Bracing Up

As the work-from-home days stretch on without an ending anywhere in sight (not that I’m complaining. I know how lucky I am to be able to work from home), I keep trying to find new ways to spice up my WFH wardrobe. It should be dressy (I find I work better if I actually dress up as opposed to staying in my pajamas) while still comfortable (I’m still at home, after all), interesting but not overwrought or complicated (it’s summer; I’d like to keep my outfits light and simple). These suspenders fit the bill nicely. They’re simple but can elevate this outfit from the basic jeans-and-a-shirt to something more interesting, and the menswear vibe is always a plus for me.


Girl In Beige And Brown

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Robert Henri’s portrait “Girl in Rose and Gray“. Like I said in my post last week, I don’t really see rose and gray in the painting; rather, I see beige and brown (I guess it’s a case of The dress), so I went with those colors. These culottes are perfect to mimic the drapes of the woman’s dress, and I added a waistcoat and my lace-up mules to reflect the layering and crisscrossing of the fabrics. I’m really happy with how the outfit turns out. Sure, it was a bit hot for a waistcoat, but for SIA, I’m willing to go a little unseasonable.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


Headscarf

In the summer, I’m constantly searching for new ways to accessorize my outfits. Brooches don’t always work with my summer tops – not just because they may destroy the thinner fabric, but also because my summer tops tend to be printed and a brooch can’t stand out enough, while layering is mostly out of the question (I make do with my waistcoat and suspenders, but can’t rely on them all the time.) So here I am, trying a new look – the headscarf. I actually wear a headscarf like this whenever I bike in the summer, to prevent sweat from falling into my eyes, but it’s the first time I feature it on the blog. For some reason, the headscarf worn like this seems vaguely 1970s to me, so I kept the rest of the outfit 70s-inspired with my jean culottes and clogs.


Light Academia

Dark Academia has been my newest style discovery this past year (I hate using the word “aesthetics”, because I’m strictly just in it for the fashion), but with a focus on layering, heavy fabrics, and dark colors, it’s not an easy one to translate to the summer of my tropical climate. So I’m experimenting with Light Academia instead. I use similar silhouettes and patterns to Dark Academia, but in lighter colors and fabric. I also added a pair of suspenders and use my brooch like a tie pin to highlight the academia/vintage/classic elements of the outfit. I think the outfit is a success, and it’s definitely given me some more ideas to try with my summer style!


2D Bow

For my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli’s sweater, I decided to keep things simple. The focus of the outfit is, of course, this shirt with its 2D embroidered bow, which perfectly mimics the 2D bow on the sweater. The sweater itself is black and white, so I paired the shirt simply with my black culottes and oxfords. Done. No fuss no muss.

Now, if you still haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this design!