This outfit is a rare one for me, because I don’t often wear such bright shades together. Usually, I would pair a bright/lighter color with a darker color to balance it out, but the little flower embroideries on this blouse (you can’t even see them in the wide shots because the white is so bright) are so cheerful that I had to echo them in the yellow of the skirt. Those embroideries are also the reason I bought the blouse in the first place – I know pure white like this is no friend to my complexion (it makes me look sallow; ivory/beige would look better), but I can’t resist a cute embroidery.
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Anne M. Bray’s “Scrappy Square” fabric art. After looking through the various squares, I ended up choosing Shelbee’s namesake, “ShelBee”, made from a scarf that she gave Anne and some bee-printed fabric (hence my post title). I went with my yellow skirt and gingham ruffled blouse to mimic the colors and patterns of the piece, and of course, I had to top it off with my bee brooch. (Also, you have may noticed the background change. We’re having some work done on the house and the front yard has been taken over by material. This lawn is not a bad replacement, but the grass tends to get high and there are bugs, which is why I prefer to stick to the yard.)
Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wore this week!
Because I’m wearing a pussy bow blouse and boots, get it? I know, terrible. Anyway, a pussy bow blouse is one of those typically “vintage” pieces that I tend to stay away from, because it always strikes me as overly fussy – I like vintage style, but even with vintage, I still prefer clean lines and straightforward designs, and fussy things like bows, ruffles, and lace trims always make me feel sloppy and overwhelmed. However, this blouse is fairly straightforward, even with the bow, so I’m willing to give it a try. By pairing it with simple and slightly masculine pieces like here, I think I can balance out the fussiness.
Another day, another vest (or rather, waistcoat) worn with a skirt. This is another velvet waistcoat that I bought last year, but it’s a bit big on me, so while figuring out how to size it down, I decided to tuck it into a skirt instead. There’s something about the ruffled shirt and the tucked-in waistcoat, which looks a bit like a bodice, that reminds me of a female Hobbit costume, hence the title. It’s the thing about inspiration – you never know where it’s going to come from. I’ve never been much of a Lord of the Rings fan (sacrilege, I know, but I didn’t grow up with it and while I enjoy the films, they never mean much to me), so I’ve never consciously taken any fashion inspiration from them. On the other hand, I’m a very visual person, and following costume and cosplay blogs, I’ve seen my share of Hobbit costumes. I guess the images just get stored in my brain, to be called up randomly.