In 2011 I have decided to switch my blog over the wordpress. This has been a while in the making, and has to do with the facts that I’ve had a lot of trouble finding support for original content on tumblr, and tumblr’s constantly being down is really a drawback. Anyway, tumblr has been a great way to get my feet wet in the blogging pool, and I hope you’ll continue to follow my outfits and adventures on my new wordpress blog:
On Boxing Day my younger brother, my parents and I hiked up to something that I think was called Porch Row or Porch Lane… or Porch Alley. Something with “porch” in any case. When we were younger, little brother and I hated hiking with a passion but that’s not the case anymore. With age comes wisdom, every sad sap knows that. Of course, a big draw into the hike for me was the promise of hiking through a “bear dancing ground,” or, according to my mom, a clearing where bears have big rowdy bear parties. Ah folklore.
Anyway, the foothills near my home in Boulder are beautiful and majestic, and it’s a treat to get to hike them with some of my loved ones. Especially with the promise of seeing bears dance. In school I once learned that when Sacagawea was leading Lewis and Clark around, she knew where she was because she recognized the mountains from her youth, and my 5th grade teacher told us it would be like recognizing the mountains around Boulder. The hills near my house are like that—I’d recognize those contours anywhere. It’s fun to be in touch with nature.
Now about the outfit.
shirt—Christmas present from Rudolph. Softest flannel ever. Also definitely a menswear item.
leggings—the athletic ones I wear under my ski gear
hat— borrowed/stolen from my brother
shoes—the ever fashionable large white Saucony running shoe.
I can’t get enough of that flannel shirt. For ages I’ve been looking for a nice long one that covers my bum without being boxy, and I’m so glad Rudolph sensed that when he so generously gifted me this one. I’ve dressed it wayyy down in this post, but stay tuned for how I made it more urban another day!
For a few months now I’ve been contributing to the Passion Project —a UBC student led initiative run by some great girls. Bet you can guess what I write about…my passion for fashion of course! In the new year I plan to do some UBC/Vancouver street style themed posts, along with helping to organise events with the rest of the Passion Proj girls.
We decided to do some festive holiday themed favourite things lists, and here’s mine. Click here to learn more about what we’re doing!
ahhh I’ve been a bad style blogger again! But this time I have a legit reason (and this is where my Colorado Mountain Girl roots rear their heads): I went home a week early and basically all I’ve been doing is skiing and lounging and reading! My family and I went up to the mountains to cut down our Christmas tree, then did some days of skiing. Yes, we go into the forest to cut down a tree, extremely Colorado-y, I know. But it’s heaps fun!
For the aprés ski I’ve been wearing my ever-comfy lululemon Sage Twist pants (I have them in the sea foam colour) and various t shirts. And for the reading—I just finished Stieg Larsson’s third installment of the Millennium trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I might do a Lisbeth Salander inspired outfit soon…
Anyway, for the skiing I wear this stylish get up:
It’s a total fashion show on the hill…and you just need to trust me when I say this is one place where baggy orange pants are totally ok. Also wearing a bandanna while skiing is the best thing ever! I get to feel like a badass and my chin stays a little warmer. I traded my mom for this hot pink one, I had a lavender one last year when I skied in light greay pants so I gave her that one. But of course, safety and warmth are the priorities, hence the helmet :D
That coat has a little detail you might not be able to see—in between the black and white zig zags are multi-coloured threads. You can see them really up close in person, but when you’re far away it just has that rainbow-y look that gasoline has. I saw it in a store at Whistler and knew I had to have it. I’m a sucker for little details like that.
hope you guys are having as much winter fun as I am!
I’m so sorry, loyal followers (I know I have at least 2 of you out there…) I have been such a bad fashion blogger lately! This is because I have been holed up places studying and I haven’t been around people enough to get any good outfit shots! I promise you I have been wearing nice things even during exam week :) Anyway, once my exams are finished on the 15th, I will have much more time to catch up and hopefully photograph some new ensembles I’ve put together.
