False Winter

I’ve been hearing my friends in the Northern Hemisphere complaining about the “false spring” they had – apparently the weather warmed up briefly, making everybody excited for spring, before the cold returned. I can’t sympathize though, because our spring is horrible (humid, muggy, moldy) and we barely had a winter to begin with.

Take this sweater, for example. I thrifted it because it reminds me of Chris Evans’s pretentious distressed sweater in Knives Out, and also in anticipation of a freezing winter, according to the weather forecast. Well, I should’ve known better than to listen to the weather forecast – other than a few days when the temperature dipped below 15 degrees Celsius (about 60F, which for us is pretty cold), it never really got cold enough for a thick sweater like this. That’s global warming for you. Here is the best I can do. It was during one of the coldest days we had, but between the skirt and the floral brooch, the outfit still felt more spring-like than winter.


Woman Without A Coffee Pot

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul C├ęzanne’s “Woman with a Coffee Pot“. These pants (a new-to-me, hand-me-down pair from my mom) are perfect because their color and texture mimic the color and texture of the wall in the painting, and my boots are to reflect the rich brown of the table. The top, however, took some thinking. I was going to wear my navy cable-knit sweater and add a silver brooch, but that was a bit too similar to my “Paul Revere” outfit (I’ve already reworn my white shirt.) In the end, I decided on this Fair Isle sweater instead – there are both gray and white in the pattern, so it’s a nod to the texture on the woman’s dress, the flowers on the wall behind her, and the coffee pot and cup all at the same time. So it’s a bit of a looser interpretation, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see all the other outfits for this challenge!


Star Student

This outfit is a bit schoolgirl-y, and there are stars on the buttons of my cardigan, hence the title. I’d never been much of a “star” student back in grade school – I did pretty well in school, but I was too quiet, too shy to draw attention to myself. My confidence improved in college and grad school, probably because I was in film schools, where I could be myself. Looking back, though, I’m still surprised that I was better at natural sciences than social sciences and language (my math and chemistry grades were always higher than my English and Vietnamese grades.) I guess that’s because the natural science subjects have clear rules, which for me is easier to understand, while the social science subjects rely too much on memorization and not enough on problem-solving.


Yin Yang Cats

I bought this blazer/coat from an online vintage/secondhand shop. It’s another case of not checking the measurements carefully enough, and when I finally received it, it ended up much bigger than I thought. But it’s super light and warm, so I’m keeping it.

For this outfit, I kept things simple so the blazer can take center stage (but I can’t help adding a “me” touch – this yin-yang cat pin, a gift from my sister.) Looking at the photos, though, I think I should’ve worn my black alligator boots to add some visual counterpoint – these black lace-up boots are a little too delicate and made me look like an inverted triangle. Oh well. Big shoulders are on trend anyway.


Long Skirt/Short Jacket

(Sorry, Cake. I don’t do short skirts.)

Usually, when I wear vintage pieces, I try to balance it with more modern pieces to avoid looking like a cosplayer. However, during this past year, as my vintage collection grows, I sometimes find myself going all-out, just for fun. Like this outfit, for example. The skirt is a bit longer than I expected, but I decided to keep it as it is so I can live out my Edwardian fantasy in my head. I did get some funny looks as I biked to work in this, but I didn’t mind. I was busy imagining myself as Anne of Green Gables (I probably look more like Marilla, but that’s OK, she’s a badass lady too.)