For this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Calyx” fabric designed by British artist Lucienne Day, I had to dig around for a bit. I do have prints in my closet, but they’re mostly “classic” ones like stripes, plaid, and floral, nothing that matches the graphic quality of this print. Then I remembered this dress – I mean, short of buying the fabric myself and making a garment out of it, this is the closest I can get, both in terms of the color scheme and the print. The original design has an olive green background, so I paired the dress with my green silk shirt (it was almost identical to the last time I wore this dress, but hey, when a formula works…) My brooch is a nod to the print as well. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out, even if it took me a while to come up with it. Usually when something takes me a long time, I’ll end up overthinking it and the outfit would be overwrought, but this one is just right.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!

Dress Renewal

I tend to not feature dresses a lot on the blog – not as much as skirts anyway – because it’s always difficult to turn them into different outfits. Even if you wear different shoes, it would still look the same. Of course, this is a “blog” problem rather than a real-life problem, but still, I would like to show off my dresses more often. But after the SIA outfit last week, when I layered a button-up with a dress, I suddenly remembered that it was an option (provided that the weather isn’t too scorching, of course). So here is another variation of the same look. I like the color combo of navy and mustard yellow, and both the dress and the shirt are very light-weight, so even though it was pretty muggy, they were still comfortable to wear. Definitely going to try more of this!

Geographic Print

Everybody may be talking about transitioning their wardrobe into fall, but it’s still freaking hot over here and fall is nowhere in sight – in fact, we’re only now entering our hurricane season, so fall won’t be here for at least another month. Which is why you find me in this very summery dress, still. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I love a nature-themed print, especially anything botanical – it may have something to do with the fact that my dad is a biologist, a plant geneticist to be precise. The print on this dress is more graphic than my usual fare, but it has mountains and volcanos, which still satisfies my love for nature prints and also reminds me of my mom’s job as a geologist, so of course I had to snatch it up.