Hello and welcome to my styling of this round of Style Imitating Art.
About Style Imitating Art
Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational work and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.
This Week’s Inspirational Work
This SIA inspiration is the Jonathan Singleton Copley’s portrait of Paul Revere, which was picked by me. Last Monday was President’s Day here in the US and this work seemed very appropriate.
I was inspired by the simplicity of the photo: a beautiful white shirt against a dark vest and silver, silver, silver!
My first decision was the all important white shirt. I consider a good white shirt to be #1 of all Closet Essentials. This particular white shirt, with it’s gorgeous tucked 3/4st length sleeves, was found at my good friend Debby’s shop What To Wear, which is on the square in Butler, MO.
Unfortunately, I bought it one week before lock down and never really got to wear it out. Correction, I got to wear it one time to a wine tasting event for our wine club. This was the last social event with people that Michael and I have been to. It will be one year March 10th. I bet many of you can relate.
Getting back to the matter at hand. Next came the vest. I will admit that I think Revere’s vest is a very dark blue but that I didn’t have that. However, I have a great black vest by Covered Perfectly, which now seems to be back under new ownership. I featured this vest twice on my blog HERE and HERE. It’s been one handy dandy piece for my wardrobe.
However, it’s not available anymore. But I found a really nice one on sale at JJill.
As far as pants, it’s hard to match blacks and I wasn’t happy how my black jeans or other black pants looked against my vest. Then I remembered that I had an older pair of damask motif jeans, which with their multiple textured pattern worked great.
The grey suede Rebecca Minkoff boots (bought new) are very old and have been on here so many times, I can’t even list them. This pair is a perennial favorite. I’m wondering if she is discontinuing her shoe line because there are only four styles on her site.
Accessories: Silver, Silver Silver!
I decided to use my silver that had scroll work detail, which included a Brighton cuff and Brighton locket which I purchased new from my friend Debby’s shop. The Brighton link bracelet was found second hand on eBay. It’s funny, I never really cared for Brighton. But, spending time with Debby, I started to see some pieces that I could see me wearing and now I have my locket and cuff. I haven’t noticed Brighton jewelry on other blogs. Does anyone else own some?
Buying Brighton on eBay is hard because there are so many fakes around and it’s hard to tell if it’s real from a photo. Sometimes, you just have to hold it in your hand and feel it. I’m not sure I’ll try it again.
I’ve had my black belt with its southwestern styled buckle for almost twenty years and probably found it at TJ Maxx because that’s about the only place I shopped for new stuff back then.
My silver ring is by Kansas City designer Cheryl Eve Acosta. Cheryl is originally from Puerto Rico and the ocean and nature are very strong motifs in her work. My ring is a small ocean wave. Her work is beautiful and I hope you check out her designs because she is astounding (and has the awards to back it up).
My bag for today is my Campbell exotic leather Camera Bag by Coach; an old one but a good one when I need a smaller cross body bag. I actually found on (used once) on eBay!
My Hair For Today
I know that a few of you are curious and have asked me to do a post on my “alternative hair styles” I still may write that post but I am also going to try and talk about my “fun with wigs” a tad more on my regular stories.
For my hair today, I wanted to continue the silver theme and picked the color Illumina-R in Aria, an older Renè of Paris Style (no longer available.) You can get a similar style at their sister company Noriko. I bought this wig from Heather of Cyster Wigs, as I do all my wigs. It definitely is a fashion color but such a fun one and I do like having some fashion color styles in my collection.
A little extra news is that Heather has come out with her own Illumina type color that she calls Illuminaughty Rooted in her signature wigs. Of course, it is sold out, as quickly as she released it. Fortunately, she’s good about restocking her styles that she knows customers love. Her signature wig line is a new adventure and she is starting out with really reasonably priced products.
A final note-I did have my Rène styled by my hairdresser because I wanted it shorter but still wanted the asymmetrical style. Quite a few hairdressers will work with customer’s wigs.
The Portrait-How Could I Resist?
I filled a silver platter with some of my hand-spun yarn that I have made (along with a knitted sock). I had to do this one!
I was in the habit, in the early days, of putting together a STILL-LIFE of some of my accessories used in the post. I did one today featuring my three vintage Rodo metal clutches along with my jewelry.
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, (along with a small blurb on how the work influenced you choices) please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow. 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.
Take care everyone and stay creative!