Denim jumper: Forever 21, black mesh top: Old Navy from all the way back in college, lace necklace: Tree & Kimball, bag: Queen Bee Creations, shoes: Sogo Zhongxiao's shoe department
The star of my outfit today is definitely my Henrietta necklace from Etsy store Tree & Kimball, which is run by a designer for Anthropologie. I love it to bits and the fact that she mentioned Henry Darger in its description sold me right off the bat.
I forgot to flick my hair out of the way in the above photo, but this one gives you a better sense of how the necklace works with my outfit. I found Tree & Kimball while searching "vintage collar" at Etsy. I have a small selection of vintage collars right now and I'm planning to do a post on how they extend my wardrobe.
I've had this jumper and this mesh top since before I moved to Taipei in 2007. I found the mesh top in Old Navy's pajama department way back in college. It's the perfect thing for layering in the summer because it's very cool, stretchy, 100% nylon and gives me the upper-arm coverage I desire (meaty, fluorescent white biceps run in my mom's family. Seriously, when the sun glints off their paleness, passersby are momentarily blinded.). I've been looking for more of these thin tops. I saw that American Apparel had a mini-dress version (link is NSFW!), but when I tried it on, the nylon felt weird, hard and plasticky -- definitely not good for summer in Taiwan. I'll continue to search, but most mesh tops I find are either a) swimsuit cover-ups, b) covered with crystal studs or c) have a spider web design, are attached to a crushed velvet bodice and sold at Hot Topic.
My denim jumper was one of my last purchases before I moved and has held up surprisingly well considering that it's from Forever 21. Well, a couple of the buttons did fall off and it took me a year to sew them back on because I am that lazy. I did go to a quilting store and buy some thread wax today, so now with the promise of more manageable thread, I might actually get some more mending/altering done!