I recently read this NPR article about the rise of the house dress as the epitome of “pandemic fashion”, which got me thinking about my own “pandemic fashion”. It’s true that I’ve been wearing a lot more dresses this summer – between the heat and the work schedule, dresses are just easier to throw on – but I wouldn’t say that the house dress has been my go-to. House dresses (dresses with loose, relaxed silhouettes usually made of natural fiber) are not my style anyway; I’m much more likely to reach for the shirtwaist dress. No, if I had a go-to comfort style, it would be the pajamas-disguised-as-work-clothes, like this outfit. The linen top and pants feel just like pajamas, but thanks to the embroideries on the top and their colors, they are still put-together enough for work, and during this crazy time, it’s exactly what I need.
School has officially started this week, so this is the last of my summer outfits before we’re back to the work attire. Usually I’m glad when summer is over, but this summer hasn’t been too bad – mostly thanks to my watercolor class, and I’ve also been excercising more regularly with the help of Blogilates (it’s great for a couch potato like me, because it gives you a monthly calendar with workout videos for each day, which you can just follow along without having to think what exercise you’re going to do). I have more energy, so the days are more fun and productive. Plus, work is going to be extra busy this year. One of my classes is graduating, and I’m going to have to look over their theses… So yeah, I’m not looking forward to going back to work.
P/S: I just realize this outfit would be great for this week’s SIA, but I already have another outfit planned. Just wait and see 😉
Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.
Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!
(Yes, I’m totally referencing a Discworld novel – one of my favorites – in the post title.)
This is one of the more interesting casual outfits I wore these past few weeks. It’s another “grading papers” outfit, taken during last week’s heat wave, but at least the shirt is new (on the blog anyway) and I made an effort with accessorizing, so I think it deserves a spot on the blog.
I bought this shirt from Mango during my Singapore trip, and I’ve worn it quite a lot since then, but it’s mostly for very casual outfits and I’m terrible about documenting those. It’s a shame, because it’s been ages since I found a good and comfy printed tee like this.
I still have one week left before the school vacation officially starts, and my weekend film making workshops won’t be done until the beginning of July, but mostly it’s been very laid-back at work, so I’m taking advantage of that and wear the most comfortable things I could while still looking marginally presentable. Linen pants + tee + sandals seem like a good choice for that, don’t you think?
T-shirt: ASOS, Pants: tailor, Sandals: gift, Necklace: local shop