Sunday, January 9, 2011

How I wore it: artists' colony

People, I am freezing. Despite the weather being sunnier and supposedly not that cold, the wind was sharp and, after an hour-and-a-half-long walk through our neighborhood's surroundings, I came home cold and have not been able to, as we say in Spanish, entrar en calor.

Today's outfit took inspiration from my casual lounging wear. Last night, upon returning home from dinner, I changed into PJ pants and a long-sleeved shirt that I basically only wear around the house (it had also been hiding in my parents' house for months and months, so I was recently reunited with said shirt). Loving how the shirt looked and exulting in being able to wear it again, I decided to indeed wear it again today, outside of the house, with a bright contrasting color. This is the result:

Despite the minimal waist-definition of this outfit, I was super-comfy (albeit cold) today (don't worry: I added a sweater, gloves, scarf, and heavy down jacket. It didn't help.). The shirt is from India, a gift from a severely unsuitable ex-boyfriend (well, one of them). He gave it to me when we first got together, my first year of grad school. He had recently returned from a sort of reunion tour of India (he had been sent to school there as a child) and had amassed a lot of clothes/jewelry/handicrafts to keep and to give to friends. I never knew if this shirt was actually his or one of his unworn souvenirs, but I loved it immediately and wore it all through my summer in India later that year, as a beach cover-up in Greece a few years later, and, in more recent years, as a home-relegated top (some of the stitches are unravelling). What I love about this shirt is the simplicity: it's just an off-white tunic, with red stitching at all of the borders and a lovely simple neckline. 

When I paired it with the colorful corduroy leggings and the shell necklace, I felt like a sort of cool, hippie artist - a sculptress, perhaps? Too bad I'm not at all creative in the visual arts realm. 

... I don't know, though, if my cool alter-ego would've approved of the boots. Surely she would've lived in a WARMER climate and gone barefoot. Hmmm... 

White tunic: gift from ex-boyfriend, from India
Teal corduroy leggings: HUE, by way of Lord and Taylor, remixed
Grey boots: Frye Paige Huarache, by way of, remixed


  1. Ah the severely unsuitable ex-boyfriend. Every girl needs at least one.
    You look lovely and very sculptress-esque indeed! I can't seem to get warm either, it just that kind of day!

  2. Indeed. Indeed. I mean, there were so many things wrong with this guy (at least in relation to me) that I could make a stand-up routine about it. Now THAT's an idea!

  3. At my age, I've been thinking about former boyfriends. One is in a federal penitentiary. Another is running for office. And a third will deliver the keynote address kicking off this semester. I think I may duck out of that meeting.

  4. Oh, the past boyfriend gifts. I have never known how to feel about these things that we get from men we are no longer with. Personally, I have a hard time wearing them, but I still do. Do you feel the same or is it no big thing for you? (Well, I guess "severely unsuitable ex-boyfriend" tells all)

    I think it's so nice that you can have a stash of clothes somewhere else and dip into them every now and again. Lucky!
    --Loving the new hoops and necklace too!

  5. Wow, Terri, I got nothing on you. The only funny thing I can say about this particular ex is that he was kiiiiiiind of a cult member.

    And Miss B, I actually tend to have no problem with wearing exes' stuff. This shirt I used to wear so often that I kind of have no feeling about it except for slight gratitude toward the ex for passing it on to me. On the other hand, my really serious college/grad school boyfriend gave me some nice jewelry that I wear sparingly and I don't feel weird about it. When I first met the husband, he told me that he would hate to think that his ex didn't wear jewelry he had given her just because it was from him and I thought that was a mature way of dealing with it. On the other hand, there is something from the college ex that I never ever wear because it embodies a political stance that, while I agree with it, I don't want to be that vocal about in this particular environment. Plus, it's such an obvious object (a scarf) that it would be a little too much in my husband's face, y'know? I don't know. I'm rambling - I guess I just go for the "in moderation" guideline!

  6. That's a beautiful tunic, and I'm glad you still wear it!
    I am a total scrooge about presents and refused to accept any that were not books or food from ex-boyfriends. What a pain in the ass girlfriend I must have been.

  7. Ha! Rad, that's hilarious. I will admit that this ex also gave me a couple of books that I still treasure more than the cult-y piece of jewelry he once gave me...