My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s “Aurora Borealis“, is a bit of a loose interpretation. I thought about wearing one of my pleated velvet skirts to mimic the luminescent light, but ultimately, I decided on this wool skirt instead because the dark background + brighter plaid actually reflected the painting quite well. I paired it with my Fair Isle sweater because it’s similar to a Nordic/Icelandic sweater, and of course, Nordic countries are often where you go to catch the Aurora, so I thought it would be appropriate. Plus, it also has that dark background + bright pattern that is reminiscent of the Aurora. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out.
Don’t forget to send me your outfit if you haven’t done so (the deadline is Tuesday) and to check back here on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!
This week’s SIA outfit, inspired by one of the “soundsuits” by artist and sculptor Nick Cave, took me some thinking. The crocheted granny squares on the suit could be a jumping-off point, but I have nothing similar in my closet. In the end, I just pulled out the most colorful and outrageous piece I have – this top – and relied on the accessories to bring in some of the colors and textures of the inspiration piece.
I noticed that there are a lot of figurines of birds, especially owls, on the suit, so I brought out all the owl brooches I own. I have a couple more “bird” brooches, but I wanted to maintain some sense of cohesion in the outfit, so I’m sticking with owls. And for that same reason, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. I guess I could try some pattern-mixing or something more “wild”, but I think it’s more important to keep the outfit wearable than to make it as close to the inspiration as possible.
Sorry for that terrible pun of a title. Fair Isle sweater is definitely one of my obsessions this winter season – you’ve seen my cardigan and the navy sweater I wore last week, and here’s another one (all thrifted, of course.) The colors are quite bright, so I’m keeping the rest of the outfit simple and neutral, but I still wanted to put in a little more effort than just pairing it with jeans, hence my white pants. However, I just noticed that there is some pink in the pattern of the sweater that perfectly matches my pink velvet skirt, so if I want to be really daring, I could pair them together. Maybe next season…