Her Majesty

I had an outfit all figured out for this week’s SIA, inspired by Lucien Freud’s portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II – something gray, something blue, something sparkly, bam, done. However, a change in the weather forced me to rethink the whole thing, so this is what I ended up with instead. There’s not a lot of gray, but I think my cardigan is still a good interpretation of the painting because it brings the texture to the outfit (something my original outfit doesn’t have; I was only going for the colors), like the texture of the oil paint, and the pattern can be seen as a nod to the design of the Queen’s tiara as well. So it may not be the outfit I’d planned, but an outfit I’m happy with.


Sparkles

This is what I wore to my department’s Lunar New Year party (we usually have the party after celebrating with our families, not before.) I knew I wanted something sparkly and festive but still comfy (gotta have room for all the party food!), so in the end, I went with this sweater and skirt combo. I like that the skirt has a slight metallic sheen to it that complements the sparkles of the sweater, but it’s subdued enough so they don’t compete with each other. I’d once considered getting this style of skirt in every color under the sun, including metallic gold, but now I’m glad I didn’t. It would’ve been too difficult to style.


Happy Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice was actually yesterday (December 22), but that’s OK. It still counts. And hey, it’s the last outfit post of 2022! Next week I’ll be back with the Yearly Review posts as usual, while for now, let’s close out 2022 with a festive, Christmassy outfit. I didn’t set out to put together a Christmas outfit; I guess it just happened that way with the velvet, the blue and the green, and the gold tie. Yes, the plaids of my waistcoat and my pants don’t match, but I’ve never let that stop me before.


Putt, Putt, Swing

Full disclosure: I have two outfits for this week’s SIA, but one of them – the one with the pants – is an old one that I actually wore earlier this year and completely forgot about. I only stumbled upon when I went digging through my old photo folders. By a stroke of luck, it worked perfectly well for the cat-and-golf theme of the artwork (the plaid pants are reminiscent of vintage golf attire, and the cat sweater is self-explanatory), so I used it to build my actual SIA outfit, with the same sweater and also with plaid but a skirt instead of pants. And in the illustrations, the cats are wearing both trousers and kilts anyway, so both outfits work.

(In an unrelated note, these boots completely bit the dust after I took these photos. Luckily I have another pair of brown lace-up boots, but those have a bit of a heel so they’re not as comfy.)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!


Tom And Jenny

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Andres Valencia’s “Tom and Jenny“, I knew I’d wear something menswear-inspired with some pops of color. The “menswear” part is easy enough – I just went with the black-and-gray color scheme and added my velvet waistcoat for some extra texture. The pops of color, however, took some thinking, because I don’t have anything in those bright shades of pink, yellow, and green. I tried wearing a scarf, but it doesn’t look right with the blazer. In the end, I went with this tie (borrowed from my dad) and a brooch, since the pattern of the tie reflects the graphic quality of the painting, and the brooch… well, I already represented the man in my outfit, so the brooch is to represent the lady. The colors aren’t the same, but they reflect the general vibe of the painting, so I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!