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!
As I cleaned out and reorganized my closet during the lockdown, I put away a number of cardigans – some that are too old, some that don’t fit or are not my style anymore. This one, though, is one of the few that I still keep, mainly because the embroideries are too pretty to pass up. I didn’t wear it as much as I’d like to because it’s a bit short, but now that high-waisted pants are in style again, it actually pairs quite well with them, so I’m happy to bring it out more often.
I was trying a bit of “ton-sur-ton” (or “tone-on-tone”) with this outfit. But an entire brown outfit looks rather drab, so I added a pop of blue with my loafers and brooch. In my mind it was a bit haphazard, but the actual outfit turns out better than I expected (if I do say so myself.) It goes to show that the colors don’t have to match, they just have to go with each other.
On another note, this T-shirt, along with the green one I wore a couple of weeks ago, are actually men’s tees. I got so fed up because the women’s tees at my local stores only come in colors that look horrible on me, like hot pink, purple, and bright yellow. Meanwhile, the men’s tees are thicker, fit me better (I have a long torso so women’s tees always end up too short), the higher neckline is more flattering, and come in all of “my” colors like brown and green. So of course, they are a natural choice.
This week’s SIA inspiration, “Personnages aux Chevaux” by French artist Marcelle Cahn, is a true challenge for me. At first, I thought about going the equestrian route – my brown riding boots would be a good choice for both the colors and the theme – but then I didn’t know what pants to pair them with to mimic the rest of the painting. Then I thought about color blocking, but I don’t have the exact colors in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided to pick out the pieces that are closest in colors and put them together. I also added my pendant necklace as an interpretation of the exaggerated eyes in the painting.
The result is… interesting, I guess? Not bad, exactly. Although I’m leaning toward this kind of loose-fitting silhoutte now, I certainly would never pair these items together if it wasn’t for SIA, so at least it’s something new.
Don’t forget to check out Kim’s blog to see other interpretations of this painting!
It’s not until I put up these photos that I realized this outfit was essentially a more casual take on another outfit I wore last month. The colors are the same – I just swapped the blouse for a T-shirt and the pumps for a pair of flats. I actually much prefer this outfit. The T-shirt is more fitted so it balances out the relaxed silhouette of the pants, and the flats look more proportionate with these pants than the pumps too. And this was just something I literally threw on for running errands, as opposed to an outfit that I agonize over. It just goes to show, when it comes to style, sometimes instinct works better.