I found the weirdest thing in my mom’s closet: a printed floral skinny belt.
I am print-adverse when I dress up, even though I love looking at prints and patterns on others. Maybe because I’m always afraid it will look weird on me (like how horizontal stripes make a person look wider, or how large florals make a person look like they’re wearing a muumuu). Whenever I find a really pretty print, I always try to minimize it. It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s just a self-conscious trait of mine.
Anyway, I’m taking advantage of this strange printed belt and adding it to an otherwise boring outfit consisting of plain solid colours. It’s so unusual… most people would use a solid belt to breakup a printed dress or something, but this is just really a freak of vintage!
And I love that it’s the kind you aren’t limited to belt holes. I think belt holes are evil!! They’re like an indication that you’re too skinny or too big. This is the kind where you just slide it in and tighten according to however comfortable you feel. That’s how all belts should be like…
What I’m Wearing:
Pants: Vintage (mom’s)
Belt: Vintage (mom’s)
Purse: Vintage (Etsy)
Shoes: Korean brand (eBay)
I learned from a research study (I’m trying to find the exact source and link!) that candidates who dress professionally actually convey an elevated level of poise and self-confidence during telephone interviews.
Please excuse the low-quality photos. I haven’t been too keen on bringing along my DSLR with me everywhere and the iPhone has been my newest photography stand-in thing.
This scarf always makes me look like a flight attendant... I kind of like that look hehe.
Through my countless years (okay, four) in university I’ve wondered why I study better at school or at a café rather than at home. I realized it wasn’t just the environment that had influence in my ability to focus on assignments/studying/reading. It was a combination of all that plus dressing up!
To save time and money from going out, I decided to try it by dressing up in my going-out-to-study clothes and getting down to business:
Can you tell I took this in a bathroom? Haha...
It worked, a little better than wearing pyjamas, at least! However, only dressing up doesn’t beat having a “time limit” (cafés have to close up at the end of the night!) and the pressure of a public atmosphere (I feel shameful for going on Facebook or Twitter in a study spot). But try it! Wear what you’d wear outside and see how it goes…
I am wearing:
Shirt: The Gap
Scarf: My mom’s
Shoes: Naya (omg these were the most expensive flats I’ve ever bought but they’re sooo comfy)
I am about to make a shocking confession. Brace yourself. Are you ready? Okay I’m just gonna blurt it out.. I’m not a fan of vintage shopping. There, I said it. It was blasphemy to your ears, wasn’t it? This skirt is one of the very few vintage purchases I’ve made in my life, and I only picked it up because I felt like I needed “vintage” experience as a fashion blogger. Davis was also there to give me an extra boost. I absolutely adore clothes from the past eras, but I can’t get past the smell of vintage stores and the thought of putting on something previously owned by a stranger. Thank God my mom was a stylish woman, otherwise I would forever be deprived of beautiful things of the past.
I must say though, after wearing this skirt a few times, I’ve gathered up a bit of courage to give this vintage thing another try. In the name of fashion, I shall prevail!! Gahhhhh Justine, I need your help.
What are your honest thoughts about vintage shopping? Perhaps you have some tips to help me appreciate this “art”?
I am wearing..
Blouse: Mom’s closet
Belt: Mom’s closet
Skirt: 69 Vintage Store (on Queen St W, Toronto)
Shawl Cardigan: GAP
Is March 2nd a special day? Apparently, there are 6 people in my life who are having a birthday today. I honestly believe a substance gets emitted into the atmosphere at precisely 00:00 on the second day of the third month every year to make all babies pop out at once. Said substance is also responsible for my bohemian look of today. I usually don’t do no boho, but I am telling you it was the something in the air. The government just doesn’t want you to know.
Now that I’ve let out classified information from the pentagon, I am sure the FBI will be launching a series of investigation. It is my only wish that special agents Mulder and Scully would be handling the case.
I am wearing..
Pants: Initial (from Hong Kong)
Purse/Clutch: Mellie Bianco
Necklace: Urban Behaviour