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!
The weather may be cooling down considerably now but it’s mostly just in the morning and at night. At noon, it’s still in the 80s and pretty hot. So I’ve taken to dress in what I call “summer on top, fall on bottom” – like this outfit, for example. In the morning, I just put a button-up or a light jacket on top (which I have to, anyway, to keep out the dust and stuff – it’s way too polluted around here) and I’ll be fine.
This outfit was inspired by Kristen Stewart. I’m not usually a fan of her style (nothing wrong with it, it’s just not me); however, this outfit is fairly real-world-applicable and I have all the similar pieces – the black belt in a nod to the black stripe on the top – so I thought it’d be easy to put together. I can never dream of looking as cool as K-Stew, but hey, I’m not trying to be. I’ll just be my own dorky self 🙂
The other day, my students asked me why I kept saying “When you get to my age” so much, as if I’m 50 years older than them instead of 15, and I didn’t even realize I was doing it. But I do feel like I’m getting old, if not mentally then at least physically. My knees are really creaky these days, and I can’t handle heels much anymore. I still wear them occasionally, but usually when I know I won’t have to be on my feet. Take this outfit, for example – just last year, I would’ve worn it with heels, but now, these sensible shoes are a much better choice. At least they’re fun, right?
When I went to Malaysia back in August, the one thing I bought for myself (other than a Snow Patrol t-shirt) is a watch. I’ve been looking for a classic watch since my last watch died, and I had found the seemingly perfect one online too, but I decided I needed to try it on first. As it turned out, the Suria KLCC mall didn’t have the particular watch that I wanted, but luckily, I found another one that fit the bill. It didn’t jump out at me at first, but it’s been growing on me since – it’s classic enough to go with everything in my closet, including my black shoes, despite its brown band – and I wear it every day, even if I don’t always wear it in outfit photos.
My sister convinced me to buy these heels at an end-of-summer sale. I tend to stay away from such conventionally feminine things, especially when it comes to shoes, and these are the most conventionally feminine shoes ever – the pink color, the heels, the Mary Jane straps. If I do wear heels, they’re usually more basic than that. But I agreed with my sister that I need to branch out a bit, and besides, these heels are low enough that they’re pretty comfortable to wear. I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can pair them with some of my more masculine pieces like boyfriend jeans and blazers – because I’m all about keeping the balance between feminine and masculine in my style.
When I hear “Sweet Dreams”, the song is the first thing that pop into my head, so naturally, I have to use it as the post title. Sorry if I gave you an earworm.
Anyway, here are my outfits inspired by John William Godward’s painting, not the Eurythmics song. I put together two outfits because I couldn’t include all the elements of the painting – the green and maroon fabrics, the white, gray, and pink marble, and the animal print – in just one look. I chose these green linen pants as the base because the color is perfect, and for one outfit, I paired them with my pink T-shirt and animal print flats (it’s leopard print, not tiger, but hey, they’re both big cats), and for the other, I paired them with my white shirt, maroon monk strap shoes, and animal print belt (I think the print on my belt is zebra, actually, but it’s close enough.) I prefer this second outfit simply because I think the shirt and the shoes go together a little better, but the other is good too.
Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting!