When it comes to color combinations, red, white, and blue is pretty much a classic, isn’t it? As I was putting this outfit together (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. “Putting this outfit together” mostly consists of me ironing the shirt), I was struck by how many countries have red, white, and blue flags. I know that the flag of France, for instance, was official adopted after the French Revolution, so the three colors stand for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, but I have no idea about the other countries. And, even in the case the French flag, how did those colors come to symbolize these ideas? I did some Googling, but there is no definitive answer. The only thing I could glean is that there are so many tricolor flags because of colonization (for example, all the former British and Dutch colonies also have red, white, and blue flags).
You know what, I bet it’s just a case of some person looking at these colors and thinking, “Hey, they look nice together.” Like I did with this outfit 🙂
This is pretty much a more casual version of my outfit on Wednesday – same shoes, another white button-up shirt but looser and with short sleeves, and distressed boyfriend jeans instead of black ankle pants. I saw a similar outfit on my favorite Japanese style blog and thought I’d give it a try. Of course, it looks much more effortless on the website than on me, but I’ve long given up on looking effortless. Effortless on me would just look sloppy, like I literally make no effort, so, no.
We’ve been having a lot of rain lately, so even though it’s not cool enough to start layering yet, I can finally add a few touches of fall here and there to my outfits. Like this scarf. I was trying to copy this look, but my scarf is slightly too large so it ended up looking a lot clumsier than the inspiration photo. But then again the inspiration has been put together by a stylish and worn by a model, so I can’t compete 🙂
Shirt & Shoes: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: my mom’s
This may be the first truly put-together minimalist outfit that I had since I simplified my style. Of course, it is a direct copy of this outfit by See Jane, and she looks so much chicer with her gold jewelry and distressed jeans, but I think my version is OK too (even if I do say so myself). Usually any outfit that can be correctly categorized as “minimalist” instantly becomes boring or uninspired the minute I put it on, but this I like.
Also, is “chicer” a word? There is no red squiggly line underneath it so I assume it is, but it looks weird, doesn’t it? Shouldn’t it be “more chic”?
Shirt: local shop, Pants: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Necklace: Forever21
It’s been raining almost non-stop for the past two days, which is why I didn’t have any outfit photos. To be honest, even if it wasn’t raining, I probably wouldn’t take photos anyway because my outfits are just my summer schlub uniform (baggy t-shirt + pajama pants). The good news is that I’m all caught up on Ender’s Game and only have one and a half chapters left to translate. Gods, that book is depressing.
Anyway, for this outfit, I was really, really, really tempted to add a pop of color – I was thinking a brooch on the shirt’s collar, or red shoes. In the end, though, I reminded myself to “Keep It Simple, Stupid” (which is a thing I totally stole from Marissa.) Sometimes polka dot pants are all you need.
Shirt: Zara, Pants: Old Navy, Flats: Vagabond
I am so sorry for that cheesy title but it’s really too hot (today is 100 and heat index is 115 again) and my brain is too tired (finale week is just as tiring for the teacher as it is for the students, who knows) to come up with anything else. Anyway, this is my outfit for this week’s SIA. I let everybody pick their favorite floating sculpture by Peter Gentenaar, and for myself, I picked this one:
I mimicked the swirls of the sculpture with my pleats, and kept the rest of the outfit simple and monochromatic. Midi skirt + flats is not the best combo for my stumpy legs, but it gives the outfit an easy breezy look that I kinda like. One regret though: my mom has this bracelet made from pieces of seashells that would’ve been perfect (it looks like this, only more pinkish), but it’s nowhere to be found. But then again I doubt I would want anything against my wrist in this heat, so maybe it’s for the best.
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the round-up post to see the other interpretations. We have a lot of varieties this week, it’s going to be great!
Shirt: Zara, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: Caprice, Belt: borrowed from my mom