Folksy

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!


(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Suzuki Kiitsu’s “Morning Glories” (and the post title is, of course, the title of Oasis’s seminal sophomore album), I went back to the basics. It’s a bit surprising that amongst all the embroidered clothes I’ve bought and thrifted, there is nothing that matches the color scheme of the inspiration, but luckily, the rest of my closet can fill in the gaps (although my t-shirt is more teal than green.) The result is less exuberant than I would’ve liked, but hey, that’s the beauty of SIA – you don’t have to match the inspiration exactly.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see all the outfits inspired by this print!


Wear Your Mask

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a Tlingit ceremonial mask. The main colors are yellow, olive, and brown, but most of my yellow things are more gold/mustard, so I decided to go with the brown and olive and take my inspiration more from the texture of the mask – hence my linen shirt and woven mules. I also added my yellow belt and my brooch, which has most of the colors of the mask.

In other news, this is my first all-thrifted outfit – except for the accessories, but they’re old anyway – and I’m quite happy with it. My closet is pretty well stocked, so between my thrifted piece and what I already have, I think it can last me a while.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece. And wear your mask!


Blue Bow

This blue-striped blouse is a recent thrift store find, and I’m really happy with it. It has the right mix of classic, simplicity, and quirkiness that is just my style. The bow is actually what drew me to it – it’s not a limp “pussy bow”, but much crisper, like something you’d find on a boater hat, and the subtle blue stripes also further its naval feel.

For the rest of the outfit, I chose my go-to combination of blue and yellow (I try to stay away from bright blue and bright yellow though – my skin can’t handle primary colors, and I don’t want to look like a school mascot.) I was going to add a brooch or a pin to the blouse, but then I decided that, between the bow and the lace-up flats, there are enough visual interests already.


Cutouts And Lacing

Since I rediscovered thrifting earlier this year, it has offered me a lot more choices in shopping, so instead of just following the trends in the shop, I can pick and choose what I really like. This has given me some insights into my style. I’ve realized that I tend to navigate toward nature-inspired patterns, that I prefer embroideries to prints, and cutouts/broderie anglaise to laces, and that as much as I wish to pull off that clean, minimalist look, I can’t. I have to rely on colors and patterns to bring interest to my looks. This outfit has no thrifted pieces, but it kind of reflects my newfound style insights. It’s all solid colors, but the cutouts of my top and shoes, and the lacing of the shoes make it look more interesting (if I say so myself).