SIA Inspiration: James NcNeill Whistler

It’s Jess’ turn to pick the inspiration for SIA, and she goes with something more neutral this time, “At the Piano” by James McNeill Whistler (you know, the guy famous for that painting of his mom):

It’s simple, but there are still tons of details and textures you can use for your outfits, and the red and white are very seasonal too. Just remember to send your submissions to Jess (animatedcardigan@gmail.com) by next Monday, December 15th. Enjoy!


Capsule Outfit #31

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This isn’t what it looks like.

Actually, no. This is exactly what it looks like – I got another sweater for the capsule. I don’t even have any excuse for buying it, I just liked it. And as I was trying to think about which piece I could replace in the capsule, I realized I may be going about this whole “building a capsule wardrobe” thing the wrong way. Yeah, I admit it. If this was an experiment, then my method was incorrect from the get-go, and the experiment would be bound to fail.

Here is what I came up with: I shouldn’t start by picking out an arbitrary number of items that I think are going to work. It failed because I couldn’t possibly predict what the weather was going to be like, and something I thought was great three months ago may not fit me that well now. Instead, what I should do is to wear all the things from my closet as usual, and at the end of that season, pick out the items that I wear the most, and put those into my capsule. My goal is to build a cohesive year-round closet, so culling would certainly make more sense than picking blindly.

But I still have a month left in this Fall/Winter capsule, and I’m going to stick with it. I just won’t bother with maintaining the “40 items” anymore. And for the Winter/Spring capsule, I’m going to try this new method, to see how well it turns out. What do you guys think? If you have tried a capsule (or are doing it now), is there any piece of insight you can share?

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Sweater: local shop, Shirt: Esprit, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: vintage


Capsule Outfit #30

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So I had to teach a class in front of the school’s faculty today, and this is what I chose to wear: the blazer says “professional” to the faculty (I hope), but the white jeans and striped shirt say “fun” to the students (again, I hope). But then again, I’m always showing Pixar movies and British comedies and having lengthy discussions about the Marvel cinematic universe vs. DC, so I guess the students know what kind of instructor I am already.

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Shirt: Forever21, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Boots: Topshop, Scarf: hand-me-down


Parade/Capsule Outfit #29

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So, for those of you who celebrate it, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? Filled with good food and good company, I hope? For me it was just a normal weekend, but the nice thing about working for a US company is that you get the US holiday off too, so I did have some slow time to catch up on my TV shows and my books.

Anyway, here’s my entry for this week’s SIA, inspired by the short film “Parade or Here They Are Coming Down Our Street” by Charles and Ray Eames. The piece is so rich in colors and textures that I had a hard time deciding where to pull my inspiration from, but after watching it again, I saw this clown figure and this Japanese carriage:

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I decided to put the two together, using my polka dot chambray shirt and my dad’s Japanese scarf. I then added my floral ankle boots because hey, some more patterns and colors won’t hurt, right? And better yet, I managed to stick to my capsule wardrobe! Win-win.

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Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog for more interpretations of this awesome piece of inspiration!

Shirt: tailor, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Betts, Scarf: borrowed from my dad


Capsule Outfit #28

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Yes, yes, another replacement, I know. But after taking out my navy cable knit sweater last week, I’ve noticed how worn it is, all pilling and gross, so I replaced it with this sweatshirt. And when I say “replaced”, I didn’t just mean in my capsule wardrobe, I mean in my closet as well. I demoted the cable knit sweater to the rank of “around the house” clothes, which includes stuff I wear when I’m at home and maybe to run a quick errand. Sweats, if you will.

I’m slowly refining my closet now, separating it into things that I would wear now, and things that still fit and are wearable but not I don’t like enough to be worn to work or to go out. Because that’s my goal behind the capsule wardrobes – hopefully, after doing a few of them for all seasons, I can figure out a solid, cohesive “work clothes” closet that doesn’t make me go “I don’t know what to wear!” every morning.

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Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: Icing, Boots: Topshop


Capsule Outfit #27

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I actually took these photos almost two weeks ago, but between the busy schedule and the Pantone Color Challenge, I just forgot about them, so here you go, a 10-day-old outfit. It’s actually too warm  for something like this now, but I don’t mind. I know I always wish for it to be cold, but then I remember the cold is only fun for about a week, so I’m going to enjoy the nice weather while I can.

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Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Aldo, Scarf: hand-me-down


SIA Inspiration: Eames

For this week’s SIA inspiration, Jen picks something really different – a short film by husband-and-wife duo, Charles and Ray Eames. You may know them best for their architecture and furniture designs, but they also made several short films together, one of which is this 1952 piece, “Parade or Here They Are Coming Down Our Street”:

This is awesome, not just because it’s the first “moving picture” inspiration for SIA, but also because there are so many colors and patterns and textures in the film that we can interpret. I’m also including here a few screencaps for reference:

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So if you want to participate, send your outfit photos and/or post to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday, December (!!!) 1st. I’m super excited about this one. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!