This week’s Fashion Inspired by Art is based on Edward Hopper’s “Girl at a Sewing Machine.” Read on to learn more about this work of art and to see three outfits inspired by this famous painting.
About Edward Hopper’s “Girl at a Sewing Machine”
Edward Hopper’s Girl at a Sewing Machine (1921) via Wikimedia Commons
Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was an American painter known for his works depicting American life and solitude. He painted mostly seascapes and cityscapes, though he is more well known for the latter.
Despite not being a particularly prolific artist, Hopper’s influence can be seen in many other creatives’ works, including Mark Rothko and Alfred Hitchcock.
His 1921 painting, “Girl at a Sewing Machine” was the first of many “window paintings” Hopper did, though they were generally less domestic in nature. (You’ve likely seen his work, Nighthawks, a famous painting depicting patrons through the window of a diner.)
Outfits Inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Girl at a Sewing Machine”
Start with a tartan skirt full of the same warmth as Hopper’s painting. Oxford heels were popular in the 1920s, and the utilitarian sole on this pair makes them perfect for the winter. Stay warm with a thick parka, and grab a classic satchel to complete the look.
The girl’s white dress might not so practical for December, but adding winter accessories to a similar frock makes it perfect for a coffee date or another casual outing. Keep the ensemble from getting too dreary by layering on a bright knit sweater.
A white sweater dress might seem drab, but pair it with colorful tights, layer a denim button-down underneath, and you’ll have a cozy and fashion-forward look. Hint at the utilitarian nature of Hopper’s painting of domesticity with a pair of tough work boots and a necklace of sewing needles.
What do you think?
Do you like Hopper’s work? Which of his paintings do you like the most? Who’s your favorite American painter? What do you think about the inspired outfits? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your opinions!
Attending college in Chicago has been such an amazing experience because the city is so lively and full of diversity. As much as I love it, there is one major drawback out here in the midwest: winter. Being raised in Florida, I probably didn’t pick the best place to experience my first real winter, and I quickly learned they don’t call it the Windy City for nothing.
However, being forced to stay warm and wanting to do so with style has made me well-versed with the variety of winter accessories. In really cold climates, fashion often takes a backseat and warmth becomes the main concern, which can really hinder your personal style.
To remedy this situation, I’ve found that pairing practical cold-weather gear with fun and loud winter accessories is a fantastic way to stay stylish throughout those cold and gloomy winter months.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of five fun accessory trends that are sure to spice up any winter outfit:
When it comes to staying warm, protecting your ears on a cold day can make a world of difference. There are a lot of options for ear-warming, like headbands and specialized hats, but none are quite as fun as earmuffs.
Earmuffs come in many different styles, so it’s easy to find a pair that you will absolutely adore. Extra points if you can find earmuffs that double as headphones!
2. Turban Headwear
There are an endless amount of winter hats available, but if you want to go the trendy route, try a knit turban.
These knit turbans serve their purpose as warm headgear, but also bring a level of elegance to an outfit that you can’t really achieve with a trapper hat. A turban would be a stylish headgear choice when you have to endure the cold on a dressier or more formal occasion.
3. Neon Accessories
The winter months are not only painfully cold, but most days are also quite gloomy as there is rarely any direct sighting of the sun. Since the clouds are grey, the weather is cold, and the trees are dead, many people pack away their colorful summer clothing in exchange for dark winter coats.
But don’t think you have to give up your bright attire just because it’s cold outside! I really love the idea of neon accessories because they radiate what little light is available in an all-around dull environment. Pick yourself up a neon beanie or scarf so you can make your own sunshine in the months where there is so little.
4. Oversized Shawls
If your winter wardrobe revolves around comfort, then consider investing in a shawl. They are so versatile and can be thrown over virtually any outfit. An oversized shawl has the same casual-comfort look of an oversized cardigan, but also brings a more bohemian flair to an outfit.
5. (Faux) Fur
If you’re looking for a bold winter accessory, try out a (faux) fur piece or two. These add a luxe vibe to any outfit, and the neutral colors will give you a lot of variety.
I especially love how a fur stole can completely transform the look of a winter a jacket. Plus, wearing fur headgear is about as warm as it gets!
What are your favorite accessories to wear in the winter time? Do you find it hard to stay fashionable when the winter hits? Do you love any of the accessories mentioned above? Let me know in the comment section below!
Deborah has a sparkling and magnetic personality – it’s hard not to be drawn to her! I love how she’s passionate about a wide variety of topics, from economics to art history to fashion business, and how expressive she is about her interests.
On top of all of that, she’s consistently well-dressed, so I knew I just had to interview her for CF. I hope you enjoy her dynamic interview as much as I enjoyed conducting it:
School: Yale University
Let’s Talk Fashion
Who or what inspires your style? “Art history! It’s not a direct influence, as in, I don’t try to copy the costumes directly from a painting, but it’s more of the feelings I get from paintings that inspire me. For example, I like Romanticism, with a capital R. It’s the impressions I get from great art that give me a feel of how I want to dress everyday.”
