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!


Tricksy Hobbitses

Another day, another vest (or rather, waistcoat) worn with a skirt. This is another velvet waistcoat that I bought last year, but it’s a bit big on me, so while figuring out how to size it down, I decided to tuck it into a skirt instead. There’s something about the ruffled shirt and the tucked-in waistcoat, which looks a bit like a bodice, that reminds me of a female Hobbit costume, hence the title. It’s the thing about inspiration – you never know where it’s going to come from. I’ve never been much of a Lord of the Rings fan (sacrilege, I know, but I didn’t grow up with it and while I enjoy the films, they never mean much to me), so I’ve never consciously taken any fashion inspiration from them. On the other hand, I’m a very visual person, and following costume and cosplay blogs, I’ve seen my share of Hobbit costumes. I guess the images just get stored in my brain, to be called up randomly.


A (Not Charlie) Brown Christmas

Brown may be a little grim for a Christmas outfit, but I’m sticking with the brown hues of my fall/winter wardrobe. Besides, the snowflake pattern on my sweater and the embroidery on my skirt make the outfit quite Christmassy, don’t you think? (Sorry for the wrinkles. I just got these from the post and was excited to try them together so I didn’t get around to ironing/steaming them yet.)

This is also the last outfit post of 2021 – next week is going to be a week of round-up posts, so check back for my favorite SIA challenges, favorite books, favorite outfits and some outtakes of the year. Have a great weekend (whether you celebrate Christmas or not)!


Tapestry Waistcoat

When I first started my hunt for vintage waistcoats, I had three specific ones on my wish list – a velvet one, a tweed/plaid one, and a tapestry one. The velvet and tweed are included because they are classic staples, and the tapestry, while it may be screaming late 1980s-early 1990s, appeals to my “grandma” heart for some reason. Out of those, I have managed to find two – velvet and tapestry (still keeping an eye out for that perfect tweed waistcoat so I can fulfill my dream of dressing like a British country squire.) The velvet waistcoat is going to make an appearance soon, but here’s the tapestry one. I was super happy to have found it – after searching several secondhand/vintage sellers, I see that when it comes to waistcoats, people tend to favorite minimalist designs that look more modern, so I wasn’t even sure if I could ever find one that fits my maximalist aesthetics. Luckily, there is always something for everybody in the secondhand market!


Snow Shadows

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Tom Thomson’s “Snow Shadows“. I knew I’d wear this striped button-up to reflect the blue shadows in the painting, and the rest of the outfit came together quite quickly. This is my first foray into styling sweater vests, which I’ve never worn before, having always thought of them as rather frumpy. But I quite like it styled in a menswear-inspired way like this, and it adds some much-needed pattern and texture (not to mention warmth) to the outfit, to reflect the texture of the painting.

Don’t forget to drop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this week’s inspiration. This is also the last SIA challenge of the year – we’re taking a break during the holidays – so see you after the New Year! (I’ll post a round-up of my favorite SIA challenges the week after next.)