Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman

(Sorry for the pretentious title. I couldn’t help it!)

This week’s SIA inspiration, a portrait by South African artist Juanita Mulder, is a challenge for me, because it contains mostly bright, primary colors – red, blue, yellow, with quite a bit of black and white – which I haven’t worn in a while (except for the black and white, of course.) But I’ve never let that stop me before. Either I would find something else in the painting to inspire me, or I would find a way to sell my outfit even if it is only marginally connected to the inspiration at best.

In the end, I went with the bold, graphic quality of the painting (which means lots of stripes) and recreated the colors in darker, more subdued shades – maroon instead of red, navy instead of blue, and brown instead of yellow. At the last minute, I also threw on my leather jacket. The painting doesn’t feature a lot of black, but a leather jacket seems right somehow, because the woman looks so defiant, and to me, that means a leather jacket. I believe the spirit of the painting is there in my outfit, even though it’s not an exact replica (told you I would sell it :P)

Don’t forget to swing by Jen’s blog for the full round-up of other looks inspired by this portrait.

Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Jacket: Zara, Scarf: gift, Boots: hand-me-down

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One Comment on “Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman”

  1. Mike says:

    And how well you sold it, Salazar. I think that you did a great job. I sort of struggled with this one too and I had to look deep in my closet to find the plaid jacket (as you’ve probably seen in the round-up). Our color palettes are more neutral (well, mine’s just plain dark mostly) but we always manage to pull off these more colorful looks too.
    The blue stripes just seem to bring out the true “spirit” of your whole outfit. They juxtapose nicely with the painting; horizontal stripes for a vertical-type painting. Well done!


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