Abigail Rose

This week’s SIA, inspired by the 18th-century anonymous portrait of Abigail Rose, took me some thinking. Not because I wasn’t sure what to wear, but rather because I’d already worn an outfit that would’ve been perfect for it – my Arthur Havisham costume a couple of weeks ago – and didn’t want to repeat myself. Plus, when the artwork is a portrait or features clothes of some kind, I’m always tempted to recreate the clothes exactly, which is not the most interesting approach, I find.

In the end, I went with the “rose” theme and pair this waistcoat (I knew I’d worn this shirt + waistcoat combo for the last SIA, but they just work) with my olive green culottes, which is the same color as the girl’s dress. My brooch is a nod to the Battersea box on the table, and my shoes have a touch of burgundy to reflect the red curtains on the wall. All in all, I’m quite happy with the outfit – you can see the influence of the painting but it’s not too obvious.

More 1940s Knitwear

I’m almost done with Foyle’s War, and after that, it’s on to the latest season of All Creatures Great and Small, which means that I’m nowhere done with 1940s knitwear yet (plus, the cold season in Hanoi has just started.) However, the weather remains annoyingly warm. Sure, it gets a bit crisp in the morning and after sunset, but during the day, it can get quite hot. So I have to resort to my usual tactic – layering, especially with waistcoats, sweater vests, and short-sleeve shirts. It satisfies my craving for cold-weather clothes without making me feel overheated.

The Librarian

I felt a bit like a dad in a Norman Rockwell painting in this outfit. Or maybe an old-fashioned newspaper editor. All I’m missing is a pipe, LOL. I don’t know why. It must be the combination of the striped shirt, the waistcoat, and the tie. This is the first non-floral tie I bought, and of course I got it because of the book print. So maybe I felt a bit like a librarian as well. I’m still figuring out how to mix-and-match my ties with the rest of my outfits; right now, I’m just buying them because the colors or patterns catch my eyes, but I think I’m going to be a bit more thoughtful and selective from now on. One in a solid color might work too, since I have so many patterned pieces in my closet.

SIA Inspiration: Portrait of Abigail Rose

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and here’s the artwork she picked:

This is called “Portrait of Abigail Rose, North Branford, Connecticut, 1786, at the Age of Fourteen” by an anonymous artist. It was sold in auction for over $1 million (!!!), but Terri picked it simply because of its quaintness and the many little details in it. Remember to send her (meadowtreestyle@gmail.com) your outfit by next Tuesday, November 15th. Enjoy!

A Dickensian Halloween

When it comes to Halloween costumes, I’m firmly in the camp of “practicality” over “accuracy”, meaning I would prefer to put together an outfit that I can wear on a normal day, using what I already have, and only inspired by the original, rather than putting together a cosplay look (see my Doctor Who costume or my “punk Eleven”-inspired outfit, for example.)

This year is no different. I knew there would be a gazillion Eddies, so even though I did wear my Hellfire shirt and leather jacket on Monday, I wanted to have a proper costume, and since my obsession with Joe Quinn is still very much alive and strong, I decided to go with another of his characters – Arthur Havisham from Dickensian. He has a lot of great Victorian dandy looks, but the show is so dark and dreary that you can’t see them properly most of the time. In the end, I went with this particular red jacket and floral waistcoat combo because you can actually see it in a behind-the-scene interview (I’m including the screenshot mostly because Joe’s smile is adorable) and I have items in my closet of similar colors. I know his trousers are dark gray, but these corduroy pants work better – again, practical over accurate – and I see them as a nod to his red velvet jacket too. Now, if I could only find a pocket watch and chain, it would be perfect.