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 #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 #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 #39: Roses

Not actual roses, though that would be cool, but I woke up with roses in my head and I have previously mentioned on this blog the special meaning that they hold for me. It’s going to be another warm day, so a sleeveless outfit is the desired choice, but with evening weather changes possible, black leggings will join this slightly shorter dress, and some beaded green earrings picking up on the tone of the leaves on the dress. I find tones of green work with most flower-patterned items. You know, flowers, leaves, nature, green etc.

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What to Wear #36: Denim Diva

Even if only in my mind. For what would a week be without denim?

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The leggings and dress combo, or leggings and pretty much everything combo, has been praised by me often enough, and today is no exception. A relaxed, but still put-together outfit for the last working day of the week, as well as prepared for the 15-minute changes between rain and shine we’re currently experiencing over here.

This post is really short, but I figured I would make the length proportionate to the amount of time it took me to get the outfit assembled. *Ever so slightly smug.*

What to Wear #35: Spring Green and Pastels

“He can call me a flower if he wants to…I don’t mind.” Some quotes just stick with you forever. Say ‘flower’ to me, and there’s a 90 percent guarantee that I’ll say the former and also imitate this little…well, I can call him a flower, he won’t mind.

Wednesday the long day is behind me, today is more relaxing, with some drinks after work. If the weather gods favour us, we will sit outside, and if not, it’s still safe to wear this. My lipgloss tube is almost empty, as this is one of my favourite shades.

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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.