At the beginning of the fall/winter season, I picked up a bunch of these pleated velvet skirts from the thrift store, in different colors. I’ve only worn three of them – this dusky pink one, the ice blue, and the forest green, but I would’ve bought more colors if the store had them. I had to remind myself that I actually have two more (silver and olive green) still in storage to make myself stop. Plus, I need to save some room for next season (I’m looking for a gold one.) I felt a little crazy buying so many of them at once, but pleated midi skirts have pretty much become a classic by now that I’m confident I can get a lot of wear out of them, as long as my style doesn’t change too much, that is!
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini’s installation “Ciclotrama“. I went with the black-and-white theme of the installation, and added this gold brooch, which has both the gold touch of the frame and the root-like shape of the ropes. I thought about wearing my black t-strap heels to further mimic the ropes, but they look too heavy, so I went with these simple black pumps instead. However, I’m still kicking myself for not remembering my braided black belt – it would’ve been the perfect finishing touch! But well, not everything can be perfect, can it?
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this amazing installation!
So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Odilon Redon’s “Bouquet of Wild Flowers“. The colors are not exactly right, but I recently thrifted this dress (for $2!!!) and the floral print is perfect, so of course, I had to use it for SIA. I’m not quite sure about the black pumps – they make the look a little too Duchess of Cambridge for my style – but I wanted the dress to really shine, so I chose the most basic shoes. Next time maybe I’ll pair it with flats or boots to make it more casual.
Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!
I wore this to the showing of my students’ thesis films (our equivalent of a thesis dissertation) a few weeks ago. I always try to dress up a little for these thesis meetings, but nothing too colorful or funky to avoid distracting the students, who are nervous enough as it is. This thrifted dress fits the bill perfectly – the print makes it dressy enough, but the silhouette is more businesslike, and I kept the whole outfit more “serious” by pairing it with black accessories. My only problem with the dress is that it’s made out of this weird fabric (it’s one of the dangers of thrifting online, you can’t rely on the seller’s description) that is too thin for the colder seasons yet too stiff for warm weather. I guess I’ll just save it for the two weeks of fall/spring we have each year.
My interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, is a little different. Sure, it has most of the colors of the painting (green and black, with a touch of brown), but the print of my dress makes it decidedly more futuristic – usually, I would try to echo the feel of the painting if I can, but I see this print as my way of mimicking the intricately pinked trims on the sleeves and the pleated front of the woman’s dress in the painting. I also added my brooch because it reminds me of the mirror on the wall behind the couple.
More importantly, I was going to wear this to a wedding last week, which I thought would make it appropriate for the theme of the painting. Unfortunately, the wedding was canceled due to the pandemic (“pandemic” is a word I never thought I’d type for a real-life situation. Usually I only read it in sci-fi books. But such is the time we’re living in.) The couple decided to have a very simple family affair instead of the big reception they’d planned, and my hat’s off to them for sacrificing their big day in the name of public health and safety. Anyway, even though I didn’t get to wear it to a wedding, I thought, why waste a perfectly good outfit? So here we are.
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this classic painting!