Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Childe Hassam’s “Strawberry Tea Set”. I knew I’d wear this dress, which is a perfect interpretation of the woman’s dress in the painting, but the accessories took some thinking. I have no strawberry brooch (something to be rectified as soon as possible!), but luckily I just bought a bunch of embroidered face masks to jazz up my outfits, and as luck would have it, I bought a strawberry one! There’s a bit of yellow in the painting too, so I added my yellow belt, and the embroidered flowers on it are also a nod to the pattern of the tea set – but let’s face it, it’s all about the face mask in this one. Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody did!
I didn’t realize it until I put this post together, but I actually wore this shirt in three different outfits over the course three weeks, and each outfit is inspired by a certain decade – first the 1930s, then the outfit with the cloisonne brooch is 1940s, and this one is 1950s. It just goes to show how versatile a good basic piece can be. The shirt itself is not vintage-inspired (the camp collar is a bit vintage, I guess), but because it’s so timeless, it can go with everything and every decade! As for this outfit, it is a bit schoolgirl-ish, so I wanted a school-related accessory, but it turns out I didn’t have any! In the end, I chose my DoodleBob pin. The pencil is kind of school-related, and it’s a bit of tongue-in-cheek anachronism too (there was no SpongeBob in the 1950s), which I like.
The end of the semester is drawing close, which means I’m getting busier as usual; plus, as the numbers of COVID cases have gone down, we’re going back to working in person again, which only adds to the busyness. Because of that, I opted to go for something simple. It’s 1940s-inspired, as usual, but the pants and flat shoes allow me to run around more easily. And to go with that “lazy” theme, I accessorized this with a cat brooch. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking and is comfy to boot – my kind of outfit.