Because I am a nice big sister (most of the time) I am giving away loads of clothes to my little sister when I go home this year. Seriously, I’d say 75% of my suitcase going home is just stuff for her! Lucky girl :D This opens up lots of new slots for new pieces in my closet. New pieces I’d like include:
a long sleeved black minidress (not the American Apparel ones, I want something like that, but I don’t like the way those ones always seem to ride up on me.)
leather (or faux leather) panel leggings
a new black cardigan (well, I found one I liked…but it’s only being sold at Gina Tricot…luckily I have Scandinavian connections and my friend said he could pick it up for me when he goes home for Christmas)
more jewelry. Always more jewelry.
a big oversized white t shirt-y tunic type thing…I have an exact picture of one that I want in my head, but I don’t know where I can find it. I want something slinky that won’t look too frumpy if I just wear it with leggings, some long necklaces, and my new black boots.
Got these fierce little guys this weekend when a closet clean out proved to me that I really did need combat style boots. As you can see they’re a little worn already, haven’t had time to take outfit photos with them yet, but I wore them with my Across the Universe outfit to a Sinterklaas party on Sunday, and with my Campus outfit (but swapped in red tights) to go study today. Ha. Proof positive that not all college students revert to PJs when exam time comes. There are dozens of us! Dozens!
The tough boots are crushing some of my school books in an artistic interpretation of what I’m going to do to my exams this week and next. Wish me luck!!!
> Man it was rainy out today! That’s why I took the pictures inside…sorry the student union building is so disgusting. The rain is actually why I wore the tights/shorts combo, I love wearing thin pants when it rains, because thin pants dry faster than thick pants, and umbrellas don’t keep your legs dry when the rain is sideways. My umbrella today was leopard print, which is a little bit stupid, but I thought went with the light demin/black/gold stuff going on in the outfit. Also I felt like this was a fairly european or british outfit…something about chucks (or plimsolls even more so), tights, and denim shorts makes me feel a little Alexa Chung-ish. It’s a little different from my normal style, I think everyday Allie would have opted for black shorts and slouchy boots over the denim and chucks, but sometimes change is a good thing! The Cure is not only one of my favorite bands of all time, but also fits this outfit perfectly because it is edgy in the exact British way that I was trying to get at with this outfit. Also sorry if you’re tired of that necklace.
> Showcasing some of my new jewelry from the last post! You can’t quite see it in the full shot, but my top is just a straight black tunic with a bit of knotted detailing on the straps. Hmm I guess I don’t have much more to say about this outfit. But a variation on it that I’m desperate to wear is a black long sleeved fitted mini dress with black opaque tights with the same hair, makeup and accessories instead of the tanktop/gold bandeau/leggings situation I have going on here. And I did my make up a little differently than normal, so I have a closer-up photo of my eyes. Some days you just feel edgier, ya know? Do you change your make up or fashion according to your mood?
Vancouver is having such a cold snap right now! I say: -8? Bring it on! I didn’t spend a winter in Sweden for nothing :) Anyway today I didn’t really have the opportunity to get some full body shots, but I did take some detail pictures of my outfit for you. It’s a little different than my normal blogging style…what are your thoughts? Can you get an idea of an outfit by looking at the details?
I also wanted to chat a bit about cold weather clothes. What the grandmothers say is really true: there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing. As long as you’re properly bundled, cold is totally manageable. And sometimes you can even look pretty good while staying warm. My favorite trick is layering a pair of footless tights under the American Apparel Winter Legging. You could also do normal tights, but then if you wear Uggs you won’t be able to feel the soft shearling. And if you can’t feel the soft shearling on your bare skin, Uggs literally have no point. I also am always careful to wear a scarf and gloves…sometimes even a hat too. I’m currently making a headband and I can’t wait to use it to keep my ears toasty once it’s done. For now I have one of those furry lumberjack hats, but I thought it was a bit much with the plaid thing I was wearing today.
Google’s new fashion related venture, www.boutiques.com, is a winner in my book. After you answer a series of questions about your personal style (choosing what colors/silhouettes/designers you love/hate, choosing between two outfits) the website creates a personalized “store” for you…basically it creates an online store where all the clothes are tailored (no pun intended) to your specific taste. The site is part polyvore, part IFB in that you can follow other people’s (celebrities, designers) boutiques that you like, and you can also find boutiques based on specific trends. It’s definitely worth a look!
