20150806

Alleyways




This top is weird. I still haven't figured out exactly what it is or how to wear it. I have a couple of this type of button down shirt where the buttons lay diagonally across the torso, past the shoulders and instead of a collar there's an expanse of fabric that forms a sort of funnel neck that can cover half your face. I seldom wear them done all the way up because the material isnt stiff enough to stand on it's own and just pools on the collarbones, trapping heat, and no one likes feeling as though they're slowly choking on humid air. So wearing it open is often the course of action, with the flaps hanging rather awkwardly like curtains for your chest. This, along with the very generously cut sleeves, give the illusion of an abundance of layers when in reality I'm only wearing two. Felt like I was swaddled in lot of fabric with this thing on.

I guess the point of this look is volume. Loose trousers, roomy sleeves, platform shoes—you can probably make another set of clothing with the things I'm wearing in these photos. Like extra large clothes tailored for a small person.

(Also wow at this very exciting and erudite post. I wanted to write more but I cant be arsed about blogging nowadays.)

20150626

Day Dressing




Continuing the thrift finds theme from the last post, here's another item I got along with the plaid skirt. It's not the most well-made thing, but again, it was less than a dollar! It's a little big in the shoulders but I haven't gotten around to fixing that. The texture is definitely interesting—it's almost like suede but smoothed into a flat, matte fabric. I thought it would be nice to pair it with Tokyo Bopper 870s which has a similar feel to it.


The tiered top reminds me a bit of a Victorian nun habit and combined with the absence of a collar the whole dress has an air of somberness to it. Not a bad thing in my opinion and the shoes add a bit of humor to the outfit. Probably my favorite thing about the dress is how easy and versatile it is to wear. I've worn it as a dress, as a light coat and over another skirt and I barely scratched the surface on what else to pair with it. Not a bad deal at all for one dress.

20150609

Non-uniform



I've been thrifting again after being out of the game for several months. I've almost forgotten how thrift stores smell—that distinct enclosed mothball odor mixed with dust all of them seem to have. Whenever I find myself in a style rut, going thrift shopping seems to be the best and quickest remedy. The low prices diminish my usual reservations when it comes to clothes and I'm more likely to take chances on weird stuff because everything is going for mere pennies. Nothing makes me more excited to shop than a huge "3 for 100" hanging in front of my favorite thrift store.

The top and skirt were from separate thrifting jaunts, the former from Quiapo and the latter from Edsa-Taft. The top has four holes for your arms, head and body without any clear way on how to wear it, like a choose your own adventure deal in shirt form. As a result of the unusual pattern the armholes turn out uneven. The plaid skirt is possibly my favorite of all my recent finds. It's like a school skirt was attacked by a pair of scissors then sewn back together haphazardly. It's a touch longer than ideal, but nothing that cant be fixed with a safety pin. Worn with black oxfords I wear by default.



Grand total of this outfit minus the shoes: less than $2. I tend to quantify the cost of everything with how many lunches I can buy with the money I'm spending on it, so in this case, it's a little more than one chicken lunch set from a convenience store.