Layering in summer? Yes, it’s possible. Wearing this easy breezy vest my colleagues bought for my birthday. Read more on www.dilekaspires.com

SUMMER LAYERS

I’M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE whose brain plays imaginary background music when it’s not socially acceptable to completely cut out other unnecessary sounds with my earphones, so it’s really important for me to have clothes that compliment every minute of this stage performance we call life. Continue reading...

ONE DAY IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE

The following text may contain exaggerations for comic effect. I PACK HEAVY. It really doesn’t matter if I am going away for days or just going to buy bread from the local store. That’s what makes me the mommy character in any group I am in. Oh, you need water? Snacks? Wet wipes? Band...

ONE SKIRT, FOUR SEASONS

I RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN AN Instagram discussion about the so-called Instagram outfit repeat aka would you post the same outfit twice on your feed? {Reference: Who What Wear Instagram} I never thought of it as being an actual concern. Continue reading...

Wearing a white backpack, gray skirt, and color-shifting slip ons on www.dilekaspires.com

THE PERFECT SNAP

THERE IS SOMETHING INEXPLICABLY exciting about donning on a new role. The concept of new  is always accompanied with a sense of unfamiliarity and the moment of initial discovery makes us excited about the possible outcomes from getting more comfortable with that role. Continue reading...

Wearing a Brax short with a wild orchid print and a white skirt designed by me. A pink and white outfit for my birthday post.Carpisa Bag. Suite Blanco sandals.

1/4 OF A CENTURY

ALTHOUGH I PRIDE MYSELF ON being an effective multitasker, sometimes life decides to troll me by throwing figurative rocks at me in the form of unexpected responsibilities, rushed deadlines, and dropped energy levels due to the summer heat. Continue reading...

A SUMMER STORY

Unlike most humans, I am not a fan of baking under the sun more popularly known as tanning. I am not exaggerating when I say that tan lines are to me what stretch marks are to most women – stress. Continue reading...

BLOOM

“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” - Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada An overused Devil Wears Prada quote to start my text for a post featuring a floral dress? Groundbreaking. Well, cliché or not, here I am, counting the last days of spring in a floral-printed dress I made back in 2014. Actually, that’s a lie....

VINTAGE-Y

WHEN I WEAR CLOTHES THAT have seen more seasons that I have and I am asked about where they are from, I always find myself conflicted on how to answer. Continue reading...

KIMONO TOP

“You look like you came back from a vacation in an Asian country!” a friend exclaimed when she met me wearing this kimono top. It was not the effect I was going for while making it, but if it gives away an authentic vibe, I am cool with that. Continue reading...

CONTRAST

IN MY SEARCH FOR CONVENIENCE and tactics on how to be a more efficient outfit planner in the morning, I somehow started gravitating towards neutrals and more washed-out tones. I started appreciating the adaptive nature of neutrals and their ability to make outfit planning a lot less time consuming. Continue reading...

ZARA BACKPACK

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso THERE WAS A TIME WHEN we thought that people in their twenties were adults, or that being an adult entailed having everything figured out. It takes just a couple of years into your twenties...

WRAPPED IN VELVET

VELVET. A STRONG SHEEN and an unusual softness combined with centuries-long connection to nobility make it perfect for achieving comfortable luxury. Although the fabric made a successful comeback to the fashion scene, mainly in the form of bomber jackets and ankle boots, it’s still uncertain whether it can fully infiltrate daily wear. Continue reading...

THE SECRET TO MASTERING THE PAJAMA TREND

I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTIVE of the practice of repurposing clothes. When the slip dress suddenly resurfaced few years ago and made the jump from your grandma’s drawer and onto the hottest trendsetters, I can’t say I was impressed. It felt like a desperate attempt at innovation, a silent cry for attention. Continue reading...

EPHEMERAL

...from the top of the crown, floating through the air, and all the way to the ground. Beauty is indeed fleeting.... THE ADVENT OF THE INTERNET opened a window to gazing at the rest of the world from the comfort of our bedroom. No sooner after that window was opened, like a chilling wind,...

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