Picasso Challenge #4: Reading on the Beach

Two jackets, one on top of the other. The boxy shapes express a cubist vibe and the digital print of the top layer evokes the sea. The pants are denim chinos from Christophe Lemaire, bought on very deep discount. They are extremely baggy, even after alteration. 

I like the mix of high and low style here but I'm doubtful. Everything's playing nicely together, it feels quite edgy, but I can't help thinking I should be wearing slimmer pants.

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  • AM replied 3 years ago

    Absolutely perfect in execution and analysis!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    I would never have thought to layer jackets, but you have caught the mood and lines of the painting. An arty outfit. Did you wear it out?

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Thanks AM! Are you still in cleansing mode?

    Yes, I'm wearing it now. And I'm off to a fashion launch later this afternoon. Should I rush home and change? :P

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Don't change. The layered jackets work amazingly well. Great print on the top one. I like how the boxy bagginess of the bottoms work with the top, but it also depends how you look in motion. 

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Slimmer pants would make the look more feminine, but this works too. More Tomboy. All good. 

    LOVE the pattern on the jacket. Watercolour Cubism. Genius layered jackets. Another killer rendition. Which was your favourite this week? 

    And the sound track is..........

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    shevia: thanks for that! I think it actually looks better in motion than it does in the pictures. I'm keeping it on, don't really have time to change.

    Angie: why, Joe Jackson's Stepping Out of course! It's Friday, and I'm off out in my (almost) pink and blue. 

    I like them all, they've all worked for what I've been doing this week, and I'd wear any one of them again. The black and white haori is quite special though. I'm always happy to wear that. Ask me again next week when I've done the Acrobat.

    Thanks for the challenge. This is super fun.

  • Diana replied 3 years ago

    Brilliant to layer the two jackets! I like the looser pants - they suggest the boxy lines on the figure. I like that you've taken the whole palette a few shades darker, yet it still evokes the same feel. Like reading on a stormy beach.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    WOOOHOOOO. I will play that in my car today -along "Breaking Us in Two". The two songs glide into each other without a break. 

    Looking forward to the Acrobat. You ACED this challenge. 

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    This is so interesting! I would never think to layer the jackets like that, but it absolutely works. The pattern on the top jacket is so beautiful. 

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Thanks Angie! What a lovely compliment :) And Joe Jackson is one of my favourites too. He sells out immediately when he plays here, but I've managed to score tickets for a couple of gigs. He plays at an enormous grand piano, so there's always a space at the front of the pit where all you can see are his feet. I have watched Joe Jackson's feet in concert more than once. He wears nice shoes. ;)

    Diane, Suz: Thanks! I did feel a bit doubtful in the beginning about the layered jacket, but it drew some very nice comments last evening. I hung it straight back in the wardrobe like this and I'll definitely repeat it with a few different bottoms while the weather warms up. 

  • Momo replied 3 years ago

    Love this look! The layered jackets look great and the top jacket
    is amazing!

  • columbine replied 3 years ago

    How clever to layer the jackets!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Approprio, were you a teen in the '80s? (I was - I'm almost 45 now).  I just read your comment on my "favourite fashion eras" thread, and was high fiving you all the way. What is it about the '80s that makes us appreciate it more and more as we get older? As for Joe Jackson - you lucky fish. Have not seen him in concert yet, but you're right to watch his fab feet. 

    (Full Disclosure: Iggy Azalea is blaring as I type this Saturday morning. We - especially Greg - love music). 

    I also read that you are a multi-media design teacher. Your style makes even more sense with this tidbit of info. 

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Love the double jackets - and the top one, so cool. It makes me think "sun dappled woodland".

  • approprio replied 3 years ago

    Angie: yes, we're about the same age. :) I've just been off on one in the other thread about how the era we grow up in influences our style and gets fed back into the fashion cycle. 

    For the record, teaching is only part of my practice. It's one of my favourite things to do right now. There's such an amazing energy among my students. I sometimes think I'm learning more than they are. 

  • kirstjen replied 3 years ago

    I LOVE that jacket. Beautiful colors, nice sleek design. Just the right amount of "tough" with the shoes, too. One of my favorite looks I've seen on forum posts.

  • CocoLion replied 3 years ago

    Soundtrack is ... Talking Heads version of Al Green's "Take me to the River."  (Is that actually the name of the song?)

    Love this, truly brilliant interpretation.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    *off to read your comment on my thread*

  • Deb replied 3 years ago

    I have so enjoyed every one of your posts in this challenge Approprio and am a big fan of your style. This outfit is no exception, slim or looser pants, it all is great. A very cool look to my eyes, and it relates well to the art.

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