Calyx

For this week’s SIA, inspired by the “Calyx” fabric designed by British artist Lucienne Day, I had to dig around for a bit. I do have prints in my closet, but they’re mostly “classic” ones like stripes, plaid, and floral, nothing that matches the graphic quality of this print. Then I remembered this dress – I mean, short of buying the fabric myself and making a garment out of it, this is the closest I can get, both in terms of the color scheme and the print. The original design has an olive green background, so I paired the dress with my green silk shirt (it was almost identical to the last time I wore this dress, but hey, when a formula works…) My brooch is a nod to the print as well. All in all, I’m quite pleased with how the outfit turned out, even if it took me a while to come up with it. Usually when something takes me a long time, I’ll end up overthinking it and the outfit would be overwrought, but this one is just right.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!


Feeding In The Light

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Feeding in the Light” by Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead. When I saw this painting, I immediately knew I’d wear my yellow skirt. It’s the brightest item in my closet, and yellow is a major part of the painting. For the rest of it, I struggled a bit, but then I remembered my colorful plaid dress – the colors are a bit darker than those in the painting, but they’re pretty close – so I decided to wear it as a top. I then paired them with my green vintage shoes, because the tassels look a bit like the green creature in the painting (an octopus), and added my crab brooches to go with the marine theme. The result is definitely not something I’d wear normally, but that’s the fun of SIA, and I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!


Not-So-Little Miss Sunshine

This outfit is a rare one for me, because I don’t often wear such bright shades together. Usually, I would pair a bright/lighter color with a darker color to balance it out, but the little flower embroideries on this blouse (you can’t even see them in the wide shots because the white is so bright) are so cheerful that I had to echo them in the yellow of the skirt. Those embroideries are also the reason I bought the blouse in the first place – I know pure white like this is no friend to my complexion (it makes me look sallow; ivory/beige would look better), but I can’t resist a cute embroidery.


Bee Square

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Anne M. Bray’s “Scrappy Square” fabric art. After looking through the various squares, I ended up choosing Shelbee’s namesake, “ShelBee”, made from a scarf that she gave Anne and some bee-printed fabric (hence my post title). I went with my yellow skirt and gingham ruffled blouse to mimic the colors and patterns of the piece, and of course, I had to top it off with my bee brooch. (Also, you have may noticed the background change. We’re having some work done on the house and the front yard has been taken over by material. This lawn is not a bad replacement, but the grass tends to get high and there are bugs, which is why I prefer to stick to the yard.)

Don’t forget to drop by Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wore this week!


Puss In Boots

Because I’m wearing a pussy bow blouse and boots, get it? I know, terrible. Anyway, a pussy bow blouse is one of those typically “vintage” pieces that I tend to stay away from, because it always strikes me as overly fussy – I like vintage style, but even with vintage, I still prefer clean lines and straightforward designs, and fussy things like bows, ruffles, and lace trims always make me feel sloppy and overwhelmed. However, this blouse is fairly straightforward, even with the bow, so I’m willing to give it a try. By pairing it with simple and slightly masculine pieces like here, I think I can balance out the fussiness.