Last time I wore this embroidered linen top, I wasn’t sure if I should tuck it in or not, and decided that the fault lies in the silhouette of the pants and not in the tucking. So this time, I just went with the loose-loose silhouette and didn’t bother with any tucking at all. And guess what? It looked better, and it was a lot more comfortable too. I may try pairing this top with a more fitted pair of pants when the weather is cooler, but for now, loose-loose is the way to go.
I got this shirt from my sister – she has a thing for v-neck blouses, and she’s forever handing them down to me. Now, I never say no to a free shirt, and some of my sister’s shirts have gone on to become work horses in my closet, but this one, I’m not so sure about. Something about the combination of the color and the feminine silhouette doesn’t feel very me – I have a couple of pink shirts, but the silhouettes are more streamlined. Or maybe it’s the way I styled it. I guess I’ll give it another chance to see if it’s a keeper or not.
Wide-leg pants are definitely my go-to this summer. I’ve worn them before, of course, but this year the stores are really saturated with them, making it that much easier to choose (or harder, if you’re plagued by indecision like me.) That said, these pants are actually custom-made by a tailor. I went with my mom to the fabric market back in April and bought a bunch of fabrics for my new summer wardrobe. The shirtdress I wore a couple of weeks ago was one of the items I got made from those fabrics, and these pants/culottes are another. Normally I don’t get pants custom-made because they’re easy to find (unlike dresses), but this pattern is just too cool to pass up.
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!
Here is my outfit for SIA, inspired by Anna Atkins‘ cyanotype photographs. Since the print of the dress mimics the cyanotypes so perfectly, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. And yes, this dress is made of the same fabric as my top from last Friday’s post. I like it so much that when I saw the top and the dress on sale, I had to get them both.
The dress is a little shorter than I like (I prefer midi-length, or at least below the knees), but for a summer dress, it’s great. Plus, pockets! My only problem is how to style it differently each time I wear it. The dress is so focus-pulling already that a change of shoes would not make much of a difference. I guess I’ll have to wait until the fall to try layering it.
Don’t forget to stop by Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by these amazing photographs!
Disclaimer: this isn’t actually my intended SIA outfit.
I had put together a different SIA outfit earlier last week, but when I wore this on Friday, I realized that it was perfect for SIA – the title of the inspiration painting may say “Variations in Violet and Grey“, but it looks more like navy and beige to me (probably because the watercolors had aged). I would’ve worn my beige sandals as well, but one of the buckles broke, so they’re currently at the cobbler’s getting fixed. I’m going to post my “other” outfit tomorrow too, but really, it pales in comparison.
And that means you guys still have until tomorrow to send me your outfits, if you haven’t already. The full round-up will be posted on Wednesday instead!
I titled this post “Black & White” as a placeholder, thinking that surely I’ve had another post with that title and I was going to have to change it, but surprise, surprise, I haven’t. And that fascinating anecdote, friends, serves as a perfect metaphore for this outfit too – it’s basic and simple, but it’s also unexpected and… uh… I’m not sure what point I was trying to make here. But suffice to say, I like the outfit and I’m going to wear these pants more during the summer.