When I saw these photos of Kate Middleton back in May, I knew I had to put together something inspired by it. The culottes are cute, but what really drew me to the outfit is the shirt. I’m a sucker for broderie anglaise (I have, at last count, four tops with some on them – it’s part of my Anglophilia, I guess) but I never thought to pair them with my culottes, so here we are.
At first, I thought about wearing my sneakers to mimic the Duchess’ outfit completely, but then I found sneakers make it slightly too casual – Kate Middleton may have pulled them off, but I couldn’t – so in the end, I decided to wear my red heels because there is a bit of red on my shirt.
I’ve been wearing a lot of gray lately (this outfit is nothing, as you shall see). I tried to liven this outfit up with a brooch, but then none of my colored brooches look right with this sweater, so I ended up using this silver brooch, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of adding a pop of color in the first place. But I don’t mind. I guess I’m just in the mood for gray.
In my “Year in Reviews: Outfit” post, I mentioned that I’ve been focusing on the proportions in my outfits instead of colors and patterns. But that was after I put together this outfit – it has been freezing around here, so I’ve been posting old outfits from the last weeks of 2018.This outfit is an example of… what I shouldn’t have done. It was good in my imagination, but the proportion looked a little awkward in real life somehow. Maybe if the blazer was longer, it would look better. Well, you live and learn, right?
I may tag this shirt as “white eyelet button-up” on the blog, but usually I just call it my “Edwardian shirt”. Between the broderie anglaise, the scallop, and the ruffles, that’s an apt nickname, isn’t it? So I kept the Edwardian theme in this outfit as well, except to avoid going full-on cosplay, I made it “Edwardian lady” on top and “Edwardian gentleman” on the bottom. I haven’t paired this shirt with a skirt yet, but I’m not sure it can be done without making me look like a schoolmarm. But then again, I am a schoolmarm, so maybe I should after all?
“It” here means repeating an outfit, that is. I always find that it is one of the difficulties of running a personal style blog. In theory, you don’t have to worry about repeating outfits because your blog provides you with an archive of all your outfits, but in practice, you rarely think to check if you’ve worn the same outfit before, and usually don’t realize it’s a repeat until it’s up on the blog.
To be fair, it’s not an exact copy in this case – the shirt is different – but otherwise, it’s just like this outfit, even down to the belt. What can I say? These culottes work well with a white shirt and black sandals, and in my defence, I wore the other outfit over a year ago, so who can remember it, right?
If you’ve read the blog for a while, then you know that Edwardian is one of my favorite style eras. It is my dream to own an Edwardian-inspired lawn dress (something like this), or a shirt or a blouse in a similar style. But now that I’ve found the perfect Edwardian shirt (the ruffles! The collar! The broderie anglaise!), I’ve discovered that I have absolutely no idea what to pair it with. A skirt is out of the question, because it would look like I’m cosplaying as a Gibson Girl. Normal trousers would look too stuffy. In the end, I decided to balance the shirt with a casual pair of jeans, but I forgot that my jeans are low-rise so they don’t look very well with a tucked-in shirt. The only thing I like in this outfit is the brooch, which is clearly born to go with this shirt.
Do you have any idea how to style this shirt? I need help!