SIA Inspiration: Robert Henri

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here’s her pick:

This is “Girl in Rose and Gray (Miss Carmel White)” by American painter Robert Henri. The neutral colors (the title says “Rose and Gray”, but I actually saw beige and brown…?) and the soft drapes of the dress can be interpreted in a lot of ways, so I’m looking forward to seeing how everybody does! Remember to send your outfits to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, July 27th. Have fun!

SIA: Cravat Jumper

Welcome to another SIA challenge! This week, our inspiration is this cravat jumper by legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli. It’s a bit of a tricky piece, but everybody did a great job translating it into summer-appropriate outfits, so let’s get to it!

First up is Shelbee, who sent in two photos – one of herself in a dark gray dress with a scarf and bracelets to mimic the cravat and the cuffs of the jumper, and one of her son Ralphie in his actual cravat jumper. How cute are they?!

Up next is my co-host, Terri, in a simple black-and-white look with a bow:

Reni cleverly layered a black slip dress (with a bow!) on top of a white T-shirt to achieve the monochromatic look of the sweater:

Kezzie sent in two outfits, plus a sweater that would have been perfect had this challenge taken place during the winter (but that’s why I chose it, to make it more difficult and interesting.) Her two outfits are perfect too, don’t you think?

My other co-host, Daenel, struggled with this too because it’s too minimal for her style. Her outfit is spot-on though (also featuring her adorable dog!):

Suzy also had her doubts about her outfit, but I think the combination of the dress and the cardigan is great:

And finally, here’s me:

A big “thank you” to all our participants, and don’t forget to check back next week for the new challenge inspiration, picked by Daenel!

2D Bow

For my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli’s sweater, I decided to keep things simple. The focus of the outfit is, of course, this shirt with its 2D embroidered bow, which perfectly mimics the 2D bow on the sweater. The sweater itself is black and white, so I paired the shirt simply with my black culottes and oxfords. Done. No fuss no muss.

Now, if you still haven’t sent me your outfits, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this design!

SIA Inspiration: Elsa Schiaparelli

It’s my turn to host SIA, and here’s my pick:

This “cravat jumper” (or sweater), made in 1927, is the first design of legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. I know it’s a little unorthodox to choose a sweater as the inspiration in the summer (and especially as the US and Canada are going through a heat wave – sorry!), but I love how modern it is – the trompe-l’oeil effect of the bow and the cuffs really reminds me of those “cartoon bags” that were all the rage a couple of years ago. And even though it’s a sweater, you can find elements in it to translate into an entire outfit, from the graphic quality of the design to the minimalist color scheme. So get inspired and send your outfits to me by next Tuesday, July 13th! Have fun!


Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Patty Carroll’s photo, “Booky“. It’s an outfit built around accessories. I knew I’d wear this book necklace (duh) and this eyeglass brooch (I count at least three pairs of glasses in the photo), but the rest of the outfit took some thinking. At first, I wanted to try some pattern mixing to mimic the chaos of the photo, but after some experiments, I decided on this dress instead – the color is similar to the curtains, and the print is a nod to all the prints (the wallpaper, the carpet, the woman’s dress, the lampshades). Still, I couldn’t give up the pattern mixing altogether, so I brought out my Kindle as an accessory as well. Besides, most of my books are on Kindle these days, so it seems natural to feature it in a book-themed outfit.

Don’t forget to stop by Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this photo!