SIA Inspiration: 19th-Century Cap

This week’s SIA inspiration is a 19th-century cap chosen by Daenel:

Daenel chose it because “it’s a nice transitional piece, summer fading into fall,” and “the colors are soft but rich.” The green and the embroideries are definitely up my alley, so I’m looking forward to this. Remember to send your outfits to Daenel by next Tuesday, September 22nd. Have fun!

SIA: Subpar Parks

Welcome to another week of Style Imitating Art! Our inspiration is one of Amber Share’s hilarious “Subpar Parks” posters, and we have a collection of fun, varied interpretations here, so let’s get to them!

First up is Terri, who submitted an older outfit but it has all the elements of the poster. Check out her sweet Pendleton jacket, which is making me long for fall/winter even more than usual:

Up next is one of my co-hosts, Daenel, who still managed to take photos in the midst of cleaning up after Hurricane Laura and dealing with actual face-biting bugs. We’re glad you’re OK, Daenel!

My other co-host, Kim, went with an “outdoors” theme which fits the poster perfectly:

Leslie said her Smokey the Bear tee didn’t arrive in time for SIA, which is too bad, because I’m sure it would’ve looked awesome! But her outfit is really cute too:

We can always count on Kezzie for something super cute and sweet, and her green dress with bug pins (I approve) is no exception:

And finally, here’s me:

Big thanks to everybody for participating, and don’t forget to check back next week for another inspiration!

Bug Bites

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by one of Amber Share’s “Subpar Parks” posters, based on one-star reviews of the Sequoia National Park. I actually built the entire outfit around this T-shirt – it’s one of the rare new things I bought recently (from the boys’ section of Uniqlo – why can’t the women’s section have cute shirts like this?). The green color and the graphic print are perfect to mimic the poster, and I paired it with these pants and shoes to mimic the brown tree trunks.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this poster!

SIA Inspiration: Amber Share

It’s my turn to host SIA, and I decided to pick something a little different. I know not a lot of us got to travel this year due to the pandemic (I was super lucky that I got to go to Russia and get back before everything shut down), so when I saw these funny travel posters for US national parks by designer Amber Share, based on one-star reviews, I immediately knew I wanted to use one of them as inspiration for SIA. After some deliberation, I decided to choose this one for the Sequoia National Park in California:

I chose it mainly because it’s funny, but also because the colors – shades of green and brown – are what I’ve been wearing a lot lately, so I’m naturally drawn to them. You can see more posters here and buy them here, if you want. Remember to send your outfits to me ( by next Tuesday, September 8th. Have fun!


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!