SIA round-up: Turkish tulip embroidery

Before we get to the Style Imitating Art round-up, two quick things:

For this SIA challenge, I chose an embroidered detail from a Turkish caftan from the 16th century (!) of the Ottoman period, seen here in this post about the use of tulips in Turkish textiles and patterns and here in this post about caftans from the Ottoman period. I was captivated by its bold, bright colors and bold, graphic use of the tulip motif, which felt appropriate for spring.

Detail of Turkish tulip from 16th century Ottoman caftan

Detail of Turkish tulip from 16th century Ottoman caftan

Onto the SIA interpretations!

First up is SIA co-host Erin from Loop Looks, who said she had a harder time with this challenge, since she owns very little floral print. I think she did great — I love her different shades of denim, blue, and red, especially those awesome flats! Erin’s mix of polka dots and studded bracelets links to the inspiration she got from this post that stated, “Caftans with tulip, cloud and ‘dot’ motifs are frequently encountered in the 16th century when the Turkish art of the fabric was highly advanced.”

Plus, we get to enjoy a bonus shot of her dog Chewie! 😀

Erin's SIA outfit

Erin's SIA outfit closeup

Next is Karen from She Thought She Could, and please join me in welcoming back Karen! (She first participated in this past SIA challenge, seen here.) Karen’s paisley peplum top totally fits the inspiration piece, and pulls together the red of her cardigan and the blue of her trousers. LOVE the long gold necklace with the turquoise pendant — genius!

Karen's SIA outfit

SIA co-host and co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey is totally on-point with her tulip-print skirt and chambray shirt. I love what she calls “a realistic interpretation of the embroidered tulip.” 😀

Salazar's SIA outfit

Kezzie from KezzieAG looks cheery in her red print dress and light blue cardigan. She chose the woven-thread earrings to reflect the embroidery aspect of the inspiration piece! And how perfect is her brooch?!

Kezzie's SIA outfit

Next is my good friend and librarian colleague Stephanie, who kept the focus up top with her scarf and earrings. The color scheme of her outfit is just perfect, with the red cardigan and orange teardrop earrings and floral scarf in shades of blue and gold. So lovely.

Stephanie's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s me in a red + turquoise combination + paisley scarf. Stephanie and I try to wear our SIA-inspired outfits on the same day, so we can save time taking pics for each other. And I loved that for this SIA challenge, we were like flipped images of each other — she had red on the top, while I had red on the bottom! 😀 You can see more details on my outfit post from yesterday.

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

Thanks, everyone, for an awesome and colorful SIA round-up! I love that we have a variety of patterns, including different kinds of floral, paisley, and polka dots.

And make sure you stop by next week — Erin will curate the next Style Imitating Art challenge! 😀


10 thoughts on “SIA round-up: Turkish tulip embroidery

  1. Mike

    Everyone did awesome for this SIA challenge! I so wanted to be in this one but my week was so crazy that I didn’t have time to put anything together. Hope to be in the next one!
    But again, great job everyone!

  2. Salazar

    You and Stephanie are total twinsies with your cardigan and scarves! And Kezzie’s brooch and earrings are lovely. Great job all around.

  3. Kezzie

    Ooh, I like the different interpretations! Erin’s use of the denim jacket against the red dotty shirt was brilliant- I noticed how denimy the blue looked in today’s post which I hadn’t noticed before (and Chewy is coool!) Welcome back Karen, the paisley is totally brilliant against the red for this interpretation. Salazar, your skirt is SO beautiful, I adore it! Stephanie’s scarf is so nice (and fab hair, my I say!) and Jen, your scarf is totally spot on for this!!
    Hurrah for one and all!

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