Folksy

For this week’s SIA challenge, inspired by Clementine Hunter’s “Playing Cards”, I knew immediately I’d wear this top and these culottes, because their colors are perfect to mimic the two main colors in the painting – pale yellow and olive green, and the style of the lacy top echoes the “folksy” feel of the painting too (it makes sense in my head.) I then paired them with these recently thrifted heels to mimic the black lines of the tree trunks.

The other of the colors in the painting – mainly blue and red – took me some thinking, however, until I remembered my cotton handkerchiefs and found one with all the colors I was looking for. I tried wearing it as a headband at first, but it didn’t look “me” for some reason, so I decided to wear it as a neckerchief instead. I thought it might be a bit much with the collar of my top, but looking at the photos, it’s not too bad, isn’t it? (I did take it off once I got to work, but the rest of the outfit stayed the same.)

Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!


One Pair Of Culottes, Two Ways

These culottes are quickly becoming my favorite thrifted piece. They are neutral, so they go with pretty much any top and any style in my closet – like here, where I style them in a more casual way with the white linen top, and a more preppy way with my plaid button-up. Plus, they have the silhouette of a skirt, but since they are actually pants, they allow me to ride my bike without having to wear bike shorts underneath, and I’m telling you, in this 100+ heat, that really is a blessing. The only downside is that they don’t have pockets! I mean, why? No pockets on dresses and skirts I can understand (I’m annoyed about it, but it’s the norm), but why no pockets on culottes?!


Wear Your Mask

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by a Tlingit ceremonial mask. The main colors are yellow, olive, and brown, but most of my yellow things are more gold/mustard, so I decided to go with the brown and olive and take my inspiration more from the texture of the mask – hence my linen shirt and woven mules. I also added my yellow belt and my brooch, which has most of the colors of the mask.

In other news, this is my first all-thrifted outfit – except for the accessories, but they’re old anyway – and I’m quite happy with it. My closet is pretty well stocked, so between my thrifted piece and what I already have, I think it can last me a while.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece. And wear your mask!