Young Girl Reading

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As soon as I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Jean-HonorĂ© 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 đŸ˜›

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And of course, I had to recreate the pose:

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Remember to check out Jen’s blog for the full SIA round-up tomorrow!

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Weekly Capsule 34.4: Edgy Frills

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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.

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Top: vintage, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21

As usual, a round-up of my looks this week:

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Weekly Capsule 34.2: Not Fall

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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.

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Also, please forgive the boxes in the background. They’re for my mom’s herb garden

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Top: vintage, Pants: Calvin Klein, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21


Summer Essentials

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I was wondering what to write about this outfit – which is not that interesting by itself – when I remembered that I want to participate in Bri of Work Clothes, I Suppose’s Third Thursday Thread link-up. This month’s theme is Must-Have for Summer, and when I think about it, these two items that I’m wearing are actually quite important in my summer wardrobe.

The first is wide-leg pants. For me, dresses and skirts are never as comfy as pants, and I always have to wear bike shorts underneath them anyway, so they’re not great for summer. But wide-leg pants or jeans? I can move freely, and my legs are still nice and cool. Bonus: I won’t have to douse myself in bug spray to avoid getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.

The second is a cute top in a natural fabric, one that I can wear to work and not steam in my own sweat. This top, if you remember, was actually this dress, but I finally had the courage to rip out the skirt part of it and turn it into a much more wearable shirt. It’s cotton, it’s sleeveless, but it’s still dressy enough for work – perfect.

So what are your go-to items for the summer?

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Top: from a vintage dress, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: thrifted, Bracelet: local shop


Sleeveless

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My staph infection has finally healed enough for me to move my arm relatively normally, though it’s strictly sleeveless for me in the next few days – have to let the incision breath, so it can heal (it’s under my arm so you can’t see it in the photos, thank God!) Anyway, two things about this outfit:

– One, it’ll probably look better with wide-legged or flare jeans, but I’m not going to wear any of those when the ground is still covered in rainwater.

– Two, yes, this is my drop-waist dress. I’m actually considering taking off the skirt part to turn this into a shirt, because that way I can wear it more often – the dress is really short and whenever I wear it I feel ridiculously twee. I do have some qualm about tearing apart a 50-year-old dress (it’s from the 60’s so it can very well be), but the skirt is only a ruffle attached to the trim at the bottom of the body, so I don’t have to cut anything up and it can easily be reattached if I want to. What do you guys think? Should I keep it as a dress or turn it into a shirt?

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Dress as top & Arrow pin: vintage, Jeans: Forever21, Flats: Payless