What to Wear to a...

Mar 26, 2015


Shake up the dinner routine by grabbing a friend and taking the L a few stops down to the Vietnamese neighborhood. Be tempted by the steamy bowls of pho but keep your eye on the prize and pick up a couple of banh mi sandwiches. Chat about what you want to do that weekend over bitefuls of pickled carrots and shredded chicken, and leave room for a few pistachio and lavender macarons as desert. Now that it's getting warmer out, feel free to trade in your jeans for a vintage suede mini, and play up the tapestry-work texture by pairing it with suede sandals and purses in complementing colors. Tone down the busy look with a white blouse, and break up the over-load of suede with a fringe leather jacket. 

  1. Deja Vintage Boutique 70s suede mini
  2. Zara top with bow
  3. Mango fringe jacket
  4. Zara combined suede messenger bag
  5. Zara leather sandals

There's noting like blowing off a crowded bar with flat screen TVs for a dark, nearly empty blues hall on the other side of town. Order yourself a sidecar and try to pick the booth that Al Capone used to sit in (if you're from Chicago, you know what I'm talking about) as smooth and heavy notes fill up the space. Go for an unexpected look by pairing a vintage pencil skirt with a sporty anorak, and give the outfit a 60s-college-kid feel with a soft knit and structured satchel. Balance out the look with a touch of modernity by pairing it with chunky sandals, and add a sassy beret to keep things looking interesting. 

  1. Bottle Blonde Vintage plaid pencil skirt (only $30!)
  2. Zara diagnle knit sweater
  3. Zara ankle strap sandals
  4. Parkhurst slouchy beret
  5. Time Resistance leather backpack
  6. J Crew fishtail anorak

Have a day off and just about had your fill of Bob's Burgers reruns? Force yourself out of your sweatpants and go try a new restaurant in your neighborhood for a midday nosh. Whether you're feeling like sushi or like Argentinian food, go for something minimalist and simple so you feel comfortable while you sample your way through the whole menu. Try out the monochromatic look by choosing a gray sweater and then pairing it with different shades of beige, oatmeal, and white. Give the soft look a pop of color and class by pairing it with unexpected vintage crocodile flats. Now you can look stylish as you defy science with all the food you'll put away!

  1. Mango pleat detail trousers
  2. Mango flecked blend sweater
  3. Bottle Blonde Vintage mod alligator flats
  4. Mango faux leather backpack
  5. Topshop wide brim hat

Now that it's warmer out, the food trucks are starting to come out of hiding and are offering us tasty treats like falafels and Korean barbecue. And what's better than one food truck? A whole fleet of them. Head down to the food truck festival this weekend and be brave with your food choices- sampling a cream cheese hot dog here and a kimchi with fried egg salad there. Start toeing the line of spring by dressing up in a vintage indigo skirt and denim jacket, and adding playful accessories like platform sandals and a fringed fanny pack. Because real talk, you'll be needing both hands while there. 

  1. Duncan Loves Tess Vintage indigo skirt
  2. Mango Outlet oversized denim jacket
  3. Zara crop top
  4. ASOS suede fringed fannypack
  5. Zara crossover leather wedges


  1. These are some of my favourite posts that you do! And you have such a way with words - the way you weave together the outfit and the story, I can always imagine myself stepping out and going on the different outings you describe. :)

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

  2. Okay, every set looks great, but I can't tear my eyes away from that first outfit. Probably because of that stunning fringed, leather jacket *_*

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  3. Can I please have the pho and the sandwich? DON'T MAKE ME CHOOSE. :P


  4. Loving the midday nosh outfit- classic and cool! Have a great weekend, Marlen! xo



  5. I am loving all the looks, but the food truck one is probably my fave. We don't have a big food truck selection here in Toronto, and I hope that changes soon.

  6. Loving that vintage suede mini inthe first collage! Unique but would integrate well into any closet :)

  7. I absolutely love that first outfit, the patchwork suede skirt is just beyond pretty! Also obsessed with number 3, I have very similar trousers and shoes to that, will definitely be taking some inspiration from you :)


  8. I love your fringe jacket

  9. As becoming my norm, I love this post. Your compilations are really unique and always have some kind of hook that I admire. My fav: the last one. Summer uniform, please.

    Also, may I congratulate you on your new pop up about your poetry email? I a) signed up immediately, and b) think it's an extremely clever way to get your art out there. Also, charming text on it. All around win in my book.

  10. I love the all grey look with just a touch of color!

  11. The food truck festival outfit has to be my favourite! Although I do really love the suede patchwork skirt in the first set! :)

    Away From The Blue

  12. All of those outfits are so pretty! That jacket in the first one is my favorite. Oh and the food truck/festival outfit is wonderful too! xo // Naomi in Wonderland

  13. I love the first and the last look! The shirt from the first look is so cute!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  14. Ooh the monochromatic look is so pretty! Also loving the food truck festival outfit; totally has me thinking of summer and also makes me want to go find a food truck ASAP :)

  15. Midday nosh is a bit of me... that Topshop hat is enticing me to buy it, naughty minx.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  16. Ah! I always love how utterly cool your outfit suggestions are and the well thought out reasoning behind them all. Also- now I'm hungry. And a zillion miles from a food truck. Thanks. :/ ;)

  17. Mmhh what a good combo, banh mi and macarons :D However food truck festivals are my cup of tea too so I would have to say this is my favourite ensemble with the breezy skirt and denim jacket!

  18. I love your picks! The outfit look so great!


  19. I really love your choice in shoes for each outfit! these are useful outfit boards :) just subscribed to your poetry newsletter :)

  20. Such beautiful outfits and fun ideas for outings! I always love your posts like this. The Midday Nosh outfit is particularly gorgeous. Love the monochrome, elegant simplicity. xxx

  21. Cute, cute, cute combos dear Marlen...and your "what to wear when" scenarios are awesome, too!! That patchwork suede skirt from the first look is AMAZING; but I'm digging the sweaters from looks two and three, too...and the fringy fanny pack?! It could make me a convert!! ;D


  22. Adorable outfit ideas!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  23. Lots of trends I'm loving - suede, fringe, leather jacket!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  24. I enjoy these posts because they give me ideas for outfits AND activities! Absolutely love the food truck festival one! We actually have a good amount of food trucks in Nashville, finally. Every Summer there's a small music festival, and all the food trucks line up on one street. I'll have to keep this in mind when it returns in August! I remember getting dressed for it last year and wondering, what should I even wear to this??

    ♥ perfectly Priya


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