Category: Favourite things

Peak Monochrome

Blazer, Talula (thrifted); top, Wilfred (thrifted); pants, Club Monaco; shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Gucci (via consignment); necklace, Tiffany
Blazer, Talula (thrifted); top, Wilfred (thrifted); pants, Club Monaco; shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Gucci (via consignment); necklace, Tiffany

Can it be called monochrome if it involves a floral print? I guess that’s a rhetorical question; Imma go ahead and file this under “purple”, which may be more generalization than truth. What’s for sure is this is another Peak Adina outfit. I like the slightly offbeat proportions, and the fact that it’s undeniably feminine without being at all girly. I note, with some concern — she says, tongue firmly in cheek — that it features pants, just like the last outfit I tagged as most representative of my current sartorial aspirations. Since my love-hate relationship with pants is well-documented on this blog, what does that mean?

purpliest purple that ever purpled
purpliest purple that ever purpled

Best as I can tell, it means that I’m still figuring out how to translate my new interest in unusual and/or architectural silhouettes to dresses and skirt outfits. For example, while I love sheath dresses and pencil skirts, it’s too easy to default to my old trusted outfit formulas when I wear these pieces; those resulting outfits, while certainly figure-flattering and suitable to my lifestyle, don’t excite me all that much anymore.

Here are some dress/skirt details to which I find myself drawn these days: (knife and regular) pleats, paperbag waists, tulip skirts, two-piece dresses (aka dresses that look like separates, with the top part “untucked”, but which are attached — is there a term for this style??). Some of the details can be found on pieces I already own, and I am by no means rushing out to replace everything else. It’s just taking me a while to figure out how to remix my favourite pieces in new ways that let me explore some new sartorial territory. And what could be more fun?

Another thing I want to explore these days is playing with volume and texture, rather than colour combinations and print mixes as in the past. This outfit is a good example of that, too. Who says monochrome has to be boring?

Test Run

Blazer, Wilfred (thrifted); top, Deletta (thrifted); pants, Aritzia (thrifted); shoes, AGL (thrifted)
Blazer, Wilfred (thrifted); top, Deletta (thrifted); pants, Aritzia (thrifted); shoes, AGL (thrifted)

For the last 3-4 years, I have been very particular about only posting outfits I have actually worn, photographed on the day that I wore them. (Hence the iPhone photos, I might add.) It is too tempting, otherwise, to choose outfits solely “for the blog” and, in my experience, those don’t necessarily reflect my authentic aesthetic; once you remove the requirement of “suitable for my actual day-to-day lifestyle”, I tend to veer off into questionable stylistic directions. Ahem.

I broke my rule in this case by necessity, because this is an outfit I wore while at a conference out of town. I took the photo before leaving for the conference because (a) I wanted to make sure the outfit looked good (I wore it while presenting and, hello, I’m vain); and (b) I wanted to have a decent photo of it in case it did turn out nicely. Well … there are iPhone photos, and then there are crappy shot-in-the-blinding-sunlight iPhone photos. Sorry, peeps. Still better than mirror selfies in a dark hotel room, I say. And this outfit definitely deserved a post because it turned out quite nicely. It’s very much Peak Adina, 2017 Edition.

black & olive
black & olive

Now, you might be thinking: this doesn’t look very similar to stuff Adina usually wears. That’s true. I don’t always nail this vibe, and I was thinking about why that is recently. I think it comes down to the fact that I rarely repeat an outfit 100%. I know I buy a lot of clothes, but I still don’t buy enough to come up with 5 brand new outfits a week, every week, so there is a lot of mixing and matching going on. Sometimes, the mix hits just the right style note; sometimes, it’s close, sometimes, it’s not so close. I mean, the swings in style aren’t violent, but they’re definitely noticeable some days — and they become more apparent in my monthly recaps where all the outfits stand side by side. Consistency is something that’s becoming more and more important to me … slowly overtaking my love of variety and experimentation. Say, whaaa?

As much as I love playing with clothes, there is no denying that, at the end of the day, there are things I like wearing more than others, and outfits I like more than others. So I am thinking about spending less time re-mixing, and more time refining and re-wearing favourite outfits. Will that make for more boring/repetitive blog posts? I hope not. Some of my fave style Instagrammers have a very specific aesthetic that doesn’t vary much from day to day; maybe if you put all of their outfits next to each other, they might seem repetitive, but individually? On any given day, they look fantastic. In the past, I haven’t been particularly drawn to the idea of a signature look, preferring variety and the fun of trying new style personas, but I think it’s time for a new outlook.

subtle metallic & not so subtle sunlight
subtle metallic & not so subtle sunlight

Slouchy Chic

Dress, Rick Owens (thrifted); sweater, Elsamanda (thrifted); shoes, Zara; bag, YSL (thrifted); necklace, Tiffany
Dress, Rick Owens (thrifted); sweater, Elsamanda (thrifted); shoes, Zara; bag, YSL (thrifted); necklace, Tiffany

I mean, this is probably more “shapeless” than “slouchy” but the latter sounds better somehow, so let’s go with it. Because, boy, I love this outfit a lot. Is it gauche of me to say that, as the person responsible for said outfit? I don’t know, but I stand by my pronouncement: this outfit is awesome.

Awesome to wear, at any rate.

Which raises the question: is the awesomeness of an outfit measured by how it feels to wear it, or by how it looks? Since I wasn’t wearing this particular outfit at the office, I’m going to vote for #1 … even if, as a blogger, I probably should pay more attention to #2.

sunglasses, Quay
sunglasses, Quay
shapeless and loving it
shapeless and loving it

Weird tangent aside, how about that outfit? The dress is by Rick Owens, which makes me feel extra cool even while looking like a garbage sack-wearing person because we all know that RO is impossibly cool, and some of that coolness is surely transferrable. The sweater is Elsamanda, which is a brand that sounds vaguely familiar to me though I can’t put my finger on why. Previously spotted at Winners, perhaps? Google suggests that there is some connection with Anthro, but I am skeptical. The tag says “made in Italy” which is also a nice bonus. Also nice? The colour. I love it. I love me a chunky knit too; it’s one of the few things I miss when the summer comes. Luckily, in Edmonton, I can count on chunky-knit-appropriate weather for a little while longer. Hashtag: always looking for that silver lining.

am i a minimalist now
am i a minimalist now