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Page 2 in the conversation "YLF Summer picture perfect challenge: Day 3" by bella
Again I am overwhelmed by all the great inspired outfits and commentary. I need to work on more interpretation other than colors, but I'm very visual. I too was constrained by having to go to work so...
Outfit #1 is what I would have worn:
Cloud skirt (white linen midi Ralph Lauren)
Blue Sky scarf (Thai silk gift)
Orange check cowboy shirt (Gap)
Big tigereye studded cowboy belt (TJ Maxx)
Outfit # 2 is what I wore because I had to give a briefing
Sand Suit (Looking ill fitting when I didn't think it was. I was excited about this suit, but after 2 stylings and some poor photos I'm not sure anymore)
White cloud tshirt (Paix)
Blue sky linen shirt (Ralph Lauren)
Brown reign sandals (Ecco)
Large Orange pendant necklace (had so long I've forgotten)
I probably won't be commenting on all of the outfits, but I got a special thrill from the Diana in motion photo. Beautiful and really evokes it for me.
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Jjs, I love your colors! #1 is so dreamy! And I love the linen shirt in #2! But I think that suit was made for your much older and much larger sister!
okay, today is more about staying cool than staying true to the challenge.. plus I wanted to try out some new things that came from The Rack today
so, in honor of school starting, I'm going to BS my way through this interpretation ;-0
The dotty blouse represents the billowy clouds in the sky. Nevermind the fact that the background is the wrong color. Actually the cowboy is on his way home because it's going to be dark soon. The taupe shorts represent the dry ground, plus the fact that it is too hot to wear anything else. No cowboy is going to go out without his belt.. and of course I had to put the boots on in true cowgirl form!
***don't worry, I won't be leaving the house in the boots. In fact, I probably won't be leaving the house at all today.
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Blech, kind of a dull and shlumpy outfit for a day of groceries and errands. I initially put on a skirt (same colour as the pants) and then realised I hadn't shaved my legs for ... well, too long to wear a skirt in public!
@maryk - you're too sweet. a high compliment from the queen of color too!
@queenmum - your interpretation is awesome. I also passed on cowboy booties in RL due to heat, but they look cute on you
@Girl X: LOVE those jeans. Don't see any shlump or dullness there.
Excited to see all the colors and interpretations for tomorrow's photo!
Wow, great outfits. I love your boots, Kim. I wanted to put on my boots as well, but I haven't rotated my shoes, yet. They are in a box in the back of the closet.
(Late entry here! Will go back and check everyone's outfits in detail later this evening.)
As usual, the colors here were my top inspiration, followed by the western aspect, followed by the sense of freedom I get when I see this photograph.
Blue and white in my top reflect the blue and white of the sky, rust colored shorts reflect the cowboy's rusty red top, my skin reflects the pale ground (^^), and the black boots reflect the horses's black legs. I am wearing a coral-orange lip gloss to mimic the shorts.
When I showed my husband this photo he commented that my gingham top would be perfectly western for this challenge. So I decided to build around that, but try not to be TOO literal with the cowboy thing (managed to get away with no denim, I'm proud!). While these boots are not cowboy boots, wearing them is my nod to that style. I accessorized with earthy/western elements: suede (necklace), brass (necklace), copper (earrings) and turquoise (ring). Wore my very functional leather crossbody purse, and tossed my hair up in a very functional ponytail
For me, this is about the shorts. Pre-YLF I'd not have had the courage to purchase nor wear these, and having the confidence to do so now is incredibly freeing! (Also, yay warm weather! Enjoy your freedom, skin!)
Went with the fairly literal cowgirl interpretation! Frye cowboy boots, vintage turquiose ring, L&L's, MK silk blouse. Also couldn't get Don't Fence Me In out of my head all day!
PS why are these L&L's not holding their shape? They are getting too saggy...
My first thought when I saw this picture was "oh, I can wear my bright blue shirt with white clams!" Then I thought it was too literal and tried to come up with a different one but this blue and white kept coming into my head...so here it is!
I guess the cowboy did no make any impression on me but the sky and he clouds did. My nude Fidji shoes represent colors from the horse and sand and red bag - I just could not resist the power of bright blue and bright red together!
Everybody is so creative in this challenge and it is such a pleasure to look at all your outfits!
Wow, the results of this challenge are a true visual feast.
@yg, I love both takes, definitely wear the first one when it gets colder. Turquoise with the earthy tones of your blouse is one stunning combination. I'm spotting some really, really nice bracelets btw. It's funny you mention heat, while I'm slowly moving towards transition to autumn.
@Suz, it's great how you address individual aspects and everything feel as unity. That's definitely something I too am going to take away from this challenge. You look so fresh. May I also say I'm falling more in love with your garden with each new photo?
