Fashionistas, thanks for joining me for this alphabet edition of my fashion haus 06.2020. It’s been a hot minute since I last opened my fashion haus. To be exact, April. When I shared this poppy edition. For today’s post, had to chase out the spiders with the broom then sweep out the spider webs before I could get in the door.
Want to share a couple of outfits today. Calling this the alphabet edition because I am sharing a GYPO summer capsule look and an SIA interpretation. The only thing missing is LMNOP.
So, enough with the alphabet soup, let’s get to the clothes!!
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Summer 2020 Capsule Wardrobe Day 6
The first outfit is my interpretation of day 6 of the get Your Pretty On summer capsule wardrobe. With my annual membership to Alison’s style challenges and capsule wardrobes, I get access to shopping lists and outfit formulas that help me look put together for all four seasons of the year. As you already know, I love GYPO!!
The day 6 outfit formula was graphic top + olive bottoms + metallic shoes. Alison suggested we could dress up the look by wearing an olive skirt with a white button down and metallic heels. Or dress it down by swapping out the metallic sandals for tennies.
I wore this for a real live dinner date to Kona Grill and then shopping at our upscale (by El Paso standards) outdoor shopping area The Fountains at Farrah.
While shopping at JCrew Factory, I scored a pair of bright floral shorts that are also on the summer capsule wardrobe shopping list. Regularly $59.00, I got them for $17.00!
Saved $41.65…boy, would my mom be proud of me.
SIA Interpretation of the Tripled Portrait
The second outfit is one I put together for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation with Salazar, Daenel and Kim. If you are unfamiliar with the SIA challenges, I think Kim explains them well.
Style Imitating Art challenges us to look to creating an outfit using art as an inspiration. In addition to colors, you may also want to look at textures, mood, genre and style. There are no “wrong” outfits and you don’t need to be literal.
I tend to get hung up on trying to do a literal interpretation rather than just having fun. Most often I am focus on trying to find something in my closet that is the exact colors in the art. One time I even went out to buy – yes, BUY – pieces for my SIA outfit…missing the point altogether. But not this time, baby.
Here’s the painting that Salazar chose for this edition of Style Imitating Art. It is entitled “Triple Portrait of Charles II” painted by Kehinde Wiley. Check out some of his other work, here.
My immediate reaction was, “Man, I need to find some silver in my closet!” But when I started looking beyond the literal…the shiny, I noticed the back ground, the blues and grays, the black and rich browns. The swirling vines, the flowers, fur epaulettes. So much more than just shininess!!
Here’s what I came up with.
Started with my burnout velvet kimono. It’s floral print mimics the vines and flowers in the painting. And the colors worked, too – blue, black, silver on a gray background. The kimono has a a bit of sheen to it in some of the velvet.
For good measure, I added a little more silver with the sandals I chose.
The blue in my kimono (similar, similar) wasn’t exactly the same robin’s egg shade in the painting. Which bothered my OCD sensibilities a bit. But I pushed on. Choosing a medium blue or royal blue tee that more closely matched my kimono. Added some cool khaki-colored or maybe stone Loft Outlet chino shorts (exact, similar).
My selfie skills are suffering because I still don’t have the issue figured out with using my phone as a remote with my DSL. The program that connected my phone to my camera performed an upgrade and now the camera can’t find the phone. Going to play around with fixing things tomorrow. Tomorrow is always a good day for projects like that.
Asked Lauren to take a photo of me and she snapped the one below.
I think you can get a better feel for the print of the kimono in this photo. The way the lightweight, semi-sheer fabric moves reflects the swirling curly cues in the painting. Kind of proud of my ability to think beyond the shininess that was the first thing I noticed about this art.
What are you wearing this summer? Have you tried kimonos and shorts together? That has become one of my favorite looks this season. I don’t always feel 100% comfy wearing shorts out in public but decided this is the year that I rise above that self-consciousness. Adding a kimono gives me more confidence. Think security blanket!! If you haven’t given it a go, you might try it. Check out these great, affordable kimonos in a variety of colors and prints.
For other summer outfit formulas, check out Alison’s freebie “5 Summer Outfit Formulas”, here.
And if you would like to participate in the GYPO summer 2020 capsule wardrobe, please use my affiliate link to register. Oh, and see those floral shorts in the first panel in the graphic above? Yuppers, those are the ones I scored at JCrew.
Thank you for coming by for this alphabet edition of my fashion haus. Hope you have managed to stay well and are beginning to see your community waking up from this long Covid hibernation.
Hugs and kisses,