I didn’t realize how many maroon/burgundy pieces I have in my closet until I did a recent inventory. In fact, on the “warm” side of the color wheel, brown and maroon are pretty much all I have, with a few mustard yellow pieces here and there. But it makes sense though. I can’t wear primary colors without looking like a clown, and what is maroon/burgundy but an earth-toned red, right? And because I have so much of it, sometimes I just want to have fun and pair all of them together. Who says monochromatic has to be boring black, white, and gray?

Different Shoes, Different Decades

Here’s the first outfit post to start 2023 proper, and it’s actually two outfits in one. I couldn’t decide which shoes to wear, so I took photos of both to see which one looked best. It’s really interesting to see that just with a change of shoes, the feel of the outfit is completely different – with the boots, the outfit looks 1970s, while the oxfords make it look 1940s (it also goes to show that there were a lot of 1930s/1940s influences on 1970s/1980s fashion.) In the end, I went with the boots just because it was colder that day, but this was a fun experiment.

Happy Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice was actually yesterday (December 22), but that’s OK. It still counts. And hey, it’s the last outfit post of 2022! Next week I’ll be back with the Yearly Review posts as usual, while for now, let’s close out 2022 with a festive, Christmassy outfit. I didn’t set out to put together a Christmas outfit; I guess it just happened that way with the velvet, the blue and the green, and the gold tie. Yes, the plaids of my waistcoat and my pants don’t match, but I’ve never let that stop me before.

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 🙂