Pinafore Dress

I’ve wanted a pinafore dress for a while (more exactly, after seeing this dress in “The Queen’s Gambit”), but alas, I haven’t had much luck. This is the closest I can find in my usual secondhand/vintage shops, but it’s still not what I really want – it’s too short and the skirt is not wide enough. It makes me look like a schoolgirl. To be fair, all pinafore dresses look a little girlish no matter how you style them, but this one is even more so, because it looks like a school uniform. I leaned into that when styling this dress, with my white button-up and loafers, but next winter, I might try a more 1960s Mod look (I’ve taken inspiration from all eras of the 20th century, but oddly enough, the 60s is one I’ve never tried) to see if I can make it look more age-appropriate. In the meantime, my search for a pinafore dress continues…


A Girl And Her Dogs

You know how we always say there are two kinds of people? Coke or Pepsi. Ketchup or mustard. Dog or cat. But I’d say there are three kinds of people – some people may like both. As much as I’m a self-proclaimed cat lady, I love dogs as much as cats. I have plenty of cat-themed things already, so I always try to buy dog-themed clothes and accessories whenever I can, and this brooch is perfect – I mean, the girl even looks like me, with her ponytail and skirt! I tried to get my dogs to be in the photos with me, but of course, they’re always turn out to be camera-shy whenever I actually want them in the photos (and start photo-bombing me whenever I don’t).

P/S: The title is a reference to A Boy and His Dog, the dark post-apocalyptic novella by Harlan Ellison (which was adapted into a movie with Don Johnson), not A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, the post-apocalyptic novel by C. A. Fletcher.


Grandmacore

I’ve been wearing sweater vests a lot lately, though always paired with pants. I usually tuck my tops into skirts, and I thought that pairing vests with skirts may look too grandma-ish, especially since my vests are all of a looser fit and do not lend themselves well to being tucked in. But then again, I’ve never been afraid of looking like a grandma, so I decided to try it out. And guess what? I like it! It helps that my vest is a little shorter and the blazer gives the outfit some structure, so it doesn’t look too dumpy.


Sunday Morning

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Sunday Morning” illustration, my problem was not that I didn’t know what to wear, but rather the opposite – I had so many ideas that I couldn’t pick just one! In the end, though, I decided to go with this combination. I was going to wear my gray waistcoat, but sadly it doesn’t match the gray of my blazer, so I picked this sweater vest instead. There are actually a lot of colors/patterns in the painting, from the flowers on the windowsill to the hats of mom (which I also gave a nod to in my brooch) and the girls, and I think this vest reflects that. Plus, it brings a casual/formal contrast to the outfit, which works well for the painting (mom and the kids’ formal church clothes vs. dad’s sloppy loungewear). For the rest of the outfit, I went with my trusty combo of red cords + lace-up boots. Yes, I wore them for the last SIA challenge too, but when something works, why change it?

Don’t forget to check out Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun illustration!


Gilded Donut

Not much to talk about the outfit, which is just an attempt to style my sweater vests in a different way – I’ve worn them with blazers a lot, but the professorial look can get repetitive after a while, so tucking them into skirts is just the natural next step. No, what I want to talk about is this brooch. I don’t know what it’s supposed to be, but doesn’t it look exactly like one of those galaxy-glazed donuts? Between this and my pizza slice brooch, it seems I’m building up quite a collection of unintentional food-shaped brooches.