Listen, My Children, And You Shall Hear

For this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by J.S. Copley‘s portrait of Paul Revere, I knew I wanted to go with a menswear look. A waistcoat would be perfect, but alas, I don’t have one, so I decided to emulate the menswear look with this grandpa cardigan and a pair of suspenders. My pants are to mimic the color of the table, and for the silver touches in the painting, I added my silver brooch in place of a bow tie. The outfit ends up with more textures and patterns than the original painting, but I’m really happy with it.

And of course, the post title is the first line of Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride. It sounds like a grandfather telling a story to his grandchildren, which I think goes with my grandpa-core outfit. Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog to see other outfits inspired by this painting!

Queen Of The Jungle

Here’s another velvet blazer-and-dress outfit with the same dress, just a different blazer this time. I noticed that the color of this dress is echoed in the print of the blazer, so I thought they would go well together. I opted to keep the rest of the outfit simple (i.e. not adding a brooch to it) because I’m terrified of damaging the velvet with the brooch. Luckily, this blazer is already so focus-pulling, so the outfit still has enough interest without any accessories.

Clown Shirt

One of the advantages of thrift/secondhand shopping is that it allows me to experiment with fashion more. Take this top, for example: I wouldn’t buy it new, but when I saw it in a thrift store for relatively cheap, I decided to take a chance. It’s definitely a statement top though, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple. A pair of skinny jeans would’ve balanced the fullness of the top, but I don’t have any skinny jeans with a high enough waist to tuck in the top, so these boyfriend jeans would have to do for now. Still, the puff sleeves are on trend right now, and combined with the colorful plaid, it just makes me smile, so I’m looking forward to wearing this top more.

Trek Cottage

This top is one of the few new pieces I bought this year. I got it from my favorite local boutique which specializes in embroidered linen clothes, and my sister actually convinced me to buy it by saying that it “looks like something out of Star Trek” (it must be the collar.) Now I don’t know which Star Trek she’s been watching, but it doesn’t look like any Trek uniform I know. If anything, it’s more like Star Trek meets cottagecore (hey, isn’t that Picard though?) Either way, it’s given me an idea to style this top, with the cropped pants and the boots. And the color of the pants is quite Trek-appropriate, I think (though apparently Kirk’s uniform is not mustard, it’s green!)