Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly - Epictetus

26 May 2011

Colour Coded

I seem to have hit upon a happy accident where my wardrobe seems to have neatly divided itself into two categories:
Thankfully these colour schemes both match my predominant fetish for buying anything black and my (totally unconscious) habit has now made getting dressed in the morning a lot easier, I simply pick the base piece of my outfit and match colours around it. For example, this is pretty much what I wore to work today (except I was too lazy to paint my nails). 

A Day Trip to Versailles
Having only worn the pants once since I bought them in January because the button fell off – I love Zara but really, one wear? – I repaired them last night and decided it was high time they got an airing before it got way to cold around here. They are the perfect length for the boots as they stop just above the ankle allowing for a very brief flash of skin above the suede.

For a long time my wardrobe has been almost exclusively denim, white and black with touches of red. It was a definite French-style theme that I was going for but I honestly thought no had even noticed – most of my boyfriend’s female friends dress fairly trashily so I’m really not their cup of tea in the style stakes – until a good friend of J’s (who is not in anyway gay or fashion conscious) turned to me at the pub one night and commented on how nice I always look, that he really liked the whole black, white and red thing I had going on and furthermore I should keep it up because it was nice to see someone dressed like an individual. Honestly, you could have knocked me down with a feather. It was a massive ego boost for starters and lets face it, all us minimalist girls love it when someone compliments us on our ‘uniforms’ right?

Well, since then I have bravely diversified into khaki (ever since I bought my previously discussed Zara blazer) and as a result I am currently happily ensconced in my vintage French military jacket (seen below on Frieda Gustavsson – yep no word of a lie we own the same jacket from the same store that specialises in vintage French uniforms on Rue du Rosier in Paris. I also have a navy 70’s police jacket from there) to which I have added a vintage silver fox fur collar that I bought a few weeks ago at a market… Albeit with a black, red and white outfit underneath ;)

We even have the same hair! Alas, my legs are not this good. image source: fashion chopper

What’s the best compliment you’ve had on your style?


  1. It's nice to get a compliment from someone who "gets it." Those are the compliments I treasure the most especially when they come from the most unexpected of sources.

  2. I agree with Pret a Porter P. And sometimes people compliment you on an item of clothing but not your style, which is nice, but not as meaningful. I agree that getting complimented on a 'uniform' is fun for girls like us :)

    One of the best compliments I got is from a colleague in the office whom I don't know too well, but one day at the pantry, she said how at ease I always look in my clothes.

  3. Ah, compliments are always awesome but your both right, from someone who gets it is the best of all - Lin, your coworker sounds lovely, being at ease is a great compliment and it means she gets your whole ethos... Most Barbie-esque girls look decidedly less than comfortable that's for sure! Haha


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