Japanese Inspired

The weather is warming up again (for the last time this season, I hope), so here are two simple looks. As the post title says, these are both inspired by Japanese street style – not any outfit in particular, but by several style blogs that I’ve been following. I used to be drawn to the classic silhouettes, bright colors, and all the patterns of vintage style (1940’s – 1950’s, to be exact), but now, while I still like looking at them, I don’t really want to wear them anymore. Instead, I prefer minimalism and more relaxed silhouettes, which is almost the exact opposite of vintage style. It’s funny how that changes, right?

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Teddy Girl 2.0

Whenever I wear this jacket, I can’t help but style the rest of the outfit like one of the Teddy Girls. I’m missing a scarf/ascot/cameo brooch, and my hair is nowhere near as cool as theirs, but the silhouette is pretty close, right? I would happily dress like that every day. It’s probably one of the coolest style subcultures – rebellious for their time, but so dapper and chic. Maybe I just love it so much because they took their inspirations from Edwardian style (hence the name “Teddy”), which is one of my favorite style eras. Why can’t we look to those more elegant times for fashion inspirations? Why are we going back to the nineties fof for God’s sake?!


Gauchos Or Culottes?

The outfit is simple, but I still want to post it to document how crazy the weather has been. It just warmed up unexpectedly last week, to the point it almost feels like summer. I’m not complaining though; it’s usually a sign that we’re in for a cold snap soon, so I just have to hang on for a little longer.

These pants are really comfortable, except they’re a pain to bike in, so I don’t wear them as often as I’d like. Besides, I don’t quite know what to call them. I guess they’re culottes, but I’ve been disinclined to use that ever since I found out it means underpants in French. They’re not quite gaucho pants either, which are usually knee-length. But who cares what they’re called, right? They’re cute, and that’s what matters.


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…


Spring In October

I think from now on I would have to include a short line about the weather in each outfit post (temperature, condition, etc.) This is more for my reference. See, sometimes I have to travel to a different climate and want to pack the right clothes, but because the climate is Hanoi is so extreme, I would often forget how to pack for 50-degree weather, when it’s still 90 degrees here (like when I went to Germany in September) or vice versa (like when I went to Singapore in February.) And looking at my archives doesn’t always help, because I would find wildly unseasonable outfit like this one. It was actually from a couple of weeks ago, when it was supper muggy before a storm, so it didn’t feel much different from spring/summer.


The Cow Jumps Over The Stars

My outfits are still relatively jewelry-free, but during my trip to Germany, I picked up this really cute silver pendant on sale and decided to start wearing it every day. I like the idea of having a “signature” piece of jewelry that you always wear – my mom has this delicate gold horse-shoe pendant that she always wears as far back as I can remember, so when I see that shape I always think of her – but I’m terrible about wearing jewelry, so I’m hoping that this can help me get into the habit.

Of course, a cow may not be as classic as a horse-shoe, but it’s more “me” 🙂


Black And White Galaxy

This week’s SIA is a tough one for me, because it has all these colors and movements that I had no idea to interpret with my closet of mostly neutral and structured pieces. Then it hit me – the title is “Galaxy”, and I have a star-printed tee that could work. It’s in black and white, but when does that ever stop me? So I put together a black and white outfit – my shirt has the stars for the “galaxy” part, and my skirt has all the brushstrokes and movements from the mural. It works out pretty well, does it, even though it doesn’t have all the colors of the original piece?