There’s a whole reference behind this post title and the outfit, so please bear with me. Anybody here a fan of Taskmaster (the British comedy show, not the Marvel comic book character)? It’s my latest obsession – I spent both lockdowns, last year and this year, binging all 11 seasons of it (it’s on its 12th now.) It’s absolutely hilarious, and if you enjoy British comedy, it’s a must-watch. The term “picnic girl” came from this exchange between the host, Greg Davies, and one of the contestants, Sarah Kendall, in the season 11 finale, in which he made fun of her supposedly “tough” apocalypse backpack by calling her “picnic girl” (you have to watch the whole thing for it to make sense. And if you feel like watching the entire episode after all, no problem. I’ll wait.)
Anyway, as I was putting this outfit together, I looked at the skirt and thought, hey, it kinda looks like a picnic table cloth (yes, I know the traditional ones are red checkered. That’s why I said “kinda”). Being obsessed with Taskmaster, my thought immediately jumped to “picnic girl”, and I decided to stick to the picnic theme by wearing my racoon brooch – because what’s a picnic without some trash pandas, right?
I struggled a bit with this week’s SIA inspiration, “Gumball II” by Charles Bell, because it is super colorful and I have nothing nearly as colorful in my closet. However, as luck would have it, I recently thrifted this plaid scarf, and its colors fit the painting perfectly. For the rest of the outfit, I follow the white and brown color scheme of the painting. I also played around with the accessories a bit – I decided to add a cluster of “fruit” brooches, as a nod to the gumball colors and flavors (they do have apple and watermelon flavors, right? We didn’t have them growing up so I had no idea.) Ultimately, despite my initial struggle, I really enjoyed this challenge. What a fun way to close out a year of SIA!
Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this. And our call for a new SIA co-host is still open, so drop us a line if you’re interested!
I actually had two outfits for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Carolina Morning” – one inspired by the colors of the entire painting, and another inspired just by the woman in the painting. This, of course, is the one inspired by the entire painting. I picked out the blue and sandy beige of the painting and added a pop of red with my sneakers – simple. It’s the perfect work-from-home outfit too, comfy but still put-together enough.
The other outfit will be posted on Wednesday, so stay tuned. And don’t forget to check Kim’s blog for other interpretations of this painting!