SIA Inspiration: Christi Belcourt

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and since April is Earth Month, she picks an appropriately environmental painting:

This is called “The Mystery of Water” by Metis Canadian artist Christi Belcourt. It reflects her inspiration from the First Nations historical beadwork art and her environmentalist activism. I have no idea how I’m going to interpret this yet, but I can’t wait to experiment! Remember to send your outfits to Terri ( by next Tuesday, April 19th. Enjoy!

SIA: London Underground

Welcome to another week of SIA! This week, our inspiration is the 1924 posters for the London Underground by illustrator Austin Cooper, and we have a lot of diverse interpretations, so let’s get to them!

First up is my co-host, Shelbee, who chose gingham and color-blocking to reflect the posters. I must admit, gingham is a brilliant idea – I have tons of gingham things and didn’t even think of them!

Up next is my other co-host, Terri, who went with the blue-and-yellow contrast. I also love her pendant, which has the graphic quality of the posters:

Next is Reni, who also chose to interpret the posters in a color-blocked outfit. Isn’t her vest super cool or what?

Michelle went with the “cooler” poster – check out the crocheted flowers on her pants!

Sally also chose the “cooler” poster, but she interpreted it as a gradation of colors, topped with a colorful scarf:

Marsha went a bit more off-piste, taking inspiration from London (and the London Underground) as a whole rather than the posters themselves, but her outfit is lovely too:

Suzy paired her summer dress with a blue top to mimic the colors of both posters, and I have to include the shots of her dog and cat because how cute are they?

Mike also incorporated both posters in his outfit, with a plaid shirt as a nod to the block pattern:

We also have an Instagram participant, bu_terka, who put together not one, but two outfits inspired by both posters:

And finally, here’s me:

Big thanks to everybody for participating this week, and don’t forget to come back next week for a new inspiration, courtesy of Terri!

It’s Cooler Down Below

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Austin Cooper’s 1924 posters for the London Underground. As suggested by the title, I took my inspiration mostly from the “cooler” poster, rather than the “warmer” poster. I didn’t go for the exactly colors, but the pattern on this short-sleeve sweater is a perfect match for the graphic of the poster, and I paired it with my navy pants for the “cooler” part. The blazer doesn’t really match the colors of the poster either, but it’s a match for the pattern on the sweater, so I added it for some extra patterns and textures. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this outfit, and I can’t wait to see what everybody does – make sure to check out the round-up post on Wednesday!

SIA Inspiration: Austin Cooper

It’s my turn to host SIA, and since we’ve had some pretty classic paintings lately, I decided to choose from my other favorite source of visual art – advertisement posters. There’s something about the colorful and graphic qualities of a poster, especially if it’s done in the retro style, that I really like and think can be translated well into an outfit. Anyway, here’s my pick:

These aren’t just retro-style, they’re actual retro – created in 1924 by illustrator Austin Cooper (no, not the car) to promote the London Underground in summer/winter respectively. I chose them for the simple and colorful graphic, plus the taglines (“It is cooler/warmer down below”) sound hilariously like an ad for Hell. You can choose whichever poster you like, or take inspiration from both. Just remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, April 5th. Have fun!

Le Demoiselle

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Picasso’s seminal “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. The outfit actually came together quite quickly for me – I don’t have a lot of pink in my closet, which makes selecting the right items much easier. As for the rest, I knew I’d wear this skirt, because its stripes of beige and blueish gray are a perfect mimic of the painting’s background, and I also added a belt for the darker splashes of brown. Finally, I topped it off with my “lady” brooch, as a nod to all the ladies in the painting. Easy peasy, and I quite like it.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!