Style Imitating Art: Aurora Borealis

This week’s Style Imitating Art theme is Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church. 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 10 PM Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. It’s enormous fun, I can tell you!

This is the third time that I have taken part and each time it has pushed me to get creative with my clothing. The first time we were inspired by Cezanne’s Woman With a Coffee Pot, the last time it was Nick Cage’s Soundsuit and today it’s Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church, a truly breathtaking piece of artwork.

Style Imitating Art Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church

I had originally intended to wear browns, until I realised the brown section of my wardrobe is sadly lacking! So I decided to go darker and wear a black skirt. It was important to me that I chose something that was a little floaty, due to the ‘floatiness’ feeling I got when gazing at the image. (I know ‘floatiness’ isn’t a real word, by the way lol!). I also knew that I wanted to add bright oranges and cyans too to reflect those gorgeous colours in the sky that are also reflected in the water.

I ended up wearing an orange jumper (Mango) because the only other thing I could have worn (an even brighter orange top), featured in the my last Style Imitating Art outfit! The pops of cyan came in the form of this turquoise necklace that was given to me for Christmas by my in-laws. Isn’t it cute? My mother-in-law also gave me the bracelet, which seemed to go well with my general theme. And, yes, she gave me the ring too lol.

As for shoes, my Rockport sandals told me to wear them, for some reason lol. And the brown tasselled handbag finished the look off. It’s not the most inspiring outfit, I know, but it’s simply what came together on the day! I do love that painting though. It’s one of those images that you can just gaze at for ages and ages, don’t you think? I’d happily have it on my wall at home!

But what about you? How would you style an outfit inspired by Aurora Borealis by Frederic Edwin Church? I’d love to know what aspects of the artwork speak to you?

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Turtle turquoise necklace
Grandidierite and Diamond Halo Ring
Australian Boulder Opal and Natural Cambodian Zircon Marquise (24x12mm) Ring
Grandidierite and White Diamond Halo Ring
Arizona Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Enamelled Floral Necklace
Multi Strand Statement Necklace
Cat Eye Jewels Chakra Bracelet
Amazon turquoise necklace 2
Amazon turquoise necklace
Middelburg Covered Sandals Caramel Leather
Balla Sandals Brown Rancher
Manisa Smart Block Heel Sandals Stone Leather
Balla Sandals Taupe Tie Dye
Metallic pleated skirt
Flared long skirt
Flared long skirt
Openwork cropped sweater
High collar ribbed knit sweater
Openwork knit cotton polo
Amazon fringe bag
Happy Ginger earrings
Boohoo fringe bag


  1. April 21, 2021 / 1:29 pm

    Suzy, I really like this outfit! The orange jumper against the black skirt really creates a nice dramatic and artistic look! And of course, your jewelry is always on point. Fabulous, my friend!


    • Suzy
      April 23, 2021 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Shelbee! I used to have the most fabulous dark brown skirt that would have been even better but I have no idea what I did with it — knowing me, I probably gave it away!!
      Suzy xx

  2. Regine Karpel
    April 21, 2021 / 3:00 pm

    Beautiful. I love the look. I’m glad I stumbled to your blog. Have a great day.

    • Suzy
      April 23, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      You are the so sweet, Regine! Thank you so much for your kind comments.
      Suzy xx

  3. April 21, 2021 / 3:35 pm

    We both used the same elements! I traded your mainly orange with hints of turquoise to mainly turquoise with hints of orange. I love when something like this happens. We were definitely thinking along the same lines. I like the word “floatiness”. Sometimes you just have to invent words to describe what you are talking about.

    Stretching my creative, is also what got me initially hooked on SIA. Sometimes it’s a little more difficult but satisfying in the end.

    • Suzy
      April 23, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      YAY Terri — they do say that great minds think alike lol!
      Thank you so much, lovely!
      Suzy xx

  4. April 22, 2021 / 8:10 am

    What a perfect interpretation! You really captered the floatiness(the word reminds me of IT, they all float). I’m impressed with your video!!

    • Suzy
      April 23, 2021 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks Nancy! When you say IT — do you mean the super creepy horror film??! (I haven’t seen it LOL)
      Suzy xx

  5. April 22, 2021 / 3:22 pm

    I disagree about the outfit not being the most inspiring one. I think it is really good. Well balanced and certainly a good tribute to the painter.
    The painting itself is a true work of art, but I wouldn’t want it on my wall. It makes me feel gloomy.
    And that mother-in-law of yours… she is the best.

    • Suzy
      April 23, 2021 / 2:40 pm

      Aww thanks Greetje! My mother-in-law is very special. And isn’t it funny how art has such a different effect on us all?
      Suzy xx

  6. April 23, 2021 / 5:36 pm

    I love the air of floatiness the skirt and the purse. Paired with that sweater, I really see the painting with it. Lovely jewelry of course: great taste does your mother in law have!

  7. Beba
    April 23, 2021 / 6:36 pm

    Hey Suzy!
    I just watched ur vídeo on creativity. It’s my first time commenting since your name change. I love the look!

  8. April 24, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    Oh wow this art piece is fantastic! And I love how you interpreted it in your outfit! What a great idea. You look so chic!

    Life is a Shoe

  9. April 25, 2021 / 12:10 am

    I love the colors in the art pieces! The mustard yellow and orange with the blue is just stunning. THe bright orange and your blue jewelry pieces are just the perfect mix for your interpretation and the backdrop of black represented in your pretty long skirt.
    Very nice!!
    jess xx

  10. April 26, 2021 / 11:54 pm

    The painting is so captivating – I seem to be drawn to moody artwork! Your outfit is fantastic! The turquoise necklace looks amazing against the orange jumper. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

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