Style Imitating Art: Simultaneous Dresses

This week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece is Simultaneous Dresses (Three Women, Forms, Colours) which was created in 1925 by Sonia Delaunay. 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 Terri.

Simultaneous Dresses

When I first saw Simultaneous Dresses, I was confused—not by the actual piece of art, which is quite striking, but confused as to how I would style it. There is so much going on this painting. It’s full of straight lines, zig-zags, chevrons and colours, I really was unsure which way to go. Initially, I thought I might wear stripes, perhaps with black trousers. But then I figured I ought to wear a dress, considering it’s called Simultaneous Dresses. That’s when I remembered an old dress I bought years ago from Primark which had the same pattern.

Even though I’ve had this dress for years, I’ve hardly worn it. Not because I don’t like it, because I do. I love it, in fact. I’ve hardly worn it because it’s very figure hugging and I always get so self conscious in it. But, now that I’m becoming much more comfortable in my skin and I’m developing my style, I realised all I needed was a shirt to wear over the top of it and tied at the waist. Remember my post about doing this exact thing when you want a bit of extra coverage? See…I’m listening to my own advice lol!

Because there are blues, reds and blacks (among other colours) in Simultaneous Dresses, I chose a red shirt bought from Massimo Dutti over a year ago, folded up the sleeves and threw it over the top of my chevron dress. Once it was tied at the waist, I loved it! As for shoes, I could easily have put on a pair of heels, which I would have done, had I not stubbed my little toe the night before lol. OMG it hurt like a m**********r (and yes I said that out loud at the time!), it throbbed the whole night and the next day, there’s no way I would have been able to put on a pair of heels lol! So, I boldly chose a pair of trainers instead!

My red Skechers were my footwear of choice and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I love the fact that I’m wearing such a dressy dress, an elegant gold clutch and earrings with a shirt tied at the waist with trainers. Fun, right? So, what do you think of my outfit inspired by Simultaneous Dresses? Is it a look you would choose? How would you style this fabulous painting?



  1. May 19, 2021 / 4:21 pm

    Suzy, I love it! This dress looks freaking fantastic on you. And I really love these deep shades of red and blue together. Sorry about your toe! You know that I know all about that pain! The top of my foot is still bruised and tender from when I smashed my toe a few weeks ago.


  2. May 19, 2021 / 4:26 pm

    I love your use of bold primary colors! Stubbing toes is no laughing matter. I’m pretty clumsy and have my share; even breaking my little toe on door jams (twice). The red sneakers just add a bit of “hipness” to the whole look.

  3. May 20, 2021 / 3:17 am

    I love ever about this outfit. Is the slip silver? It looks kind of metallic.

    And I just felt your pain. Toe stubs ain’t no joke.

  4. May 23, 2021 / 1:15 pm

    You know I like this dress a lot from IG. It is cunning to see the geometric figures in the dress matching the painting. Although I can appreciate the sneakers with the dress, I wonder how it would look with a (wedged) heel? Your posture changes with high heels and as I said on IG, I think you look sexy in this dress. This is a style I should never attempt to copy haha.

  5. May 27, 2021 / 1:37 am

    That is a lovely dress – I love the pattern of it. I get that same self-consciousness from “body-con” dresses and often do what you’ve done: layer something over them. I have an acid wash denim vest that I use, plus blazers. I wear a silk shirt tied at the waist around the house just like this!

  6. May 31, 2021 / 4:38 pm

    Nice! I do love the red with the dress , your sneakers and top. I love the zig zag bracelets and the triangle print in your dress. Great interpretation!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • Suzy
      June 5, 2021 / 3:01 pm

      Thanks Jess! It’s such an old dress and I never thought to wear it like this before. And I love the result too!
      Have a lovely weekend!
      Suzy xx