Just a quick post to let you guys know my week in Singapore is going well. It’s been raining almost every day, so it’s a lot cooler than I expected. I could’ve worn jeans if I wanted to! Still, I didn’t regret my packing strategy – I have plenty of choices for mix-and-match. The above outfit is a good sampler of what I wear most days (often I would have to add my blazer as well, because like I said, Singaporeans like their AC set to “arctic”.) I actually left a pair of sandals at home – three pairs of shoes are plenty – and I didn’t miss them at all.
I’m pretty busy with my students in classes and on excursions so I won’t be able to post much in the next two weeks, but there will be SIA posts on Monday as usual. See you guys!
I wore this last Friday, when I had a full day of teaching and went to the theater at night – my co-workers got free tickets to a theater festival in Hanoi, so I thought it would be fun to check it out. I wanted to dress up a bit for the theater, but not too much, because I knew I would have to be in the clothes for 10+ hours. In the end I decided on something simple, comfy, but put-together enough that you could wear on a night out.
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: gift (an interesting story behind this brooch – it was made from a piece of rubble from an old museum in Greifswald and sold as souvenir after the building was renovated. My sister just went there for a business trip and bought it for me.)
Last week, I lamented the loss of my “rain shirt” and the fact that it might not rain for as long as the shirt stayed missing. Well, guess what? A couple of days later I found the shirt (or, rather, my mom found it in her closet), and it immediately started raining! The rain shirt worked its magic again!
The only problem is that it rained really hard for the entire week, to be followed by a week of scorching sun, so there won’t be a lot of outfit post next week. It’s not just because the weather kept me from taking photos outside, but it also seriously affected my ability to put together cute outfits. Most of the time I just tried to stay dry and clean (last week) or cool (this week) as much as possible – take this outfit, for example: stretchy pants that can be rolled up to avoid puddles, shoes that can be wiped clean easily, and a perfunctory top. That’s the best I can muster. Pretty much the only part of the outfit I put some thought into is the necklace – with droplet-shaped pendant to match the weather (theme dressing is what I’m best at.)
Top: Banana Republic, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Necklace: Lia Sophia
In a previous post I’ve talked about how one of my skirts is awkward to style, since it’s only appropriate in a very specific kind of weather. Well, this pair of pants is kinda like that too. They fit me really well (one of the few pairs of pants/jeans I haven’t had to hem) and I like the polka dots that make them more fun than your average pair of black pants, but I don’t wear them as much as I want. For one, I can’t seem to pair them with anything else other than white (and the occasional chambray.) And there’s also the weather problem. The fabric is thin enough that they wouldn’t work for the colder months, but it’s also elastic and not very breathable, plus it’s black, so they don’t work in the summer either. So again, I could only wear them in these in-between months (actually, it’s been getting quite warm already, so I think I wouldn’t be able to wear them for very long.)
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Pants: Old Navy (they’re the Pixie pants, hence the cheesy title), Flats: Footglove, Brooch: local shop
It was almost too easy, putting together an outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose“. I knew I would wear this skirt because the print is too perfect (even though it doesn’t have carnations or roses.) For the top, I chose my lace t-shirt to mimic the girls’ dresses and the texture of the paper lanterns. I guess I could’ve worn black shoes to mimic their black stockings too, but I think my beige sandals are a better choice, style-wise.
There’s still time to send me your outfit if you want to participate, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the full round-up!
Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: vintage, Sandals: Clarks
I know at the beginning of the year I said I’d try to wear at least one piece of jewelry with each outfit, and I’ve kept at it most days, but sometimes, like that Coco Chanel quote, you should always take at least one piece off, you know? Like with this outfit (which is actually a copy of this). I had put on a necklace, but even before I looked at myself in the mirror, it felt wrong somehow, so I just took it off. And it looks much better without the necklace, if I do say so myself.
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Mango, Jacket: tailor, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff
I’m getting really frustrated seeing all these lovely fall outfits on the blogosphere while I’m still here sweating in my T-shirts. Admittedly, the heat is less muggy and it’s beginning to feel a little crisper in the morning and at night, but it’s hard to get into the spirit of the season when it’s still 90+ every day. So, just like a while ago when I dressed in blue and wore my watering can brooch because I was hoping for rain, here I am in all the fall colors and my tree (with fallen leaf) brooch, hoping for fall. Will it work…?
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Cache, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: vintage