade school, but I still wanted to wear something I could move around in. I just got these pants made at a tailor’s, and so far I’ve only paired them with white shirts, but I can see that they’re going to be quite versatile.
My schedule has calmed down a bit, mostly because I’ve had to turn down a couple of freelance projects – I really can’t take on any more work now. I won’t say that I’m a workaholic, though I do feel uncomfortable whenever I am not working on something – even if it’s just a blog post – or reading something or watching something for school (mindless TV doesn’t count). My mind can’t stand being idle. But sometimes it can be overloaded like it did the past two weeks, and sometimes I would find myself doing something mindless just to give it a break. That’s why I decided to cut back a bit on my freelancing.
And, with my mind free to think about something else other than scripts and stories for once, I’m beginning to reintroduce colors and patterns into my outfits. I still can’t spare more than five minutes to think about what I’m going to wear and the outfits are still going to be very basic (like here), but at least they wouldn’t look so… blank anymore.
At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, I must say this outfit feels quite French to me. I’m not sure if it’s the pants, the white button-up, the scarf, or the cropped trench coat, or a combination of them. No, it’s definitely the scarf. I usually zhuzh my scarves a lot whenever I wore them, but this time I just knotted it quickly and let it be. I guess that lends it a certain air of “je ne sais quoi”.
Of course, if this was truly a French look, I would have to pose with my coat around my shoulders, but I tried it and it looked like I had no arms, so I guess I’m not quite so French after all.
Everything from local shops except thrifted trench coat and hand-me-down scarf