It’s my turn to host SIA, and here is my pick:
This is “Sunspots” by Swiss artist Cuno Amiet, who is considered a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland. I was just browsing on WikiArt when it caught my eyes, due to the impressionistic, graphic way the dappled sunlight is depicted, and the strong shades of green throughout the painting. I know it’s mid-September, but it’s still quite warm over here, and green still has a welcomed cooling effect to me. So put together an outfit and send it to me by next Tuesday, September 20th. Have fun!
… from my sister. This one is actually from the same collection as my lotus-embroidered tunic. I bought the tunic and my sister bought the dress, but she said after she wore it a few times, the dress didn’t feel “her” somehow, so she passed it to me. Well, I don’t think it feels very “me” either (I prefer something with a collar, to be honest), but at least it fits my wardrobe more. And it gives me an opportunity to wear a necklace, which I haven’t done in so long – with the embroideries, a brooch feels too much, but that neckline is just the right shape for a necklace.
At the risk of sounding like the most basic ever, beige really is my color. Or, more exactly, it’s my light neutral color. Pure white is too harsh on my skin, and while cream/ivory works too, there’s something about beige that really balances out my yellow undertone and makes me look not so sallow or pale anymore – and this top is a prime example of that (yes, it’s an entire beige outfit, but I’m talking about things close to my face.) However, as I tend to reach for darker colors, plus pure white are always the go-to light neutral in most shops, I don’t have a lot of beige tops in my closet. I need to remember this the next time I reach for yet another white broderie anglaise top.
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Keith Haring’s “Tree of Life“, I knew I had to go a bit interpretative because I have nothing in my wardrobe that can reflect the painting accurately. I have nothing in those colors, even. After digging around, I came up with this William Morris waistcoat – the leaf print is certainly reminiscent of the “tree” in the painting, and the colors are quite similar as well, only in more muted tones. I layered it with my maroon dress, which miraculously matches the background of the waistcoat. It’s still too warm for layering, but the waistcoat is light enough, so it wasn’t too bad early in the morning. Basically, I took a Pop Art painting and turned it into an Arts and Crafts outfit instead. But hey, that’s the fun of SIA, right?
Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!