Lockdown Summer :: Floral Pinafore + Tassel Slides

Sunday, June 07, 2020 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Pinafore : A Vintage Tale 
Lace Top :  H&M ( past season) ( similar here)
Scarf ( as headscarf) : Fernweh Souls ( get it here)
Slides : Bayou Soles ( get it here)
Mask : Al.Ma.Lu ( get it here)
Ring : Vintage scarf ring used as a finger ring ( similar here) 
Earrings : ( can't recall ) ( get it here)

Hi everyone and hope you are keeping safe this weekend especially if you are in the USA where I see many reports of protests happening lately. The last picture above was particularly shot in a dark hue as a reflection of  all that's been going on with racism and the fight for #AllLivesMatter in these last 2 weeks. I particularly shot this look wearing a mask - firstly to continue to highlight that the pandemic is still a key concern with a big change to the world and all our lives. Also, wearing a mask reflects the "masking" of one's voice and for many wearing a mask is so uncomfortable. Many can't breathe easily with a mask on and feel like they are gasping for air - akin to poor George Floyd who had his breath taken away from him in a silent but lethal way. Just bringing to the forefront things I have been extremely affected by of late.

Before I continue with this outfit post, just wanted to add that staying at home for me has had its advantages and in many ways I am a little apprehensive after being stuck at home for almost 2.5 months to head out into the " wild" again. Whilst, many parts of the world now are slowly opening up for businesses, domestic travel and even for leisure activities such as beaches and sports arenas,  here in Singapore, we are only in our first phase of opening up since the recent 2 month circuit breaker and although it is a welcome change that psychologically we are freer, however we have yet to seriously be able to move out and about as freely as we used to with only essential services like schools and certain business opening. Retail is still struggling except for online sales.

I do not know about you - but to a certain extent, I have adjusted more to online purchasing and going digital in more aspects of my life than I would have done so had this whole pandemic not occurred. The good thing is that many retailers are well aware of the uncertainty that some people experience shopping online especially with sizing etc therefore if you have a good return and exchange policy - this would certainly help push for more sales online as people are less afraid to be adventurous and purchase items knowing they can at least get a refund or exchange for a more fitting size.

So when the circuit breaker aka lockdown first kicked in in Singapore, I was excited to start trending masks. I know many people hate wearing it but you have to admit, this is the new normal and to protect yourselves, it is best to put on a mask when out in public. So why not do it in style and here, I started playing with various patterns and shapes of masks just to get myself happy wearing them especially if they become a part of my wardrobe ( like my jewellery or bag). My first love with masks started with Al.Ma.Lu fabric masks of which they fit well and had tiny detailing like Swarovski crystal and embroidered flowers to lift my moods.  Their various options of patterns and colours got me going crazy. Obviously now every other retailer are selling recyclable face masks and rightfully so as it is also helping to upcycle leftover fabrics from their clothing items. 

Keeping this look fun and trendy -  one where you can take to run errands and school runs, is this vintage pinafore dress I got from A Vintage Tale sometime ago and paired it with this lace top from H&M. Always needing to add some oomph to the outfit, I used this gorgeous silk scarf from Fernweh Souls to wear as a headscarf to create the boho feel and finished off the look with these funky fringe tassel slides from Bayou Soles.

Let me know how you are coping now with the gradual return to some form of normalcy wherever you are. And do continue to stay safe and vigilant.

Simone xoxo

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