@Lynne, I can't pick which of the two takes I prefer. And what a contrast your Eden-like garden is to the desert. I love that you picked the freedom aspect of the photograph, and on that note it's freeing to know that not following the rules can still be a winner - big time
@bella, cowboy glam!
@rae, your handbag really was a perfect accessory here, but the scarf is even more of a winner. I love the professional cowgirl look.
@MaryK, I'm repeating: "leopard is a neutral!" It's great you had two takes on this look in one day and both are keeping up with your high standard. The office outfit is my winner though, I'd steal that look tomorrow. Btw, there is something very special and beautiful about your smile on that very photo. Plus, I'm so happy we both picked pearls as our clouds.
@cjh, excellent interpretation. I just love the belt with its perfect detail which came out to play for this challenge.
@Diana, there's no cheating at all. As Heather said the other day, it's about remixing what we have. It certainly is the case in my case Everything I wear has already been seen before or has been sitting in my wardrobe only to be rescued thanks to this challenge, I just loooove looking at those items with fresh eyes.
Your outfit is yet another gorgeous and fun interpretation of yours, with all elements so carefully chosen and put together. My favorite part is the necklace which works so well with the top, BRAVO for this RATE add-in. Your happy face makes me think you are very, very smiley in person.
@Carole, wow. I had to read your post twice... this was your painting! Well, the challenge was worth finding out about your talent. Amazing painting.
Amazing outfit too, appeals to my inner minimalist so much, it's perfect either for the desert or wandering the streets of Paris.
@Heather, oh Heather. What do you say in cases like this... standing ovation, that's it! Lace skirt and that belt...
@Joy, so happy you posted again. This is so simple, chic and elegant, basically a complete winner in my book.
@Freckles, fun fun fun. I was hoping someone would have the ultimate accessory. It looks fantastic and I love the choice of the top too.
@Jjsloane, delightful interpretation, I love the freedom that the scarf and the skirt imply.
@Kim, fun and very funky.
@GirlX, the pants are super cool and I'm loving the scarf action here.
@Aida, I read your description with usual great interest and enjoy the final outcome. Like Suz, you have shown how the outfit can be decomposed to the individual elements which are in perfect harmony when worn together. It's interesting to read about not wearing the shots before, this look (overall and shorts with the boots) is very you in my eyes. I love how the boots are bookended by your (pony-tailed ) hair.
@mg, very literal and very great. Leather bracelet is the perfect finishing touch.
My first version was not intended but it is what I wore to work and after the dogs put brown paw prints on me I decided it worked.
Second pic. is the real deal.
BTW- Thanks Bella, this is fun, and I love seeing everyones interpretations.
@Svetaaaaaaaaaaa! I'm taking notes. G-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!!!
@tracina, you look like a real deal, real summer cowgirl.
I've so enjoyed everyone's interpretations. This one really brought out the fun and whimsy. Not to mention the artwork. And accessories!
Thank you so much, Bella, for organizing this. It really is helping me figure out new ways to wear things and showing me that I can think in terms of "outfits" vs. just something that "goes together.". That's a huge style leap for me.
Okay, for this challenge I decided to take the opportunity to try out my version of an outfit I've been drooling over for a while: http://www.alterationsneeded.c.....linen.html
Yellowgirl very kindly sent me this white blazer that she was no longer using, and I received it just in time to try this look out!
(Thank you, Yellowgirl, if you see this - though I'll write you a personalized thank you later.)
I decided to try to capture the earthy tones of the picture against the blue of my jeans, and though I really don't have any Western wear myself, I figured the leopard print blouse gave the outfit a bit of a "wild/desert" vibe. It's stretching it, a bit, but I felt that the vest and bootcut jeans made me feel a tad cowboy-ish.
(After taking the first two photos, I came back home with a haircut.)
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I really enjoyed looking at everyone's inspired outfits, again such amazing creativity! I loved the breadth of colors and styles this particular photo inspired, yet all still very solidly holding true to it.
yellowgirl, both of these outfits look great (and #2 is so summery sharp)! This new top is perfect for the challenge, being a coordinating color AND having spots.
Suz, I love how your outfit picks up on a few very specific elements yet one can totally feel that it was inspired by the photo. I'm enjoying seeing your pretty white linen skirt
Lynne, great summery take on your winter outfit! I'm also glad that I already know how cool your cowboy boots look, I'd have loved to see the whole boot!
Bella, I don't think I've seen you in plaid before! The fact that your denim skirt is pencil shaped, the silver watch, and the patent shoes all keep this in a dressier realm for me, yet still totally cute and casual. I will be taking notes
Rae, I think this can officially be called "Business Cowgirl" And I also think you should wear variations of this as it cools down, it looks awesome! The scarf + cognac elements are perfect touches.
