SIA interpretation: Turkish tulip embroidery

Before we get to my SIA interpretation, two quick things:

Back to our regularly scheduled programming… it was my turn to curate the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and I chose a gorgeous red-and-turquoise floral embroidery detail from a 16th century Turkish caftan from the Ottoman period.

And there’s still time to participate in SIA! All are welcome, whether you have a blog or not. Just send a pic of something you wear inspired by this week’s artwork — and your pic can be a selfie or a flat lay! — and email me with your submission by tonight, April 4, by 10 p.m. PST. I will post the SIA round-up tomorrow morning.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA collage for Turkish tulips embroidery

My starting point — as usual — was the color combination. Y’all know I’m a fan of saturated colors, which is probably the main reason I was drawn to this piece of embroidery. I have added a lot of red to my closet over the past couple of years, and I thought about my new red pencil skirt, my darker red fit-and-flare dress, and my red cardigan. In the end, I chose my red ankle pants (for comfort), and then paired them with my new turquoise cardigan. When I button cardigans all the way up, it’s like I’m getting extra use out of them because they then become like sweaters — especially when you can find a style, like this August Silk line, that has buttons the same color as the cardigan.

(By the way, I have paired red and turquoise together before, seen here, for a totally different look!)

The finishing touch was my scarf. And I didn’t go floral — instead, I went paisley! I think it captures the essence of the inspiration piece, even if it’s a different kind of pattern. It’s a pretty full scarf, as seen here, but I managed to turn it into an infinity scarf. (How? I first knotted the ends of the scarf together, folded the ends back into the knot so there weren’t any straggly bits, looped the scarf twice around my neck, and then hid the knot underneath the top layer. I made sure to arrange the top part of the scarf so that more of the paisley pattern showed.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + turquoise + paisley scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + turquoise + paisley scarf closeup


Librarian for Life + Style | Red + turquoise + paisley scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + turquoise + paisley scarf

It was really nice — and surprising! — to get a few compliments from students on the day I wore this outfit, which was during the first week of our spring term. One student exclaimed, “You look like spring!” That made my day! 😀

I’ll see y’all tomorrow for the SIA round-up, and next Monday, SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks will be back with her next pick for SIA!

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22 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Turkish tulip embroidery

  1. Mike

    Great interpretation, Jen! Your colors are so bright and vibrant. And I agree with one of your students; you look very much like spring! And turning your scarf into an infinity scarf was genius! Great job!

      1. Mike

        Yes, absolutely Jen! I know you do from reading your blog regularly. 🙂 And such a wonderful idea in doing your scarf!

  2. Salazar

    I know I probably started every comment on your blog with “Oooh I love this” but that was my genuine reaction upon seeing that scarf. It’s perfect!

  3. Erin @ Loop Looks

    I didn’t even think of turquoise and red for this one but I love them together, especially next to the textile. Did you think of using the scarf first and then planning the outfit around that or was that an ah-ha moment after you came up with the color combination?

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