Autumn Scribbles

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”. This shirt is new, and I have to admit, I bought it because I was thinking of SIA – the color may not be the same, but the scribble print is perfect for it, right? Of course, I didn’t buy it solely because of SIA. The shirt is silk, so it’s super comfortable to wear as well.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple and neutral, to stick close to the color scheme of the inspiration painting. Yes, it looks more summer than autumn, with the white pants and sandals, but the weather is still summery, so what can I do?

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for the full round-up!

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Last Of Summer Outfits

School has officially started this week, so this is the last of my summer outfits before we’re back to the work attire. Usually I’m glad when summer is over, but this summer hasn’t been too bad – mostly thanks to my watercolor class, and I’ve also been excercising more regularly with the help of Blogilates (it’s great for a couch potato like me, because it gives you a monthly calendar with workout videos for each day, which you can just follow along without having to think what exercise you’re going to do). I have more energy, so the days are more fun and productive. Plus, work is going to be extra busy this year. One of my classes is graduating, and I’m going to have to look over their theses… So yeah, I’m not looking forward to going back to work.

P/S: I just realize this outfit would be great for this week’s SIA, but I already have another outfit planned. Just wait and see 😉


Casual Madame X

This week’s SIA inspiration, “Portrait of Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, should be an easy one to interpret, but because I don’t have an LBD, it took me a while to come up with an appropriate outfit. One of the highlights of the portrait is the contrast between the model’s pale skin and her black dress, so I decided to use that as the jumping-off point. Once I figured out a black-and-white theme, the outfit came together pretty quickly. I wore my sleeveless blouse again (I wore it for the last SIA) not just because we’re in the middle of another heat wave, but also because it echoes the strapped dress. I then included my pearl brooch to mimic the jeweled straps and my brown sandals for the brown details in the portrait. All in all, I’m happy with the outfit – it’s casual and comfy, but it still pays homage to the inspiration.

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this classic portrait!


Ebony And Ivory

Here’s my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by a 18th-century Native American powder horn with Wampum shoulder belt. My linen pants reflect the ivory color of the horn, while my shirt mimics the color and design of the belt. I also include my strappy brown sandals for the intricate lines of the engraving on the horn. The outfit came together very quickly – I actually thought of it the moment I saw Jen’s email – which is always a sign that it works, both as a standalone outfit and as an interpretation of SIA, so I’m a happy camper.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!


Heatwave

We’re having the first heatwave of the summer, hence my simple and breezy outfit. I know most style guides would advice you to wear dresses or shorts in the summer, but I actually find a loose-fitting shirt and pair of pants work better for me. You won’t have to worry about thigh rub like you would in a dress, and with long pants instead of shorts, you won’t have to apply so much sunscreen and there is less surface for the bugs to feed on too. I always recoil in horror when I see tourists wandering around in shorts and tank tops (yes, I’m aware that I’m technically wearing a tank top too.) Cover up, people! There’s a reason people in Vietnam dress like this when we go out.


India Inspired

After I wore this tunic with jeans for SIA, I thought that the silhouette looks familiar, but I couldn’t place it until I realized it was similar to what Indian women often wear in everyday life – fitted trousers (churidar) with a tunic (kurta). Even the embroideries are reminiscent of the designs on the kurta as well, though perhaps not as elaborate. So today I decided to recreate the silhouette more faithfully, with actual trousers instead of jeans and flat sandals instead of heels. The funny thing is that the outfit can also be seen as a modern take on the traditional styling of the Vietnamese áo dài (which is a long tunic over loose-fitting trousers). But that’s what I love about style – you can take your inspiration from almost anywhere!


Black And Copper

For this week’s SIA, inspired by this steel wool photo by a young Italian photographer, I knew I wanted to wear all black with gold/yellow accent. The black outfit came together very quickly (sorry it looks so wrinkled – that’s what you got for wearing a cotton t-shirt and linen pants around the house), but I couldn’t figure out what the accent would be. My fringed yellow scarf would be perfect to mimic the color and the sprays of the steel wool, but wearing a scarf in this weather is out of the question. In the end, I opted for my circle necklace – the color is more subdued, but I think it worked quite well.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for other outfits inspired by this photo!