1930s Golfer

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?


Peasant

One of the items I’ve been looking for this summer is skirts with novelty prints around the hem – something like this. I haven’t been able to find it yet, but during my search, I stumbled upon this skirt. It doesn’t have the novelty print, but the embroideries are lovely, plus it has pockets – not just side pockets, but back pockets too! The embroideries remind me of traditional Russian embroideries, so I leaned into that folksy feel and paired it with a gingham shirt and lace-up mules to evoke the traditional Russian bast shoes.

Back pockets!


Wear Your Bright Clothes

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.


The Hallucinogenic Toreador

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Salvador Dali’s “The Hallucinogenic Toreador“. It’s pretty tame, but it’s the best I could do with what I have, and besides, I don’t want to go all-out just to fit the painting and forget my own personal style. Anyway, two things in the painting that stand out to me are one, the dots – there are polka dots and some sort of insect (flies?) that form a series of dots throughout and the painting, and two, the arches around the bullfighting ring. I put those together and came up with this shirt – the cutout embroideries are to reflect both the dots and the arches. I paired it with this plaid skirt, which has some of the colors in the painting, and my cameo brooch is a nod to the Venus de Milo, another stand-out motif in the painting. So all in all, not a bad outfit (if I do say so myself) and it does reflect the inspiration too.


Summer Uniform

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.