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.
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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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!
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!!
Beautiful. I love the look. I’m glad I stumbled to your blog. Have a great day.
You are the so sweet, Regine! Thank you so much for your kind comments.
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.
YAY Terri — they do say that great minds think alike lol!
Thank you so much, lovely!
What a perfect interpretation! You really captered the floatiness(the word reminds me of IT, they all float). I’m impressed with your video!!
Thanks Nancy! When you say IT — do you mean the super creepy horror film??! (I haven’t seen it LOL)
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.
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?
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!
I just watched ur vídeo on creativity. It’s my first time commenting since your name change. I love the look!
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!
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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.
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!