The Pool At The Jas De Bouffan

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul C├ęzanne’s “The Pool at the Jas de Bouffan“. It’s pretty self-explanatory – I built it around the main colors of the painting, used the textures of my pants, sweater, scarf, and even boots to mimic the brushstrokes, and of course, added my leaf brooch as a nod to all the trees. Luckily, we suddenly had a cold snap, so I was able to pull out my scarf and sweater for this.

In other news, our government has just issued an “official” order for social distancing, but my family has been kind of isolating ourselves for about two weeks already, so our daily routine hasn’t changed much. It’s also good that none of us is exactly a social butterfly, and we have a big garden, so we don’t feel too boxed in. I hope everybody is doing well. Hang in there!


Land Girl

This outfit works better in my mind. I guess I was inspired by the Land Girl uniform of sweater tucked into trousers, but the proportion is kinda off and I don’t know why. Maybe because my sweater is a turtleneck and not a v-neck. Maybe I should’ve worn tall boots (but that’d take this outfit straight into cosplaying territory) or at least black boots. Maybe my black belt doesn’t go. I don’t know. I like the navy blue and mustard color combo though, and the brooch is cute, if I say so myself (a scarecrow brooch is perfect for an outfit inspired by Land Girl uniform, right?), so here we are.


Victorian Urchin

Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*


Tapestry

I have to admit that this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tapestry” by Sam Gilliam, really stumped me. It features a lot of colors, and I don’t have anything that colorful in my closet. My attempts at combining different colors just looked random. Then I suddenly remembered my socks – they’re certainly colorful, but are they enough? Finally, I decided to pick the loudest pair of socks I have as an accent and base the rest of the outfit on textures instead – the artwork itself is smooth, but I like how the different panels and colors seem to give it a sense of texture, so I chose my wool sweater and this new pair of corduroy pants to reflect that. Plus, the cream of the sweater and the mustard yellow of the pants can also be found in the piece, and if you look closely, there are flecks of different colors on my sweater as well.

And that’s why I love SIA – it allows you to think differently and creatively about your outfit. Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog later in the week to see other outfits inspired by this artwork!