The Drawing Lesson

Here’s my outfit for the first SIA challenge of 2023, inspired by “The Drawing Lesson” by Jan Steen. This one is a bit of a challenge for me, because there are so many details and colors in the painting that I had no idea where to begin. Eventually, I went with the lady’s outfit of pink top and golden yellow bottom, and added some colors and patterns with my velvet blazer. My belt and boots are also a nod to the rich cognac color of the furniture and the musical instruments in the room. So, not a very imaginative interpretation, but I’m happy with the result.

SIA Inspiration: Jan Steen

Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2023! It’s Terri’s turn to host, and she picks a classical work as the inspiration:

This is “The Drawing Lesson” by Jan Steen, a 17th-century Dutch painter known for his colorful paintings of everyday scenes. The rich colors and details here are ripe to be interpreted in an outfit (though I have no idea what I’m going to wear yet), and I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with. Remember to send your outfits to Terri ( by next Tuesday, January 17th. Have fun!

A Year In Review: Favorite SIA Challenges Of 2022

Here we are, another year gone. As usual, let’s take a look at some of my favorite things in 2022, starting with Style Imitating Art challenges! We’ve had a lot of great artworks this year, but here are my favorites (some I picked because I like the inspirations, others because I like the outfits):

The first one is inspired by Rus Khasanov’s “Sweet Dreams”. The video is so gorgeous, and I was quite happy with my interpretation of it:

This one, inspired by Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”, was a super quick and easy outfit:

This one, inspired by Christi Belcourt’s “The Mystery of Water”, is a very loose interpretation, but I’m quite pleased with it:

This one, inspired by Anne M. Bray’s “Scrappy Squares”, is a “proper” SIA interpretation, in that I took careful consideration of the artwork and reflected each element of it in each piece of my outfit, and I was super happy with the end result:

This one, inspired by Carl Larsson’s “Karin at the Shore”, because it allowed me to make the most out of my waistcoat for a bit of summer layering:

This one, inspired by Childe Hasam’s “Strawberry Tea Set”, is just pretty:

This one, inspired by Keith Haring’s “Tree of Life”. I like my interpretation of it, which took inspiration from the original artwork but stayed close to my personal style:

This one, inspired by by the Untitled Film Stills project of Cindy Sherman. The artwork is unusual (we don’t often feature photos on SIA), and I do like how my outfit turned out:

This one, inspired by Juan Gris’s “The Guitar”, because I like the different textures and the menswear-inspired look of the outfit:

And finally this one, inspired by Andres Valencia’s “Tom and Jenny”, again because of the menswear angle:

What a fun year of SIA! I’m looking forward to seeing more challenges in 2023, and don’t forget to check back after the New Year for a new inspiration!

SIA: Golfing Cats

Welcome to the last SIA challenge of 2022! Our inspiration this week is Louis Wain’s illustrations of cats playing golf, and everybody came out in fine style. Let’s get to it!

First up is Reni, who took inspiration from the kilt-wearing cat and put together her own outfit including a hat!

Up next is my co-host, Shelbee, who chose these boots to mimic the cat’s gaiters/spats, and of course, she had to wear a hat:

Michelle chose not to go with the plaid, but her cozy jacket, boots, and hat perfectly reflected the colors of the illustrations:

My other co-host, Terri, went with a vintage 49er Pendleton jacket for the plaid, a red beret (natch), and a golf club!

Sally didn’t wear a hat (thank God, I thought I was the only one that went hatless for this challenge), but she did include a golf club and some Alice in Wonderland touches, because the illustrations remind her of the croquet scene:

And finally, here’s me:

What a fun way to conclude a year of SIA! Big thanks to everybody for participating, not just in this round but in SIA throughout the year. We’ll be back after the New Year, so don’t forget to come back for a new inspiration!

Putt, Putt, Swing

Full disclosure: I have two outfits for this week’s SIA, but one of them – the one with the pants – is an old one that I actually wore earlier this year and completely forgot about. I only stumbled upon when I went digging through my old photo folders. By a stroke of luck, it worked perfectly well for the cat-and-golf theme of the artwork (the plaid pants are reminiscent of vintage golf attire, and the cat sweater is self-explanatory), so I used it to build my actual SIA outfit, with the same sweater and also with plaid but a skirt instead of pants. And in the illustrations, the cats are wearing both trousers and kilts anyway, so both outfits work.

(In an unrelated note, these boots completely bit the dust after I took these photos. Luckily I have another pair of brown lace-up boots, but those have a bit of a heel so they’re not as comfy.)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!