Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s “Leisure Lady (with Ocelots)”. This one was quite a challenge for me, mostly due to the busy pattern of the lady’s dress. If it were winter, I would be able to put together an outfit quite easily, but when the weather is warm, I always feel disinclined to wear too many patterns (and most of my warm-weather clothes only have simple, streamlined patterns like stripes and plaid, or embroideries). After some searching, I managed to find this skirt – it’s certainly one of the busiest summer pieces that I own, and the pattern is reminiscent of animal print, which is appropriate, plus the colors match. I paired it with this turquoise top for the touch of blue/green in the lady’s dress, and of course, I had to accessorize with my cheetah brooch (no ocelot, but it’s close, right?) So I’m reasonably happy with the outfit… but I would be much happier if this was a winter challenge :)))
I’m continuing with my attempt to slowly switch my clothes for warmer weather. I think I was in a state of shock most years because we never have much of a spring – just a week of humidity and intense discomfort, and then suddenly it’s summer – but this year, we actually have some pretty spring-like weather. It’s still pretty cool in the morning here (in fact, we’re due for another cold snap later this week), so I went with my short-sleeve sweater and wool skirt, but I kept the colors brighter and accessorized with a flower brooch to make it more spring-like. I may never warm up to spring (cheesy pun totally intended), but I’m getting the hang of dressing for it.