A Vintage ’49er for Louis Wain’s “Cats Playing Golf” Illustrations

Welcome to my interpretation for this round of Style Imitating Art.

A Little Background

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 next Wednesday, the curator shares all the submissions on her blog.

This Weeks Curator

Salazar picked this round’s work.

Humorous colour illustration by Louis Wain, the famous cat artist, showing a group of cats playing golf.

Salazar picked this round’s work. a series of illustrations by Louis Wain, the English artist best known for his paintings of anthropomorphic cats and “psychedelic” cats. Since she watched “The Electric Life of Louis Wain” (with Benedict Cumberbatch as Wain) earlier this year, she has wanted to feature his work in SIA.

Louis Wain did have mental problems which eventually led him to be hospitalized during the later part of his life. During this later period is when his cats became”electric”. These cats have nothing to do with today’s challenge but I think it is incredibly interesting to see this progression. To read more about Louis Wain, as usual, Wikipedia has a good article found HERE.

A progression of Louis Wane’s cats finally transitioning into totally abstract entities.

My Choices for this Challenge

I knew immediately that I was going to use one of my Pendleton 49er jackets. I have four in my collection; three vintage and one modern (bought in 2004). The 49er style has changed in small ways over the years. However the newer models are very similiar to the originals. A picture of me wearing my newer one (and a bit of 49er history can be found HERE.

My red, blue and cream vintage jacket was my favorite for this particular challenge.

A Grouping of my three vintage 49er Pendelton jackets. The bottom two were found for $5 each about twenty years ago at a local antique mall. The top one was inherited from my late mother-in-law.

Finishing Out the Look

So, one jacket a look does not make. Under my vintage jacket, I have a modern Pendleton wool turtleneck in faded denim blue. I was really happy that this look went great with the new wider-legged jeans that I picked up this fall at Marshall’s. I think this jean style looks best with shorter tops and jackets.

Part of my accessories included a red wool beret and red leather gloves both of which I found on eBay. Both items were new and much more reasonably priced than getting them at a normal store.

Both bag and booties are suede. The boots were new from Marc Fisher a few years ago and my bag was bought new from Frances Valentine during a sale. Francis Valentine is the company that Kate Spade founded two years before her untimely death. The company is still in business using the style sense she had as their vibe. However, I digress.

The Golf Club

I found a gold club for a whopping one dollar at a thrift store just this Saturday. My grandson has been after me to pick up the game and to get any old club to start working on my form. I don’t think that will really ever happen, but, hey, I now have a club! Maybe I’ll get on YouTube to see about that form stuff or have him go over it with me this Christmas.

That finishes me up here but if you want to see some terrific early Pendleton ads, go HERE. Lizzie of Vintage Traveler can always be counted on to have great posts about vintage sportswear.

The Kid Doing His Thing

I don’t think I’ve ever put a grandkid on here before, but love watching Harrison playing golf.

That’s it, I’m done.

I hope this art inspires you to create a look and that you will join us. Send a photo of your SIA-inspired outfit along with a small blurb on how you were inspired to Salazar whose email is 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tomorrow. She will share the submissions on her blog this Wednesday.

Anyone can participate and you certainly do not have to have a blog.

If you do share your inspirations on Instagram use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you are there. You can also tag us in the images. Our Instagram names are @terrigardner_meadowtree, @14shadesofgrey, and @shelbeeontheedge.

Salazar will be putting together her review to be published Wednesday. If you have an entry, please send it to her at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Time to go and see you later!

13 thoughts on “A Vintage ’49er for Louis Wain’s “Cats Playing Golf” Illustrations

  1. I am not participating this go round due to a horrible cold (at least, I hope that’s all it is). But, honestly, I was stumped by it! You, however, purrfectly nailed it! I had never heard of 49er jackets, but I’m going to be scoping them out now! Your entire outfit from your head to your toes just embodies these prints! Loved the video, too!


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  2. Oh Terri, I absolutely adore this look! The colors are gorgeous and the combination of your contemporary wide legged jeans and vintage jacket is so perfect. I love that you found a golf club for $1! I am definitely not a golfer (I once swung at a single ball for an hour on a driving range and I never made contact with the thing!), so I really appreciate those who can play the game skillfully. It was very cool to see your grandson at his sport! Fun post and fabulous outfit!


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  3. The Pendleton brand really takes me back. I remember buying Pendleton pieces at Goodwill when I had my first job out of college in about 1997. I think I was probably buying items made in the 1980s and early 1990s. Such good quality at a price I could afford at the time. Your jacket is lovely, and I really like the red + blue color scheme you worked with.

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    1. Up until a couple of years ago, I was still getting some things during their Winter clearance but decided the quality just wasn’t to my liking anymore. I will always love the 49er’s-their look and lines are so distinctive


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