Cozy Blue

This is my second outfit for SIA. I wasn’t going to put together two outfits for this challenge; these mustard jeans and the navy sweater were actually going to be the foundation for my one outfit, but they look absolutely horrendous with my Van Gogh socks, so I had to start again. However, I still thought that the jeans and sweater looked good together and it would be a waste to scrape that outfit altogether. I added my brocade boots, and thus we had a pretty solid interpretation of the inspiration painting.

Originally, the outfit was just going to be the sweater and jeans, but it has been quite arctic around here (we’ve had snow up in the mountains), and I had to add this coat. Luckily, it matched my sweater perfectly (you know how non-matching shades get me all twitchy.)

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Railroad Sunset

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My interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Railroad Sunset“, is self-explanatory. I brought an old favorite – this plaid tunic – out of storage and paired it with blue jeans and my black Chelsea boots to mimic the dark shades of blue and green in the painting (in hindsight, my brown ankle boots might have looked better). I then topped it off with a yellow scarf – what else? I thought about adding some orange but decided it would be too much for the outfit (again, my brown boots would’ve been a good choice for some warmer tones – can you tell I’m really regretting not wearing my brown boots?)

Anyway, despite all that, I still quite like the outfit. It’s a good one to close out a whole year of really interesting SIA challenges. Remember to drop by Jen’s blog to check out the other interpretations, and next week I’m going to have a little round-up of my own to look back at my favorite SIA looks of the year.

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Tunic: Urban Outfitters, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Din Sko, Scarf: Target


The Goldfinch

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Even though I managed four books this month (or maybe precisely because of that), I was having a hard time deciding which book to interpret as an outfit. At first I thought I could do something with Kiki’s Delivery Service (a black dress, something red, and a cat would suffice), but in the end I didn’t want to be too literal about it, so I went with The Goldfinch instead – or more exactly, the painting behind the book. Believe it or not, before reading the book, I didn’t know this was an actual painting. It certainly looks very modern compared to other 17th-centuring paintings, doesn’t it?

I interpreted the painting with shades of gold and brown, and used the textures of my top and my cardigan to mimic the texture in the painting. A pair of gray jeans would’ve been perfect, but since I don’t have gray jeans, my light-washed blue would have to suffice. Top it off with a necklace to mimic the chain in the painting, and I’m done!

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Top: Mango, Cardigan: hand-me-down, Jeans: Sneak Peek, Scarf: Target, Boots: Topshop, Necklace: local shop


Weekly Capsule 13.3: New Sandals

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These sandals are to replace my beloved heeled sandals, which I literally worn to the ground. They’re kind of similar in style, only this pair is more neutral and classic, so I think they’ll get even more wear. Plus they’re real leather, so I’ll get my money’s worth.

That’s one of the things I realized after the last 6 months of capsule wardrobe actually – shoes are definitely worth investing in. I learned this the hard way after moving home and having to watch all of the shoes I brought back fall apart. They may keep in the warm and dry climate of LA, but here in the humidity, they will sprout mold and crack and eventually become unwearable. So from now on, it’s real leather for me. They may be more expensive, and may require more care, but they last longer, and ultimately that makes more sense than buying new shoes every season.

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Shirt: Oasis (hand-me-down), Skirt: thrifted, Scarf: Target, Sandals: Clarks


Weekly Capsule 09.2: Roller Coaster

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The weather has been like a roller coaster this week: super warm and humid one day, then cold and windy the next. But that’s spring for you, so all I can do is to keep my layering game on and wait until it’s settled down (actually I’m not looking forward to that. We do have four seasons here, but spring and fall are super short, and summer and winter are much longer than I’d like).

My feeling toward this outfit has been a roller coaster too. In my head it was perfect. Then I put it on and I hated it – the stripes of the shirt are fighting with the texture of the jacket, and the jeans are too dark – but it was too late to change it then. And then I looked at the photos, and thought, Hey, maybe it’s not so bad after all. Riveting, I know.

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Top: Forever21, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Target, Boots: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 03.2

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I’m wearing these white jeans again because last week they only got wore once, and I don’t want to leave them on the hanger gathering dust for too long. As for the boots, they’re probably a bit too clunky for this look (a pair of simple heels would look better), but my sister just handed them down to me and I was excited to try them out. I know, I already have a pair of brown ankle boots, but… but… it’s not like they’re exactly the same, right?

Normally I would add some pattern to this look with a printed scarf, but this week’s Work My Closet challenge with Putting Me Together is wear a bright color, so I brought out my yellow scarf, which is probably the brightest thing I own.

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Jeans: Calvin Klein, Shirt: thrifted, Blazer: Atmosphere, Scarf: Target, Boots: hand-me-down


Capsule Outfit #15

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Just something simple and casual to end the week. I know, I know, I’ve been wearing these boots a lot, but they’re comfy and they go with everything. It was actually a toss-up between these or the black + floral ones, and these just seem to go better with the outfit.

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Shirt: Uniqlo, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf: Target, Boots: Topshop