Quote"I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do."
- Haruki Murakami
Wearing: H&M coat (similar) / Topshop dress / Marks and Spencer tights / Céline sunglasses / Comme des Garçons clutch / Whistles boots (similar) / ILIA Beauty lipstick in 'Wild Child'
♫ London Grammar - Nightcall
This outfit is basically the Winter/Spring version of a Summer outfit that I posted last year. For the most part, I've stuck to the same colour palette of red, white, black and navy, but this time there's the bonus addition of gold. It was a pretty sunny day at the time these pictures were taken so I could wear a dress, but with a wool coat and opaque tights to keep the outfit weather-appropriate. I can't wait to wear the dress with bare legs and sandals in the Summer! As I've said before, red lipstick and stripes is a combination that has always struck me as French, so I wanted the outfit to be very classic and simple. The navy coat with gold buttons, red clutch and red lips are the focal points, so I kept everything else monochromatic and streamlined (black and white striped shift dress, black cat eye sunglasses, black tights and black Chelsea boots). The end product turned out to be more preppy than how I would normally dress, but it's still very much within my style aesthetic.
Wearing: Mango coat (similar) / Uniqlo men's cashmere jumper (similar) / H&M trousers / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Saint Laurent Paris clutch / Topshop boots
♫ The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather
Goodness, it's been 4 months since my last post... I apologise for the long unannounced hiatus! I've been extremely busy with University; second year is more difficult and time-consuming than I expected. It's a challenge to balance blogging on top of academics and a social life, but I intend to persevere with Nerve Wires and hope to update it at least once a week. If you haven't noticed yet, I'd like to draw your attention to the new display picture in the 'About' section of the sidebar. A while back, a lovely reader offered to create an illustration for Nerve Wires and I'm beyond pleased with the beautiful artwork that she produced. For more information about the artist, please visit her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Another technical blog update is that there will be a link to a song in each outfit post from now on: it can either be one of my favourite songs or a song that I'm into at the time of writing. The first song is Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood, which is an apt description of the current weather in the UK. In other exciting news, I'm going to see The Neighbourhood live in London in less than 2 weeks!
Winter is my least favourite season. Although this is my fourth year studying in the UK, I still can't get used to cold weather (I consider anything below 10°C cold), which I chalk up to being born and raised in a tropical country. I've been barely surviving the past 3 winters with inadequate winter wear so this winter, I set myself the task of creating a capsule winter wardrobe in the colour palette of black, white, grey and navy. This outfit is a combination of greys and blacks with gold accents. I'm obsessed with boyfriend/car/cocoon coats, especially loose single-breasted coats with 1 or 2 button closures that look like oversized blazers. I played with
In my opinion, a cashmere jumper is the winter version of a basic t-shirt. This one is from Uniqlo's men's section. I tend to buy men's knitwear because, as you're probably aware by now, I like oversized clothes. I would normally wear black skinny jeans but I seem to have developed an obsession with leather apparel. In my dreams, I would be wearing the Helmut Lang leather leggings or the J Brand leather trousers. Alas, this is reality. I'm still on the lookout for a pair of 100% leather trousers that's of decent quality and at a reasonable price. Until I find the perfect pair, these H&M faux leather trousers will have to do for now. All in all, the gold hardware of the accessories gives some much-needed subtle lightness to an otherwise monochromatic outfit.
Wearing: Topshop Boutique silk shirt / Zara skort / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Proenza Schouler bag / Topshop Unique heels
I've already worn the white version of the infamous Zara skort in this outfit post, so I thought it was high time I took the black one out for a spin. Unlike my unfruitful attempt to style the white skort in an all-white look due to my lack of white accessories, I didn't encounter a similar problem with styling the black skort in an all-black look since I'm not short of black accessories. Although this outfit looks dressy and put-together, it actually requires minimum effort. This is perfect for lazy days when you're not in the mood to dress up but still want to look good. In my opinion, a loose silk or chiffon shirt is as much of a staple as a basic t-shirt. It's my go-to lazy way of elevating an outfit without compromising my comfort or ease of movement. The skort is another failsafe lazy way of making an outfit look polished even though you're technically wearing shorts. Add a pair of sunglasses, a bag and killer heels, and you're ready to go.
Wearing: H&M t-shirt / Zara skirt and heeled sandals / ASOS sunglasses / Proenza Schouler bag
I did a short internship at a law firm in KL a few months ago and had to go shopping for work clothes because I didn't have any that were appropriate or suitable for the office. I picked up this Zara pencil skirt on sale for RM99 (approximately £20) and frequently wore it during my internship. After my internship ended, I wanted to continue wearing the skirt and was thinking of ways to incorporate it into my everyday looks without looking like a career woman instead of the student that I am. The skirt looks very proper and I wanted to tone it down, so I wore it with a loose graphic t-shirt because I like the contrast between formal and informal. I usually don't wear knee-length skirts because I find that they make me look shorter than I already am. To avoid that, I wear shoes that: (a) give some height; (b) don't cover my ankles; and (c) show as much of my feet as possible. Boots and flats are instantly ruled out. The ideal shoes would be single sole heeled sandals, which are my trusty Zara ones. Since the outfit is pretty much monochromatic, I thought a pop of colour would be good and this was achieved through the bright blue mirrored sunglasses. I was stoked when I saw these sunglasses on ASOS because I was looking for a such a pair but didn't want to splurge on an ephemeral, trendy piece so these satisfied my sartorial craving without costing too much.
Wearing: Zara t-shirt, trousers and pumps / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Givenchy bag
My memory is hazy but I'm pretty sure colour blocking was big a few seasons ago or maybe it was last Summer... Regardless of when it was the trendy thing to do, I'm still late to the party but I guess better late than never? Anyway, colour blocking is about wearing various bright colours and making them not clash but work in harmony with one another. My outfit doesn't really follow the rules because my top should be in another bright colour (that's not blue or green) instead of black, but I wanted to interpret the trend according to my style philosophy. When I wear bright colours, I always balance them out with neutrals. The same goes for prints, patterns and textures. It's all about proportions to me. I don't normally go for bright colours when buying trousers, but I was drawn to the cobalt blue shade of these chinos. Although they look wrinkled and rumpled in the pictures, they genuinely fit well (not too tight, not too loose) and are the perfect length (not too long, not too short). They're supposed to be a cropped length but since I'm so short, they end perfectly at my ankles. I think they look nice with the bright green suede pumps: there's subtle colour contrast but I don't look like a rainbow threw up all over me. So that's my take on colour blocking. What do you think?