Gray Scale

This outfit is pretty straightforward. It’s another one of my attempts to lower the cost-per-wear of all the items in my closet by finding new ways to style them and wear them together. As the title suggests, gray (and maroon) is the main color scheme here, but I couldn’t help adding a touch of yellow with my amber rose brooch. The buttonhole of the blazer is such a perfect place for it.

Lumber Jill

While watching Foyle’s War, I learned of the “Lumber Jills“, or the Women’s Timber Corps, which was a branch of the Women’s Land Army during WWII that specified in forestry. So when I was putting together this outfit, which was kind of inspired by the Land Girl uniform with the earth tones and the corduroy, I decided to top it off with my axe pin (it’s a tie pin, but I’m wearing it as a brooch because I’d find a way to wear every piece of jewelry as a brooch) as a nod to the Lumber Jills. One of my co-workers pointed out that it also reminds her of the Axe Gang in Kung Fu Hustle (though their insignia is two crossed axes, not just one), but it is one of my favorite movies, so I’m not mad at the coincidence either 🙂

Lazy Day

The end of the semester is drawing close, which means I’m getting busier as usual; plus, as the numbers of COVID cases have gone down, we’re going back to working in person again, which only adds to the busyness. Because of that, I opted to go for something simple. It’s 1940s-inspired, as usual, but the pants and flat shoes allow me to run around more easily. And to go with that “lazy” theme, I accessorized this with a cat brooch. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking and is comfy to boot – my kind of outfit.

Let It Go

Merry Christmas to all that celebrate it, and happy holidays to everyone! Here’s a Christmassy outfit to end the year, featuring yet another blue velvet piece – this skirt. it also looks like a real-world version of an Elsa costume, hence the post title. I saw a bunch of these pleated velvet skirts at my local and may have bought one in every color… In my defense, they’re pretty classic, so I hope to get years of wear out of them.

Anyway, this is the last outfit post of 2020. Next week will be a full week of yearly review posts, so stay tuned!

1940s Inspired

Since my rediscovery of thrift/secondhand/vintage shopping earlier this year, I’ve been leaning hard into my vintage-inspired style, especially 1940s style. I’ve always been drawn to 1930s-1950s style anyway, but 1940s style is a lot easier to recreate than 1950s’ (no puffy skirt, no shapewear), and it’s more functional and practical than 1930s’ too. Of course, I don’t want to look costume-y, so I tend to look for clothes that can be translated into modern outfits. One such piece is this short-sleeve sweater. I paired it with my paper-bag pants for something like this or this, and the pattern of the sweater is interesting enough on its own so I kept the rest of the outfit simple.