WIW 09.18 [seasons challenge: creamy mushrooms]

For the fifth day of the challenge, I chose the creamy mushrooms (#3).

[Challenge info and guidelines posted here.]

The stark yet soft simplicity of this photo is what draws me in most, the column of creamy white mushrooms enveloped by rusty brown leaves/needles. My first thought was to simply emulate that with a column of white and a brown topper but, really, I like these challenges best when used as catalyst to put together something I might not have otherwise. And that first outfit that came to mind sounded like something I'd do anyway (and will probably wear soon!). So after a little pondering I tweaked the components of the outfit to have the same sort of feel, white enveloped by brown, but with pieces I hadn't ever considered wearing together.

This car coat cardigan is a vintage piece from the late 60s/early 70s, and might be the wardrobe piece I've had the longest (15+ years). The nubby texture has an earthy feel, though certainly softer than pine needles. My column of white is less stark and less continuous than the inspiration photo -- the dress has an all-over print, and I'm using a little artistic license to count my pale skin and nude tall boots as "white". Combined, though, they feel just as soft and creamy. Added some textured nude hose in a pattern that feels vaguely mycological, and pinned my hair under to give it a mushroom cap shape. Finished with a matte mauvy-orange lipstick, little gold spike studs, and the leo clutch because that seemed to be the order of the week ;) Extra heavy mascara and retro sunnies to play into the mod vibe, just for fun. (And of course the soft gold nails, shown yesterday.)

Really happy with how it turned out (and although it photographed OK, this outfit feels prettier in person). Probably a little softer than proper mod but that feels more me anyway. Also tickled that this little hair-do which I enjoyed wearing over summer works with my new cut; hadn't done it asymmetrical like this before but love how it looks.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • Kirstjen replied 5 years ago

    You look lovely. Nice combination of textures.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Love the photo and the outfit --- the layering is interesting and cozy --- amazing boots!

  • Kari replied 5 years ago

    Oh, wow, Aida!  I'm digging your haircut.  *Grin*

    I love how pale earthy tones and pastels look on you.  You are one of my favorite people to see in blush, taupe, mushroom, etc. - which are NOT shades that I typically gravitate to!  This outfit is a perfect example. The shades look great on you but the key is also that you choose such rich fabrics and textures.  I can practically feel the bark shavings from the coat (though I'm glad it's much softer in real life) and soft mushroomy boots. Very earthy and delightful to look at.

  • Sal replied 5 years ago

    Wonderful soft textures. And the details are excellent making it a special look.

  • replied 5 years ago

    What a lovely interpretation Aida! Beautifully though out. I love all the subtle tones and textures that you've combined that make an overall lovely look.

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    What a great outfit! Your coat looks so cozy and cool.

  • Cerinda replied 5 years ago

    Lovely outfit, and good gracious, you look so tall!  What incredibe boots!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 5 years ago

    Lovely, those boots are wonderful as is the jacket.  

  • Vicki replied 5 years ago

    Aida, your outfit is soft, creamy and dreamy to the eyes every bit as much as mushrooms are good for the body.  You look luscious in your vintage coat cardigan and your textured hose was a great addition.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Ooh la la! Beautiful. I am looking for some tights like that for a wedding in New York I am apparently attending next month (!).  And I am thinking of growing my hair to look like the uneven bob you created. If it looks like that I will be delighted. Anyway, enough about me, I love all your challenge pictures and your thoughtful way of interpreting the photos, and the coat is a keeper, but you know that!

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the lovely comments, ladies!

    Kari, every time I've pinned my hair like this someone asks if I've cut it. Must be very convincing ;)

    Kari and Vicki, thank you both for the especially descriptive comments <3

    Cerinda, it does rather make me look tall doesn't it. Most petites avoid extra long toppers like this, but they can definitely work to our advantage. Low contrast like this is the slam dunk way to go.

    Jaime, I'm bummed these tights aren't available any more! Are you looking for something a little more interesting than a plain nude fishnet? Those always seem to be around. I was actually thinking of your hair when going asymmetrical with the pinning ^^

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    This outfit is just stunning! I see the boots as a continuation of the cardigan color, but I can also see how they are a nude for you. In any case, they are so rich and soft looking. I had to pop in and say how much I love this look on you and I really love the hair. You would really rock a short bob, and I'm envious that you've got the best of both worlds with your long shag and pinnable bob.

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Aw thanks Sharan! This outfit was the furthest out of my norm, but my favorite of the week. Will definitely be trying to get some of this vibe in my fall/winter outfits this season. And thank you also on the hair. I was telling my husband that being able to pin is better than the real thing -- when it's actually cut as a short bob it never behaves as neatly as this! ;)

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    I love the soft colors and textures in your outfit.  You look cozy and stylish.  The coat is great and I love the color of your boots.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Is it wrong that this makes me crave Beef Stroganoff? :)   Such a great Aida outfit.  Now I want to add this beanie! But I think it's cool toned and your outfit seems warmer.


  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Thank you Sara, it was quite cozy!

    Hah Una now I do too ^^ My outfit is mostly warm-toned, yes. I have several chunky knit berets, but can't really wear that cool style of beanie you linked because it completely squashes my curls. I think that burgundy would work fine though! Hm I actually have a hat in that shade, I'll have to give it a try with this cardigan sometime. Thanks for the idea!

  • SarahTheWhite replied 5 years ago

    Wow, I love this look so much! I can totally see the inspiration in it. As always, I love the wonderful textures you mix. The whole outfit, while neutral seeing, just has so much depth. It is truly gorgeous!

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