Where do you like to shop? “I really like ASOS and Nasty Gal. Oh my god, my wallet. Their styles are weird enough that you can’t find them anywhere else, but amazing enough that they can be staple pieces you can wear over and over again.”
How would you describe your sense of style? “I’m drawn to bright colors. I’m wearing something more muted and clean today, but in general I love prints. Life can be really boring, so you might as well make it interesting by wearing something fun!”
Why did you choose this particular outfit? “I like this top a lot and, in order to match it, everything else goes! I’m also dressing for cold weather. The top I got from Singapore’s Haji Lane, which is a row of shop houses. My blouse is from Uniqlo, my tights are from a no-name online store, and my shoes are from Thom Brown, a local shoe store near Yale campus.”
What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “I think everyone has style, but not everyone puts effort into thoughtful outfits. I think if everyone took the time, people would dress really well.”
What are your favorite trends right now? “I love neon-colored things, as well as brightly colored sequins.”
Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? “Alexander McQueen, because he [was] so out there. There are a lot of fashion designers that make clothing for everyday wear, but McQueen’s styles are almost alien and surreal. What sets him apart is that most designers work with materials and details, but he really focus[ed] on the forms themselves. He [was] wonderful.”
What do you do for fun – do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “Throwing costume parties! They take so much effort though, since we like to go all out. But it’s just so much fun! Otherwise, I just like hanging out with people in general. If you hang out with fun and optimistic people, you’ll have a great time no matter what you’re doing.”
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “Audrey Hepburn, maybe? All the dress[es] she’s worn. Or maybe Edith Head’s, who designed the costumes that Audrey and those other actresses wore. If we could get all the dresses back, I’d love to raid that collection of costumes. I like vintage things because it’s so much fun dressing up!”
Elements of Deborah’s Outfit
I’m fascinated by the spunky collar of Deborah’s dress and how it contrasts with the very traditional collar of her inside blouse. The juxtaposition of dark neutral colors with clean pastels adds another layer of complexity, which helps structure her deceptively simple outfit.
What makes her style stand out is how easily everything seems to come together, but upon closer inspection, I feel like no one else would be able to put details together the way Deborah does.
Deborah’s menswear-inspired oxfords are a solid anchor to the rest of her outfit. These traditional shoes blend seamlessly with the rest of her classic yet quirky ensemble. Also, I love their Baroque detailing, which ties in with Deborah’s love for art history.
3. Phone Case
While her oxfords match the brown hue of her collar, Deborah’s phone case matches her blue dress in the exact opposite way: the oxfords emphasize the classical tradition her outfit draws upon, while the bright green of her phone case reminds us of the modern world we live in.
Deborah mentioned how much she loves bright colors, and the case’s lime hue is definitely eye-catching! We interact with our phones frequently throughout the day, so the fact that Deborah chose such a fun and colorful case really says a lot about her personality.
What do you think of Deborah’s outfit?
Do you love her tunic dress as much as we do? What about her bold phone case? Do you ever wear oxfords? Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts!
Badgley Mischka Fall 2013 RTW | ELLE
Want a holiday party outfit that’s inspired by the runway? Look no further than Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2013 collection – it’s filled with high-fashion ensembles that have an ultra-glamorous vibe.
However, that high-fashion look oftentimes comes with an even higher price tag, which is where CF comes in: below, we’ll show you three budget-friendly versions of looks from Badgley Mischka Fall 2013. Scroll down to see them all:
1. Wild Child
Zebra print is a hot fall trend, and this ensemble proves that this bold pattern can look chic and sophisticated, rather than garish. The sleek black accessories complement the eye-catching print perfectly, while a fur snood really glams things up.
Get the Look:
For this look, slip on a zebra print frock, as well as some pointy-toe pumps. (We’re loving the metal ankle straps on this pair from Zara.) Define the waistline with a no-frills black belt, then accessorize with a trendy faux fur scarf. Go for a bold lip color and don’t forget to grab a roomy black clutch!
2. Glitz & Glam
Between the metallic skirt, shimmering top, and bejeweled neckline, this couture gown from Badgley Mischka is the epitome of luxe. Although there’s a lot going on in this getup, the neutral color palette keeps things elegant instead of over-the-top.
Get the Look:
Get a couture-worthy look for a lot less with this ensemble. Pair a chic foil finish skirt with a taupe-colored knit sweater. Play up the metallic sheen of the skirt with a statement-making jeweled necklace. Strappy heels balance out all the glitz, as does this textured box clutch. For the finishing touch, apply some highlighter to your cheekbones to get a subtle holiday glow.
3. Festive Floral
Sparkling embellishments are always popular during this time of year, and we especially love how this look paired a bedazzled top with a floral skirt. While the top stands out on its own, this outfit really pops because of the rich jewel tone of the full skirt.
Get the Look:
Recreate the runway outfit by pairing a floral skirt with a rhinestone-embellished sweater. Sheer tights streamline the look, while bow-adorned flats are comfy yet chic choice. Stash your belongings in a wristlet – this metallic one is beyond cute – then complement the color of the skirt with a deep plum nail polish.
What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Badgley Mischka? Which look is your favorite? Would you wear any of these outfits? Which designers would you like to see featured here next? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!