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Styling Blue and Green for SIA: Hipgnosis + DIY Jewelry

Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge is the curator for this round of Style Imitating Art (SIA), and she went in a bit of a different direction this time; she selected the cover for Pink Floyd's fifth album Atom Heart Mother, released in 1970. The cover was created by English art design team Hipgnosis and features an image of a random cow standing in a pasture. Shelbee notes that the photographer took a picture of "the first cow that he spotted" (good pun). She says: "There is no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record. It doesn't even include the name of the band. It is weird. It is random. It is funny. It has good colors for sartorial inspiration. And I really like cows." That's a lot of good reasons for choosing this artwork!

Style Imitating Art selection
Source: shelbeeontheedge.com



My outfit came together extremely quickly. I knew immediately that I would wear my light blue T-shirt to represent the sky and a pair of green pants to represent the grass. I have a medium green pair of pants that are a closer match to the grass green, but I decided to wear my hunter green pants instead. Purchased in December 2022 on a deep discount ($4.80), these pants have not been worn very many times, and I thought they'd make a nice contrast with the light blue. Since this was the fifth time I wore them, the cost per wear (CPW) has already reached my <$1 CPW target.

SIA artwork and feature item(s)

As for the cow (which I saw as black and white): I don't have any cow print items, but my moto vest in a black and white plaid could stand in for it quite easily. I added a bracelet stack and smoking slippers in black and white prints to continue with this theme, creating a little accessory set/beauty bundle in the process.

Artwork with black and white print beauty bundle

This was a situation in which I was working with well-known silhouettes, which made it easy for me to know how the pieces would come together in an outfit. I have this style of long-sleeved T (JCP, purchased 2017-2020) and this style of pants ("Effortless stretch pants" from Kohls, purchased 2022-2023) in several colors each, and I've worn them together before. This means that I know that I can straightforwardly fully tuck the T into the pants without them bunching up or causing any problems, creating a smooth base for adding a topper layer.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 2/26/24

The fit and stretchy material of the pants also means it's physically easy for me to tuck the top in; I find it irritating when I try to fully tuck a somewhat long top (as these Ts are) into non-stretchy pants and I run out of room to maneuver my hands/watch/bracelets/etc. as I'm pulling the top down into place. Tucking into these pants is, by contrast, indeed effortless.


I first planned to add a print scarf with blue, green, black, and white to tie the colors together and create a print mix, but I decided that a color blocked light blue and green base accompanied purely by black and white was more in line with the cow photo. Colorblocking is also a way of wearing multiple colors that is more of a stretch for me, since on the Color Blocker to Color Integrator continuum, I'm definitely on the Integrator side. So I took this opportunity to do what didn't come naturally and added a simple white scarf in a gauzy fabric to the outfit instead. (I could have left off a scarf entirely but that would be madness, surely!) I really liked how this basic option looked in the outfit.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40

Animal print shoes (if not cow, something like leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, snakeskin...) would be a great alternative that works with the theme of the artwork, but I like the matchy-matchy quality of wearing these black and white geometric print knit flats with the plaid vest.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40

My daily bracelet stack is an all-DIY set of beaded bracelets in black, white, clear, and mixed metals, anchored by the paper tube bead bracelet I made from the cover of an art supply catalog. The black bracelet with the cat charm provides my outfit's own bit of "random animal." {tube paper bead tutorial} {stretch bracelet tutorial}

DIY paper bead bracelet set

By lucky coincidence, I'd just received an Amazon order containing a mixed bag of enameled animal charms that happened to have a pair of black and white cows! So of course I put together a pair of cow charm earrings to compliment this outfit. I first selected the milky white glass beads (they look almost light grey in the photos) for the milk/cow connection, added smaller black beads from my bead soup around them, and dangled the cow charms below. The pink on the cow charms is a random color for the outfit, but I figure the cow's pink face matches my own, so it works, haha!

DIY bead and cow charm earrings

Blue and green with black and/or white is not a color combination I have worn a lot; I tend to wear navy as my neutral with blue and green. But I did find some OOTD photos in my archives that do a good job of showing how I typically combine these colors.


