It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.
And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)
Out of all the fashion “rules” I’ve heard of, “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is the most idiotic. Not just because it’s elitist bullshit, but also because it makes no sense – for example, if you wear white in March 2020, as I am here, you can say that it’s after Labor Day of 2019, but it’s actually before Labor Day of 2020. So which is it, fashion police? Am I breaking the rule? I know, I know, the actual rule is that you wear white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day, but what about other countries that don’t have those days that clearly mark the beginning and the end of summer? See, it’s just a rule begging to be broken.
P/S: These pants are actually fleece-lined (I brought them for my Russia trip) so I can only wear them in the winter, white or not.
This week’s SIA outfit came about quite quickly for me. I looked at Daenel’s pick of the inspiration – a piece of vintage fabric – and thought, “Off-white background, floral, embroideries, red, hints of yellow and brown and green. Done and done.” The two pieces that came immediately to my mind were this floral silk scarf and these brocade boots, and I just built my outfit from there. I picked this turtleneck sweater instead of my other white sweaters because I wanted to try pairing a scarf with a turtleneck, and these jeans because… well, they’re the only red (or reddish) piece I have. All in all, I’m happy with this.
Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this lovely piece!
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.
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?
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!