SIA Inspiration: Textile Sample

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick of the inspiration:

It’s a piece of silk sample from the 1920s. It’s fairly simple, but the colors and the prints (flowers and butterflies) are really fun. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember to send your outfit to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, August 27th, to be included in the round-up!


SIA: Star Catchers

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is “The Star Catcher” by Spanish surrealist Remedios Varo:

Let’s get to our participants! First up is Mike, who braved the heat to wear a sweater (gods, even the thought of a sweater is enough for me to break out in heat rash right now), because it works so well to mimic the painting:

My SIA co-host Kim chose this amazing fringe cardigan to mimic the “flaming look” in the painting:

Up next, my other co-host Daenel managed to find a lovely gold top for her outfit – the lace and the color are spot-on:

Up next, Leslie chose a striped T-shirt and open-weave cardigan to represent the radiating lights in the painting:

And finally, here’s me:

That’s it for another SIA challenge. I love how everybody seems to go for a similar silhouette, yet how different all the outfits are. And that’s the fun of SIA! Make sure to come back next week for Daenel’s pick of the inspiration!

Star Catcher

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Remedios Varo’s “Star Catcher“. It’s not as… exuberant as the painting, but I did try to evoke some exuberance with my wide-leg, high-waist pants. The star of the outfit (pun totally intended), though, is this blouse. It’s printed with stars, so of course I had to build the entire outfit around it. I may not have anything in a checkerboard pattern, but this blouse is so perfect for SIA that I’m not complaining.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this amazing painting!

SIA Inspiration: Remedios Varo

It’s my turn to host SIA this week, and I have to admit, I had a difficult time deciding on an artwork. School starts again next week, and as I was looking through my old assignments from college and grad school for ideas for my class this semester, I came across this:

This very striking painting is called “The Star Catcher” by Spanish artist Remedios Varo, one of the few acknowledged female surrealist painters of the early 20th century. What was it doing amongst my old school work, you may ask? I actually used it for my Story Generation class, in which you have to pick an image, a song, or a poem and write a story inspired by it. I came across this somewhere and wrote an Andersen-esque story named, you guess it, “The Star Catcher” (I’m not very good with titles), about a young woman whose job is to catch fallen stars and fix them up into new ones.

So that’s the roundabout way of how this painting came to be our inspiration for this week’s SIA. The colors are muted – mostly black and brown with touches of white and golden yellow, but the shape of the dress and the checkerboard pattern on the floor could provide a source of inspiration as well. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, August 13th. Enjoy!

The Siesta

This week’s SIA inspiration stumped me a little bit, because I wanted to include all the colors in the painting (Paul Gauguin’s “The Siesta”), and I do have most of those colors in my wardrobe, but they don’t necessarily go well together in an outfit. I then decided to concentrate on just one of the women in the painting – the one in the foreground, in the purple-pink top, navy skirt, and hat with a polka-dot band. My purple tunic is actually perfect for it, but it’s a little dressy for casual, summer wear, so in the end, I went for a simple tee-and-shorts outfit. I paired it with my cognac sandals to mimic the touch of orangy brown in the painting (can’t leave out all the other colors) and wrapped my scarf around my mom’s hat to complete the look. Not an exact match, but for SIA these days, I tend to aim for wearable, real-world outfits rather than matching the inspiration exactly, so I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfit inspired by this painting!

SIA Inspiration: Paul Gauguin

It’s Kim’s turn to host SIA, and she picked the perfect painting for the height of summer, Paul Gauguin’s “The Siesta“:

This is the first time we featuer Gauguin on SIA, so I’m pretty excited. There are many colors and patterns here to choose from – you can mimic one of the women (I’m eyeing that purple blouse and the indigo skirt), or you can take inspiration from the entire painting. Just remember to send your outfit to Kim ( by next Tuesday, July 30th. Enjoy!

Floral Pocket

When I saw this week’s inspiration for SIA, a floral embroidered pocket from the 18th century, I knew I was going to wear my embroidered blouse. What to pair with it is another matter though. At first, I wanted to pick out some colors from the embroidery, but I’d already wear this blouse with my green pants (and for SIA too). In the end, I decided to go the easy route and wear my black pants because of the black background. It wasn’t until I uploaded these photos that I remembered my yellow culottes – which would look interesting as well. But never mind. I wore this to my second proctoring session, and yellow pants might be too distracting for the students. Black is a better choice.

Don’t forget to drop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun piece!