Mary, the leopard pumps are genius! Love your new orangey swapped scarf, and the weathered jacket in #2 is perfect here. AND you got some denim-on-denim going, fun!
cjh, great white cardigan! I hope you'll be wearing it more after this And the belt is a fun western touch.
Diana, ooh what a cute skirt, such a neat print! It does work perfectly for this challenge, I see no reason not to wear it. I also want a leather cuff! I looked desperately while in Montana a couple weeks ago to no avail
Ornella, I really enjoyed reading your thought process behind this one; I love how you gave this photo such depth with your interpretation. I adore the double necklaces, this isn't something I've seen you do much but it really works well here. Re photography, I've always heard the same, but refuse to adhere to that; sometimes having the subject heading OUT of frame can be more powerful than when it is leading IN. Another case of needing to know the rules to break them well? Maybe, or maybe I just like to rebel
Carole, such a lovely, soft take on the photo! I really like your light wash denim skirt, I haven't seen many like that. And that is a beautiful painting!
Heather, ahhh the whimsy in your outfit makes me happy! I LOVE the soft, feminine top and lace skirt with the (AMAZING) rugged vintage leather belt.
Joy, lovely interpretation of the dramatic sky. Those white skinnies look great on you!
Freckles, photo #2 is so cute! Your expression looks mischievous }:) I adore your cowboy hat, you make one lovely cowgirl.
Jjsloane, your first outfit is lovely, an ethereal cowgirl of sorts I do have to agree with Mary RE the suit though, you're much too small and young for that suit.
Kim, pfff I hope if you DID leave the house you wore the boots, they look so fun with this outfit!
Girl X, ohh those are great pants; color, fit and length all look perfect. Your scarf evokes the horse's reigns to me, and manage to look both funky and western at the same time. Very cool.
Rita, cute literal interpretation! The leather accessories are great touches.
Sveta, I can see why this outfit kept coming back to you, it's beautiful. I also love seeing those white earrings on you, perfect extra touch of brightness.
tracina, I dig the contrast between your rugged, slouchy boots and the very girly top and floral skirt. Totally cute cowgirl
Kari, hooray for the white blazer, how sweet of Yellowgirl I LOVE your take on the AN outfit, the vest with the pussy bow blouse looks awesome (and makes me wish I had some of these blouses so I could try it, too!). Your haircut looks great, fun choppy bits!
@Kari, Amazing white blazer and I love your vest look with the pussybow blouse! xoxo
Oh my gosh, such awesomely creative outfits! I have enjoyed reading everybody's thought process for the interpretations.
Aida, I have to say, your wonderful, insightful comments on everybody's outfit make for thoroughly enjoyable reading and is just so thoughtful and generous of you. Thank you!
Here is my outfit. I did a little bit of background reading about the outfit last night and found Richard Prince's motivation behind rephotographing the original Marlboro Man photographs very interesting. I've always found the whole real macho man image proliferated by the tobacco industry and the media thoroughly annoying. So, while I instinctively conjured up an androgynous cowgirl type outfit, I ultimately decided to do all feminine. The chambray shirt was my only sky bluish option and still in keeping with the spirit of the cowboy and I paired it with a black and white pencil skirt and a white tee to capture the sky and the clouds. The black belt with the metal buckle also in the spirit of the cowboy while staying definitely in urban feminine territory. The robot pendant was to depict the mute and robotic acceptance by society of media's subliminal messages. And patent black pumps and red wrap bracelet obviously more feminity at play I apologize for my wayward color. I ran out of starch spray and realized it is what kept my collar standing up.
Thanks for reading my novel!
Kari, I am so thrilled you were finally able to put together the outfit you have been admiring for a while now. You look amayyzing
Whew I want to make some comments on all these great photos of the day! This must have been a very inspiring picture that many could relate to, as many tried to dress accordingly!
@Yellowgirl, pretty butternut blouse! and the blue scarf just pops - very nice combo.
@Suz, nice pastel version of the photo colors. You look fresh and casual - ready for the day!
@Lynne, great casual look with jeans and jackets. I do like the scarf in #2!
@Bella, this denim skirt looks sophisticated yet casual. I like your shiny brown belt and shoes especially.
@Rae, LOVE the scarf and bag as pops of color on your neutral background. Hope you weren't too hot with boots and blazer today!
@MaryK, your office outfit is my favorite, but I LOVE your scarf with the white jeans and chambray shirt. Isn't it fun to try yet another color mix?
@Diana, your skirt is wonderful! and the ruffly blouse - perfect! Thanks for explaining your details so nicely.
