Welcome to my interpretation for this round of Style Imitating Art.
Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational image 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 her blog submissions.
This Round’s Curator
Shelbee is the curator for this round of Style Imitating Art
This Week’s Inspirational Image
This round’s inspiration is from eleven old artist, Andrea Valencia, who paints in a 1930s cubist style reminiscent of Pablo Picasso.
With my limited monochromatic winter wardrobe, I definitely went with the “Tom” approach, complete with the black hat.
It’s obvious that I went with black, white, and grey, with the little color that Tom has represented in a vintage paisley silk scarf. So, let’s start bottoms up.
The pants are a pair of paper bags that I made last year from an Ellie and Mac PDF pattern. The article about them is HERE. I have always loved the idea of paper bags but just don’t have the figure to wear them. Today’s post is a start of an experiment of finding different ways to wear them successfully so they won’t just hang in my closet. I think a jacket or over blouse with a cardi is going in the right direction.
The top is a very old Chico’s top that I think I got before 2012. It does seem that I’ve just always had it. I generally wear it out and not tucked in.
The black jacket is a 2nd hand find from eBay. This is a Juliana Collezione jacket, and one a a few that I have found. All of Juliana Collezione is very well made (much of it is made in the US) and was quite expensive in its time. In fact, some of the second-hand items still are. It just depends on what you are hunting for. I’m done hunting now so I really don’t worry about it anymore but there are some beautiful JC things still out there.
This jacket originally came with gold buttons and I was finding that I just wasn’t wearing it enough (gold always seems more formal to me). I found some silver Bee motif metal buttons on ETSY and replaced the gold with them. Now, I wear it more and I love the Bee buttons!
Now, the Accessories
With the accessories, I am going top-down. The black Fedora wool hat belonged to my father. I removed the original ugly vinyl band and made a few interchangeable ones. The silk grey band with the antique mother-of-pearl buckle by-hand top stitching using silk buttonhole thread is one of them.
The paisley scarf is a silk Echo that I, again, found on eBay.
The bag is one of my Rebecca Minkoff Love bags, which I bought a few years ago new. My flats are just a pair of older pointy pair by Nine West (which I found on eBay new.)
I don’t know if I would wear this outfit in its entirety anywhere, but it has certainly set me on the right path of finding ways to wear my me-made pants.
I think that finishes me for this one. If you have not done so already, please send your ideas to Shelbee at email@example.com by tomorrow.
That’s it for me and I will see you next time!