Schoolmarm Cosplay

Last week, I posted an outfit that can be best described as a schoolgirl uniform. This week, I decided to have a bit of fun and put together a “Victorian/Edwardian schoolmarm” outfit instead. My original intention was to put together a modern interpretation of the “schoolmarm” look with this blouse; however, all of my attempts to pair it with more modern pieces didn’t work, so I decided to just lean hard into the Victorian thing. I was going to save this until Halloween, but then I thought, Heck, I’m never going to wear this outside the house anyway, might as well post it now.


End-Of-Winter Rush

The weather may be warming up, but we still have some cold days here and there, and I’m hanging on to those with all my might. I bought these plaid pants a while ago but haven’t gotten around to wearing them yet, so when we had some cooler days, I immediately brought them out before it gets too warm. I paired them simply with this red gingham shirt and navy cardigan to echo the navy-and-red plaid of the pants. I can’t wait to wear them more next season (I know I always say this a lot at the end of every season, LOL.)


The Thousand Quilt

This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “The Thousand Quilt” by Elizabeth Shippen Green. I had to admit, I struggled with this one a bit because there are so many patterns and colors in it, and I know I couldn’t reflect all of them in my outfit. In the end, I went with this sweater and shirt combo because the brown, blue, and red patterns reflect some of the details in the illustration – from the floral lampshade to the carved back of the chair to the curtain (or wallpaper?) in the background – and it is a nod to the graphic of the quilt as well. I tried pairing it with my green corduroy pants (for the green wall), but they don’t go with the sweater, so I opted for these brown ones instead. It helps that the brown of the pants matches the brown of the sweater exactly, and there is a lot of brown in the illustration as well. So I ended up quite happy with the outfit, even if I did struggle with it.

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


Sunday Morning

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Sunday Morning” illustration, my problem was not that I didn’t know what to wear, but rather the opposite – I had so many ideas that I couldn’t pick just one! In the end, though, I decided to go with this combination. I was going to wear my gray waistcoat, but sadly it doesn’t match the gray of my blazer, so I picked this sweater vest instead. There are actually a lot of colors/patterns in the painting, from the flowers on the windowsill to the hats of mom (which I also gave a nod to in my brooch) and the girls, and I think this vest reflects that. Plus, it brings a casual/formal contrast to the outfit, which works well for the painting (mom and the kids’ formal church clothes vs. dad’s sloppy loungewear). For the rest of the outfit, I went with my trusty combo of red cords + lace-up boots. Yes, I wore them for the last SIA challenge too, but when something works, why change it?

Don’t forget to check out Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this fun illustration!


Velvet And Fur And Feather

This week’s SIA, inspired by Rembrandt’s portrait of his wife, Saskia van Uylenburgh, took me some thinking. I have several velvet pieces, but none in this exact color. I don’t have any fur or feather things in my closet either. In the end, I went with this sweater again – the pleats and the pearls remind me of the collar and undershirt of the lady’s dress. For the colors, I chose my trusty maroon corduroy pants (plus, corduroy is kind of similar to velvet too – indeed, in Vietnamese, corduroy is called “striped velvet”) and burnt orange coat, and as a nod to the feather on her hat, I accessorized with my feathery brooch. The final outfit is not as close to the original as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this classic painting!