Told you guys the outfits are going to be really simple these next few weeks, didn’t I? The heat and the approaching end of the semester mean that my mind doesn’t have much room left for interesting outfits. This one is actually one of the more interesting I wore this week, and it’s still very simple – I knew I wanted to wear these oxfords, and I happened to be listening to Belle & Sebastian at the time, so I figured, what the heck, let’s keep the rest of the outfit blue (with a bit of black). Basically, I used their song as inspiration for this outfit. It’s been a while since I had a song as my post title anyway.
Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Oxfords: Max Dorian
Whenever an SIA challenge features a work of art with bright colors, it’s a challenge for me, and this week’s inspiration, a piece of 16th century Turkish tulip embroidery, is no different. As gorgeous as it is, I had no idea how to interpret it, since the dominating color is red, and I have very few red pieces in my closet, and even fewer pieces with a print similar to this. And then I remembered my reversible wrap skirt, with an exuberant floral print on one side and bright red on the other. My plan was to wear the red side with a printed/embroidered top, but after looking more closely at the print, I decided it would be better – sort of like a realistic interpretation of the embroidered tulip, if you will. Then I chose my chambray shirt because the faded blue in the piece looks like chambray, and finished the look with my heeled loafers. This is a looser interpretation than I usually do, but I quite like it.
Don’t forget to drop by Jen’s blog to see how others do with this piece!
Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: vintage, Heels: local shop
As I put this outfit together, I was struck by two things: 1) it’s probably too young and too hisper-ish, and might get me mistaken for a student (all I’m missing is my black-rimmed glasses), and 2) it’s too autumnal for March. But, I figured, since I didn’t have to teach any class today – I was stuck at my desk in the teacher’s lounge grading papers for most of the day – a casual outfit is OK. And as for its autumnal tone, well, my own coloring is autumn, which means I look terrible in spring color, so it’s fine too.
Actually I didn’t spend that much time thinking about it. I just thought “Hey, this looks like a hipster’s fall outfit” and then I shrugged and put it on anyway.
Shirt: Esprit, Cardigan & Brooch: local shops, Jeans: Mango, Oxfords: Vagabond
I had a different vision of this outfit. When I first put it together, I imagined something a little preppy, a little avuncular, like something a college professor would wear (hey, I am a college professor. Kind of.) But then when I saw it was drizzling a little, I decided to switch my oxfords for my riding boots, and suddenly it became something an English country gentleman would wear instead. Hey, all I need is a deerstalker cap and a hunting rifle and I wouldn’t look out of place on a Downton Abbey Christmas special. And I am OK with that.
Shirt: Esprit, Jacket & Cardigan: hand-me-downs, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: local shop
When I saw this week’s SIA inspiration, “Sunrise” by Georgia O’Keeffe, I knew it was going to be a tough one because it’s mostly pink and red, and I don’t have much of either in my wardrobe. So I decided to take the monochromatic look of the painting and adapt it to my wardrobe, which means lots and lots of blue. I took it one step further and echoed the curves in the painting in my striped sweatshirt and socks (I should get some more fun socks!), and in my necklace as well. I even Photoshop the hue of the painting from pink to blue to see how accurate my outfit is – and as you can see, I’m not far off. And that’s the fun of SIA – you can interpret a painting any way you want.
Remember to check Jen’s blog tomorrow for other outfits inspired by this painting!
Chambray shirt: thrifted, Sweatshirt: Forever21, Jeans: Mango, Oxfords: Max Dorian, Necklace: local shop