> I always seem to have so much fun when I wear these shoes. Wednesday was my first time wearing them out to the bar and I hope I can figure out more outfits to wear out with them, because they are great for the dance floor. And flat shoes are always a treat when it comes to the walk home. I paired them was a simple cream tank top, an oversize black sweater and black straight leg yoga pants.
Ghosts on a G6- Basic Physics Mashup (deadmau5 and Far East Movement)
worn: to school, 12 Nov 2010
> This is how so many of my outfits seem to come together: I can’t find something I want to wear, so I wear something similar instead. I wanted to wear black tights, black tailored shorts, the black sweater, bomber jacket and flats for a fun textured all black look. Unfortunately my closet is a total mess right now and I could find only denim shorts and thigh high socks in the the 5 minutes I had to get dressed and ready for school. So that’s what I wore. I actually think it turned out better than the original outfit I’d had planned—I’m always looking to re-wear pieces that I haven’t in a while and I hadn’t worn these shorts since the summer. And as for the intense music…I am sooo not a morning person, I always need to listen to stuff like this on my way to school to pump me up for my first class (and for the record this mash up is much better than the painfully monotonous original version of Like a G6). And I totally had to wear my wool pea coat over this…it’s not that warm in Vancouver these days!
> A fun outfit for a fun night. The flowered dress is one of my favorite summery dresses, and while it’s probably not appropriate for November in Canada I certainly had fun wearing it out! Also, I’m a little obsessed with this song right now…it just makes me so excited and feel so independent in a way that pop songs usually don’t. Also, you can barely tell, but I dyed my hair a few shades darker. I like it…I want it even darker though.
> This was a quick outfit picked out in a hurry before I left for school in the morning. I’ve worn this shirt/skirt combo before (but before I started this blog) with my brown boots, but since I was going to be walking to and from class all day I wanted to wear my black boots since they have a shorter heel. The skirt and the shirt both are some of my very favorite wardrobe pieces, and it feels nice to wear favorites together. Although I accidentally sat underneath a vent in one of my classes and got really cold since I wasn’t wearing a sweater :(.
The boots my mother picked up for me and shipped me finally came! Can’t wait to wear them out. And I will be giving away a pair of flowered boots to make room for them.
And here are the boots I’m giving away. If you want them (you must be in the Vancouver area now), let me know. They’re a size 38. I could also bring them to the Denver area when I go there for Christmas.
and a blast from the past! Young Me in first year of uni, eating cotton candy, wearing the boots, being colorful.
> No, this is not a costume. I dressed up on friday as a very half hearted catwoman…I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween. I just like to wear normal clothes! Instead, I went to sushi downtown with one of my good friends (he also took these photos). This is the new dress that I told you I bought last week as a “congratulations for getting through a big week of midterms, Allie!!” gift to myself. I realize it’s a bit silly to be showcasing a new dress on a blog titled “buy nothing,” but sometimes retail just calls! I will, however, be giving away a pair of jeans to make room for this in my closet. I’ve really re-discovered these short black boots lately. In the fall I was considering giving them away…just goes to show how far a little remixing and a new outlook on your wardrobe can go! This is one of my favorite places to take photos in Vancouver—it’s near Robson and Howe and I love the nighttime lighting and urban feel.
> It’s truly fall at last! Today was the first day I actually had to wear my wool pea coat (usually I just wear my trench rain coat) to school! This was a fun outfit—I like the giant top layers with the shorts, tights and short boots. This crazy messy hair was actually done on purpose..not sure if it really looks that way, but I got totally inspired by Jenny’s messy hair on Gossip Girl last night so I did basically the same thing she has, but with a fishtail instead of a braid. My bangs are really getting out of control though. Time for a trim! In other hair news, I’m thinking of going a shade or two darker. I’ve had black (or close to black) hair before and loved it, so it could be a fun new winter look…Thoughts?
Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)-Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse
worn: 22 Oct 2010
fluoro orange skirt
white tank top
black over the knee socks
black elastic belt
black cowboy boots
> This is what I wore to a pirate themed party. theme parties and me are kind of an interesting situation. What usually happens is I’ll scrounge a costume together from what I have in my closet and 10 minutes before it’s time to leave I’ll dramatically proclaim (usually channeling either Cartman from South Park or Samantha in Sex and the City) “I’ll wear what I want, dammit,” and I change into something that suits me more. This time was no exception. I wanted to wear that skirt. I don’t care if pirates don’t wear neon. My eloquent roommate did comment “the shirt is rugged in a piratey way, and skirt is very “take me out to sea,”” so maybe it did come off as a bit piratey. Anyway, my two cents on theme parties: it’s most important to be comfortable in your own clothes. If you know you’re not going to feel your best wearing and eye patch and a bandanna, then don’t wear it! Unless your friends are the type to berate those who don’t dress in theme, in which case you should just get more fashion forward friends.
“In 2008, Americans owned an average of 92 items of clothing, not counting underwear, bras and pajamas, according to Cotton Inc.’s Lifestyle Monitor survey, which includes consumers, age 13 to 70. The typical wardrobe contained, among other garments, 16 T-shirts, 12 casual shirts, seven dress shirts, seven pairs of jeans, five pairs of casual slacks, four pairs of dress pants, and two suits—a clothing cornucopia.”—
>You don’t need more. You need better. (Thanks, Steve)
»I try not to do reblogs (nothing against them, I just prefer to create my own content), but this is too good. If I had to sum it up in under 5 words, “better as opposed to more” would have to be my clothing philosophy. I think fashion begins to lose its creativity when you’re just buying loads of items. But maybe that’s just my poor student voice talking. Also, for a point of reference, I just counted my items of clothing (something I hadn’t done before). Including shoes I have around 85 pieces.
> So turns out over the knee socks are my new favorite thing. I had heaps of fun wearing this little number to class, to a beer garden, then on Saturday out to sushi for dinner. I love a versatile outfit and this one most certainly fit the bill. I’ve really been loving the over the knee socks/boots this season, and these ones I found on thursday evening at Urban Outfitters were a fun way to play with it a bit. I also like the t shirt/tank top combo. In high school I was all about the layering—I think a few times I even wore a tank top over a t shirt over a long sleeved shirt, yikes! But I think it works here; the black tank top with zipper details is one of my favorite pieces I own but it’s hard to wear it with everyday outfits due to how bare it really is. Layering it over the t-shirt dressed it down and I think the layers roughened up my look a bit more. This is definitely a look I’d wear to a concert—to me the metal on the shirt with the over the knee socks and boots and mostly black color palette is a bit more rock and roll than my normal style.
I realised I hadn’t posted an outfit in a week—don’t worry, I’m not a total wreck! I even got out of my lululemons yesterday and today :) I have been super rushed and forgetting to leave time to photograph things before I go do whatever it is I have to do. Hopefully I can get my act together tomorrow…I do have some fun new outfits for you, including:
The exchange rate being as bad as it is, my search for ankle boots in Canada has been highly unfruitful. Luckily, my lovely mom agreed to do some proxy shopping for me south of the 49th parallel. She got me two beautiful styles, and is mailing them up to me soon! I can’t wait to get my new boots. I’ll of course show them on here…once they arrive. Which, knowing how useless Canada Post is, will probably be around Christmas or Real Thanksgiving* if I’m lucky.
*Real as opposed to Canadian.
ps: can you tell how bitter I am about being in the True North currently?
This week is really intense for school for me! I have 2 midterms and a paper due, yikes. Basically when I have a lot of school work I revert to the standard UBC female student uniform of: lululemon yoga pants, a v neck tshirt, some North Face outerwear, and my ever comfy Uggs. But! During my study breaks I’ve managed to create some fun little outfits for you on Polyvore. Here they are:
>The 12$ tunic strikes again, this time paired with cuffed jeans and a cropped black bomber jacket. The tunic is such a flowy piece I find myself pairing it with harder, edgier items to avoid looking like a hippie in a caftan. I did that with the last outfit I wore it with as well, that time using black leather boots and the same bomber jacket to add some grit. See that post here: http://buynothing.tumblr.com/post/1225496243 The bomber jacket is actually a similar piece to the tunic in the sense that I bought it for really cheap on a whim. I wanted a versatile jacket that I could use for going out. Particularly, I wanted something cheap enough that I’d feel comfortable hiding behind one of the booths at the Pit, UBC’s trashiest bar. And for a few weeks, this jacket filled that position. However, I came to really love it, and realized that if indeed it did get stolen, I’d be really sad. In fact, I’d probably cry. So I bought another cheap jacket to use for going out, and I use this one for everyday wear. Also, sorry about the blurry picture where I look like I just woke up. My roommate took these very very quickly while I was rushing out the door to school. So I had just woken up.
Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit- Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother
worn: 13 October for International Suit Up Day 2010
black mini skirt
blue striped button up
black blazer (borrowed from my roommate)
> If you hadn’t already heard, October 13th is International Suit Up Day, in honor of Barney Stinson, a character on the fabulous sitcom How I Met You Mother whose catch phrase is “Suit up!” So I suited up. I’m all for fun dress up days that retain style and class, and let’s face it, what’s more classy than a suit? Legen…wait for it…dary.
> this outfit was fairly thrown together today…I started with the leggings, rainboots, tank top and cardigan and decided it was a little plain and not really matching. With the accessories I think it’s a matchy matchy in the kind of way you’d see in a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie, but I kind of like it. The blue in the pattern of the scarf ties the blue in the cardigan and the pattern of the shirt together, and the legwarmers add texture. I’ve also found myself lusting after some thigh high boots, but I want to try out and get used to wearing thigh high things before I make an investment in the boots. Oh and to make this outfit ever more matchy matchy, when the rain really started coming down I added my black trench coat and black and white paisley umbrella.
Also, one of those pictures is in front of the Olympic torch….first time I’ve ever seen it in real life since I was in Sweden when the olympics were here in Vancouver, haha.
In my last outfit post, I was wearing a white caftan tunic-y thing. My mother saw the post, and reminded me where I got the tunic, for how much, and how many times I’ve worn it. And taking all of that into account, I think the tunic deserves a post of its own.
I bought that tunic for 12$ at Marshalls a few days before I embarked on a backpacking trip from Istanbul to Cairo. I had no idea how to dress for Muslim countries—I knew it would be hot and that I would have to be pretty covered, so I basically just looked for long sleeved lightweight shirts and I was lucky enough to find that tunic. At the time, I had no idea what a versatile and useful piece I’d stumbled on. Lightweight shirts like that compress down to almost nothing and they dry out very fast, making them ideal for the backpacker’s wardrobe. And that tunic is loose fitting and long enough to make it a very practical choice for females traveling through predominantly muslim countries—as long as you pair it with something like loose fitting carpi pants.
I enjoyed wearing it so much on that trip that when I backpacked through Europe this summer, I brought it along again. Unfortunately, I was backpacking alone this time, so I have almost no pictures of myself wearing it, but I can just say that it came in very handy, and I enjoyed wearing it because I felt more put together (and thus less touristy) than when I just wore a tank top. On that trip I wore it three main ways (all accessorized with my black wayfarers):
1. half tucked in, with my tailored black shorts, flip flops, and a straw fedora in Budapest.
2. as a tunic with short black athletic shorts, a scarf headband, and converse in Prague.
3. as a tunic with lightweight semi loose fitting cuffed boyfriend jeans, straw fedora, and flip flops in Lausanne.
Maybe if I feel like it this weekend I’ll recreate these outfits and photograph them…although I left the straw fedora in Berlin, just couldn’t be bothered taking it with me on yet another train/plane ride.
And here are some photos of how I wore it in the middle east:
in the liberal seaside town of Dahab, Egypt. I had shorts underneath, but this was a beach situation, so the tunic acted as more of a cover up.
with black capris and a scarf headband in Goreme, Turkey.
> What a gorgeous fall day! It’s way too warm in Vancouver for it to be fall…in fact it was way too warm for me to be wearing that jacket. That caftan is one of my very favorite wardrobe pieces..and it’s literally been all around the world with me. I always take it traveling in the summer because it’s super light so it dries really fast, and it protects me in the sun. I wore it loads of times when I was traveling in some of the fairly conservative Muslim countries a few years back and it was perfect for that. So if you’re going to Egypt or something bring one of those along. I had a lot of fun masquerading it as a dress today..my cousin is in working in Vancouver this weekend and we walked all over downtown then rented bikes and biked the seawall and it was a great outfit for that. I was reminded of fun biking times in Sweden, biking around on a cruiser in a cute outfit.
