Reverse-Engineered SIA

When I pick the inspirations for SIA, I often have two approaches. Sometimes I’d see a work of art so cool that I have to feature it on SIA right away, regardless of whether I can recreate it in an outfit or not. Other times, though, I already have an outfit in mind and would find a painting to match. Reverse-engineering, so to speak.

This week’s SIA inspiration, the woodblock print “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night” by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu, is a bit of both. I’ve saved the print on my Pinterest for a while but didn’t feature it on the blog because I didn’t know what I would wear for it. Then I saw this skirt. The color is perfect, and the pleats even mimic the stripes on the woman’s kimono. Top it off with my black printed top to reflect the dark background of the print, and we have a perfect SIA outfit, even if I say so myself.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for all the looks inspired by this lovely woodblock print!

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Different But Same

I think one of the reasons I’m so excited about these new paperbag pants is because they are a basic color, so they go with almost everything in my closet, but their silhouette is different enough that they can make the outfits look new and fresh. Take this outfit, for example. This is certainly not the first time I paired this shirt with wide-leg pants,  but because of the exaggerated silhouette, it doesn’t look repetitive.

In other news, I feel I’m going to have to retire this shirt soon. It’s rayon, so despite my best effort (wash in cold water and hang dry), it’s been shrinking over the past 4 yearsto the point it doesn’t fit me right anymore. It’s sad because I love novelty print shirts like this and they’re hard to find here, but at least it’s had a good run.


Self Portrait, Yawning

My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Joseph Ducreux‘s “Self-portrait, yawning”, came together very quickly. I just bought these pants – they’re a part of my on-going process to embrace different silhouettes – and the color is perfect for the painting; I knew I had to wear them. The funny thing is, I didn’t realize I didn’t have anything tan in my closet until I tried putting together an outfit for this SIA. Beige, yes. Brown, yes. But tan? Nope. It’s such a basic neutral color that I never thought about it, so I guess it’s good that I have these pants now.

And of course, I had to try to mimic the “yawning” pose. I had no problem yawning, considering these photos were taken early in the morning. Getting the pose right is another matter…

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


Plants And Insects

For this week’s SIA, I knew I’d wear these pants to mimic the color of the watermelon and these boots to mimic the flowers and insects in the painting. What’s left is the background. At first, I thought about bringing out my mustard cardigan or yellow scarf, but the yellow looks garish against the green of my pants, so in the end, I picked a more neutral sweater and added my dragonfly brooch to it. I’m quite happy with the end result – perfect for SIA yet still functional, and that’s what these challenges are all about.

Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


The Roads In Our Shoes

That title sounds kinda pretentious, doesn’t it? I just got the phrase from Death Cab for Cutie’s Soul and Body (“I do believe it’s true/That there are roads left in both of our shoes”), and since these are my “travel sandals”, I figured it would be appropriate. That’s it! I wasn’t trying to satirize “The Fault in Our Stars” or anything.

Anyway, you may have seen these sandals from my Cuba posts, but they’ve never made an official appearance on the blog before. They’re crazy comfortable (hence my go-to whenever I have to walk a lot), but they are also a bit too casual for work, which is why I’m only bringing them out for the summer.

Also, are these pants and this T-shirt match each other perfectly or what? I can’t believe it took me so long to pair them with each other.


Casual Take

It’s not until I put up these photos that I realized this outfit was essentially a more casual take on another outfit I wore last month. The colors are the same – I just swapped the blouse for a T-shirt and the pumps for a pair of flats. I actually much prefer this outfit. The T-shirt is more fitted so it balances out the relaxed silhouette of the pants, and the flats look more proportionate with these pants than the pumps too. And this was just something I literally threw on for running errands, as opposed to an outfit that I agonize over. It just goes to show, when it comes to style, sometimes instinct works better.


May The Fourth Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day! I didn’t actually plan my outfit for today, but you can say that it’s kind of Star Wars-inspired. My dress/duster coat can pass for a Jedi robe, right? (Even though no Jedi ever wears heels.) And my necklace looks a bit like a Kyber crystal, right? Also, I’m wearing a black T-shirt underneath my tan dress, which represent the Dark Side/Light Side of the Force… no? Reaching? OK, I’ll stop now.

Speaking of Star Wars, I’m not very excited about the upcoming Solo spin-off/prequel – I maintain that we don’t need a movie about the young Han Solo. What we see in A New Hope is what we get. Plus, I’m sorry, but Alden Ehrenreich looks nothing like Harrison Ford. (Now, if you’re going to have a spin-off about Lando Calrissian, as played by Donald Glover? I’d be all over that.)