SIA: Blue dog casual

A brief reminder to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — I’d love to hear your opinion! Thanks so much!

And yay, it’s SIA time again! This time, the inspiration comes via George Rodrigue‘s “Blue Dog” of New Orleans, this time in a 2013 painting entitled “Day and Night Electricity,” a detail of which is below. Click here for Jess’s SIA post or here for the original source.

Detail of 'Day and Night Electricity''

My first thought was that one of my prior SIA submissions would also fit this painting, as seen here, with my polka-dotted peplum top and cobalt blue dress. All I would need to do is just change out the black skinny belt for my red one. Or I could have paired my red ankle pants with my cobalt blue cardigan. But in the end, I decided to go more casual. I was also influenced in no small part by Catherine’s skinny jeans + scarf combo here at Not Dressed as Lamb. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Blue dog casual

The colors from the painting are all there — red (skinny belt), white (background), blue (top), black (flats, cardigan) and yellow (scarf) — but mixed in a more subtle way. I also went with two set of studs (bigger lapis lazuli ones and smaller pearl ones) to echo the round shapes of the dog’s eyes. In the last pic below, you can see the yellow colorblocked tote I grabbed for a bit more fun — and colorblocking in general felt like a natural fit with this painting. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Blue dog casual head scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Blue dog casual

But however much fun I had putting this look together, I have to admit, I don’t love the effect after having looked at the pics. The belt had come up too high by the time we took pics, and I think I needed to have buttoned the cardigan for a more flattering silhouette. I do like the scarf, however, especially with my longer hair. But this is a personal style journey, and it’s ok that not every outfit is a winner.

Details:  Blue top:  The Limited, Fall 2011  /  Black cardigan:  Target, last summer  /  Black flats:  Payless, last summer  /  Red skinny belt:  Target, winter  /  Scarf, worn as headband:  Echo, c/o giveaway  /  Tote bag & lapis lazuli studs:  Gifts from my mom  /  Pearl studs:  Part of birthday set from my in-laws

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Blue dog casual

It’s funny, after I put this post together, I realized I had worn the same outfit last year — the same  top + black cardigan + skinny jeans + black flats. I even rolled up the jean cuffs in the same way! But it is amazing how different accessories, and buttoning the cardigan differently, can make such a difference!

Librarian for Life + Style | 1 outfit, 2 ways: Blue + black collage

Link ups:  SIA  /  Funday Monday   /  Monday Mingle  /  Monday Bloom


18 thoughts on “SIA: Blue dog casual

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks Katie! It was just one of those outfits that when I looked at the pics at the end of the day, I thought to myself, “Oh, this didn’t look as cute as I thought it did.” And that’s ok. Style is an evolution and a never-ending learning process! 🙂

  1. Rebekah

    I hear ya. I kind of hated my outfit for SIA this week, so I’m hoping everyone just looks at my cute dog and kid. However, I really like your outfit! I think the cardigan looks good unbuttoned with the belt over it.

  2. Erin @ Loop Looks

    I wore an awesome outfit that would fit with this picture perfectly last Friday…but didn’t get a chance to take pics! Sadness.

    Anyway, sorry to make my comment all about me. I agree with you that the belt is kind of jarring to the eye. I wonder how it would look if you had worn it at your hips and tucked your shirt in…

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Oh no, that is sad — such a blogger-centric problem, eh, not getting a chance to document one’s outfit! 😉 And I’ll have to try that next time wearing this top. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever worn this top tucked in… things that make you go hmmmm….. 😉


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