Taking In The Laundry

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Grandma Moses’s “Taking in the Laundry“. My interpretation is a little loose, since I don’t have anything with the exact print or colors to match the painting, as is often the case when we have a landscape as the inspiration. The most I could do is go for the general feel and color scheme. So I went with this dress because the plaid is a simple and straightforward print, and it has a homey feel similar to the painting. The colors of the dress (blue, green, and a touch of yellow) and the colors of my shoes are to reflect the painting as well. And finally, I had to wear my house pendant for the house in the painting. All in all, I’m really happy with my outfit, even if it doesn’t match the painting exactly.

Don’t forget to check Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this lovely painting.

Back To Basics

The weather is definitely warming up now, so I’m seizing these transitional days to wear some of my more awkward pieces – too light to be worn in the winter, but not breathable enough for the summer – like this dress, for example. For some reason, whenever I wear it, I always revert to my early “twee” days of style blogging with the coordinated accessories and everything, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

Magic On Wheel

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the vardos (wagons/caravans) of the Romani people, I was going to rely on one of my waistcoats to bring the colors and a general sense of opulence. However, the weather warmed up unexpectedly, forcing me to rethink the whole thing. In the end, I went with this dress – the busy print is a nod to the decoration on the outside of the vardos, while my belt and my patent shoes reflect their rich colors and lavish interiors. So perhaps not the most accurate interpretation, but I think it captured the feel of the inspiration quite well.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog to see other outfits inspired by these gorgeous wagons!



As much as I love 1930s- and 1940s-inspired fashion, sometimes it can be a bit of a hassle to decide what to pair together, especially when winter is winding down but it’s not warm enough for summer clothes yet. So when I’m not feeling excited about my vintage clothes, I’d reach for my comfier, “at-home” clothes – things like these wide-leg jeans, this striped top, and this grandpa cardigan. When put together, they look vaguely 1970s in a rustic, hippie-ish kind of way (hence the title), so I paired them with my clogs and my wooden cat brooch to fit with that aesthetic. I don’t often list the 1970s as part of my fashion inspiration, but now that I think about it, I actually do get inspired by it a lot!

1980s Does 1940s

This is my attempt to recreate the 1940s women’s pantsuit look. Obviously my blazer and pants are not a suit, and the pants and the blouse are more likely to be from the 1980s/1990s, but you can clearly see the 1940s influence in the silhouette, and the end result isn’t too far off from the real thing, if I do say so myself. The only thing nagging at me was that the collar of my blouse and the lapels of the blazer were kind of competing with each other. I should’ve worn a shirt with a pointier collar, or perhaps tried to find a collarless blazer.