Simply Basquiat

Forget the call of the wild! The inescapable call of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) was too alluring to the ladies of Fab Four Fashion this week. We were awed by the thought provoking, expressive work of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. His large scale pieces held us enthralled, as did the beautiful lines and winding contours of the architecture of the gallery.  I mean really, who could ask for a better backdrop for our looks this week than the AGO!

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Leslie’s Look

I was inspired by menswear lines like Comme des Garcons or Klaxon Howl when putting my look together. As I find myself continually explaining to my sister Gail (yup, the same fine full figured femme fetal whom you know and love from this very blog), I’ve got to get dressed based on my mood.

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The Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the AGO put me in the mood to play with layering print and experimenting with more masculine lines.

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For this outfit I wanted a loose, relaxed look and feel that seems to often go hand-in-hand with men’s wear. I could be wrong, but no matter what they’re wearing unless it’s a tux, guys usually look comfortable.

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This look was all about the layering. I decided to go with pieces that were all in the same colour family which is atypical for me. A crisp white shirt and taupe pants formed the base of this look and I proceeded to layer on a leopard print top (which is actually a dress), a brown leather jacket and a check print car coat.  My t-strap shoes, which I consider my modern-day version of spats, paired with subtly printed socks rounded out the look adding a certain retro feel!

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Overcoat: Zara // Leather Jacket: Danier (old), similar here // Shirt: Zara (old), similar here // Leopard Print Top: Zara (old), similar here // Pants: Zara (old), similar here // Shoes: Nine West (old), similar here // Handbag: Uterque (sold out), similar here

For the curvy divas out there here are some options to recreate my look.

Coat: ASOS Curve //Leather Jacket: Wilson’s Leather //Pants: Old Navy // White Shirt: Eloquii // Leopard Print Tank Top: Torrid //

Nancy’s Look

One of the many words that come to my mind when I think of Basquiat’s work is funky. As such, I decided to up the “funk factor” of my outfit just a smidge.


I was immediately drawn to this furry sleeve sweater number which I scored at Zara. As my fellow long legged (and arms!) ladies know, when I tried the sweater on, I was certain that the sleeves would be too short and wondered if it would still look nice with the sleeves scrunched up. Well to my surprise, the sleeve length worked! Which lead to a happy dance and a quick dash to the cash.


Speaking of appropriate length, let’s talk about these trouser jeans from Alloy Apparel! Again, Alloy Apparel understands that our bodies come in all shapes and sizes: these jeans go from size 1 to 25 and 30″ inseam to 39″! To err on the side of caution (or was it just because it was available), I ordered the 39″ inseam. For the very first time in my life, I had jeans that were too long! And yes, that warranted a little dance as well 🙂


I decided to keep my outfit in fifty shades of blue! Ok, there are only about five shades… I finished my look with my favorite cobalt blue pumps and shoulder bag in a similar shade.


Sweater: Zara (sold out); similar here and here // Jeans: Alloy Apparel // Shoes: Sam Edelman (old); similar here and here // Purse: Shoulder Bag: Hong Kong (old); similar here and here // Earrings: Hudson’s Bay (old); similar here and here // Bangle: Dedo Azu (more details to come!)

Interested in recreating this look curvy bombshells? Check out these furry numbers here and here. And Alloy Apparel’s got you for the jeans!

Gail’s Look

I have a bit of a handbag obsession….ok, it’s a big obsession.  Basically what I’m saying is that my outfit was centered around this fringed creation.

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After the handbag came this white faux leather moto style jacket.  I love the road warrior feel I get when I wear it.

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This charcoal gray dress is the epitomy of comfort and the twisted knot detail hides a multitude of “sins”.  The dress is also form fitting for a dash of sexiness.  The necklace I chose mirrors the fringe found on my purse and completes the look.

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Jacket: Addition Elle //Dress: ASOS Curve (sold out) Similar here //Handbag & Necklace: H&M //Wedge Boots: Zara (old) Similar here // Watch: Michael Kors (old) Similar here

Tall ladies, here are some alternate dress options for you!  Dress here, here & here //Jacket options: here & here

Judy’s Look

For my Basquiat look I was inspired by the Jenny from the Block video but with a Brooklyn touch because that’s who I’m reppin but I digress.

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I wore a pair of olive green pants with a cool pleat detail at the cuff.  I paired the pants with a simple white tank top, faux leather sleeve and tweed biker jacket.

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The last piece to seal the deal and complete my look are these pony camo ankle boots.

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Biker Jacket: H&M (old) Similar here //Jersey tank top: H&M //Cargo Pant: H&M (old) Similar here //Pony Camouflage boots: Betsey Johnson (old) Similar here //Necklace (old) Similar here //Rings (old) Similar here  and here //Bracelet (old) Similar here //

For my tall sisters you know that I always think about you.  Here is an alternative for cargo pants: pants //Similar leather biker jacket here


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Bye for now!

~The Quartet

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9 Discussion to this post

  1.' juliette says:

    The thing I love the most is that you always include options for varied figure types. (The thing I like the least is that I always want to go shopping after I read your posts! Currently looking for Gail’s fringe bag, Judy’s olive pants, and Leslie’s large scale print coat. Bad influences y’all! LOL LOL LOL

    •' The Quartet says:

      LOL LOL LOL That is awesome! We will do our very best to post the worst outfits just to help your bank account 😉 LOL
      Thanks for the kind words Juliette. It is much appreciated!

  2.' Keenda says:

    Love these shots, your photog is AMAZING! Great eye!!

  3.' Meri Kagu says:

    I love Leslie’s lines and prints! Thank you all for your useful tips!

  4.' Rosie says:

    Jude those shoes rock!!!!!! ladies looking fab as ever!!!

  5.' Nancy Siciliana says:

    Beautiful clothes and accessories and every look is so polished and flattering. You all look so gorgeous that I really do want to go shopping, so I completely understand the “bad influence” part. The cobalt shoes and bag…I want to go find them now!

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