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!
Earlier this week we had some rain, and it finally felt like summer has ended. Note that I said “summer has ended”, not “fall has begun”. It’s still quite warm, but the heat is no longer muggy or oppressive, and in the morning and at night, there is a certain crispness in the air, which prompts me to bring this top out again. I don’t know why I associate it with fall so much – it’s certainly a summer-weight top, but the color and the print always make me think “fall” rather than summer.
I’m being a little cheeky with my jewelry in this outfit too. See if you can find my brooch!
Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.
Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!
Now that school’s out for the summer (isn’t that an Alice Cooper song?) and I don’t have to meet students every day, my work clothes can be a lot more relaxed, and more relaxing, too. Not that my work clothes are ever formal or business-like (one of the things I love about working at a film school), but I always try dressing a bit more professionally whenever I have to teach – blouses and skirts and heels instead of T-shirts and flats, for example. But as these are the last days of the semester, I can afford to be a little more comfortable.
These pants are quickly becoming my go-to for the summer. They’re ridiculously comfy, they go with everything, and apparently, linen is a big trend this summer, so they’re an all-around winner. Same goes for these loafers. The pointed toes make them more dressy than your average flats, but they still retain all the comfort. I’m finding it increasingly harder to wear heels. Just one day in heels and my knees would be killing me. Maybe I’m getting old.
The weather has been absolutely crazy lately – pouring one minute, then blazing sun the next, then pouring again. I think it’s because this is the transition time between summer and fall. At least my transitional outfit is not crazy, if I do say so myself. The fit and the fabric are summery, but the colors are autumnal, so it’s perfect for this time. The wide-leg pants might not work so well in the rain, but since today looks dry at least, it’s OK.
Today is the first day that feels like… I wouldn’t say fall is here, but summer is definitely on its way out. There is a hint of crispness in the air, a touch of mist among the trees (though it could be smog), and even though the sunlight is still hot, it no longer scorches but falls more gently. Of course, it will be at least another month or two before it can truly feel like fall around here, but I’ll take what I can.
And to celebrate that, I’m wearing the new top I bought from my trip. I don’t usually buy anything full prize, but when I saw this in the store, I had to get it. I love anything with a ginkgo motif (I already have a brooch), and the fact that it’s made of rayon just sealed the deal. It’s the perfect transitional piece – the fabric is light enough for summer, while the print is appropriate for fall.