Friday, February 18, 2011

Picture Overload: A School Mufti Day

I should perhaps warn you beforehand that this is a personal post. I suppose it will have a bit to do with fashion but it's leaning towards personal. 

For those who do not know what a "Mufti Day" is, it's basically a uniform-free day. 

For those who don't have uniforms at their own schools, it might not seem like a big deal but when you wear a school uniform almost every weekday, it's pretty big because you're finally in casual clothing (nothing has to be prim and perfect and for once you're wearing colour!)

Most mufti days will support a cause and everyone donates a gold coin (or more) in order to wear casual clothes for a day. Specifically, this mufti day was to raise funds for the Queensland disaster (ie. Flood and Cyclone Yasi).


These are actually my friends but let's pretend that they're models. For privacy reasons, I'll only name them by their initials. (They know about this blog... at least most of them do)


J(1), I and E are wearing shorts - definitely a necessity for summer (though I'm not one who would wear shorts...)  J just wearing a simple print tee and some denim shorts. I wears black shorts with a striped shirt (tank?) with a pink/lilac shirt on the top while E wears a black flowy blouse with large buttons, grey shorts with a scalloped hem and a maroon blazer. Both I and E are incorporating some masculinity with their outfits: E with the blazer with a strong shoulder and I with the lilac men's shirt. I admired how E had balanced the femininity of her blouse and shorts with the blazer.

Here's M and J(2). M's just wearing a printed tee with a plaid short-sleeved shirt on top and some black jeans and sneakers. It's simple but sometimes simple is best. I adored J's skirt and adding the denim vest was really cute. Basically what J's wearing is a black printed tee (it actually has converse on it) a denim vest, a long floral/ethnic/spotted (it's hard to tell) skirt and chucks (converse...).

If you were wondering what I was wearing...

Let's never speak of it... (ie. it's a plaid apron dress and a white blouse -- something I would have worn in 8th grade)

Photo credits: E for taking the last picture

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Inspiration: Pretty Little Liars

I'm deeply sorry for not posting anything lately. There were just too many things to worry about in real life, ie. school.

So one of the TV shows I'm following at the moment is Pretty Little Liars. I personally haven't read the books and I don't plan to read it either as they really aren't my type of books. They make good television though. (A bit like Gossip Girl. My taste in books are completely different to my taste in TV shows)

Out of the main characters, I believe the one who has my favourite sense of style would be Aria. She's artsy and I think her choice of colours is most like mine. Her style still stems from her gothic/punk(ish) roots so she's often in darker colours and plaid.

There was a certain outfit that caught my eye while watching one of the episodes:

She's wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs Runway Ripley Tartan Dress. I loved the pattern but that's because I've always loved plaid/tartan. 

To aim for an Aria inspired outfit, go for patterns such as leopard print or tartan. Be a little daring so choose something like a statement necklace or feather earrings. If you really want, you could get some feather hair extensions (yes they sound a little icky but I imagine it's something that she would go for). The safest bet is vintage or boho clothing - anything vintage would suit an Aria inspired outfit.

Straying away from the artsy, vintage, gothic-ish Aria is the preppy Spencer, whose style is reminiscent of Blair Waldorf minus a fashion designer mum. So basically her style's based on something an Upper East Sider from Gossip Girl would wear. Let's not forget that sometimes Blair Waldorf wears clothes that are a bit too mature for a teenage girl and that also applies to Spencer.

For this outfit, you could opt for anything feminine and lacy. She's wearing a cropped cardigan, a lacy blouse with a thin belt across her waist. However most of the time she has a masculine twist as she's constantly seen with blazers or vests. 

This is what I mean by not dressing like a teenage girl. Oh yeah, one extra tip: refined and tailored. Nothing baggy unless it's a top with some tight jeans with a belt.

Emily's sporty and simple. T-shirt and jeans would be enough but she also wears skirts. Her style's just relaxed, like what your average teen would wear. You don't need to try hard to achieve her style.

For this particular outfit, it's just a 3/4 sleeved cardigan, a tank and a denim skirt. That's all there is to it. Accessories are inconspicuous: it's just a chain with a small pendant, maybe some earrings and some thin bracelets or are they hair ties?

This is probably as flashy as the jewellery can get. It's very boho with the turquoise. The bracelet she's wearing is Chan Luu's turquoise beaded wrap bracelet (I don't know if that is exactly what it's called but it's leather wrapped around turquoise beads).

Lastly, who can forget Rosewood's IT girl Hanna? She's rather feminine and being the IT girl, she's gotta be wearing designer. She's probably my favourite character, even though she's not the most stylish one (in my opinion, it would be Aria).

This has to be my favourite outfit of hers:

With that dark green sequined top and the black leather jacket, she looks so... bad-ass. Her bag is even in a slightly different green. It's all... matches even though it's green and black, it's a dark green.

Here she's wearing a dress with a belt. If you haven't noticed, the tops and dresses she wears are quite flowy. Sometimes it's girly and frilly but it's paired with something a little masculine like a blazer with a strong shoulder. Most of the time, her waist is defined so she's seen wearing a cinch belt. 

Sorry for it being so rushed at the end. 

Photo credits: here