I have to admit that this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tapestry” by Sam Gilliam, really stumped me. It features a lot of colors, and I don’t have anything that colorful in my closet. My attempts at combining different colors just looked random. Then I suddenly remembered my socks – they’re certainly colorful, but are they enough? Finally, I decided to pick the loudest pair of socks I have as an accent and base the rest of the outfit on textures instead – the artwork itself is smooth, but I like how the different panels and colors seem to give it a sense of texture, so I chose my wool sweater and this new pair of corduroy pants to reflect that. Plus, the cream of the sweater and the mustard yellow of the pants can also be found in the piece, and if you look closely, there are flecks of different colors on my sweater as well.

And that’s why I love SIA – it allows you to think differently and creatively about your outfit. Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog later in the week to see other outfits inspired by this artwork!

SIA Inspiration: Sam Gilliam

It’s Kim’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This piece, titled “Tapestry“, is the work of Sam Gilliam, a lyrical abstractionist. I’ve never heard of him before, but a look through his works show some really interesting colors and textures, just like with this piece. I have no idea what I’m going to do for the outfit – I have no saturated colors to speak of in my closet – but I’m intrigued to see what everybody comes up with. Remember to send your outfits to Kim (fiercefashionblog@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, December 3rd, to be included in the round-up. Have fun!

Striped Embroideries

For this week’s SIA, inspired by an 18th-century embroidery sample, I immediately knew I’d wear this embroidered sweatshirt. The bottom, however, required a bit of thinking. I could pair it with my black or gray jeans and be done with it, but I wanted to do something a little different, so in the end, I decided to layer the sweatshirt on top of this striped dress to reflect the striped background of the sample. Finishing off is my trusted pair of embroidered boots, just in case there aren’t enough embroideries in this outfit.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog for more outfits inspired by this work!

SIA Inspiration: Jean-Francois Bony

This week, Daenel is our SIA host, and here is her pick for the inspiration:

It’s an embroidery sample in the style of Jean-Francois Bony, a French embroiderer and silk manufacturer famous for being the fabric designer for Marie Antoinette and Napoleon. Of course, the embroidery itself is the main focus, but I think the stripes of the background fabric could also be an unexpected source of inspiration as well. Just remember to send your outfits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, November 18th. Enjoy!

SIA: Crocheted Leaves

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is Susanna Bauer’s crocheted leaves. We have a small group today, so let’s get to it.

First up is my co-host Daenel, who picked an embroidered sweatshirt and brown boots to reflect the crochet and the leaves:

My other co-host, Kim, found inspiration from the rust tones and finished her outfit with a crocheted necklace:

Leslie chose a printed blouse to mimic the crochet, paired with her knitted brown cardigan. Check out her blog to see the rest of her outfit, including a pair of western boots!

And finally, here’s me:

Thank you to everybody for participating! Don’t forget to check back next week for a new piece of inspiration, courtesy of Daenel.

SIA Inspiration: Susanna Bauer

It is my turn to host SIA, and here’s my pick:

These crocheted leaves are the work of German-born, UK-based artist Susanna Bauer. You can see more of her work here and here (she also works with stone and wood.) As fall has finally arrived, I thought they’d make for a fun, seasonally appropriate SIA inspiration. The colors are neutral, but there are a lot of interesting textures to replicate in an outfit. Just remember to send your outfits to me by next Tuesday, November 5th. I’m looking forward to them! Have fun!


I had a different outfit planned for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edouard Manet’s “Autumn (Study of Mery Laurent)“. Unfortunately, I’d spent the entire last week laid up in bed with the flu (I still haven’t fully recovered yet), so I had to make do with an outfit from the week before last instead. It doesn’t have the dark, rich brown or the floral touches of the inspiration painting, but at least it has the blue and the brown, and under these circumstances, it’s the best I can do.

Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog tomorrow to see other outfits inspired by this painting!