It’s another week of SIA, and everybody brought out their best neutrals to interpret “Cat on a Chair” by Théophile Steinlen. Hit it, ladies (and gentleman)!
First, we have Mike, a long-time reader of 14 Shades of Grey. He’s participated in the challenge hosted by Jen a couple of weeks ago, and he’s now back with this simple look. I love how the background mimics the background of the painting too:
Jen’s breezy summer outfit has a lot of great details – like the beading on her tunic and the woven straps of her sandals – to reflect the painting. Check out her post for close-ups as well as pictures of her cats:
Jen’s friend and co-worker, Stephanie, doesn’t have a lot of warm-weather neutrals (I have the opposite problem) but she still managed to put together this sharp look:
Kezzie thinks she looks too twee, but I’d say she looks adorable, as always. And the tweed is the perfect match to the tabby cat:
Alison adds the perfect Art Nouveau touch to her minimalist outfit with this awesome Klimt scarf:
And finally, here’s me:
And that wraps up another successful SIA! Big thanks to everybody for participating, and check back next week for another new inspiration, courtesy of Jen.
This is the third SIA challenge in a row that I interpreted with a t-shirt, baggy pants, and flats. And I’m not going to change that any time soon because school’s out for the summer, so why not be comfortable, right? Besides, this is the sartorial interpretation of a cat on a chair, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for the feel of the painting if I wasn’t in something lazy and comfortable. It is a little bright compared to the inspiration painting, “Cat on a Chair” by Theophile Steinlen, but between the striped shirt (yes, another striped shirt. You can never have too many striped shirts, I always say), the gray pants, and brown sandals, I think it’s pretty close. I didn’t have either of my cats in the photos with me because they were busy sunning themselves and would get cranky if I woke them up, so I put on my cat brooch instead :D
If you want to participate in SIA, there is still time to send me your submission; otherwise, check back tomorrow for the full round-up post!
T-shirt: Forever21, Pants: Mango, Sandals: gift, Brooch: local shop
These pants are ridiculously comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that I bought two pairs in different colors. I never do that! But wouldn’t you buy multiples too, when you find pants that feel just like pajamas but are nice enough to be worn outside the house (wonky rolled cuffs notwithstanding)? I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot more of them on the blog in the future.
Also, the bracelet is kind of an afterthought, but my outfits have been monochromatic for quite some time now, so I thought I should add some colors back in small doses. Speaking of which, I was looking through my archives the other day and saw a post where I complained that an outfit is “too monochromatic” so I added in two pops of color. I really have come full circle, haven’t I?
Shirt: Esprit, Pants: Mango, Sandals: gift, Bracelet: thrifted
And a wrap-up of my outfits this week:
When I did closet inventory back in March, I didn’t include these shorts because they didn’t fit me that well, and I only wore them once last summer. This summer, though, the weather has been so incredibly hot that I decided to give the shorts another go, and lo and behold, they fit me again! That shows how hot it’s been – I’ve lost at least a couple of pounds of water weight due to the heat. The weight will return in the winter, but for now, welcome back, shorts.
T-shirt: American Eagle, Shirt: Esprit, Short: tailor, Sandals: gift
Today’s outfit looked better in the mirror than it did in photos. That usually happens to me. I put together an outfit, check it in the mirror, and think it’s all good, only to hate it when I see the photos afterward. And I was being stubborn in trying this skirt again with flats. Well, I think I can safely conclude now that this skirt + flats is not a good combo. If it was shorter or longer, then maybe flats may work, but it hits my Shetland pony legs at such an awkward spot that it definitely needs heels.
T-Shirt: American Eagle, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: gift, Belt: from a Miss Sixty dress
Last summer, before I started my first version of the capsule wardrobe, I put together a few outfits using just the leftovers that didn’t make it into the capsule. One of them featured this skirt paired with my old chambray shirt, but I wasn’t happy with it because the shirt was too baggy and the flats looked wrong with the skirt length.
Since then I haven’t worn the skirt again – the print is a bit tricky to style and a bit too loud for work – but now that I can wear more casual stuff, I decided to give it another try. I paired it with a chambray shirt again, but the more fitted shirt and the heeled sandals are much better with the skirt, right? 4 years of style blogging, and I’m still amazed at how shoes can make or break an outfit.
Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sandals: Clarks
Last week I wore a cat shirt for SIA, so this week I decided to just follow my cat lady’s instinct and pick a cat painting as inspiration:
This is “Chat sur un Fauteuil” (Cat on a Chair) by Théophile Steinlen, the French Art Noveau painter and printmaker, and a man after my own heart, because he is most known for his cat figures – in prints, paintings, drawings, and sculptures too. You may recognize his poster for Le Chat Noir, which started Steinlen’s career.
In the end, though, I picked this painting instead of his more recognizable posters, because it looks just like my own cat, from the coloring to the posture and the expression:
Of course, the neutral color scheme is also a plus, and I think there are enough interesting textures and lines here for interpretation (you could even do something feline-inspired, like a leopard print.) So get inspired, put together an outfit, and send them to me by next Monday, June 29th. Bonus point if you have a cat with you!