This outfit was built around these shoes. Ever since I gave my saddle shoes to my sister, I’ve been looking for a pair with the same two-tone look, but easier to style – for me, saddle shoes tend to conjure up a certain sporty look that is not really “me” (which is why I gave my pair to my sister.) So I was really excited to come across this pair – they have that masculine, spectator-esque look that I like, but they’re more versatile and not as sporty as saddle shoes. Having said that, it’s a bit ironic that I ended up choosing a sporty look as the inspiration for this outfit, more specifically, 1930s women’s golfing attire. The buttons on the skirt remind me of women’s sportswear back then, and I went with the sporty theme by wearing my quiver brooch – it looks a bit like a golf bag, doesn’t it?
Last week I mentioned that I don’t wear skirts and dresses as frequently anymore now that it’s warming up, and here I am, with two outfits featuring skirts this week so far. In my defense, it’s been raining a lot, so it was cool enough. Anyway, there’s not much to say about this outfit – it’s very typically “me”, with a collared shirt, plaid skirt, and brooch. I originally wore my navy-and-brown heeled oxfords, but they’re a bit heavy for the outfit (though they match the skirt quite well), so I switched to these sandals. They’re quite old (>7 years old!), but they’re still going strong.
P/S: The title is from “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. Yes, I know the exact lyrics is “When the winter’s here […], wear your bright clothes”, but it fits.
As the heat and the humidity increase, I’m reaching for my usual summer items – wide-leg pants and short-sleeve tops. Dresses and skirts are worn less frequently because they require bike shorts underneath, and even accessories are kept to a minimum because most of my summer tops can’t take the weigh of brooches. Instead, I jazz up my outfits with embroidered pieces and “cooling” color combo, like this white + green. This year, though, I’m adding something new by using casual 1940s fashion for my inspiration. Usually, I reserve my vintage-inspired silhouettes for the fall/winter, when I can layer and play around, but summer looks can be vintage too – like this top, which is vaguely 1930s-1940s with its Peter Pan collar and embroideries. I keep it more modern by mixing up the decades, pairing it with the cropped pants and clog sandals, but the inspiration is there.