Summer Uniform

As the heat and the humidity increase, I’m reaching for my usual summer items – wide-leg pants and short-sleeve tops. Dresses and skirts are worn less frequently because they require bike shorts underneath, and even accessories are kept to a minimum because most of my summer tops can’t take the weigh of brooches. Instead, I jazz up my outfits with embroidered pieces and “cooling” color combo, like this white + green. This year, though, I’m adding something new by using casual 1940s fashion for my inspiration. Usually, I reserve my vintage-inspired silhouettes for the fall/winter, when I can layer and play around, but summer looks can be vintage too – like this top, which is vaguely 1930s-1940s with its Peter Pan collar and embroideries. I keep it more modern by mixing up the decades, pairing it with the cropped pants and clog sandals, but the inspiration is there.


Yellow-stemmed Flower

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – a piece of 1920s textile sample – I immediately knew that I’d wear these pants, as they are the perfect shade for the orange part of the print. The blue-and-purple print was a bit more difficult, as I don’t have a lot of purple in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided on my trusty embroidered blouse, which is my go-to whenever I want to add a touch of color to my outfit. And finally, I finished it all off with my blue suede loafers. The outfit seemed a little haphazard in my head, but after looking at the photos and comparing it with the inspiration, I have to say it isn’t half bad.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile!


Floral Pocket

When I saw this week’s inspiration for SIA, a floral embroidered pocket from the 18th century, I knew I was going to wear my embroidered blouse. What to pair with it is another matter though. At first, I wanted to pick out some colors from the embroidery, but I’d already wear this blouse with my green pants (and for SIA too). In the end, I decided to go the easy route and wear my black pants because of the black background. It wasn’t until I uploaded these photos that I remembered my yellow culottes – which would look interesting as well. But never mind. I wore this to my second proctoring session, and yellow pants might be too distracting for the students. Black is a better choice.

Don’t forget to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun piece!


Summer Flower

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Daenel’s photo of a pink/purple coneflower, I knew I wanted to wear my green linen pants – I only have a few green things in my closet, and given the weather, these pants were the natural choice. However, for the top, I was stumped. The other colors in the photos are pink, purple, golden yellow and dark orange, which are not very present in my closet, and I already wore a pink top with these green pants for another SIA challenge.

In the end, I decided to go with this embroidered top. Sure, it’s mainly white, but the colors of the embroideries can mimic the shades of pink/purple/red in the photo, and finally, I chose my brown oxfords for the yellow/orange shades (since I don’t actually have anything yellow or orange!) All in all, the outfit is not as close to the inspiration piece as I’d like, but at least it’s wearable and comfy. I’d rather have that than to force myself into some ridiculous getup just to meet the inspiration.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for other outfits inspired by this lovely photo!


Floral And Pottery

I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA. See, when I saw the cherry blossoms and the criss-crossing on the inspiration piece, a Japanese Nabeshima dish, I’d decided to wear my white embroidered cardigan and navy gingham shirt, with light-blue jeans. Unfortunately, the weather warmed up unexpectedly and completely upended my plan. So in the end I picked another embroidered piece – this blouse – and navy culottes (they’re supposed to be culottes, but on my short legs, they look more like simple wide-leg pants. Which is just as well, because culottes are really unflattering on me) to represent the blue elements of the dish. Not the outfit I’d imagine, but I still liked it, both as an outfit and an interpretation of this week’s inspiration.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. Otherwise, see you in the round-up post on Wednesday!