Hello and welcome to my interpretation of this weeks Style Imitating Art.
Style Imitating Art is hosted biweekly by Salazar of14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to create an outfit using art as inspiration. From experience, I know that there are so many different ways to interpret a work of art art and a carry out a creative project. There aren’t wrong answers! There are so many ways of interpretation: colors, genre, subject matter, particular elements of art and design …I could go on.
This Weeks Inspirational Work
This weeks inspirational work is A Girl With a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer which was chosen by me.
My interpretation of this work is fairly literal; blue, yellow and pearls. I styled something that I could easily wear out and about. Before Covid, we regularly ate out at our little wine bistro here in our small town and are looking forward to returning to our routine. This outfit is perfect for something like that; my “Wine Bar Casual” look, as you could say ( I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to this kind of look).
All items featured have been with me for quite a while. My DKNY asymmetrical cardigan was on clearance about a dozen years ago at TJ Maxx and I pull it out occasionally but usually wear it with grey so pairing it with blue is a different look for me.
Rather than a white collar, I have a long faithful V-neck top from Chico’s. Years ago, on the way out of Joplin, after visiting my daughter, I would stop by Chico’s and check out their sale rack. This was one of my sale scores.
My blue is picked up in my American Eagle jeans. Can you believe that I found these at Goodwill? My kids kept telling me how great American Eagle jeans were, but I just didn’t take heed. It took being able to get get a pair for about $5 that tempted me to try them. Well, three pairs later, I am a big fan!
Marc Fisher is one of my favorite shoe companies, and I am wearing a pair of blue suede boots from them.
Then there are my pearls. Firstly, I didn’t go with a pearl necklace but a pendent necklace that I made from a piece that I got on sale at Joanne’s. It might be some type of quartz? But whatever it is, it goes with the pearls that I chose to wear.
I have large pearl drops (no idea when and where I got them), a three strand bracelet from eBay and a single pearl ring from my favorite eBay shops; Gemporium. Most pieces from Gemporium are auction based and it’s really hard to win a auction-they are that popular.
Not a Turban But Something For My Hair
I have one black hair band and that is the only one I own. I wanted some kind of hair treatment so took a scrap of blue silk that I dyed for another project and wrapped it around my black band. I have to admit, I like the way it looks and might wear it again.
If I go out wearing this, I will carry a bag, of course. My pick might surprise you because it has none of my outfit colors. I’m using one of my Anthony Luciano’s that he has done in the three secondary colors. I love how it contrasts with yellow.
Anthony makes all his bags by hand at his studio at West 36th Street in New York. His bags are very expensive and there is no way I could ever afford one new and constantly scour Internet 2nd sale sites for his bags.
He’s such a nice guy and always says something nice on Instagram when I post me with one of his 2nd loved bags and he knows that I never purchase them new.
Now It’s Your Turn
That finishes me out. It’s now your turn. How have you interpreted this wonderful work of art? If you have not already sent me your design, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do a roundup this Wednesday featuring all your designs. There are no wrong answers and I’m looking forward to your style ideas.
As an retired art teacher, this is so up my ally and I am so happy to get to be part of this challenge.
Create on and stay safe, my friends.