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.

Golden Brown

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Juan Gris’s “The Guitar”, I knew I’d wear this waistcoat and these corduroy pants, as they perfectly represent the flowers and the wood grains in the painting. I paired them with my cutout embroidered shirt, the suspenders, and a tie borrowed from my dad for more representation of the painting’s details (the dots at the bottom, the darker patches). As I was putting the outfit together, it felt a bit much, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

Don’t forget to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and come back on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!

Tapestry Waistcoat

When I first started my hunt for vintage waistcoats, I had three specific ones on my wish list – a velvet one, a tweed/plaid one, and a tapestry one. The velvet and tweed are included because they are classic staples, and the tapestry, while it may be screaming late 1980s-early 1990s, appeals to my “grandma” heart for some reason. Out of those, I have managed to find two – velvet and tapestry (still keeping an eye out for that perfect tweed waistcoat so I can fulfill my dream of dressing like a British country squire.) The velvet waistcoat is going to make an appearance soon, but here’s the tapestry one. I was super happy to have found it – after searching several secondhand/vintage sellers, I see that when it comes to waistcoats, people tend to favorite minimalist designs that look more modern, so I wasn’t even sure if I could ever find one that fits my maximalist aesthetics. Luckily, there is always something for everybody in the secondhand market!