For this week’s SIA, Erin picked a painting by Charles Demuth, an American artist known for a style of painting called “Precisionism”, or “Cubist Realism”:
This painting, titled “Spring“, actually depicts a more realistic subject matter than one might have thought at first glance – those different patterns are all sample swatches of spring fabric. Fun, right? And so much room for interpretation. Just remember to send your outfit to Erin (email@example.com) by next Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day!) to be included in the round-up.
This is the third sleeveless top + jeans + flat shoes outfit I’ve worn in two weeks. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’m pretty much running on autopilot these days (so many finals to grade, so many grades to enter into the system, and I’m working for the graduation committee again this year so there are all the thesis films and scripts to take care of, argh, why is the end of the semester always so busy). That’s why I’m glad to have a uniform of sort, to make the morning a little easier.
Top & Brooch: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Vagabond
Told you guys the outfits are going to be really simple these next few weeks, didn’t I? The heat and the approaching end of the semester mean that my mind doesn’t have much room left for interesting outfits. This one is actually one of the more interesting I wore this week, and it’s still very simple – I knew I wanted to wear these oxfords, and I happened to be listening to Belle & Sebastian at the time, so I figured, what the heck, let’s keep the rest of the outfit blue (with a bit of black). Basically, I used their song as inspiration for this outfit. It’s been a while since I had a song as my post title anyway.
Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Oxfords: Max Dorian
As soon as I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “A Young Girl Reading“, I knew that I would wear this top, since it’s one of the few yellow pieces that I have in my closet, and the lace trims and large collars can mimic the ruff and the bell sleeves of the girl’s dress. The dusky pink/lavender tone of her ribbons and of the cushion behind her is another matter though – I didn’t want to wear my pink skirt, since it’s too girly and I didn’t want to pair a girly skirt with a girly top.
In the end, I decided to wear my pink scarf as a kind of headband, and keep the rest of the outfit simple. I don’t usually wear headband or headscarf, but this adds a “1940’s/1950’s casual wear” to the outfit, which I like. Plus it’s super convenient in covering up second-day hair😛
And of course, I had to recreate the pose:
Remember to check out Jen’s blog for the full SIA round-up tomorrow!
I think the main reason I tend to wear mostly monochromatic looks during the warmer months is that it’s so much easier to have sensory overload when it’s hot out. Your brain and your body are already boiling, so there is no need to assault your eyes (or other people’s eyes) with bright colors as well.
We’ve just entered our first real heat wave of the summer, and while it’s still pretty tame compared to last year (the temperature hasn’t reached 100 yet, and the heat index is still only around 100 to 110), I’m already disinclined to wear anything other than neutrals, and even my accessories are more streamlined. Not that I’ve been wearing much of anything else lately, but I do apologize if it gets a little boring around here in the next month or so.
Top: Mango, Pants & Necklace: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond
This is one of those outfits that definitely looked better in my head. I like the idea of pairing sneakers with a midi skirt, but the hem of this skirt hits me at a really unflattering place when I’m wearing flats, so it just makes my legs look extra-stumpy. I’ve been reluctant to hem it (it used to be my mom’s) because I like the length, but now I think it needs at least a couple of inches off the hem, so that it falls just below my knees. That way I can wear it with heels if I want to, but I can wear it with flats too.
Top: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Necklace: local shop