What to Wear #55: Blouse Time

This is not the outfit choice I expected for today, but it’s a little frisch and not quite summer dress weather, so why not.

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The attempt at a bucolic design has had co-workers looking at me closely in the past, probably in an attempt to locate the cute houses or make out the sheep. Who doesn’t like some sheep scattered on a hill? The blouse is very comfortable and it’s fun to spend the day wearing a motif I have yet to see on someone else in my surroundings. The earrings and ring are in keeping with the colour scheme which includes grey jeggings. And since I’m wearing a blouse, why not add these very stable black pumps for full (not too) formal measure.

Might put the pumps on in the office, though, and walk to work in other shoes.

Ready to go.

Blouse: Bonprix.

Jeggings: C&A.

Ring and earrings: I AM or SIX.

Shoes: Tamaris.

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What to Wear #34: These Sneakers Were Made for Walking

Not, not over someone, thankfully.

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I have a long day ahead of me and the prospect is making me shudder slightly, but what are situations like these if not an occasion to whip out some comfortable (and fun) shoes?! Having a good footing, literally or physically, not just metaphorically or mentally, is crucial to how I get around my city, my work, my travels and my life. I remember wearing proper sneakers during one of my favourite long walks once, instead of the sturdy, but thinner low sneakers I usually put on, and it made a noticeable difference to my feelings of comfot and how long I could stroll around for. Obvious and well-known facts, but even these we sometimes have to discover for ourselves.

I was recently told by another woman that I was brave, because she never would have trusted herself to wear such shoes. I was left feeling flattered and wondering whether she secretly wanted to.

Pop (explosion?) of colour on the bottom, reserved tones on top, and like I said, it’s going to be a long day, so bless the jeggings. The top is from my mother – we share a liking for versatile basics.

Yeaahhhh…

 

What to Wear #17

I’m feeling very…what’s the word…chill today, and as sometimes happens I don’t want to spend a lot of time putting an outfit together, so I go for one of the pre-set, tried and tested combos that always works, regardless of what I have going on in the office and after Feierabend.

The stone grey jeggings are very comfortable and chic at the same time, so I’ve got that whole From Day to Night! thing covered, or as they say in Russian, from the ship to the ball (I always loved that saying). They are also slightly high-waisted, which is nice in these windy times and, as it turns out, quite flattering, at least it feels that way for me. Add the fact that they are long enough, and I might just start spontaneously singing Hallelujah.

A loose black jersey top accompanies the jeggings, and since they are grey, the whole look isn’t too severe – my small goal whenever wearing black. Sparkling stud earrings for accessories and I’m ready to go.

I’ve stopped to think, plenty of times, actually, that all this might seem superficial. These are just clothes, after all. You read the news, try to make sense of current events and catch yourself thinking, what does it matter what I wear now? You imagine not sitting down to write all this, and that emtying sadness starts creeping around your mind, as if all other feelings related to the aforementioned weren’t enough.

So I ask myself some questions.

Do I enjoy putting outfits together? Yes, I always have ever since I started doing it. Do I enjoy the space of time the process gives me? Yes, not only is it relaxing, it makes me think, it’s another way to get my creative juices flowing, to examine memories, recall ideas, savour anticipation. What will happen if I put an outfit together? I will put it on and wear it. What’s more, it’s a guarantee that I’m definitely going outside. And if I go outside, I will do things, see my friends, take pictures and get that hard-earned Franzbrötchen.

That’s all it’s about, really, getting from one moment to the next. No harm in looking the way I like while doing so.

 

What to Wear #10

What is it this week! It must be all this (in Hamburg always seemingly sudden) sunlight. It is warm enough to wear these:

I’ve never before worn such shoes, because I’m actually not a peep-toe fan and I’m also cautious with heels. But these were different from anything I’d ever tried before, I liked the lace-up idea, and once I tried them on, all my doubts disappeared. They are very comfortable to stand in and walk around in, balancing is fine, and while the heel does thin out towards the bottom, the extra layer on the sole in the front part of the shoe makes for secure footing. I’m hoping for successful navigation of both pavement and cobblestone surfaces – this will be the first time I wear these buddies. Hopefully I will not pull a Gracie Hart from Miss Congeniality while doing so.

Jeggings and a loose pale rose top are in tune with the tone (in tune with the tone, in tune with the tone, da da daaa) of the shoes and will make me feel more relaxed, since walking in heels still requires some concentration for me, however comfortable they are. I’ll add a slightly more solid note to this gentle color scheme with a necklace that had been in the family for a long time – my mother gave it to me and I think of her when I look at it, in addition to remembering her stories about the jasper the almost trapeze-shaped pendant is made from. The pale rose and dark red in the stone pick up on the tones in the rest of my outfit and the dark silver chain is the bit of contrast I had been looking for – my usual game.

What to Wear #4

That’s enough skirt wearing for one week, I want those jeggings. I love these clothing portmanteaus. One day jeans and leggings met, et voilà. No, I didn’t just double-check portmanteau or look up supercouple on Wikipedia. People are fascinated with the latter, but basically it’s also just a blend of insatiable curiousity, sometimes normal curiousity about other humans and the birth and mutation of celebrity culture in the twenty first century.

Where was I. The classic blue jeggings, would look nice with those chocolate brown Chelsea boots. I immediately have to think about that one time I ran to a shoe shop after work, because my then pair of black ankle boots had given out, and I actually needed some for an event the next day, and the helpful assistant, a matronly-looking woman with a thick Eastern European accent, led me to the back, encouragingly saying, “Hierrr habe icchh Chelsi boots!” I can almost always identify these accents and I also have a theory that sometimes we Slavic people have a radar for each other.

Anastasia is severely, and I mean severely debatable in terms of historical accuracy, but very enjoyable as an animated feature on its own.

Aha, speaking of fancy dress, I do have to look a little smarter this evening, but I don’t want to change at work and I don’t want to ditch the jeggings. Asymmetrical white tunic with black and grey rose prints evenly spaced out on the material – it’s always served me well in cases like these.

Brown/ beige/ old rose (seems to be a theme this week) dangly earrings with the little silver leaves. I remember rummaging for them in a pile of costume jewelry at the Mädelsflohmarkt a few years ago. Fun event, cool music, delicious snacks and a gift bag for the first 100 girls in line along with the entrance fee of 1 euro (back then), but as the day progressed, hell hath no fury like a woman searching for a bargain. Shopping at flea markets also makes sense, btw.