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For day 10 of BEDS (Blogging Every Day in September), I’m sharing with you an outfit pairing featuring my first Belstaff item that I own. A few months ago, I shared on Insta-stories this Belstaff shirt and a few shopping tips when I’m out shopping for designer pieces. If you’ve missed it, I’m planning to do more in the future, so always check out what I post on Instagram.

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First off, let’s talk about this gorgeous silk shirt from Belstaff that I bought for 95% off. Belstaff is a British luxury fashion brand, so no surprise that the shirt’s original retail price is $875. I paid $45 and found it at the 90%+ with a ‘final sale’ sticker on it. Knowing some basic maths is important when you’re out shopping. (45/875*100%) = 5.14%. That’s the math that I do to determine how much it is on sale in comparison with its original price. I got this shirt for 95% off its original price. The shirt has tiny buttons across the front of the shirt with the brand ‘Belstaff’ on them. What I love most about the shirt is that it has these visible seams and carefully and thoughtful panels of fabric attached to make a shirt. In addition, it has a subtle shoulder padding effect, as I’d like to call, that makes the shirt look somewhat masculine regardless of the soft feminine silk fabric.

(45/875*100%) = 5.14%

That’s the math that I do to determine how much the item is on sale in comparison with its original price. The shirt was 5.14% worth compared to what it was original. Or on the other ahnd, I got this shirt for 95% off its original price. The shirt has tiny buttons across the front of the shirt with the brand ‘Belstaff’ on them. What I love most about the shirt is that it has these visible seams and carefully and thoughtful panels of fabric attached to make a shirt. In addition, it has a subtle shoulder padding effect, as I’d like to call, that makes the shirt look somewhat masculine regardless of the soft feminine silk fabric.

When shopping, I’d like to look for the care-instruction tag that is usually sewn on and attached at the inside seam. For example, one of my favorite types of fabric is silk. After looking at the price tag, I always look for the care instructions to confirm that it’s ‘100% silk.’ Silk is expensive for so many reasons, from the fabric itself to the making something from silk. I’ve sewn silk before, and every time it requires a new fresh needle to ensure that there is a smooth contact between the needle and the fabric itself. A blunt needle would pull on the thread and damage that silk piece. It’s a really high maintenance type of fabric and requires work to make sure its color and shape. So always read the care instruction label for silk aftercare. I wouldn’t suggest washing silk. And be really careful when wearing it and avoid staining at all cost. When you do have stains, sweat under armpit stain, then hand wash only that area. Do not throw it in the washer and hope for the best. Trust me! I’ve paid lots for silk and have also ruined quite a few silk pieces in my life! Regardless, I love silk from the look to the feel and appreciate a good piece of silk dress or shirt.

ABOUT THIS OUTFIT:

I’ve paired down this expensive silk shirt with a pair of Levi’s cut-off shorts and some wrap sandals. I bought these shorts at a local shop in the Ballard area, about 30 minutes drive North from downtown Seattle this spring. I couldn’t remember the shop name, but it’s just a few blocks away from the Walrus and the Carpenter, my favorite restaurant in the area. This tiny shop acquires tons of vintage clothes, local arts, and lots of western-cowboy inspired pieces. I’m pretty sure my shorts are the cut-off from the longer length ones. They’re not high-waisted enough on me but redone Levi’s are everything at the moment.

Uhm, who is watching and low-key envious of those who are invited to NYFW? I follow a few bloggers and have been watching their Insta-stories and vlogs, all about the Fashion Week these days. I wish one day that I get a chance to attend. But anyways, back to reality is that I have exactly one week living here in Minnesota, guys! I’m moving to the West Coast. Details of where and what will be announced here on the blog after my move. It’s going to be super busy as I already have plans to see my friends, one at a time, for the last time pretty much every day of the week. I’m secretly jumping and screaming for happiness inside since moving out to the West Coast has been one of my dreams for a very long time.

dreams do come true,

so dream big!

Hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday! See you tomorrow!

as always | stay inspired

An Trieu.

OUTFIT DETAILS: shirt: Belstaff (similar silk shirts, linked below) | shorts: Levi’s | sandals: Zara | earrings: Mango

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