WIW 08.15-19 Photograph inspired edition

It was amazing both to participate and see how others were inspired in the Summer Picture Perfect Challenge! I loved taking inspiration from these pieces, but I did find that I spent MORE time in the morning because I wanted each interpretation to be a worthy artistic tribute to each piece of art (does that make sense?). Still, these are all items that wouldn't have been paired together without the exercise, and I am happy with how the outfits turned out. And I also have several new tools in my arsenal for which I am very grateful :D

EDIT: I also wanted to keep with my not wearing black as a primary neutral, which made this even more challenging. I learned a lot from it!

  1. Monday (discussed here). Worn to work then out for tacos with a group of friends. They said this outfit gave them a "hippie meets Miami Vice" vibe ;)
  2. Inspiration for #1: Richard Avedon's "Dovima with elephants"
  3. Tuesday (discussed here). Worn to work then helping my sister study for midterms.
  4. Inspiration for #3: Edward Steichen's "The Pond-Moonlight"
  5. Wednesday (discussed here). Worn to work then out to dinner on the waterfront with my husband Just Because.
  6. Inspiration for #5: Richard Prince's "Untitled (Cowboy)"
  7. Thursday (discussed here). Worn to work.
  8. Inspiration for #7: Andreas Gursky's "99 Cent II Diptychon"
  9. Friday (discussed here). Worn to work, then date night with my hubby: dinner at a local brewery, then brewing our own batch of spiced hard apple cider at home.
  10. Inspiration for #9: Peter Lik's "One"

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • Kari replied 8 years ago

    All are beautiful, but I am so crazy about the outfit you wore on Friday. Those colors are amazing, and I love the polka dotted blue skirt. I'll bet you upped the style quotient at the brewery by several notches!

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    I am also taken with Friday's outfit (9)- it's so unexpected, and yet, somehow it works so well - perhaps because of choosing colors that are adjacent on the color wheel, and fabrics that, as you say in your other post, are equally fluid. Anyway, I love it. You and Denise are so creative with turning your dresses into "skirts" - I'm going to have to think of how I might do that, too. I really like 5 and 7, as well (well, the rest are fab, too). Thanks for posting the entire set - I didn't have time to follow all of the original posts, and it's so fun to see.

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I so enjoyed your discussion of each photo and interpretation. Not using black must have been difficult at times. #3 and #9 stood out for me. Your teal shoes are envy invoking and the color combinations in #9 were unusual but beautiful.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks ladies!

    Kari, I did get a good handful of looks at the brewery, but I must say that having the shirt knotted instead of belted was pretty fantastic; when done eating way too much seafood, simply loosen the knot! :)

    Sarah, using the blue and green was an offshoot from my initial idea of red and fuchsia but couldn't make my one fuchsia item work; as you said they're next to each other on the wheel so they do have a very special type of harmony, and I liked that this green, which has a lot of yellow, adds some additional color dissonance. Using dresses as skirts is new for me, too! I've read in many places about "how easy it is" but haven't found good ways to actually do it with my dresses. I'm encouraged to try a few other things now. I'd love to see what you try :D

    Joy, I'm glad you enjoyed reading my interpretation notes :) It was interesting to put into words what was driving my decisions with each outfit, and actually I learned quite a bit by doing so. I found reading everyone else's thoughts just as educating since we were drawing inspiration from the same photo each day; wasn't it amazing how we all saw both differing and similar elements?

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    Aida, you out did yourself! You look amazing in each one of these. I'm hard pressed to pick a fave but I love how you added a top or vest to a dress to make it different. Fresh, sassy and stylish--whew! I'm head over heels in love with the polka dot Target dress with the green button down. That one is super duper incredible. I also really love how you dressed up the capris with a jacket--I need to try something like that. Seriously, all of the extra time you spent was worth it. You look fab!

  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    Aida, I love all your outfits as well as your thought processes in putting them together. I think my favorite is #5, since it is just so effortlessly chic and I love that color combo.

    All of your outfits are really creative, yet still very "Aida", if that makes sense. One of the things I loved about this challenge was that we got to see such interesting and creative looks, but they remained true to the person wearing them and were all really individual.

  • taylor replied 8 years ago

    Oh...Killer edition!
    Love them all...again, love the hair up too

  • Lynne replied 8 years ago

    Aida, Friday was one of your best ever. But I loved your thought process on Wednesday, when you ran with the freedom of this photo. All beautiful and all very thoughtful.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for the comments, ladies!

    Kelly, I can totally see you wearing the dotty dress with a button-up knotted in front, AND the capris+blazer thing :D The latter was one of my favorite basic looks for summer but I wasn't able to wear often due to our lack of summer weather.

    Diana, I loved that about the challenge too! Even when we would see the same things in the photos, the way we all interpret them and choose to wear them kept true to the wearer; and even similar outfits would look different because we all have different items in our closets. Very inspiring!

    Taylor, thanks! The bun in #1 is a newer 'do for me, just tried it for the first time earlier this month. I really like it and have worn it several times now :D

    Lynne, thank you very much. I'm glad my feelings of freedom show through on Wednesday's. It was my favorite of the week.

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    Aida, these are all amazing. I agree #5 is the big WOW here - great colors, dots, and the necklace! You are so creative. The scarf in #1, what a fab idea. I am blown away. Now I really want to try one of these challenges next time you all do it.

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks Una! You should definitely participate in the next challenge, I would love to see what you come up with! Plus you really can learn a lot when you try drawing inspiration for a full week from a source you usually may not.

  • Lisa replied 8 years ago

    Great interpretations! My favorite is #7, the striped top and fun bag feels very french chic to me. Effortless yet pulled together. Nice job!

  • rute replied 8 years ago

    Great post, i can see your inspiration so clearly! Love your style

  • O replied 8 years ago

    I haven't had much time to check Day 2 outfits in general, but Im glad I have the opportunity to say now how much I loved yours. The simplicity of it, the surprise in the form of belt, the shoes... fantastic.

  • Scarlet replied 8 years ago

    You look great, as usual. I have to say that I really get a kick out of the anklet inspired by 1.

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