What To Wear #64: Lace and Leggings and Layers, Oh My

We are promised two days of summer weather, and today is one of them. This means, based on the local forecast and years of experience in the city of Hamburg, that while I can wear a sleeveless T-shirt, layering and leggings, my trusty standbys, are not to be dismissed.

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While the lacy crimson shirt is not completely see-through, it still works better with a longer tank top underneath, and so far my favorite combo is with a black one. Since the top shirt is not completely red, there is no devil Halloween costume color scheme going on here – which I have, by the way, successfully tried out once, but ’tis not the season just yet. It’s still summer, whatever the weather forecast says.

The scarf has been featured before on this blog, a flea market find from years ago and one of my favorite scarves in my * cough * modest collection. It also doubles as a party accessory when I don’t feel like wearing a necklace, but want something extra, thanks to the glittering gold thread running through it.

The gold earrings are some of the most versatile I have, picking up perfectly on the aforementioned gold bit in the scarf, and the ring adds a shot of brighter green against the subtle hues mixed in the, again, scarf.

Leggings will complete this outfit, need to decide on the color, as well as the black (I like to think) ballet-inspired flats. The ribbons complement the feminine pattern and delicacy of the lace top, and being tipped with gold fastenings, they also round up the choice of jewelry.

Ready to go.

Lace top: most likely Amazon

Black tank top: H&M

Leggings: Esprit

Shoes: Asos

Jewelry: SIX

What To Wear #61: Summer Lovin’

…having a blaaast

It’s warm again! Which means tropical accents, bright colors and a dress. Yes, we do get surprised by summer weather during the summer in this city. Every time.

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A few years ago I was visiting the lovely city of Utrecht and, as you do, I was checking out their shops after a day of sightseeing. I stopped by H&M (I know, but they are different in every cities AND it was sale season). My eyes fell on this cheerful dress, and while I was initially sceptical if it would fit me, trying it on proved the opposite, so whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of this small, but deeply gratifying moment in my female life.

I’ve worn this particular set of accessories with it before, because it just works, and if it ain’t broke, why fix it, at least until I feel like trying something else. Anything picking up on the colors of the pattern will work well with this dress, and there are enough colors and their hues to choose from. The ring has a touch of the Disney villain(ess) about it for me, but they were important figures in those stories, so that’s fine.

I originally bought the shoes for changing in to for the evening’s activities (dancing) at a wedding after a day spent in heels. However, they went so well with many summer outfits that I didn’t restrict them to festive attire. They are also very comfortable and the laces give me that vague feeling (highly romanticized fantasy) of being connected to the world of ballet. Russian roots, soft spot, what you gonna do.

Ready to go.

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Asos

Jewelry: Bijou Brigitte

 

What To Wear #60: Country Vibes

Obviously not this type of country.

It could work, but no, definitely not what I mean.

The dress just makes me think of summertime and relaxing in the garden of a country house or planning a picnic in said garden.

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It also reminds me of a lovely family trip to Amsterdam and doing a spot of shopping the afternoon before I left. Knee-length leggings are recommended as it’s slightly on the shorter side. The delicate earrings are a gift that I’ve had for at least ten years, and the shoes are suitable for a jaunt to the country, if it does happen.

Ready to go.

Dress: Vero Moda

Earrings: gift

Shoes: Deichmann

What to Wear #51: Flower Child

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I always did like a flower pattern. I’ve mentioned this (possibly) 70s-80s inspired top on this blog before. It’s long, so it works well with leggings – today the dark-red ones. It also has cutouts on the shoulders that ensure I stay cool in this somewhat muggy weather and they are still SFW.

The bangles add to the vintage vibe, and they also glitter slightly – always a bonus.

Ready to go.

Top: TK Maxx.

Leggings: C&A.

Bangles: Accessorize during a sale a few years ago.

Earrings: Bijou Brigitte.

What to Wear #49: The Dress I Said Yes To

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It was a warm summer day last year and I was taking care of errands in the city. I passed Orsay and saw they were having a sale. On a spur of the moment decision I went in, if only to riffle through the dresses, as they usually have pretty ones and yes, looking at dresses is a pleasant pastime for me.

I was about to leave, when I turned around and glimpsed some floaty off-white material with a flowery print that immediately made me think of overgrown green corners in a garden in bloom. I tugged the hanger free of the tangled mass of clothes around it and held an empire-waist maxi dress (colour me BBC’s Pride and Prejudice) with capped sleeves in my hands. The last one. I knew at once that this was definitely my style. The one hitch? It was a size smaller that I usually wear, but I tried it on and it fit.

Shortly after I went on vacation, and towards the end of the trip I knew exactly when I would put on the dress. The last time I wore it, I was feeling hopeful about something that did not come to pass. For a while, whenever I looked at the dress that barely had a chance to become the favourite I knew it could be, I would feel a tinge of sadness and hang it back up in the closet.

Winter came and went. Now it’s another summer. I put on one of my favourite dresses and felt hopeful about the things I had lined up for the day.

Ready to go.

Dress: Orsay.

Shoes: Deichmann.

Earrings: birthday present.

Bracelets: found here and there.

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 #31: Fabulous in Fuchsia

Well, OK, whether or not it’s a fabulous look is subjective, but… I don’t care, because I love this color and I feel good in the outfit! The sun is shining and it’s supposed to be warmer today. I’m also going out to dinner with friends in the evening, so I want to wear something bright, and fuchsia is also a color I connect with being cheerful. Unless it’s fuchsia with a touch of crimson. “It’s pink!” – “But I wanted it blue.” – “Now, dear, we decided it would be pink.” – “You decided.”

I think I would actually give that blue-pink mashup a go if I had such a dress. But what I’m wearing now is a higher-waisted fuchsia with possible hints of crimson babydoll dress with elbow-length sleeves. It’s cut a little lower in the back, and once I confused it with the front, logically thinking that the more open part of the dress belonged there (not necessarily, there are, of course, plenty of dresses cut lower in the back). I spent the whole day walking around wearing my fuchsia frock the wrong way around, and by the time I discovered my mistake, I realized one very important thing: nobody cared, least of all me. The material is very nice to the touch, jersey cotton, making for a comfortable choice.

Being that it’s a slightly shorter babydoll dress, I grab my trusty leggings box and go for a contrast – the already mentioned in this blog white leggings with yellow and blue flowers, for that spring touch. One of my scarves in several shades of grey (haha, yes, I see what I did there, but it was unintentional and it’s not my fault) that works with almost any outfit joins the team for a bit of warmth. A dab of pink lipgloss – don’t want to overdo it; small silver earrings, low black sneakers and the trusty grey leg-warmers. All layered up and ready to go.