Here the white T, cerulean/cobalt knit cardigan, and grass green pants are pulled together with a scarf containing all of the colors. The green flats are brighter than the pants but coordinate well enough.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 10/28/21

This particular mixed print scarf in green, blue, black, and white is apparently my default when mixing these colors in an outfit. My thrifted Target loafers with green and blue flowers against a black background are an easy pairing with this scarf.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 3/17/21
Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 2/8/22

Alternatively, the bright green flats make another appearance.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 1/24/22

Light blue with olive is a pretty combination, here in an outfit using the print scarf + animal print shoes outfit formula that I wear a lot in fall and spring. Once again, the print scarf is the bridge piece that links the colors together. This was my outfit for a previous Style Imitating Art selected by Shelbee: upcycled textile art by her friend Anne M. Bray.

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 5/2/22 - SIA "Renee" Scrappy Square

My final outfit in these colors differs a bit from the others because the bridge print piece is a shirt instead of a scarf, but it's still a color integrated look. The DIY paper pendant is something I made specifically to coordinate with this shirt, and I love how it turned out. Both sides are covered in paper from clothing catalog images. I chose to wear the dark floral side forward to better match the depth of value in the black vest. {paper pendant tutorial}

Plus size outfit idea for women over 40
OOTD 10/30/22
Design a paper pendant for a shirt

Now it's time for my favorite part: choosing our Rabbit Imitating Art! I looked in my archives for a black-and-white bunny with a fur coloration pattern that was reminiscent of the cow in the artwork, and when this lovely soft Mini Rex popped up, I absolutely could not resist. While Holstein Friesian cows always have a piebald coat pattern of black and white (or red and white), Mini Rex rabbits come in a wide assortment of coats, including this blanket style broken black and white pattern (note the black "blanket" on his rump).

Rabbit Imitating Art selection

I'm not quite sure how he managed it, but our Mini Rex friend has positioned himself at the very highest point at the back of the cow. The cow is definitely giving us a "what, you've never seen a cow with a rabbit on its back before or something?" look while the bunny appears to be having second thoughts about placing himself quite this close to the rear end of a cow. Rabbits have a great sense of smell, which is perhaps not doing this little fella any favors in his current situation.

SIA artwork improved with rabbit
Atom Heart Mother by Hipgnosis "improved" with rabbit

Thanks for joining me today for this Style Imitating Art + Rabbit Imitating (and Improving) Art post!


To see other outfit interpretations of this artwork, check out the review on Shelbee on the Edge.


Do you like to wear green and blue together, or do you agree with the adage that "blue and green should never be seen"? Do you ever pair these colors with black? With navy? Or a different color/neutral? Are you more of a color blocker or color integrator?


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18 Comments


Emma Peach
Emma Peach
Mar 07

I love the black and white shoes and vest. The cow earrings are fabulous and perfect for this theme! Thanks for linking!


Emma xxx

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Mar 08
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Thanks, Emma - the cow earrings were a lot of fun to wear!

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expatg
expatg
Mar 05

The cute cow earrings are perfect with this outfit, as are the white scarf and b&w bracelets. Thanks for linking

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Mar 05
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Thanks, Gail - I had fun with the cow motif.

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Jennifer's Memory-Keeping
Jennifer's Memory-Keeping
Mar 04

I do sometimes wear green and blue together. And I pair almost anything with black! ha I like the black and white you put together. Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #28 linkup. Hope to see you next week, too.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Mar 05
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Sounds like black is a favorite neutral for you, and I agree that it is very easy to pair with other colors!

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mimifce
Mar 01

So fun to see what everyone comes up with! Love the light blue reminiscent of the sky and the plaid vest for the cow's colors.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Mar 01
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That particular light blue is a favorite of mine. It's light but not too pale or icy, and it has a good amount of saturated color despite the light value.

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mlrbanks57
Mar 01

Sally, you came up with several outfits and didn't even realize it! I think almost all of these cud (get it...hahaha) have worked. I have to say it was amazing you got those cow charms in in time to make some earrings! Fabulous! And, I would hope our little bunny friend has quite a fluffy bottom because that cow's hip bones look a bit bumpy! Wasn't this a hard one, though?


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Mar 01
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Mini rexes are generally pretty well padded so I think he's probably fine, though I doubt he's gonna stay up there long! "Cud" have worked is my favorite pun of this challenge, hee hee. It's interesting how challenging it was for me to go with a colorblocked outfit for this artwork - really shows that I don't naturally gravitate toward it but did like it how it turned out.

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