My sister and I make the trip to Chinatown once in a while to have dim sum at the ever-packed China Pearl. Even though it’s a little bit of a trek from Cambridge, steamed shrimp dumplings and shumai galore win everytime. Dim sum is served the traditional way — pushed around and delivered to each table by little trolleys, accompanied by lots of clatter and chatter. China Pearl’s food isn’t amazing, but satisfies my cravings for a piece of home.
Boston’s Chinatown is a place of many layers — red brick, murals, gritty concrete, large neon signs, and of course the adorable old couples shuffling along with bok-choy-bunches in hand.
This week’s outfit features a dash of color: navy-and-red plaid pants. Plaid is often associated with the laid-back, I’m-too-lazy-to-think-of-an-outfit look. Or maybe it conjures up images of school uniforms and lumberjacks. I had the same skepticism when my boyfriend showed me these plaid pants at Zara. However, I was surprised to find that when tailored well and paired with the right boots, they can look sharp and feminine.
I’m also getting a lot of use out of this Reformation coat and Zara white v-neck blouse. If you’re hunting for a coat that you can throw on any outfit, look put-together, and still beat the cold, this one could be a front-runner. It’s on the pricey side, but should last you many seasons. The blouse goes with anything and is the perfect layering piece; its sheer sleeves and flattering neckline give it interesting detail.
China Pearl’s hall of mirrors even allows for a quick touch-up after eating way too much dim sum:
This outfit has also been proven to be Chinese supermarket-friendly. 😉
the reformation sabel coat
zara v-neck blouse
zara plaid pants, similar here
zara block heel ankle boots
chloe drew bag
photography by the amazing alice xiang