In my “Year in Reviews: Outfit” post, I mentioned that I’ve been focusing on the proportions in my outfits instead of colors and patterns. But that was after I put together this outfit – it has been freezing around here, so I’ve been posting old outfits from the last weeks of 2018.This outfit is an example of… what I shouldn’t have done. It was good in my imagination, but the proportion looked a little awkward in real life somehow. Maybe if the blazer was longer, it would look better. Well, you live and learn, right?
Happy New Year! The past few years have been tough, and 2019 looks to be more or less the same, but at least we’re still here and still kicking it, right?
I was going to post some sort of retrospective about the last year and the state of blogging in general, given that many of my favorite blogs are getting shut down or moved to different platforms (Instagram, for example), but in the spirit of moving forward and not looking back, I decided to just go ahead with an outfit post, as usual. The truth is that, this blog has always been just a personal thing for me, so I never feel any pressure to make it more than what it is. During the heights of style blogging, about a year or so after I started the blog, I did try to expand it, but that quickly passed. I’m happy with the blog as it is right now – a documentation of my life – and if it helps me to be more mindful of what I wear, all the better 🙂
Last week our school celebrated its 38th birthday, so I had to dress up a bit with this dress from my sister – she bought it for herself but it doesn’t fit and non-returnable, so she passed it on to me. I like the outfit, but to be honest, it feels a little dated to me. It’s been such a long time since I wore something like this – in fact, I wore a very similar outfit way back when the blog first started, in 2011 (gosh! Such a long time ago!) – that it doesn’t really feel like “me” anymore.
Anyway, this dressy outfit seems like an appropriate one to close out the year. In the next two weeks, I’m going to post a series of yearly reviews, so stay tuned!
For this week’s SIA, I took the inspiration from both of the Empire-style dresses in the photo. My mustard jeans are to mimic the yellow dress, my white shirt and striped sweatshirt are to mimic the white dress with the striped spencer jacket (I know, the stripes and dots are green, but I don’t have anything green-striped), and finally, my boots are to mimic the embroidered shoes and the paisley shawl (the appliques on my sweatshirt are a nod to the paisley too). When I first put this together, I was afraid that the pieces are a bit too random, but they ended up going together pretty well, even if I do say so myself.
Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday for the other interpretations of these lovely dresses. Also, this is the last SIA challenge of the year, as next week is Christmas and then there’s New Year (where did 2018 go?!), but we’ll be back the first Monday of January. See you then!
For this week’s SIA, I knew I’d wear these pants to mimic the color of the watermelon and these boots to mimic the flowers and insects in the painting. What’s left is the background. At first, I thought about bringing out my mustard cardigan or yellow scarf, but the yellow looks garish against the green of my pants, so in the end, I picked a more neutral sweater and added my dragonfly brooch to it. I’m quite happy with the end result – perfect for SIA yet still functional, and that’s what these challenges are all about.
Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!
I may tag this shirt as “white eyelet button-up” on the blog, but usually I just call it my “Edwardian shirt”. Between the broderie anglaise, the scallop, and the ruffles, that’s an apt nickname, isn’t it? So I kept the Edwardian theme in this outfit as well, except to avoid going full-on cosplay, I made it “Edwardian lady” on top and “Edwardian gentleman” on the bottom. I haven’t paired this shirt with a skirt yet, but I’m not sure it can be done without making me look like a schoolmarm. But then again, I am a schoolmarm, so maybe I should after all?
“It” here means repeating an outfit, that is. I always find that it is one of the difficulties of running a personal style blog. In theory, you don’t have to worry about repeating outfits because your blog provides you with an archive of all your outfits, but in practice, you rarely think to check if you’ve worn the same outfit before, and usually don’t realize it’s a repeat until it’s up on the blog.
To be fair, it’s not an exact copy in this case – the shirt is different – but otherwise, it’s just like this outfit, even down to the belt. What can I say? These culottes work well with a white shirt and black sandals, and in my defence, I wore the other outfit over a year ago, so who can remember it, right?