24 Feb 2012

Red & Black Winter

This one here is probably my favourite winter outfit of all time. I created it sometime around 2007 (that’s when these pictures were taken) and I’ve worn it in numerous occasions ever since.

The core of this outfit was, of course, the red and black slightly oversized sweater. I got it at Kiabi back in 2005 (I did a huge winter shopping that year!), and it turned out to be one of my best purchases ever.

For me, the hardest thing about creating a winter outfit is managing to stay warm without allowing my clothes to get too heavy. I hate the idea of putting on layers and layers of random sweaters and long-sleeved T-shirts until I can barely move. It’s not comfortable and it sure doesn’t look great (even if only I know what’s going on underneath my ‘visible’ layer of clothes). I have to admit that it’s quite ironic to hear that from someone who comes from Siberia, but I hated it when I was a kid, and I still hate that now (LOL).

That’s exactly why I love this sweater so much: it’s warm and really light at the same time… and it’s not itchy!! Plus the extra-long sleeves serve as gloves too! :D

The rest of the outfit is quite simple, really (perhaps too simple for me LOL): black corduroy trousers, a black wool hat and an impressive bright red second-hand coat from Humana. I sometimes used to complete the looks with a red and black scarf (for extra cold days!), but it’s not really an integral part of it.


The overall look turned out to be genuinely bohemian. There’s something very 70s about it I love. I can almost see myself surrounded by an imaginary band of long-haired rockers in some of those pics! Of course, nobody would have worn these trainers back in those days… (LOL)

Queen in some point of the mid-70s Black Sabbath sometime between 1969 and 1979

Red and black is a winner combination! I never get tired of saying it. And obviously, I’m not the only one who thinks that…

Sweet Streets “American 80s in Japan” x Spank! Popup Shop in LA

I was quite amused when I found this pic of Bill Kaulitz wearing… a red and black sweater! It’s a little bit thinner than mine, but I still wouldn’t mind adding it to my collection… However, this time I have to say I had mine first!

I’m sorry ;)


Sweater: Kiabi
Trousers: MNG
Trainers: Bata
Coat: vintage (purchased at Humana)
Hat: unknown

4 Feb 2012

Shopping #4: Christmas!

It might be a little late for a Christmas Shopping post, but I’ve been so busy this month I haven’t been able to update the blog earlier (production tasks take away all of my time x__x). Anyway, here is a quick review of the clothes I got for Christmas – all second hand!

(As you might already know if you’ve been following this blog for a while, Humana is a gold mine for those of us who love finding unique and fancy clothes! :P).

1. A lovely hoodie with Mexican/tattoo motifs, much in the style of the artworks in The Offspring’s Ixnay On The Hombre. It immediately takes me to the golden age of skate punk, back in the early/mid ‘00s (my high school years :P). There’s a huge visual potential in this one… And the brand is called Demential Factory & Co.! LOL



2. Grunge sweater. Some of the tiny metallic details on the neck are missing, but we’ll eventually fix that up :P Aside from that, this sweater looks completely new. This is an interesting grunge/goth piece – something in the line of my all-time-favourite Scissorhands longsleeved T-shirt.

3. Texas Girl! LOL All right, this might look like something Dolly Parton might wear, but I’m pretty sure I will be able to give it a proper use in my own personal context! You might suspect that I’m going through some sort of cowboy phase, and you’re probably right… But let me tell you something: when you have a Quaintance calendar hanging in your room, everything related to the world of cowboys acquires a new meaning…

4. Buffalo Bill’s T-shirt ^^ Cowboy kitsch is one of my favourite things… ever! And this long-sleeved T-shirt has all these wonderful glittery details…! It’s a masterpiece.

5. This turtleneck is very ‘70s. It looks a little like a retro wallpaper, which is very much in the line of some of my small collection of op-art themed clothing.

6. Some fancy animal print. The bag and the umbrella are just freebies that came with a magazine, but they matched this piece so well I just had to get them in the pic (LOL). I can see a lot of Harajuku punk uses for this one…

Harajuku Fashion Walk #7  Nadia Staffer Yu-Chin in Topshop Cami & Black Maxi Skirt