Sweater Set

Do you guys have an outfit or a silhouette that you always try to wear but can never get quite right? For me it’s this oddly specific combination of plaid pants & embroidered cardigans/sweaters. I think I was influenced by Mad Men (Betty from season 1, to be precise), but it beats me why this combination looks good  or why I’m so determined to get it right. It’s not particularly flattering to me, and I’m never happy with any of my versions of it either. I tried it once before but it didn’t quite work, and this time, it’s slightly better but not by much. I just haven’t found the right cardigan or the right pair of pants yet (none of my pants have a high enough waist). Guess I’ll just keep trying…

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50’s Spring

embroidered cardigan green plaid pants black oxfords by 14 shades of grey

It must be the influence from Brooklyn and its 1950’s costumes, because this is the most explicitly 50’s-looking outfit I’ve worn in a while (seriously, it looks like something Betty wears on season 1 of Mad Men.) But I haven’t worn this cardigan in a while, and it just seems too perfect in the spring weather with all the rain and the new leaves and the flowers blooming. And when you have something that is so vintage-looking, you can’t help but go with that vintage feel. I tried to modernize it with my oxfords, but now I wish I had embraced the 50’s look and worn a pair of flats instead.

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Cardigan: thrifted, Pants: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond


Papaver orientalis

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So here’s my interpretation of Colleen Parker’s “Prinzessin Victoria Louise Poppy“. I picked this painting as inspiration with this cardigan in mind, so I chose to keep the rest of the outfit simple to let it really shine. I wore it last week when it was still warm for a light cardigan and bare legs, but this week it’s all stretchy jeans and baggy sweaters for me. I mean, when you’re gorging yourself on fried spring rolls, rice cakes, and candied fruits, those are the best choice.

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white dress green heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailored, Cardigan & Heels: thrifted


Spring Flowers

Usually when looking for a location to take pictures for the blog,  I pay more attention to the lighting than to how my outfit would look against the background. Though there are several instances where my outfits matched the locations, most of those were accidental.

This outfit, on the other hand, is directly inspired by the location itself. I was walking home from the bus stop one afternoon and saw how beautifully the setting sun hit these orchid rock-roses, so I filed it away as a possible location. Then when I was thinking of what to pair with this dress, I remembered the pink flowers against the green and pulled out my embroidered cardigan – and it worked!

Dress: Target (thrifted), Cardigan & Shoes: thrifted
Sweater clips: self-made from vintage earrings


The Proto-Feminist

I feel like a schoolteacher in this outfit. Probably because it looks like something Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage would wear, and she’s a teacher… Anyway, today is International Women’s Day. It started out as a political/ feminist thing, but over the years – and certainly in Vietnam – it’s become a sort of Mother’s Day, a day for us to celebrate all women. So happy Women’s Day, ladies!

Speaking of feminism, I’m working on a guest post about feminist heroines in pre-feminism literature (hence the title “Proto-Feminist”) for my friend’s blog. So far the characters I’ve come up with are Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennett, Marianne Dashwood (maybe – I think she’s more of a feminist than Elinor), Anne Elliot from Persuasion (another maybe), and Margaret Hale from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Those are the characters I know best, but if you guys have any suggestion, I’ll be happy to add them to my list!

Dress: Target (thrifted), Cardigan & Shoes: thrifted
Tights: We Love Colors (brown), Forever21 (lace)


Colette Recreated

That sounds like the title of a sci-fi short story, doesn’t it? This look is inspired by Colette’s outfit from last week’s episode of Pan Am, which was the only thing that jumped out at me from that snooze fest, most likely because I have a similar cardigan. I toughened it up with the boots, so that I can imagine myself kicking Dean in his gormless face 😛

As much as I bitch and snark about Pan Am, I have to give it this: the costumes are very pretty. It’s nowhere near the level of Mad Men, where each of the characters has a signature look and color that play a significant role in the storytelling (read Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style posts if you want a more in-depth explanation), but it is pretty.

Show’s still boring, though.

Cardigan & skirt: thrifted
Boots: Journee via Amazon
Tights: Buffalo Exchange