The Solitary Cyclist

I was drawn to this sweater because the puff sleeves and long cuffs remind me of those Edwardian cycling sweaters. I love Edwardian fashion, and I am a cyclist, so of course I snapped this up. It isn’t exactly right (the lack of a high neck is quite noticeable), but that couldn’t stop me from pairing it with my Edwardian-inspired wool skirt and titling this post after a Sherlock Holmes story. I’m not quite brave enough for a pair of bloomers though…

Forever Autumn

This is one of those outfits that require no thoughts from me – it just came together, down to the boots and the brooch. Does it look more like a fall outfit than a winter outfit? Yes, but when your closet is filled with brown hues like mine, everyday is autumn, and I’m going to enjoy the cold weather as long as it lasts. However, with the Lunar New Year only two weeks away, it looks like the cold is not going to last long. I don’t know what it is about the lunar calendar, but the weather always corresponds to it much better than it does to the solar calendar. It may only be mid-January, but already it is getting more humid and the trees are putting out new leaves. Ah well. The cold weather has had a good run.

SIA Inspiration: Rembrandt

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and she picked an absolute classic:

This, of course, is Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh. Terri wanted to pick something from the Dutch Golden Age; plus, there are a lot of interesting textures to work with – the velvet, the lace, the fur, the feather, etc. – and there’s a hat too! I can’t wait to see everyone comes up with. Remember to send your outfit to Terri ( by next Tuesday, January 25th. Have fun!

The Professor

Last week I posted an outfit with this gold velvet waistcoat, which is a bit big on me. Well, I finally figured out how to make it fit better – I (very badly) sewed two darts in the back, and voila, it fits! For the outfit, I tried to evoke a three-piece suit – I’ve always loved the look of three-piece suits, but I don’t think I would want to wear them very often. I love pattern-mixing too much to wear a suit that is all one pattern and color. This outfit, which not only mixes patterns but textures as well, is much more my style. I thought about adding a brooch to make it even more “me”, but in the end, decided that the outfit is busy enough.

SIA: Sweet Dreams

Welcome to our first SIA challenge of 2022! This week’s inspiration is “Sweet Dreams” by Rus Khasanov, and we have a great selection from both new and seasoned participants, so let’s get started!

First up is Shelbee, who sent in not just one, but two outfits, featuring tie-dyed and paint-splattered tops:

Up next is Reni, who was inspired by the black-and-gold section of the video. She also chose a ruffled dress to mimic the movements of the video:

Marsha is a new participant, and she chose a colorful printed dress to reflect the colors in the video. Welcome to SIA, Marsha!

Michelle found the perfect top:

My co-host, Terri, built her outfit around this amazing scarf:

And finally, here’s me:

Big thanks to everybody for participating! Remember to come back next week to see what Terri picks for the next challenge!