WIW: Charnel House - Picasso Challenge #1

I didn't read about this painting ahead of time, and had decided on a wintry gray-scale outfit with lots of lines to wear in honor of this painting.

But then it got warm (high today of 86!).

I still wanted to keep the inspiration though - grayscale and lines.  So I pulled this top out of the purge pile and paired it with my new-to-me replacement gray jeans.

Gray sneakers keep the theme.  

I'll admit, I feel pretty "meh" about this outfit.  You all have super fabulous interpretations, and looking at them takes my breath away -- but I'm pretty happy to play along and enjoy the eye candy you're all posting!

Thanks for a really terrific challenge Angie - I love thinking through how to interpret the paintings, and have lots of ideas... I may do several versions of each painting too, but not multiples in one day - I'm too busy at the moment for playing like that :)

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  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Hah. It's Summer. Good grief. And snow just last week I think.

    The striped top and patterned sneaks are GREAT. Don't feel meh, Amy - this is a wonderful execution of the painting for your lifestyle. Authentic and fab. Rock on. 

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    I have a sugar-eye for diagonal stripes and like them on you. Your outfit does a great job capturing the painting, especially your sneakers with the top.
    I hope 80's highs don't mean a snowstorm for Easter.

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    I don't think this is a 'meh' outfit at all.  The pattern mixing with the stripes and shoes look good together.  There's a lot of visual interest here even without color.  Nice interpretation.

  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    Indo not think there is anything "meh"
    about this outfit, it is lovely! The striped top and patterned sneakers do a great job of interpreting the painting color and shapes.

  • replied 5 years ago

    I think this is a great interpretation of the painting Amy. I love that the stripes are diagonal on your top as I'm a stripe-phobe, but I love seeing them like that.

  • Summer replied 5 years ago

    You are being too hard on yourself.  This is a lovely outfit and a great interpretation.  I love that striped top, and your hair is looking good, too.

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    I don't think that shirt could ever be called meh. And seems perfect in representing the strong sense of line in the painting. And the tennis shoes. Pattern at it's best. I can't believe you don't feel more of a spring in your step with this outfit. Feels very playful and hip to me.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Are you really purging that top? It looks so good on you. I love it combined with the sneakers (which are totally fab). If the top's in your purge pile, I can't wait to see your originally planned outfit. Please do post it for us!

  • SarahTheWhite replied 5 years ago

    I think that not only is this outfit so great on you (it just looks fresh and comfy and stylish and casual all put together... AND looks put together) but I think it is wonderfully inspired by the artwork! I think that contrasts of black and white as well as plenty of grey, is exactly what was called for.

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Excellent rendition! Love all the stripes and patterns.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    I think you look super cute in this outfit, Amy! I love challenges like this for the creativity they encourage.

  • tulle replied 5 years ago

    I think you found the perfect top to put over the gray!  I'm loving the way lines are working in this challenge. Great idea.

  • Carole replied 5 years ago

    I think this is an excellent interpretation, Amy! Well done. I felt "meh" in my outfit today too but it was fun trying to recreate Picasso in clothes:)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Please de-purge that top. (Unless you really don't like it of course!) The contrast between the black and white and grey captures part of the punch of the painting nicely.

  • amiable replied 5 years ago

    Thanks everyone!  

    This top may officially get de-purged.  I haven't worn it in a year, and when I pulled out my spring clothes, realized it had sat unworn through an entire winter and decided that someone else should really enjoy it.  But in reality, it's a spring-weight top, not another season.  And I think I'll wear it this spring.  

    And I'm surprised at the love for this outfit!  It didn't even occur to me that I was pattern mixing, nor that it might actually work.  So thanks for the boosts you all!

  • anne replied 5 years ago

    It is a great outfit Amy, And yes a spring weight top - enjoy it now!

  • columbine(erin) replied 5 years ago

    I like your pattern mixing! Also that your interpretation works for your busy life. The striped top looks great on you.

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