off duty

This is my brain on casual. I never quite feel like myself this way, but in some ways dressing ostentatiously is like plotting a horror movie: you can’t keep building and building tension. Eventually it has to dip. Switching things up, getting a few laughs – that’ll make it all the sweeter when climactic screams start pealing.

Some outfits are a palate cleanser. Sometimes I need a break from the drama of rayons and feathered hats. Sometimes it takes a little less nonsense and a little more no. This outfit is younger and simpler than my norm, but it makes a nice change.

And, funnily enough, it’s the relatively basic ones that seems to turn the most heads. College girls stop me in the street: “oh, I love your look!” Maybe it’s more approachable? More relatable? Or maybe people just assume I’m wearing a costume when I’m dressed in the usual. The other day an older gentleman came up and asked, rather aggressively, “what are you??”

Hat: ’40s, Fancy Lucky Vintage

Skirt: ’40s or ’50s, Barge Canal Market

Everything else: thrifted

Author: skye

I aspire to be a bright-eyed girl in a big city, even though I wear glasses and live in what amounts to a hole in the ground.

3 thoughts on “off duty”

  1. lovely post, and I think that you expressed the idea very well. I agree totally on “Some outfits are a palate cleanser”.
    Anyway, you look really gorgeous, and I’m glad that you enjoyed this outfit in a warm day!

  2. What did you tell the man who asked ‘what are you?’ That’s such a curiously philosophical question to be made based on appearance. . .
    I wonder if part of the general appeal of your outfit is its beautiful color combination and excellent fit. The simplicity of your outfit lets the colors be all the more striking.

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