(I was going to give this post a more pun-y title of “Fall into Spring” but decided that was too cheesy.)
In my post on Wednesday, I tried to add some colors and floral to the outfit to make it more “springy”. The weather still couldn’t make up its mind though, so in the end I just said, fuck it, I’m just going to dress like it was still fall/winter. I’m much more of an autumn person than a spring person anyway. Besides, I really wanted to wear this new owl brooch and these pair of wool pants (a hand-me-down from my mom), and neither of them really screams “spring”.
This week’s SIA outfit, inspired by one of the “soundsuits” by artist and sculptor Nick Cave, took me some thinking. The crocheted granny squares on the suit could be a jumping-off point, but I have nothing similar in my closet. In the end, I just pulled out the most colorful and outrageous piece I have – this top – and relied on the accessories to bring in some of the colors and textures of the inspiration piece.
I noticed that there are a lot of figurines of birds, especially owls, on the suit, so I brought out all the owl brooches I own. I have a couple more “bird” brooches, but I wanted to maintain some sense of cohesion in the outfit, so I’m sticking with owls. And for that same reason, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. I guess I could try some pattern-mixing or something more “wild”, but I think it’s more important to keep the outfit wearable than to make it as close to the inspiration as possible.
I wore this to our school’s film festival, way back before the Lunar New Year break (yep, I’m still working my way through backlogged outfits.) It’s called the Golden Bee Festival, hence my bee brooch. For the rest of the outfit, I wanted to keep it simple while still dressy enough for a special event. It was freezing that day though, so this is the best I could do. It was also my attempt to modernize this skirt a bit – here it looks like it’s from the 1970s, not the 1870s, so at least that’s a success?
I’ve always loved big cats, because my Zodiac is all associated with big cats – in the Chinese Zodiac, I was born in the year of the tiger and the hour of the tiger, and my Western Zodiac sign is Leo. I don’t know much about astrology, but according to Chinese astrology, I’m a “tiger in the forest” or something like that, meaning my “tiger” part tends to be hidden. It makes sense, since people always seem surprised when they learn I’m a Leo/Tiger, because I’m so quiet and reserved (though if they’ve worked with me on film sets or are my students, they would soon learn that I have a temper.)
All this is a roundabout way to talk about my cheetah print. If I want to be pretentious, I could say that it represents the “hidden tiger” part in me (because it’s hidden under the blazer), but the truth is that it just doesn’t fit on the lapel of my blazer, so I wore it on the turtleneck underneath instead.
My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, took some thinking. Not because I don’t have any piece in my closet that fits the painting, but rather because I have too many – blue and black are the two colors I have the most, and yellow is one of my regular accent colors. In the end, I went with this gold taffeta blazer because the color and the shine of the fabric look like the robe of the girl in the painting, and I paired it simply with black jeans, a white sweater, and a blue silk scarf. For the “pearl” part of the paining, this Art Nouveau-esque brooch is the perfect finishing touch.
Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!