These flower pins are actually earrings. They’re included for free in a purchase I made from a vintage boutique a while ago, and I’m never one to let some free jewelry go to waste. My ears are not pierced and these are too big for my sister’s taste, so I used them as pins instead. The back is not as sharp as actual pins and a bit more difficult to push through fabric though, so maybe I’ll only wear them with knitted items from now on.
Speaking of knitted things, we just had some heavy rain lately, and the first hint of fall seems to be in the air… but it’s still too hot for anything but cotton and linen. So I had to make do with some fall colors (like these mossy brown culottes) while dreaming of sweater weather.
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Robert Henri’s portrait “Girl in Rose and Gray“. Like I said in my post last week, I don’t really see rose and gray in the painting; rather, I see beige and brown (I guess it’s a case of The dress), so I went with those colors. These culottes are perfect to mimic the drapes of the woman’s dress, and I added a waistcoat and my lace-up mules to reflect the layering and crisscrossing of the fabrics. I’m really happy with how the outfit turns out. Sure, it was a bit hot for a waistcoat, but for SIA, I’m willing to go a little unseasonable.
Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!
It’s funny how my style is coming back full circle to the vintage-inspired looks of the blog’s early days. Luckily, trends are coming back, too – it’s now all cottagecore and dark academia, which are just different versions of twee (not that my style was ever that twee.) I was looking at my archive and found this outfit, which I’d be happy to wear today (yes, including the big collar, which is trendy again). So here I recreated the outfit with what I have now, and added some current touches – blazer and suspenders. The suspenders are bit much, but the skirt is slightly large for me and the suspenders are the best way to hold it up, plus they added a dark academia/menswear touch to the outfit, so I’m not complaining.
(Sorry, Cake. I don’t do short skirts.)
Usually, when I wear vintage pieces, I try to balance it with more modern pieces to avoid looking like a cosplayer. However, during this past year, as my vintage collection grows, I sometimes find myself going all-out, just for fun. Like this outfit, for example. The skirt is a bit longer than I expected, but I decided to keep it as it is so I can live out my Edwardian fantasy in my head. I did get some funny looks as I biked to work in this, but I didn’t mind. I was busy imagining myself as Anne of Green Gables (I probably look more like Marilla, but that’s OK, she’s a badass lady too.)
At the risk of sounding really basic, I’m totally channeling Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday with this outfit. The general feel of the outfit is there though my skirt is not quite right, my shirt (a hand-me-down from my mom) has a camp collar rather than a normal button-up, and I’m missing a neckerchief. Actually, I built this entire outfit around the shoes. I don’t often go for such obvious inspiration, but when I saw that Aundrey was wearing lace-up flats in the still image (I didn’t pay much attention to her shoes when I was watching the movie – I only remembered the shirt and the skirt), I immediately thought of my lace-up mules and the rest of the outfit came together from there.