What I Wore: May 2024, part three

Details: Everlane sweater, Emanuel Ungaro vest, BDG jeans (all secondhand), Simons belt (retail)

Thoughts: I got this amazing wool vest from one of my favourite vintage resellers, who has an incredible eye for special pieces with a boho flair. I have so many plans for this vest, but I had to start by pairing it with these palazzo jeans. Felt amazing! The belt helped tie it all together. You may have noticed that it’s new and retail, and I feel like I need to explain because belts are normally something I don’t buy new. There are so many incredible ones at the thrifts, there is no reason to choose retail. So what happened? I received a gift card to Simons last year, and have been trying to spend it ever since. As I don’t often go to WEM, this proved more challenging than I was expecting. (The last time I went to that mall, there was a lockdown due to a security incident! It did not recommend the experience to me, lol!) But I finally came up with a plan, which was to focus on accessories. So I got this Western-style belt and a bunch of opaque, colourful tights (on sale!), which are all things I know I am going to get lots of use from. Simons tights are usually good quality, but this belt proved to be a bit of disappointment. It looks great. But the quality turned out to be meh. I accidentally dropped it on my bathroom floor, the same day I bought it, and a couple of the stones popped out! It was an easy fix with Gorilla glue, but not a good first impression. All the more reason to stick to vintage, I guess.

Details: Emmy Deveaux bodysuit, no label tulle skirt, Only & Sons jacket, vintage belt & boots (all thrifted)

Thoughts: This is actually the outfit I wore when I went to Simons and bought the above-noted belt, hehe! I felt pretty darn amazing in it. I love the tulle skirt with these boots and this jacket. I have a feeling this is going to be my go-to summer jacket this year. Did I already say that before? Probably. I can’t stop raving about it, or wearing it. I am also in love with my cowboy boots which isn’t something I ever expected to hear myself say.

Details: Tahari shirt, Ralph Lauren sweater & skirt, Fossil belt (all secondhand)

Thoughts: I’ve worn this shirt/sweater combo before and loved it, so I did it again paired with one of my fave skirts. The colour palette works so well together. It’s a pretty basic outfit formula, but I’m not about to mess with what works and makes me feel great.

Details: Sandro top, Smythe blazer, Max & Co skirt, J. Crew necklace (all thrifted)

Thoughts: It’s been a good long while since I found a legit designer piece at the thrifts, so this Smythe blazer was a nice surprise. And I only paid $10 for it, which is a legit miracle these days. I wasn’t sure at first if it was a “hell, yes” for me, for a couple of reasons. One, I don’t tend to wear a lot of light-coloured toppers. Two, I don’t tend to wear sharply tailored blazers like this anymore, especially ones that emphasize the shoulders so much. I have broad shoulders as it is, and want to avoid looking like a quarterback. In the end, I was swayed by the quality … and I’m glad. I think this is going to turn into a good summer staple for me, even with the tailoring. I think I can dress it down if I need to. Obviously, this wasn’t it. But here, it provided a nice balance to the other colourful pieces.

Details: Anne Klein shirt, J. Crew vest, Ralph Lauren skirt, Fossil belt (all secondhand)

Thoughts: I feel like I need to put aside my brown clothing for the summer, but I couldn’t resist one last outfit in the Jo March vein. As much as I do love bright colours, this kind of subtle, muted pattern mixing is deeply pleasing to me as well.

Details: Alfred Sung blouse, Boss belt, United Colours of Benetton pants (all thrifted), J. Crew shoes (retail)

Thoughts: Speaking of bold colours, here ya go!

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