@Ornella, you have paid such close attention to the nuances of the photo and you look so trim and classy in your choices!
@Carole, FAB painting! And great outfit, too! The cowl neck top is very elegant.
@Heather, LOVE the lace skirt, and mixing with the flowered top of gorgeous blue=brilliant! The belt is the final amazing touch.
@Joy, white jeans ! Yum! And the blue flowers - fresh as a daisy, all the way. I don't think it looks too short.
@Freckles, old stuff? Were you a rancher?? This looks pretty authentic - hat and all. Thanks for sharing!
@Jjsloane, I love your white linen skirt, with the check shirt and silky scarf - wow! This is a pretty combo and hope you can wear it for real soon! I agree your suit looks like you could stand to size down a bit - the suit, not you!!! Maybe taking it in a bit and adding a little more frill to the blouse ingredient?? The color is nice - great start.
@Queenie, great boots! Yes, too bad it's too hot still. Great choice for photo purposes
@GirlX, LOVE the blue pants. You look bright and put together even in this simple combo.
@Aida, enjoyed your explanation of your outfit choices. And you are sporting the happiest smile I've seen you smile!!! Love these shorts, and yes, the check top is perfect, as well as the boots, fringy necklace detail and ponytail!
@modgrl, this top is the BEST to pretty up a basic pair of jeans. And the jeans are great- perfect color of denim in my book!
@Sveta, the white and blue - not a problem - it is your inspiration for the day, and it is definitely YOU! Love the red bag, too.
@Tracina, well, the second outfit is a bit more dressed up and pretty colors for your skin and hair. Funny about the brown dog paws!
@Kari, great haircut!!! And you look fab in the denims, the vest, feminine blouse and blazer! Good interpretation.
@Vani, you have a very thoughtful view of this photo, whereas I looked, and took the face value! I'm impressed. The chambray shirt and plaid skirt are a great mix, and the robot necklace - a telling commentary.
It was so much fun to watch this thread all day and see how everyone was inspired! Can't wait til tomorrow!
Well, I started off with plans to show a cowboy vibe, but I only got as far as the jeans! LOL! (Do the turquoise earrings and wood ring give off a western vibe?)
Sleeveless blouse to represent the colors of the horse. Red-orange crossbody for the cowboy's shirt. I like the way the beautiful blue sky takes up most of the space, so turquoise draped cardi to the outfit-interpretation-rescue!
I luv how this outfit came out! Hubby liked it too! Squeee!
Here's mine! Better late than never....
Yellowgirl - Luv that blouse. Great transition from interpretation to running errands!
Suz - The blue and white look so crisp and refreshing! Very pretty necklace and I am enjoying your garden setting.
Lynne - Are you still on vacation? I'm impressed that you are following along with a limited wardrobe. Your jacket, sunnies and bag are FAB finishing touches!
Bella - Such a chic and polished western vibe! Your outfits always look so effortlessly stylish!
Rae - The scarf makes such a FAB statement on the blazer and complements the boots. I really like that the bag matches the scarf. Well done!
I'll comment more later since my computer seems to be acting up and not showing me pictures. : (
Vani, your background story was such a great read and I LOVE that you were able to channel your feelings on the subject matter in a way that still evokes the photograph. Fab skirt! (Thank you so much for your sweet comment <3)
AJ, I really like your non-western interpretation! The jewelry is the perfect nod to the western aspect, but the rest of the outfit is AJ cute!
Jenava, this blue is so pretty on you! I love love your booties, and the bold red lip with this outfit is super.
I'm having so much fun looking at all of your entries. I love the ladies who went in the cowgirl swingy skirt direction.
I wish I had time to make an outfit, especially because I am probably one of the few YLFers who lives on a working ranch.
@Kari, I find it great how you stretched your wardrobe to fulfil this theme although you thought there was nothing cowboyish in it. That's the beauty of this challenge. Wonderful outcome. That blazer look like it was made for you!
@Vani, once again I'm blown away we both had similar stream of thought and wanted to feminize the outfit, but for different reasons. Gorgeous, fun outfit and the robot pendant takes the prize as the most unexpected finishing touch!
@AJ, it's great to see you and your lovely fun wardrobe at play.
@Jenava, yay, you posted too! I love your simple, bold outfits and great pieces that all speak for themselves.
Wow ladies, what absolutely fantastic interpretations! Sorry I didn't comment re every outfit but I was still packing and left very shortly afterwards. Now I'm trying to catch up...
Cjh no rancher but I was born pit west - home of horses, beef and mountains, my girlfriend made sure that living back East as I do I kept up my western roots. Then we both got busy and had families and that wasn't so important anymore.
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