I’m still on Lunar New Year break, so this week and next week, I’m going to post a bunch of backlogged work outfits. This one consists of old pieces, but it actually features several new things for me – a new silhouette, a new way to layer (I’ve only ever layered turtlenecks under blazers, not sweaters), and a new way to wear these tall boots (there’s also another attempt at the half-tuck, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve seen outfits with tall boots worn under wide-leg cropped pants and always wanted to try it. It looks OK, if I do say so myself; the only thing is that I don’t wear heels that often anymore, so these boots were absolutely killing me, but flat boots look weird with these pants. I guess I’m going to have to experiment a little bit more.
For the last outfit post of 2019, I opted for something simple. It’s inspired by (or rather, is a copy of) this look, but try as I may, I just couldn’t get my outfit to look as sharp and cool as the inspiration. I tried tucking in my sweater but it looked lumpy, so I tried a half-tuck, only for it to look sloppy instead. I guess I just have to accept I’ll always look slightly sloppy.
As it’s Christmas next week, I’m taking a break from the usual post schedule and do my yearly reviews instead – SIA, books, and outfits. Stay tuned!
The weather has warmed up for real now, but I still have a bunch of outfits backlogged, so here is one of them. Even though I’m liking my experiments with new silhouettes, they’re mostly for warm weather (loose-fitting tops + wide-leg pants), so I still turn to this classic look of sweater/blazer (or both) + jeans + boots when the weather is cooler. It would be interesting to see how the new approach to my personal style would turn out next winter (or if I’m still interested in it), but for now, I still have 6+ months of warm weather to get through… *sighs*
I realized I’ve been wearing far too much gray lately, so here is another attempt to add a pop of color that is not an accessory. To be honest, the outfit is kind of meh (if I had to go through my archive to see if I’ve worn it before, it’s definitely too predictable), but it was the last week before the Lunar New Year holiday, I was up to my eyeballs in work I had to finish and New Year preparations, so this is the best I could do. Baby steps.
See what I said about wearing grey all the time? It’s been freezing around here, so when I saw these fleece-lined pants, I decided to snatch them up. They’re wonderfully warm, but styling them is another matter. This is my best attempt, and even then, it doesn’t look quite right. Something about the combination of these pants + beat-up boots makes me feel like a chimney sweep. I mean, if I switched my leather jacket for a tweed coat and my circle scarf for a neckerchief and added a newsboy cap, I wouldn’t look out of place in a production of “Oliver!”, would I? Does that make sense? Or have I listened to The Decemberists for too long? Does that make sense?
I wasn’t feeling very sartorically creative these days, what with the busy schedule, the dreary weather, and an impromptu shopping ban (I wasn’t planning on having a shopping ban, I just haven’t gone shopping in so long), so here is a very basic outfit. I tried to jazz it up with a pair of colorful socks but I’m not sure it worked. My legs are too short to be broken up into three different sections like that. It looks a bit try-hard, doesn’t it?
Ever since I wore these pants in an outfit inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I keep referring to them in my head as the “Fantastic Beasts” pants, or, more straightforwardly, my ’20s pants, because somehow I always style them in a ’20s/’30s-inspired manner. My only wish is that they have a higher waist, for a better vintage look. But you can’t have everything, I guess.
So this is the last of my leftover work outfits. I’ll see you guys next week with a couple of outfits I wore for the Lunar New Year celebration!
Pants & Coat: Esprit (hand-me-down), Sweater: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop