Time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.
Inspiration to interpretation:
Salazar chose an animated GIF inspired by a flower seller in Vietnam from a series of illustrated, animated GIFs called “On the Road” by Chinese artist and illustrator Oamul.
I thought my new-to-me floral shirtdress from the 2013 Phillip Lim for Target collection, as detailed in my monthly budget adventures post from last week, totally fit the inspiration bill! And there are lots of flowers, both in the print of my shirtdress, plus in the bright red rhododendron flower bush behind me. (There’s a clump of orangey-red flowers in the illustration.) And there are bits of black in the flower seller’s outfit, who is also wearing strappy flat sandals. 😀
It also felt fitting that the inspiration artist, Oamul, is Chinese, and my shirtdress was designed by Phillip Lim, an Asian-American artist of Chinese and Cambodian descent born in Thailand. Cheers to awesome Asian designers and artists!
It’s called a “shirtdress” but it is WAY too short for me to wear it as a dress. It also has an interesting and different cut on the back, which you can glimpse in the pics just above and below. So I just treated the dress as a tunic, layering it over black leggings. And HELLO perfect match with my tan-and-black colorblock tote!
This pattern is SO interesting, as is the cut of this dress/tunic, that I kept getting compliments on this outfit, both when I first wore it on the weekend and when I rewore it the next day to work. I felt cool and comfortable in this combo.
The backdrop for all the photos is the Fireman’s Park, located in downtown Tacoma across the old City Hall building. It’s this very sweet little park tucked away on the side; its location on the Metro Parks website is described as “carved into a hillside.” Downtown Tacoma is full of interesting public art and buildings and tiny little niches.
Weather: Sunny with a chilly breeze
Where: To a farmer’s market and literary reading on the weekend; To work during the week
- Shirtdress: Phillip Lim for Target, old, via Poshmark
- Leggings: Spanx for Macy’s, this fall
- Strappy sandals: Lands’ End, old
- Hoop earrings: Made in Oregon, Christmas gift, old
- Colorblock tote bag: Christian Siriano for Payless, old
Still time to participate in SIA!
Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at email@example.com. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, July 5.
Can’t wait to see what all y’all are inspired to wear — let’s all get on the road! 😀
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