Northern Lights


My outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s “Aurora Borealis“, is a bit of a loose interpretation. I thought about wearing one of my pleated velvet skirts to mimic the luminescent light, but ultimately, I decided on this wool skirt instead because the dark background + brighter plaid actually reflected the painting quite well. I paired it with my Fair Isle sweater because it’s similar to a Nordic/Icelandic sweater, and of course, Nordic countries are often where you go to catch the Aurora, so I thought it would be appropriate. Plus, it also has that dark background + bright pattern that is reminiscent of the Aurora. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out.

Don’t forget to send me your outfit if you haven’t done so (the deadline is Tuesday) and to check back here on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!

SIA Inspiration: Frederic Edwin Church

It’s my turn to host SIA, and since we’ve had an unusual piece last time with Terri, I decided to go for something more classical:

This is the painting “Aurora Borealis” by American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. I picked it because it reminds me of my own experience seeing the Aurora last year in Russia – this is much closer to what we actually saw (though ours was not as spectacular) than the eye-searingly bright lights you often see in photos nowadays. The muted color palette combined with the luminescence of the Aurora could also be interesting. So put together an outfit, send it to me by next Tuesday (April 20th), and have fun!

A Parliament Of Owls

This week’s SIA outfit, inspired by one of the “soundsuits” by artist and sculptor Nick Cave, took me some thinking. The crocheted granny squares on the suit could be a jumping-off point, but I have nothing similar in my closet. In the end, I just pulled out the most colorful and outrageous piece I have – this top – and relied on the accessories to bring in some of the colors and textures of the inspiration piece.

I noticed that there are a lot of figurines of birds, especially owls, on the suit, so I brought out all the owl brooches I own. I have a couple more “bird” brooches, but I wanted to maintain some sense of cohesion in the outfit, so I’m sticking with owls. And for that same reason, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. I guess I could try some pattern-mixing or something more “wild”, but I think it’s more important to keep the outfit wearable than to make it as close to the inspiration as possible.

SIA Inspiration: Nick Cave

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and she picked quite an unusual piece:

This is a Soundsuit by the artist and sculptor Nick Cave (not to be confused with the musician). He has made hundreds of these suits (so called because they make sounds when worn) and the story behind their creation is absolutely fascinating. There is a lot to unpack here in terms of colors, textures, and patterns, so I don’t even know where to begin, but I can’t wait to see what everybody does. Just remember to send your outfit to Terri ( by next Tuesday, April 6th!

Woman Without A Coffee Pot

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Paul Cézanne’s “Woman with a Coffee Pot“. These pants (a new-to-me, hand-me-down pair from my mom) are perfect because their color and texture mimic the color and texture of the wall in the painting, and my boots are to reflect the rich brown of the table. The top, however, took some thinking. I was going to wear my navy cable-knit sweater and add a silver brooch, but that was a bit too similar to my “Paul Revere” outfit (I’ve already reworn my white shirt.) In the end, I decided on this Fair Isle sweater instead – there are both gray and white in the pattern, so it’s a nod to the texture on the woman’s dress, the flowers on the wall behind her, and the coffee pot and cup all at the same time. So it’s a bit of a looser interpretation, but I like it.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see all the other outfits for this challenge!