worn: technically 29 Sept 2010, but actually I didn’t really leave my house in it til after midnight..
black spaghetti strap mini dress
red tube bra
purple snakeskin peeptoe heels
> I wore this snazzy little number to the Markus Schulz show downtown. I was lucky enough to get a picture with him, thanks to my friend’s sweet German skills. DJ shows are a little different than normal concerts in that the dress code really does allow you to wear whatever you’d like, no matter how slutty. I probably could have worn shiny silver lamé leggings and a tube bra and fit in more than I did in this outfit. But, of course, as trite as it sounds, the most important thing about fashion is feeling comfortable being yourself in your outfit! I’m a little obsessed with wearing these scarves as necklaces…and they just seem to match everything in my closet!
and here is the photo of us with Mr. Schulz…I swear he seemed happier to be in a photo with us than he looks here! :)
> A while (and I mean maybe over a year) ago, I saw some scarf-necklaces like that on a mannequin at Urban Outfitters, and a few days ago I finally realized that I could very easily replicate it. To make these ones, I just folded my scarves in half diagonally and knotted them a few times, then tied the ends together. True Value Vintage in Vancouver (below the shwarma place on Robson between Howe and Granville) has this amazing selection of silk scarves like those, they’re usually 2 for 5$ and whenever I’m there they’re really hard to pass up. Silk scarves are one of my favorite (and only accessories). I’m not really a jewelry girl or a scarf person, though living in Sweden has made me more of a scarf person than I was before, but something about silk scarves just feels so classy. And no, I surprisingly don’t feel like a flight attendant when I wear them. They’re a really fun and easy (and cheap!) way to add a bit of color and texture into a plain ensemble. And even though the location is clearly the same as my last outfit’s one, I swear there were two different photo excursions made on different days to that park. It’s just a really nice spot! And close by.
> I love fall! This skirt is definitely too bright to be of much use in the grey rainy Vancouver winter so I figured I’d try and milk it in these gorgeous fleeting days of autumn sunlight. Pairing it with a fairly neutral and very academic sweater/button up combo made it suitable for school, but it was still a really fun outfit.
>This outfit is just one of my many outfits that require some Vancouver weather modification. I originally wanted to wear it with cropped leggings and flats, but alas, I awoke to rain. Of course, by the time I got to school, it was bright and sunny and stayed like that the rest of the day so I could have worn the flats. And added Wayfarers. C’est la vie. Anyway, in the fall I tend to start dressing like Carrie Bradshaw in the portion of the final season of Sex and the City when she starts dating the Russian artist. Her normally vibrant wardrobe is toned down to blacks and greys, and she starts wearing more tailored almost schoolboy-esque outfits. There’s one outfit in particular that inspired me for this one that I wore today, but I can’t seem to find any pictures of it. Sad times. Basically she just wears a small sweater with a big white shirt underneath. Simple.
> Since I’ve been undeniably mistaken for a man twice after going through puberty, I’m a little squeamish about adding masculine details into my outfits—even though I wouldn’t consider my style incredibly girly or anything like that. For example, I now feel comfortable with wearing vests…but only if they’re ruffle-y, and paired with something suitably feminine (sheer white shirt and leggings seem to suffice). This is an easy way to work seemingly imposing pieces into your wardrobe—pair them with something you’re really, really comfortable in. Last of all, I feel like this outfit is casual but a little edgy…perfect for sitting around, eating cupcakes, drinking Naked Grape Shiraz and listening to The Bloodhound Gang The Smiths…which is Peter’s and my idea of a really rockin Saturday night.
> I was told that being at the Academic feels like it should be on campus and also that it’s a black and white kind of place. Which is pretty lucky for me, because if I had to put a label on it, I think a good name for my personal style would be b&w yet scholarly. I hadn’t ever worn this shirt tucked in before (and that is the point of not buying anything new—to find new ways to wear old clothes) and I actually really liked it that way. It has these cool little ruffles that go down the sides and curve across the middle of the lower back part, so it looked nice with a semi-high waisted skirt. A low heeled (not flat!) mid height boot is essentially my staple shoe. Those boots went to class, to lunch, to the big UBC welcome back bbq, and then to the Academic and they looked great in every scenario, and were super comfortable.
