SIA: Frenchie

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Salazar chose a painting called “Lady Folding a Letter” by French painter and portraitist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. The details in this painting are incredible, from the silks to the lace to the feathers.

If you would still like to participate in SIA, there is still time — the deadline is tonight to submit a picture of something you’ve worn inspired by this week’s SIA choice directly to Salazar at Salazar will post a round-up shortly thereafter on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


Lady Folding a Letter - Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842)

Lady Folding a Letter – Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755 – 1842)


Since recently rediscovering my thrifted, vintage French beret — the label reads “Foulard De Luxe” — I had to start with that, right? 😉 For the color scheme, I went with my purple jeans, a tan-and-black printed top, a black cardigan, and on top of that, my long purple overcoat. For a mix of textures, I have lace, wool, denim, and feathers.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Frenchie

Where I felt the most creative was in the accessories. I chose black-and-gold dangly earrings, a gold rope brooch, as well as a lovely black-and-gold ring from my mom paternal grandmother. And in a fit of inspiration — thanks to my husband! — I added a feathered clip to the beret. My own plumage! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Frenchie beret + feather clip


  • Vintage wool beret {similar}:  Foulard De Luxe, thrifted in Texas over a decade ago
  • Wool purple overcoat {very similar from same brand}:  Lands’ End Outlet, gift-carded years ago
  • Purple straight-leg jeans {very similar}:  Bealls, recent birthday gift from my mom
  • Tan-and-black lace-trim top {similar} {similar}:  Bealls?, old
  • Black cardigan {exact}:  August Silk, last spring
  • Black flats {similar}:  Payless, two summers ago
  • Feathered hair clip {small rose clip options}:  Scarborough Faire, from childhood
  • Black-and-gold drop earrings {very similar}:  InPink, c/o giveaway
  • Black-and-gold ring {similar}:  My mom’s paternal grandmother’s
  • Gold rope brooch {similar}:  Thrifted last fall

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Frenchie accessories

I collected several feathered and beribboned clips when I was younger, from about ages 8 through 12, on annual trips to the Scarborough Faire (now renamed “Scarborough Renaissance Festival“) in Waxahachie, Texas. I haven’t worn them for years (they currently live in a treasured jewelry box of my grandmother’s), so it was really fun to take one out again to wear!

I wore this outfit on a girls’ day out with my friend, colleague, and fellow SIA participant Stephanie. She also took the pics! 🙂 We both wore our SIA-inspired outfits on our day out, so for a look at Stephanie’s outfit, head on over to Salazar’s blog later!

Link ups:  SIA  /  Monday Mingle  /  #HowIFall  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  / Sophisticated Style  /  Style to Inspire  /  Thrifters Anonymous


13 thoughts on “SIA: Frenchie

  1. amberiam

    I have kind of a secret love of feathers, so the feathers on the beret are fantastic! Also, the close-up accessories picture looks so pretty. I definitely need to start using that technique!

    Amber @ Section 391 =)

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hah, I love that you had a secret love of feathers! It was fun to have some plumage for the day — and then take off the clip for the regular beret look. And thank you about the close-up accessories pic — those kinds of close-ups can be a nice supplement to an outfit post. 🙂

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