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

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What to Wear #44: We All Have Layers

It’s summer in Hamburg, which means that clothes-wise you’re keeping everything except official winter wear within easy reach. Temperatures change at the drop of a hat, winds pick up just as you decide on a flared skirt and rain clouds regularly wring themselves out when passing over this wonderful city.

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Things I don’t put away include scarves – the one accessory you can always find a use for here and most likely why I don’t wear necklaces too often. Even before I start rummaging for it, I know the one I’m looking for. I had scooped it out of a pile at a flea market seven years ago and it has served me many a time, both during the day and at parties. It’s a fond reminder of my (poorer) student days, when most of the clothes shopping I did, if any, took place at flea markets. It’s also pleasant proof of the satisfaction that comes from items that last.

The dress is from the same flea market visit, one I picked up immediately knowing it would fit me without trying it on. Thankfully, it still does!

It’s summer, so I still feel the pull to inject something I associate with it in the outfit. It’s only logical that I go for thin green leggings that reinforce the my-legs-are-the-stem-and-my-top-is-the-flower idea, mais oui. Although the accessories made me think of ocean-themed fantasy and colors, so maybe I’m just a mermaid hinting at my big secret by not being able to resist anything that reminds me of it.

Either way, I’m comfortable and ready to go.

What to Wear #33: Short(s)-Listed

Because the outfit includes shorts! Get it, get it?

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Last week’s shorts and tights combo worked really well for me, and I decided to repeat the experience today. This loose, light-grey top is perfect for the warmer weather we are having, should I take off my jacket during my lunch break and still want to be protected from the usually present note of Hamburg cool in the air. I like matching green to grey, preferably darker tones of the former, hence the earrings above, and the tights are the exact same shade as the stones. I got the lipstick in a drugstore in Tokyo, we passed by the same shop every day and, predictably, soon I was drawn to the extremely neat and bright shelves filled with numerous pretty things.

Like a magpie. No more distractions! Off I go!

What to Wear #30: A Spring in My Step

We just can’t stop talking about the weather, can we? It’s always there. It is once again a bit chilly, but it’s still spring, so how do I wear my spring clothes without getting cold? The answer is magic in its simplicity: those trusty layers! You layer and you search for a way to cover up your cold spots without feeling like you’re dressed for winter in Siberia (been there, done that).

The first item that pops in to my mind are my denim shorts, stopping just short of my knee and still suitably non-frayed for work. Next I take out some dark teal tights – I’ve seen this combo on quite a few musical YouTubers I follow and ended up liking it myself. You’re wearing shorts without being cold, and it’s a great way to add some color to your outfit.

One of my favorite plaid shirts joins the ensemble, along with a lighter teal sleeveless shirt. Red rosebud earrings and a lipgloss with a hint of brick red take care of the details, and heeled black ankle boots will whisk me off on my city walk.

What to Wear #27: Black and White…

“…look alright.” That’s a quote from a cartoon called Muzzy in Gondoland, which I saw as a small child. Some lines from it are stuck with me forever and lend themselves very well to various style situations. Actually, most, if not all of those lines come from a song one of the main characters, Princess Sylvia is singing as she prances about her castle choosing dresses. Mais oui! The fact that I adored Muzzy is the reason why even as an adult I still sing “I’VE GOT A YELLOW DRESS/ YELLOW IS FOR HAPPINESS” (another line from Sylvia’s song) at the top of my lungs when I pull out my yellow dress.

Yeah, I’m still basically just a weird kid. But we’re not talking about yellow, are we? We’re talking about black and white…and grey! Because only two colors is too little to work with for me, at least today.

I had thrown something casual together over the weekend and my sibling said in passing that it all matched. Coincidentally, the matching colors were black and white. The compliment stayed with me and cycled around my head, resulting in the following choices. I’m also meeting a dear friend I haven’t seen in a long time, so I want to look nice – she is naturally good at dressing tastefully and I always enjoy seeing her outfits, as well as the sparkle in her eye.

The knee-length sleeveless black jersey dress can be worn with literally almost anything, it can be dressed down, up, layered with other items in the winter, worn with a light scarf over the summer – yes, Coco, you were right. Though I wouldn’t characterize it as an LBD, because being tall, I don’t have anything little, but Coco’s wisdom is universal. The grey leggings are comfortable and of a nice stone grey which I like. The short white cardigan prevents the outfit from feeling or looking a tad severe, and the black and white scarf I mentioned once on this blog picks up on all the colors in the outfit, as well as providing the touch of whimsy I usually crave. Black heeled ankle boots will help me get from A to B.

I do enjoy my pop of color, so dangly earrings with a bright green stone (no, not jade, but something nice and semi-precious) in the ears and an intriguing lipstick from The Body Shop in the shade Colour Crush (warm, pinkish red tone) on the lips. The lipstick also has a little bit of glitter in it – bonus!

What to Wear #16

It’s chilly! Spring is still here, everything is blooming, the sun occasionally shines, but temperatures have dropped once again, even if they are the ones we were wishing for back in cold, windy February. But it is actually too chilly for lighter dresses.

Life’s great challenges. Well, let’s do what usually works in this changeable local climate – layers! And a bit more coverage.

I’ve swallowed The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly last week, and since then ocean-inspired blues and greens are swirling around my mind.

I feel like putting on the dark-green-not-quite-dark-green long-sleeved jersey dress – it’s comfortable for the longer day ahead of me. Black leggings will join it, as well as the thin multicolored cardigan that picks up the tone of the dress.

Starfish-shaped stud earrings in pale pink complete the look and include that bit of mermaid inspiration I’ve been feeling. Up and at ’em.

(Secretly, I’m just waiting for the day to end so I can go out and do this:)

What to Wear #15

What kind of a week would it be without a red flower-patterned dress? It is spring, after all. This dress is special to me. My mother bought it years ago in New York City. It’s made from excellent cotton, red background, short sleeves, blue and white flowers that look like they’ve been taken off a canvas painting and delicate white lace edging around the collar. I remember looking at her wearing it when I was little and walking hand-in-hand together after she picked me up from school during spring afternoons. I would pick flowery outfits to match and feel what I thought was grown-up as we walked home together.

The dress was originally long, all the way down to the heels, and after my mother gave it to me fairly recently, I asked if I could shorten it somewhat, et voila. It lives on, just updated a little. It’s still as comfortable as ever and I feel cheerful when I wear it.

I already written about my love of playing with combinations of red and blue, so here goes! Dark-blue leggings and a short blue cardigan in a shade similar to the blue flowers on the dress. In the case of combining things with a patterned piece of clothing, everything I need to know for inspiration is already on it. I just pick a colour to work with, be it the background or the pattern elements themselves, and the harmony usually takes care of itself. Otherwise, obviously there’s a variety of reliable choices for cardigans, trousers, scarves that almost always works with a patterned item: black, navy blue, grey, white and denim.

Small pearl studs are a tiny tribute to the feminine style of the dress and the way it reminds me of the 1950s. No red lipstick this time, there is more than enough red in this outfit, just the Happiness in a Bottle lipgloss.