Tricksy Hobbitses

Another day, another vest (or rather, waistcoat) worn with a skirt. This is another velvet waistcoat that I bought last year, but it’s a bit big on me, so while figuring out how to size it down, I decided to tuck it into a skirt instead. There’s something about the ruffled shirt and the tucked-in waistcoat, which looks a bit like a bodice, that reminds me of a female Hobbit costume, hence the title. It’s the thing about inspiration – you never know where it’s going to come from. I’ve never been much of a Lord of the Rings fan (sacrilege, I know, but I didn’t grow up with it and while I enjoy the films, they never mean much to me), so I’ve never consciously taken any fashion inspiration from them. On the other hand, I’m a very visual person, and following costume and cosplay blogs, I’ve seen my share of Hobbit costumes. I guess the images just get stored in my brain, to be called up randomly.


Song For Autumn

I hope my US readers are having a safe, fun-filled and food-filled Thanksgiving. For once, we’re actually having some Thanksgiving-appropriate weather as well. These past two years, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy abnormally long falls. Basically, there was no winter, it was just one long fall all the way to spring, with barely a few cold days in between. It’s basically the dream weather for me, and I’m dressing up to my heart’s content. I know it’s a cliche for a style blogger to love the fall, but at least 2/3 of my closet is dedicated to fall clothes. Take this outfit, for example – it’s pretty much just a few random things I threw together, but it still has all the fall colors and textures (including the brooch.) That goes to show how much “fall” dominates my wardrobe.

P/S: The post title is a poem by Mary Oliver.


Cottage Academia

Here’s another “Dark Academia meets cottagecore” outfit. This pairing is actually something I’ve planned to try for a long time, but the weather was never right – when it’s cold enough for the wool skirt, then it’s too cold for the shirt, and when it’s warm enough for the shirt, then it’s too warm for the skirt. I briefly considered wearing a cardigan with it, but I wanted the shirt to shine on its own. Luckily, the insane weather in the past weeks has given me a chance. Yes, it was still a little warm for the skirt, but by keeping things light on top, the outfit was actually quite comfy. And of course, I had to add a floral brooch to make it more spring-like – call me old-fashioned, but once it starts feeling like spring, I always feel compelled to add some floral touches to my outfit.


Blue Velvet

Velvet is one of my new obsessions this season, but it took me a while to decide to buy this  blue velvet blazer. It’s funny that I didn’t hesitate to buy the whimsical printed velvet blazer, while I hesitated over this much more basic one, but then again, I’ve always been drawn to more whimsical/quirky pieces than basic pieces. Plus, the color is brighter than what I’m used to – I usually go for a darker, navy blue, rather than a royal blue like this. In the end, though, when I saw it on sale, I decided to take the plunge. My wardrobe could use a few more basic pieces.

It wasn’t until I looked at the photos again that I realized it looked like a low-rent version of a Hamilton costume, but hey, there are worse sources of inspiration 🙂


Word Up

Because I’m wearing a cameo, get it? No? I’m really running out of ideas for post titles now… Anyway, here is yet another broderie anglaise top. I know, I know, I got too many of them already, but like the Breton striped top, I can’t seem to pass it up whenever I see one. This one is a little too froufrou, so I had some fun with the styling by pairing it with a classic accessory (the cameo brooch) and something unexpected (the jeans). It would be the easiest thing in the world to pair it with a skirt, but that would make the outfit too girly for me.