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


Completely Vintage

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers! I hope you guys are having a great day, filled with good food and good company. As for me, I wore this for an occasion of good food and good company as well – the staff luncheon to celebrate Teacher’s Day last week. If you’ve seen my review/screencap overload of The Crown, then you’d understand why I’ve been dressing like this – you can’t help it when you’ve been watching the show for two weeks (I supposed I could’ve binge-watched it in a week or so, but I wanted to pace myself.) Sometimes a girl just has to throw subtlety out the window and go for the complete vintage look.

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Dress & Brooch: vintage, Cardigan: Target, Belt: thrifted, Shoes: local shop


Friday Uniform

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I debated whether to post this outfit or not, because it seems this is all I’ve been wearing for the past three Fridays, and I didn’t want to bore you guys. But the semester is kicking into high gears now, and I don’t have a lot of brain cells left to put together an interesting outfit. So until the weather cools down, this is the best that I can do.

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Tunic: Old Navy, Jeans: H&M, Belt & Shoes: local shops


Birthday Dress

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Here’s the vintage dress I bought as a birthday present for myself in Amsterdam. I got it from a shop called Marbles Vintage just off of Waterlooplein – I wandered in hoping to find a brooch, but they don’t have any jewelry, and then this dress caught my eyes. It reminds me of both this dress and this dress in Brooklyn, but what attracted me the most was the price tag – only 20 euros! Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was missing some buttons and the back was splattered with what look like coffee stains (at least I hope it’s coffee!), hence the price, but I didn’t care. I figured I could always dye it if I couldn’t get the stains off. As it turned out, I didn’t need to. After a good soak in Oxy Clean and button replacements, it’s as good as new!

I styled it simply for going out with my co-workers (our department administrator is retiring so we threw her a party), but I can’t wait until fall so that I can layer it with cardigans. Shirtwaist dress is my favorite kind of dresses, and this one is almost perfect in terms of length and fit (if only it had pockets!), so expect to see it a lot on the blog.

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Dress: vintage, Belt: local shop, Sandals: gift


The Black Cat

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Jen may have picked this week’s SIA, Théophile Steinlen’s “Le Chat Noir“, for its fall colors, but I couldn’t go with fall in my outfit because fall is still a long way off for us (give it another month or so). So I chose my black t-shirt, mustard jeans, and red shoes instead. The mustard yellow of my jeans is darker than the yellow in the print, and my shoes are the wrong shade of red, but they would have to do. And hey, at least I could find an excuse to wear my cat brooch!

Remember to stop by Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full SIA round-up!

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T-shirt: Target, Jeans: Cache Cache, Shoes: Zara, Brooch: Singapore gift shop


Young Girl Reading

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As soon as I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Jean-Honoré 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 😛

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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!


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