I’ve been listening to The Kinks a lot lately, hence the title, but it’s kind of related to my post as well. When it comes to fashion trends, although I don’t really follow them, I’m not anti-trend either. Instead, I just pick whatever trends that speak to my own style and preference, and take inspirations from them rather than following them blindly. So that means no ’00s fashion (I’ve been there once and hated it, thank you every much), but dark academia and some cottagecore? Yes, please. Take this outfit, for example: it’s the combination of those two trends – the big collar for cottagecore (I’m so happy that I keep this dress-turned-blouse), and the color scheme and the plaid for dark academia – but it still feels me.
All this reflection is because I recently read on a fashion forum a question asking whether bike shorts are cute or not, as the OP was having a hard time getting into the trend. And that kind of boggled my mind. To me, if you like a trend and want to follow it, then who cares what everybody thinks? On the other hand, if you’re not sure about a trend, then just… don’t do it? It’s really that simple.
For this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by Clementine Hunter’s “Playing Cards”, I knew immediately I’d wear this top and these culottes, because their colors are perfect to mimic the two main colors in the painting – pale yellow and olive green, and the style of the lacy top echoes the “folksy” feel of the painting too (it makes sense in my head.) I then paired them with these recently thrifted heels to mimic the black lines of the tree trunks.
The other of the colors in the painting – mainly blue and red – took me some thinking, however, until I remembered my cotton handkerchiefs and found one with all the colors I was looking for. I tried wearing it as a headband at first, but it didn’t look “me” for some reason, so I decided to wear it as a neckerchief instead. I thought it might be a bit much with the collar of my top, but looking at the photos, it’s not too bad, isn’t it? (I did take it off once I got to work, but the rest of the outfit stayed the same.)
Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!
As soon as I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “A Young Girl Reading“, I knew that I would wear this top, since it’s one of the few yellow pieces that I have in my closet, and the lace trims and large collars can mimic the ruff and the bell sleeves of the girl’s dress. The dusky pink/lavender tone of her ribbons and of the cushion behind her is another matter though – I didn’t want to wear my pink skirt, since it’s too girly and I didn’t want to pair a girly skirt with a girly top.
In the end, I decided to wear my pink scarf as a kind of headband, and keep the rest of the outfit simple. I don’t usually wear headband or headscarf, but this adds a “1940’s/1950’s casual wear” to the outfit, which I like. Plus it’s super convenient in covering up second-day hair 😛
And of course, I had to recreate the pose:
Remember to check out Jen’s blog for the full SIA round-up tomorrow!
Even though this top is a lot more wearable now that it’s no longer a dress, I’m still having a hard time wearing it with anything else other than pants. I tried pairing it with the navy skirt in yesterday’s post, and while it doesn’t look bad, it doesn’t look “me” either. My style tends to be more… not severe exactly, but more streamlined and simple than that. A lacy top with huge Peter Pan collar paired with a skirt just looks too twee and sweet. So I ended up picking my trusty boyfriend jeans to balance some of that out. Yeah, it’s basically the same as the Tuesday outfit (just with different pants and pin), but it’s Friday. Cut me some slack, please.
Top: vintage, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21
As usual, a round-up of my looks this week:
Dear style blogs, could you guys please stop saying how excited you are for fall? I know it’s tempting, when the temperature takes the slightest dip and stores begins to put out their fall clothes, but it’s not fall yet, OK? For us, it won’t be fall for at least another month. In fact, we’re having another heat wave. I love fall, as all bloggers do, so it’s really hard seeing scarves and layers on other blogs while I’m still here sweating in sleeveless shirts.
Top: vintage, Pants: Calvin Klein, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21