SIA: Piano inspiration

This week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) inspiration piece, as chosen by Jess @ Animated Cardigan, is the 1858/59 painting, “At the Piano,” by James McNeill Whistler. This painting was considered Whistler’s first masterpiece; the two females in the painting are his half-sister and niece. You can read more about this painting here at the Taft Museum of Art website.

There is still time to participate in SIA — all you have to do is send a picture of something you’ve worn inspired by this week’s SIA choice. The deadline is tonight, and send your pics directly to animatedcardigan@gmail.com. Jess will then post the round-up shortly thereafter on her blog, Animated Cardigan.

Inspiration:

At the Piano,1858–59, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

At the Piano,1858–59, James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Jess chose this painting for its neutral color scheme, but I couldn’t help but go instead for the bolder red and black tones, along with a bit of gilt edging. I wore this holiday-appropriate outfit for a local JASNA event.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

Details:

  • Red cardigan {exact}:  August Silk via Macy’s
  • Black-and-white dotted skirt {exact and on sale}:  Lands’ End, gift-carded last spring
  • Black opaque tights {exact}:  DKNY via Macy’s, gift-carded this fall
  • Black patent leather heels {very similar}:  Payless, two winters ago
  • Red patent leather skinny belt {similar}:  Target
  • Red bubble earrings {similar}:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway, this summer

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

I buttoned up my red cardigan and tucked it into my dotted black-and-white skirt. The black tights and patent leather heels grounded the look, while I amped up the red with my patent leather belt and bubble earrings — and of course, a bold red lip!

Both the jewelry and belt buckle have gold finishings, and I also added a gold ring with a red stone from my paternal grandmother. The square cut of the stone and frame of gold reminds me of the frames in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA:  Piano inspiration

I felt great in this festive outfit! I’m glad Jess chose an inspiration painting that lent itself so well to a holiday outfit. And make sure you check out Jess’s Animated Cardigan blog for the SIA round-up!

And here are different ways I’ve worn this dotted black-and-white skirt:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a black dotted skirt

Left to right:  1 (this post)  /  2  /  3


Link ups:  SIA  /  Monday Mingle  /  Mix It Mondays  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /  Sophisticated Style  /  Style to Inspire  /  #HowIFall  /  Confident Twosday

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