Style Imitating Art: London Underground Posters by Austin Cooper

This week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece is London Underground Posters by Austin Cooper. Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar (14 Shades of Grey), Terri (Meadow Tree Style) and Shelbee (Shelbee on the Edge). 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 Salazar and you can read all about why she chose this piece of artwork by clicking right here.

I wasn’t sure I was going to make this week’s Style Imitating Art, but I managed to quickly create an outfit first thing this morning. Looking at the images, I had no clue how I would style it though. But then, when I broke down the Austin Cooper’s Posters, I realised I had the perfect little summer dress that I could switch up with the addition of a royal blue top I bought last year from Zara, and some red accents like the necklace and handbag (both gifts from MIL). I actually wore this dress for another SIA post last year.

Okay, so I’m going to admit, I’m not totally loving the outfit because I feel quite far out of my comfort zone, wearing these shoe booties with a dress. Would you believe I’ve never actually worn them yet (I’ve had them a few years)? Don’t get me wrong, I love them—they’re from Ecco and they’re unbelievably comfortable, but I’m not sure I like them with a floaty dress like this. There’s just something about it that’s not quite me. Maybe it’s the dress itself that’s off. I’m not sure. But I was determined to style it for this week’s Style Imitating Art because the colours were so perfect. Perhaps it’s just because I’m wearing a dress and I don’t wear them that often. I really need to embrace them a bit more, right?

So that’s my interpretation of Austin Cooper’s London Underground Posters, a piece of artwork completely different from other Style Imitating Art pieces lately. How would you style this theme? Would you choose the cooler colours of the artwork? Or the warmer shades, like I have?

11 comments so far.

11 responses to “Style Imitating Art: London Underground Posters by Austin Cooper”

  1. OMG, Suzy, this is a bloody brilliant interpretation! And you just “threw it together last minute”! What a darling little dress. The colors are perfect for the posters and I love your layers! I think the shoes look great with the outfit, but I understand what you mean. Often when I wear short skirts or dresses with shoes in that style, I always feel like my ankles look too skinny and my calves look too wide. Something about the proportions always throws me off but I can never figure out what exactly it is!


    • Suzy says:

      Thank you so much, Shelbee! I think that’s probably what it is about these shoes. I think ankle boots would have looked better!
      Big hugs
      Suzy xx

  2. Marsha Banks says:

    Ok…first things first…is that a cairn terrier? Cute, cute, cute! And, the kitty, too! I love dogs, but, at heart, I’m really a cat person! Now that that’s out of the way! I think you got this look perfect! I know what you mean about the shoes…I’ve always felt like I needed something that matched the shoes (like tights, I mean) to lengthen my stumpy legs. It’s weird because I have a couple pairs of shoes just like these and I rarely wear them with dresses either! If I do, I wear tights or sheer black hosiery. I have no problem, though, wearing booties! See…I’m just weird!

  3. Michelle says:

    I love this look, Suzy! Including the booties! You skirt really captures not only the hot colors in the warm poster, but also the feel. The floral somehow manages to convey the geometric waterfall of the posters. Shelbee told me to be sure to check out your purse. She wasn’t wrong! It’s fabulous. And I love the photo of your kitty! What’s his or her name?


    • Suzy says:

      You’re so kind, Michelle! Thank you! The purse is fabulous, isn’t it? It was a gift from MIL a couple of years ago. As for the cat, her name is Shannon—she’s one of three sisters and we absolutely love them to bits. They’re very spoilt lol! The others names are Myrtle and Sadie 🙂
      Suzy xx

  4. Suzy says:

    Thanks so much, Marsha! Luna is actually a Portuguese Podengo, which are often more wiry haired but she’s lovely and soft lol! I love dogs but I’m a true cat person as well! I have three sisters and they’re like our babies!
    Suzy xx

  5. Michelle, says:

    And I missed your pup the first time round. Too busy checking out your outfit. Ha! Luna (I see Marsha asked about her too) is soooo cute!

  6. Your colors are right on the money for this challenge. I find it interesting that both of us went with jean jackets for this challenge. And I chose warm colors too. Love your four-legged family. We have our collection also, four cats and three dogs. Take care, Terri

  7. Love this “thrown together” look with the layering and the gorgeous blue + orange complementary color scheme! I know I’m biased in favor of animals, but I think the dog and cat “accessories” really make the look 😀

  8. I have similar shoes and the same problem. But… with the right skirt or dress, they elevate the outfit to modern. Keep on trying them with the things you got.

  9. Joanne says:

    I’ve seen a lot of the interpretations of this work and I have to say that your outfit takes the cake! What a fabulous job you did pulling colors and feelings from the inspiration pieces.

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