Blue Irises

I was so inspired by this week’s SIA painting, Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Irises”, that I put together two outfits. This is the first, and the second is going to be posted later in the week.

This outfit may be a little heavy on the greens and blues and a little light on the yellow, but I did it on purpose to let these socks shine. I have to confess: I picked this painting for SIA partly because of them. I got a few pairs of “famous painters” socks, but out of all of them, this painting is the easiest to interpret in an outfit, so I knew I just had to feature it in SIA.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, there is still time! And remember to check back on Wednesday to see how the other participants did!


Pink Dome

This week’s inspiration for SIA – the dome of the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri – is gorgeous, but I had no idea how I could interpret it in an outfit. When I’m stuck in SIA, I would usually look at the piece’s color scheme as a starting point. In this case, I picked out pink, white, and blue as the main colors, so I knew I would wear this pink button-up and the blue oxfords. Luckily, the weather was cool enough that I could layer the button-up over my white eyelet top (it did get warmer at noon, but still), and I added my gold brooch to mimic the intriciate gold decorations on the dome. Then I finished the outfit with jeans because… well, they went well with the rest. Sometimes you just have to forget the inspiration and choose what looks good.

Remember to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this beautiful dome!

Weaving Anew

My outfit for SIA, inspired by the “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural in Tacoma, is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see: the blue and yellow color scheme is clear, the plaid shirt is to mimic the “weaving” part of the mural, and the brooch is to mimic the flowers in the mural as well, other than adding a touch of yellow.

Now that I think about it, my “Sunflower” outfit from two weeks ago would make a pretty good interpretation for thisĀ  week’s SIA as well. Maybe I’ll submit both! There is still time for you to send your outfit to Jen if you haven’t already, and remember to check her blog on Wednesday for the full round-up of all interpretations of this mural.

The Big Blue

The weather has been absolutely insane. One day it was boiling, scorching hot, and the next it was chilly and rainy. But, I suppose it’s to be expected during the spring/summer transition. It makes getting dressed a bit annoying though, so I mostly stick to simple silhouettes and layers, and to keep things from boring, I went with an extremely monochromatic look – everything, or almost everything, in blue.

Of course, it’s the easiest thing in the world for me to wear all blue (the blog should’ve been named “14 Shades of Blue”), but it’s strange that I rarely wear all black or all gray, the other two colors I have most in my closet. I think it’s because I find all black too emo (plus it’s a nightmare to keep clean, what with my dogs and cats) and all gray too anemic. So, I’ll stick to my blues.

Shirt & Belt: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Max Dorian, Coat: Loft (thrifted)

Je Ne Sais Quoi

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I was going for a French look with this outfit, because in my literal mind, stripes = French. To be more accurate, I was trying to capture that effortlessness, something not too polished, not matched to within an inch of its life, but still undeniably chic, that “Je ne sais quoi” quality, you know? Something like this, basically (even her blog name, Lady Moriarty in Paris, is cool). I don’t know if I’ve succeeded, but I like it.

P/S: While I was Googling the phrase “Je ne sais quoi” to see its origin, I saw a question spelling it as “Jena se qua”. I wept.

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Top: Forever21, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Necklace: local shop, Oxfords: Max Dorian

The Blues Are Still Blue

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Told you guys the outfits are going to be really simple these next few weeks, didn’t I? The heat and the approaching end of the semester mean that my mind doesn’t have much room left for interesting outfits. This one is actually one of the more interesting I wore this week, and it’s still very simple – I knew I wanted to wear these oxfords, and I happened to be listening to Belle & Sebastian at the time, so I figured, what the heck, let’s keep the rest of the outfit blue (with a bit of black). Basically, I used their song as inspiration for this outfit. It’s been a while since I had a song as my post title anyway.

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Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Oxfords: Max Dorian

Blue Sunrise

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When I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, “Sunrise” by Georgia O’Keeffe, I knew it was going to be a tough one because it’s mostly pink and red, and I don’t have much of either in my wardrobe. So I decided to take the monochromatic look of the painting and adapt it to my wardrobe, which means lots and lots of blue. I took it one step further and echoed the curves in the painting in my striped sweatshirt and socks (I should get some more fun socks!), and in my necklace as well. I even Photoshop the hue of the painting from pink to blue to see how accurate my outfit is – and as you can see, I’m not far off. And that’s the fun of SIA – you can interpret a painting any way you want.


Remember to check Jen’s blog tomorrow for other outfits inspired by this painting!

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Chambray shirt: thrifted, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Mango, Oxfords: Max Dorian, Necklace: local shop