Style Imitating Art: Sheep by the Sea by Rosa Bonheur

This week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece is Sheep by the Sea by Rosa Bonheur. Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar (14 Shades of Grey), Terri (Meadow Tree Style), and Daenel (Living Outside the Stacks). Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of the hosts selects an inspiration image and they each post the image on their blogs. The following Monday they share their art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10pm Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. This week, the curator is Daenel. For the last Style Imitating Art challenge, we styled Jazz Stories: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow #1: Somebody Stole My Broken Heart by Faith Ringgold.

When I first looked at Sheep by the Sea by Rosa Bonheur, I was stumped. I had absolutely no idea how I would style an outfit based on this pretty painting. In the end, I decided to just keep the picture on my laptop as I opened my wardrobe…then things just started leaping out at me. Specifically, the blues, the creams and the greens.

I had only just put away all my summer shoes, and replaced them with my winter boots. So this seemed like the perfect opportunity to put on my trusty Timberlands, which I’ve had for years. They are probably the most comfortable pair of boots I’ve ever had. I love them to bits and I can’t bear the idea that they will one day wear out (just like the rest of us, right lol?!)

I pulled out the colour green in this cute little summer top I bought from Stradivarius a few years ago, and a necklace from my MIL. The cardigan just added a little extra cream—it’s from Parfois a couple of years go. Would you believe I paid less than ten euros for it? Such a bargain!

I tied the look together with a brown suede fringed handbag from Massimo Dutti, which actually gets very little use these days because it hardly holds anything. There’s barely room for a wallet in there. But it looks cute though! And there you have it, my take on Sheep by the Sea by Rosa Bonheur. A simple outfit, but one which I rather like. Usually, you wouldn’t often see me wearing boots with a summer top, but lately, I’m just too hot to wear long sleeves. Like, Sunday night, for example. We had friends over for a Halloween dinner (homemade vegan pizza to be precise), and I got all dressed up in my finest witchy outfit (a black lacey dress with a high Victoriana style collar, black and white striped tights and black boots) and then promptly changed into a green and black sleeveless top with black jeans rolled up at the ankles! These bloomin’ hot flushes are driving me crazy!

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    • Suzy
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      November 3, 2021 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Mireille!
      Hugs
      Suzy xx

  1. November 3, 2021 / 3:43 pm

    Suzy, I love this outfit! It is not at all boring as you implied. I really like the cute tie dye top with that cool cardigan. And you can never go wrong with skinny jeans and tall boots this time of year…except when you are suffering from a hot flush!

    Shelbee

    • Suzy
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      November 3, 2021 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks Shelbee! I’ve always been such a fan of wearing knee high boots with skinny jeans. I like them with thick leggings as well, but I haven’t found a decent pair for a long time. I want to get me some black Spanx ones I saw online recently lol! They’re not cheap though!
      Hugs
      Suzy x

  2. November 4, 2021 / 6:06 am

    You did so well, styling this outfit. Not only because it is indeed a good reflection of the painting, it is also a really lovely outfit. It looks very stylish.
    Greetje

    • Suzy
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      November 4, 2021 / 4:29 pm

      Thanks Greetje! It’s turned cold now so I wouldn’t be able to wear this outside today!! Brrrrr
      Suzy xx

  3. November 4, 2021 / 10:16 am

    Hello,
    It looks very nice when you put the jeans in the boots. Especially when the boots have such a beautiful autumn color. A great picture by the way, the one with the sheep :-).
    Hugs from Germany, Martina

    • Suzy
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      November 4, 2021 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Martina!
      Hugs
      Suzy xx

  4. November 5, 2021 / 1:56 pm

    Suzy, I love this interpretation! I found the art work a little difficult at first, too. And, then, BAM! There it was. You look splendid in this tank/cardigan combination. And the boots are the cherry on top! But, those hot flashes? They never happen when you need them…like when it’s snowing…and they’re always there when you don’t…like when you’re trying to hurry up and get dressed because you have somewhere to go! LOL!

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    • Suzy
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      November 9, 2021 / 10:01 am

      Thanks so much, Marsha! And yes that hot flushes always happen when I’m trying to get ready lol!
      Hugs
      Suzy xx

  5. November 6, 2021 / 7:55 pm

    Your outfit really came together — the colors are perfect for the inspiration piece.

    I have a pair of Miz Mooz boots that I baby. I’m guessing they’re very much like your Timbs. So very comfortable and funky. And the versatility can’t be matched — they go with jeans, dresses, slacks, everything.

    *whew* I guess I’m passionate about these boots. LOL

    • Suzy
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      November 9, 2021 / 9:48 am

      LOL I think you are very passionate about those boots, Daenel! LOL!
      Hugs
      Suzy xx

  6. November 9, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    All the muted color is so beautifully moody.

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