Wednesday, January 19, 2011


In addition to wearing unseasonably bright colors, working party clothes into my everyday wardrobe is another way I try to keep midwinter looks fresh. This blouse is a piece I thrifted for $1 (possibly the best dollar I ever spent) and a gloomy midweek day ended up being the perfect time for its debut.

The jewel tones and glistening sequins of the blouse call to mind the work one of my favorite artists, Gustav Klimt.

An Austrian painter, Klimt (1862-1918) is widely known for his allegorical works which are influenced by ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Minoan culture. He was also inspired by Byzantine and Japanese art, all of which are evidenced in his paintings.

Klimt's work features beautifully stylized designs in coexistence with rendered forms which achieve a near otherworldly effect.

Some of Klimt's most beautiful works are portrait paintings of women. The gold Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer has been the subject of much scrutiny due to its repatriation after being looted by the Nazis during World War II (as detailed in the book and film The Rape of Europa).

Klimt's most famous prodigy was Egon Schiele (discussed here and here) and his effect is notable in many of Schiele's works.

In order to tone down the densely sequined blouse for daytime wear, I paired it with a few preppy staples like a chambray shirt and riding boots.

I'm wearing a vintage sequined blouse, thrifted men's button-down, Uniqlo jeans, Tory Burch boots, and a Lauren Merkin suede clutch. Following is a detail shot of the blouse.

Check out my dear friend Candace's lovely piece on blogging as a creative outlet.
Many thanks to Garrett for nominating me for both a Shorty Award in Fashion and Best Fashion Blog 2011 on!
Also, thank you to Daphne for including me in her Stylish Fashion Blogger award.

[Klimt images from,,, and, respectively.]


  1. wow!!!! your blog is so appropriately titled. i went through a lot of your old posts and i love your use of color. and i really love this sequins top! you really did make it daytime appropriate with the boots and button down.

  2. That jacket is stunning and Klimt is one of my favourite artists! Great mix x

  3. oh wow, i love the sequin jacket! it's so cool :)

    The Flower Girl


  4. Following!

    Omg. I LOVE this jacket! Not many people can pull it off but you look absolutely fabulous. I wish I had a gorgeous peice to show off like this.
    Lovely blog. Great outfits! :)


  5. Amazing jacket!

  6. Beautifully done! Love your hair, love how you toned down the sequins with the shirt and those amazing boots but uplayed it again with that fabulous clutch and the lipstick! Great thrifting find!!

  7. I love, love, love this and I love your lipstick and bag with it. So awesome!

  8. Love most of your looks and how they're art inspired! The sequinned top is stunning and its still not OTT coz of the way you've accessorised it! :)
    Thanks for your comment :)
    Following you now

  9. i'm obsesssed with sequins and klimt :D

  10. Very Klimty indeed! what a magical find, and I LOVE how easily you've styled it. Really, you are an absolute inspiration.

  11. yes, the key was tuning it down a bit, so just a perfect outfit, :)
    great choice!

  12. I love Klimt; my son just got a great print from Ikea by him~
    Absolutly adore the sequin jacket. Thanks for reminding me to pull out my sequin top to wash the winter blues away! I'm wondering if the jacket would look too "Dynasty" on me??? lol Paula

  13. I love the obnoxiousness of the top. I would KILL for that top. (Not literally. That would be creepy.)
    Your outfits are always so gorgeous. I love you for that.

  14. Youve done it again! Im so into that fuschia right now!! Watch for my next post I have a fuschia blazer!



  16. wow! you abslutely gorgeous!! that jacket is stunning!!

  17. hi, beautifull, how are you?

    is amazing what your clothes look like the pictures, congratulations, you're the best

  18. this might be my fav post!

  19. First: Your hair looks marvelous in these photos!
    Second: It's like we're on some crazy wavelength of awesomeness, because every time I go into a thrift store lately it's been with the hope of finding a long-sleeve all sequin/beaded top. There's been several close calls yet, but none that are perfect. I've been thinking how fun it would be to take a 1980's-esque mother-of-the-bride beaded top and make it into something contemporary and wonderful. You completely nailed this!
    And... what college girl didn't have The Kiss above her twin bed? Me! And, I found out years later... my aunt, too, in the 1960s!

  20. Amazing look and pics, darling!
    I love sequins!
    You look fabulous, and as always, draw a lovely parallel to the art world!


  21. I'll be honest, I'm so impressed by how you're not just stylish but well versed in art. It's admirable. :)

    I do see the similarity between the article of clothing and the paintings. It's beautiful. <3

  22. Amazing top I love how you made it seem like glittery pullover(the same effect) It's awesome =)

  23. Lately everyone has been trying to make sequins an everyday look...but you've topped them all by taking the most outlandish, awesome sequined top and making it totally wearable! And of course, the preppy button up and boots are tops in my book. I absolutely love it.

    P.S. Where are you shopping that allows you to snag such an amazing piece for only $1?!

  24. WHHOOOOOOOO!!!! that is a scream of delight!
    I love thrifted sequins...especially worn with bravery during the daytime! love it!

  25. answer:thank you so much!!!

  26. The sequence jacket looks so good as daytim wear. I love all the colours. Love how you toned it down with the trousers.

  27. Your hair looks AMAZING in these pictures. I absolutely love your blog- your creativity is absolutely amazing! I'm in awe.

  28. OMG, I LOVE this outfit. Love! The sequin vintage oer a shirt makes it look super new and beautiful.

    I just posted the 5th outfit for the I6L styling challenge.

    Five of 30!


    -La Copine


  29. I just saw Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt at the Neue Galerie. Amazing!

  30. I can't believe that you got the sequined blouse for only $1.00! What a great score! The details are absolutely amazing. And I feel like the sweater you're wearing is almost identical to the one in the first painting! Congratulations on your nomination! You deserve it! Your blog is one of the most creative and unique blogs out there! xoxoxoo

  31. Just great! Klimtis really a favorit..your style and the purple purse as well!! Love Eva

  32. You look INCREDIBLE! I love sequins at any time of day and this blouse is absolutely terrific. Adoring the purple accents in your outfit, too!


  33. Love the sequins!! and I am always in love with Klimt ;)

  34. wow, I am always so impressed with your outfit and art pairings. always so smart!

  35. klimt is one of my all-time favorites, and this look is gorgeous! i love that you paired the top with the boots--what a great contrast! xoxo, laura

  36. awesome sequined garment!
    cool style..

  37. day time sequins are the best. that blouse was such a great find!

    Chic on the Cheap

  38. hell yes to day time sequins! excellent dvrling <3


  39. I absolutely love this outfit, I've tried it before but I don't feel like I can pull it off again, however you just rock it! I also like how you incorporate Art into your posts, so different, so good.

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