I am again participating in the Style Imitating Art Challenge , which is the brain child of three bloggers: Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks, Kim of Fierce Fashion, and Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey. Twice a month they they take turns picking a work of art or a piece of historical clothing and challenge us to style an outfit that is inspired by the work.
This week Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks has picked a gorgeous pair of boudoir slipper Welcome to this edition of Style Imitating Art. Today’s selection is a pair of boudoir slippers from E. D. Burt & Co. Fine Shoes from about 1865-1885. Aren’t they gorgeous? I own a fair amount of purple and found one of my previous post that fit the bill. This post was previously published on March 18th, 2018 with a few updates that I made for this challenge.
This is a post that I have previously published and felt it expressed the beautiful purple that I love in these shoes.
From childhood, I’ve enjoyed the blooming of irises. My appreciation goes back to my mother who grew irises in her garden. On trips to my grandparents in Oklahoma, Mom would divide my grandma’s irises and take roots back with our family to Missouri. When Michael and I made the move to our home, Mom shared her iris bounty with us. A favorite for me of these heirloom irises now gracing our garden, is the color combination of purple and brown.
The “styling like an iris” inspiration came a trip to Joplin’s Goodwill. My best luck comes at thrift stores when I go in with an clear heart and just see what I like. That day, the general feeling of “Spring’s coming!” was floating around in my head.
Two items that I scored were a oblong chiffon leopard scarf and a never worn cotton/rayon/nylon purple turtleneck with its tag cut out. What does that mean? This is not the first time I’ve brought new looking things home without tags. I don’t know for sure, maybe an alert reader does, but I wonder if the donating brand just didn’t want buyers from thrift stores to know.
Checking out: I threw the scarf on the turtleneck and loved the combo. Got home and pulled out my silk/linen brown Charter Club pants that I found over six years ago from eBay. Adding my Steve Madden Leopard flats…a new outfit is created!
One detail that I like on these pants is a side split (see below). I now find myself designing side splits frequently into pants I make.
Do you like heelless flats? These are the first I’ve owned in a while. For me, it makes them a two-season show, Spring and Fall.
The pin (below), Mr. Leopard, had been quietly hiding in my drawer for a long time. In the ’80’s, I would get pins from museum shops. I believe this guy came from The Metropolitan Museum of art.
I think my Georgina Leopard cuff (below) is pretty chic. Using negative spaces for the spots is ingenious. Georgina Hererra of Georgina Jewelry makes a point to have jewelry lines at all price ranges. Unfortunately, my cuff is a bit old and discontinued.
Does anyone else love Rebecca Minkoff’s Love Bags? For me, they give off a Chanel vibe without that hefty price tag. The straps can change from a cross-body look to a shoulder bag look. Love’s come in so many finishes and styles, you can find one to go for about any occasion.
I have gone all out for gold tones today. Purple loves gold. I’m happy that gold is finally showing up more. During the 90’s it seemed to be passé but I kept every piece of gold jewelry I had and am always happy to add to my collection.
Have you ever thought about wearing purple and brown together? Lilac would be another great color to pair with brown and you might see that from me later in the summer.
A Few Links for Today
A lot of Leopard from Steve Madden (mine are very old).
As far as the hair; this was back when I only wore a topper. Some of the hair you see is mine but my Jon Renau topper (this is before I finally braved a full wig) adds a fullness that I have never had. My hair has always been baby fine and on the thin side and this topper just gives it a little boost. I still wear my topper and recommend them for those who just want a little help. They come in all lengths.
Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
Husband Michael gets credit for today’s photos.
As always, take care, stay creative and style on.