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.
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!