What to Wear #43: I Pleat Guilty

Geddit, geddit? This was incredibly easy to put together. The skirt is one of my favourites and I wore it as recently as last week (but not twice in the same week – another one of my thou shalt nots). I just didn’t write about it additionally as the weather forecast was uncertain and I was still deciding what to pair with the top part of the outfit. I also wore it for my first ever style post I took pictures for.

The skirt’s shimmering cherry red works well with pastel colours, as well as blues and greys, all of which are found on the T-shirt I picked. It’s one of my favourite T-shirts, because I like lanterns and the buildings in the background remind me of Paris. Continuing to ride the emotional ballet-inspired wave from yesterday’s lengthy post about my red shoes, I picked the same pair…in black!

Bangles and sass join the accessories team and my continued love of weak pun attempts… though maybe the quieter tones in some parts of this outfit don’t qualify as sassy? I think they do! There’s room for different kinds of sass. The lipgloss has been mentioned previously on this blog and obviously it is running out, which is good, because I like using things up properly.

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What to Wear #42: My Red (Dancing) Shoes

Dancing in parentheses as they are not strictly dancing shoes, but the long ribbons attached to them that so conveniently lend themselves to wrapping around the ankle and tying up a bow make me remember my childhood fantasies about becoming a ballerina.

Hey, I have Russian roots, and most of us guard a soft spot for ballet in our hearts. Also most of us harbour some kind of attachment or at least a reaction to the colour red. Add the fact of being a woman on top, and fizzle fizzle sparkle sparkle.

The picture insistently popping up in my mind’s eye is an illustration in a beautiful book of fairy tales from my childhood library. I can’t remember what exactly the story was about, but I know it involved a poor and good young woman, and a cunning dwarf or leprechaun. The young woman was wearing a shining pair of red (possibly) satin ballet-esque slippers laced up her ankles with gorgeous red ribbons. I have done a bit of research, and The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen is most definitely not the story from my childhood, as the terrifying plot would surely have stuck with me. So the story remains a mystery, but the shoes stayed. Ain’t that always the way?

The shoes are the strategically intended pop of colour in a slightly reserved outfit. Black-and-white rose or possibly peony patterned leggings are today’s choice of bottoms (yes), and since they are a little thinner, they are comfortable to wear in case the weather changes several times throughout the day. A long black tank top and loose navy blue jersey cardigan complete the look, along with pink lipgloss that catches what I think is a pinkish tone in the not 100 percent red shoes and two dainty long silver chains. These are among my favourite pendants and I’ve taken to wearing them together. The one with the Eiffel Tower has sentimental value, as during my first ever trip to Paris many years ago I bought a pair of earrings with Paris’ symbol, using my carefully saved pocket money. I joyfully wore them for years, until I lost one one evening when trying on a sweater. Moral: don’t wear long earrings when shopping. But I went to a jewelry-making store and they were very nice in helping me out, so I still have my keepsake.

One thing that stands out from today’s outfit choice is that I obviously don’t like ironing that much…but I keep hearing crinkled is the new smooth, so as far as I’m concerned, I’m not spending money on something I can achieve for free.

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What to Wear #41: Sunny Side Up

What to Wear has already entered its 40s! Amazing.

Considering that I’m wearing a skirt, obviously there is nothing about this outfit that I actually want to go up.

BUT the skirt is yellow, and sunny allusions or referencing a breakfast dish in the title is the way to go. Yellow is a colour I’ve been careful with in the past as a redhead (along with red and orange). It has slowly made its way in to my wardrobe and I’ve found myself liking it. It really depends on the shade – I tend to lean towards either a lighter, creamy yellow, or a bright, lemon yellow. Considering that the total number of yellow items in my wardrobe currently amounts to two, I don’t know if I actually own that much knowledge, but hey, everyone starts somewhere.

Ironically, the skirt is neither shade, but I like it. The A-line shape is flattering, and I’ve settled for combining it with green and brown (blue next time, another combo I’ve seen beautiful stylings with). The short green cardigan will take care of the morning coolness, even if it is summer, and the necklace was one of my first little gifts to myself during my early days of discovering Hamburg. Since the yellow is somewhat darker, and the rest of the outfit is in earthy tones, cognac-brown pumps included, I went for a lipgloss with a hint of brick red. That’s all of life’s big decisions taken care of for one day.

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What to Wear #40: 90s Vibes

At least that’s what this here dress makes me feel!

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There’s just something about the black-and-white flower and leaf pattern of the dress, and those straps, that takes me back to the last decade of the 20th century (man, that sounds epic), with traces of naivety and watching The Baby-Sitter’s Club (the German title translates back as Attack of the Pacifier Brigade). It’s loose-fitting and airy, perfect for these warmer, slightly humid days. Pair it with a thin white T-shirt and cherry-red leggings (because Hamburg), and you’re good to go.