Channeling Steve Jobs… Or Not

Hello outfit post! It seems like forever since I posted one of these, doesn’t it? Between the Lunar New Year and the traveling, I haven’t taken any outfit photos for a while, so here’s a backlogged one all the way from January. I was trying to recreate this outfit, but I think I need a more loose-fitting button-up and trench coat (and my coat needs a good press. I steamed it before leaving the house, but it didn’t seem to do much good.)

Also, do you realize how easily a black turtleneck and faded blue jeans can conjure up the image of Steve Jobs? Before I put on the button-up, I was wandering around the house in just the turtleneck and jeans, and when I caught my reflection in the mirror, I thought the outfit looked really familiar. It wasn’t until later that I realized it was Steve Jobs’s signature look :))


Trying New Things

I’m still on Lunar New Year break, so this week and next week, I’m going to post a bunch of backlogged work outfits. This one consists of old pieces, but it actually features several new things for me – a new silhouette, a new way to layer (I’ve only ever layered turtlenecks under blazers, not sweaters), and a new way to wear these tall boots (there’s also another attempt at the half-tuck, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve seen outfits with tall boots worn under wide-leg cropped pants and always wanted to try it. It looks OK, if I do say so myself; the only thing is that I don’t wear heels that often anymore, so these boots were absolutely killing me, but flat boots look weird with these pants. I guess I’m going to have to experiment a little bit more.


Cookie Monster

Don’t let the sunshine fool you, it’s colder than it looks. Which is why I decided to bring out this jacket, which I dubbed my “Cookie Monster” jacket due to its navy fleece material. I bought it earlier this season, but it’s a little casual for my work clothes (I wore this to a book fair last weekend) so it hasn’t made its appearance on the blog yet. I wish there were some ways to dress it up, because it’s really warm and comfy and I want to wear it more, but I don’t want to be mistaken for a student again. Any ideas?


Black And White And Coral

This week’s outfit for SIA, inspired by a 19th-century snuff bottle, took me longer than I expected. The colors are very simple – just black and white – but because there are some designs/patterns on the bottle, I wanted to reflect that in my outfit as well. However, after trying different pairings and being happy with none of them, I decided to went back to the first choice – this black turtleneck and white pants. With the turtleneck, it looks like I’m channeling Steve Jobs (or rather, Elizabeth Holmes), so I added my necklace for the touch of gold and coral on the bottle’s stopper, and its intricate design does mimic the design on the bottle as well. It just goes to show, it’s best not to overthink things.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits in this challenge!


White Coat

This white blazer is the last one I got from raiding my mom’s closet. At first, I was going to save it for the spring, as it is linen and fairly lightweight, but then the weather warmed up unexpectedly, so I decided to bring it out.

On a different note, remember how I always lament that I can’t get the tuck right with my sweaters? While I don’t think I can ever master it, there’s something else that I excel at – the sleeve-roll. Just look at the roll/cuff on my sleeves here. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s the perfect amount of disheveled, right? I only wish I could tuck my sweaters into my trousers/jeans as naturally as I roll my sleeves. But I guess the roll comes naturally to me because I always push my sleeves up anyway, while I tend to wear my tops untucked so I can’t figure out how to tuck them in.


Goodbye 2019

For the last outfit post of 2019, I opted for something simple. It’s inspired by (or rather, is a copy of) this look, but try as I may, I just couldn’t get my outfit to look as sharp and cool as the inspiration. I tried tucking in my sweater but it looked lumpy, so I tried a half-tuck, only for it to look sloppy instead. I guess I just have to accept I’ll always look slightly sloppy.

As it’s Christmas next week, I’m taking a break from the usual post schedule and do my yearly reviews instead – SIA, books, and outfits. Stay tuned!


Crochet

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, as inspired by Susanna Bauer’s crocheted leaves. It’s pretty self-explanatory – my pants and shoes are to mimic the brown shades of the leaves, and my top is to mimic the crocheting. I have a confession to make, though – this was from a couple of weeks ago, when the weather was still pretty warm (the weather has been flip-flopping these past two weeks between crisp and sunny and miserable and rainy.) I’d had an idea of featuring this artwork in SIA, so I just put the outfit together before announcing the inspiration. Is that cheating? I don’t think so, because I still put together the outfit with the artwork in mind, right? I just planned way, way ahead. Besides, is there even such a thing as “cheating” in SIA?

Anyway, if you still haven’t sent me your outfit yet, you have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by these leaves!