Casual Madame X

This week’s SIA inspiration, “Portrait of Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, should be an easy one to interpret, but because I don’t have an LBD, it took me a while to come up with an appropriate outfit. One of the highlights of the portrait is the contrast between the model’s pale skin and her black dress, so I decided to use that as the jumping-off point. Once I figured out a black-and-white theme, the outfit came together pretty quickly. I wore my sleeveless blouse again (I wore it for the last SIA) not just because we’re in the middle of another heat wave, but also because it echoes the strapped dress. I then included my pearl brooch to mimic the jeweled straps and my brown sandals for the brown details in the portrait. All in all, I’m happy with the outfit – it’s casual and comfy, but it still pays homage to the inspiration.

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this classic portrait!

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Summery Vibe

For this week’s SIA, inspired by J.C. Leyendecker‘s ad for Arrow shirt collar, I went the simple route by pairing my white blouse with my gray pants. A collared, button-up shirt would be a naturally choice, but as I’m on summer break and want to keep the outfit casual, I went with this blouse. At first, I planned to pair it with my white pants, but they don’t match – and you know how twitchy I get about mismatched whites and blacks – so in the end, I chose these pants, which are an entirely different shade but still light enough to mimic the light tones of the ad. For a touch of color, I used my green scarf as a belt, and because the two people in the ad look like they’re on a boat, I wore my brown loafers, which kinda look like boat shoes. So yeah, it’s simple, but I think it’s a pretty close interpretation.

Don’t forget to send me your outfit if you haven’t already, and come back on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this ad!


Sweater Set

Do you guys have an outfit or a silhouette that you always try to wear but can never get quite right? For me it’s this oddly specific combination of plaid pants & embroidered cardigans/sweaters. I think I was influenced by Mad Men (Betty from season 1, to be precise), but it beats me why this combination looks good  or why I’m so determined to get it right. It’s not particularly flattering to me, and I’m never happy with any of my versions of it either. I tried it once before but it didn’t quite work, and this time, it’s slightly better but not by much. I just haven’t found the right cardigan or the right pair of pants yet (none of my pants have a high enough waist). Guess I’ll just keep trying…


Pants On Fire

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If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while, then you may have noticed that I rarely wear dresses and skirts, or even shorts, in the summer. In fact, the hotter it is, the more likely I am to reach for pants. That’s because I find that pants are a lot more cooler – even black ones, like these. With skirts and dresses, I’d always have to wear bike shorts underneath, and that’s just another layer I don’t want to be dealing with. Plus, they help to keep the bugs out too – always a must in our tropical climate.

Of course, I’ve always been more of a jeans kind of girl, but that’s neither here nor there.

Oh and, since I’m wearing red, white, and blue, consider this an early Fourth of July outfit too.

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Everything: local shops


Autopilot

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This is the third sleeveless top + jeans + flat shoes outfit I’ve worn in two weeks. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’m pretty much running on autopilot these days (so many finals to grade, so many grades to enter into the system, and I’m working for the graduation committee again this year so there are all the thesis films and scripts to take care of, argh, why is the end of the semester always so busy). That’s why I’m glad to have a uniform of sort, to make the morning a little easier.

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Top & Brooch: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond


Weekly Capsule 35.1: Real-life Inspired

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I totally stole this outfit from a co-worker who teaches in the Television department (our school is divided into Theater, Film, and Television departments; I’m in Film). It may not be an exact copy, but I remember seeing her wearing a white sleeveless top with a black midi skirt and flats and thinking “I could totally put together something like that”. One of the nice things, sartorially speaking, about working at a liberal art college is that there are always stylish people around for inspiration. Including the students. Though of course the students tend to be, shall we say, wilder in their style, so you have to be a bit more selective about what inspiration to pull from them.

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Top: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Flats: Footglove, Necklace: local shop


Weekly Capsule 31.2 & 3: New Blouse

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I was drawn to this blouse because it kind of reminds me of the muslin blouses that my grandma used to wear in the summer – right down to the two pockets, except on my grandma’s blouses the pockets would be down near the hem. I told myself that I didn’t need another sleeveless white blouse in my closet, but the boxy shape and the simple style are exactly what I want. Plus it’s perfect for the muggy days before the storm. Or after the storm, for that matter.

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Blouse: Mango, Jeans: Old Navy, Pants: thrifted, Sandals: gift, Flats: Vagabond, Necklace: local shop, Brooch: vintage