A little while ago, one of my good friends (http://jsallo.tumblr.com) asked me my opinion on shorts plus tights. So here’s my take on the trend of shorts plus tights. I think one my my babysitters in the early 90s wore them…I was quite young, but if I recall correctly, she wore tweed or olive green shorts with opaque white tights (yes, some of my earliest memories are of outfits—both my own and others. That’s true passion right there.)
Now, I’ve taken some climate/physical geography courses, but you don’t need to have been to uni to know that in Vancouver it rains a lot. Though I’m originally from a very arid climate, I’ve adapted to the temperate rainforest climate that Vancouver enjoys and learnt a few tricks along the way. And one of my favorite secrets is tights. Since tights are so thin, they dry a lot faster than jeans or other pants do.
This combo just screams FALL! to me, so on top I wore what I think is a very classic autumn combo of a white t shirt, a black trench-style raincoat, and a scarf. And they are ordered in least hard to pull off to most hard to pull off (in my opinion).
> I say this all the time: I love wearing black. Something about it makes me feel sophisticated, sleek, urban, and hot. And who doesn’t want to feel those things (and gain the extra boost of confidence?) on the first day of school? Especially if it is your last (fingers crossed!!) first day of school (except grad school…)! Another thing to note: I’m actually wearing short athletic shorts with almost opaque black tights here—not plain black leggings. If and when you do take the plunge and dress in all black, it is important to work in bits of texture—the weave of a sweater, the detailing on a boot, or else you will look too boring. And no one wants that.
Also, I think it’s worthwhile to note that it was sunny today, and I wore black wayfarers to complete my look.
Rabbit Heart (slof man dubstep rmx)- Florence and the Machine
worn: 5 Sept 2010
yellow/grey mini dress
black cowboy boots
> A dress is a really easy way to look put together, and boots are more comfortable than heels. Those are the main reasons I went for this outfit… although this is probably one of the last times I’ll wear this dress, with winter impending and it being brightly colored and such. Another thing: this is an American Apparel mini dress which are notorious for riding up, which is annoying. Luckily, this problem can be solved by wearing tights underneath it…just make sure to pick ones in a good color. I like to wear this dress with black or red tights, but I wanted a bare legs look this time. Unfortunately had more of the ice skater legs look going on here, due to the poor selection of skin colored tights in Canadian shops. A side note: I buy almost all my tights at H&M. I’ve bought higher quality/more expensive ones before, but I always seem to rip anything under 80 den after about 2 wearings, so I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not worth the money. Also, H&M’s tights are really soft. So there’s that. These ice skater things are from H&M and I now know that “light amber” (also known as the only tan-ish color the Pacific Centre H&M carries…) is not my color.
> I love an outfit that I can wear during the day and just as easily wear to a pub at night. In light of school starting soon, and of me recently turning a year older, I wanted an outfit that screamed “SCHOLAR” and “WISDOM” and I think the collar peeking out from under the sweater does a good job conveying that, even if it is a print typically reserved for lumberjacks. I’ve also worn this sweater/plaid combo with white shorts and brown boots before, but my brown boots have a higher heel and thus are not as conducive to daytime walking as are my black boots. Also of note: this is how I did my hair. It’s a fun updo if your hair’s long enough. Mine is just barely, and the layers don’t make it any easier. But it’s incredibly cute and I don’t feel too much like a Swiss milkmaid when I wear it.
> I wanted a put together outfit that was comfortable enough for a fair amount of walking, which is why I chose the boots. The shorts were also a good choice, and I like how the oversized-ness of the sweater helps decrease the slut factor of white mini shorts. It was, however, actually a bit too hot to wear the sweater. It is, after all, still August. The main inspiration for this outfit came from a fairly unexpected source. I’ve said before that I look for outfit ideas in almost everything I watch, and my viewing of Little Miss Sunshine last night was no exception. I’m referring, of course, to Abigail Breslin’s red cowboy boot outfit. Click here to see it. I like the combo of cowboy boots with shorts, and I like how she sticks to just two colors. I made my outfit more mature by choosing black and white as my two colors, rather than Breslin’s pink and red. It’s worthwhile to note, though that the pulling-outfits-from- 7-year-olds- thing should be a very rare occurrence.