SIA: The Knitting Lesson interpretation

My SIA (Style Imitating Art) choice this week is a 1908 painting, “The Knitting Lesson,” by Swiss artist Ernest Biéler (1863-1948). You can read more about the amazingly versatile artist, Ernest Bieler, here and here.

There’s still time to participate in SIA, if you’re interested! t’s easy for blogger (and non-bloggers) to participate in SIA. Just send me a photo of your outfit inspired by this SIA pick by 10 pm PST tonight, Monday, March 9. My email address is I’ll post the round-up tomorrow.


The Knitting Lesson - Ernest Bieler - 1908

The Knitting Lesson – Ernest Bieler – 1908


Sometimes when it’s my turn to co-host SIA, I know immediately where I’ll go with the inspiration. Other times, I have to return to my SIA choice and just let it sink into my subconscious. This was one of the latter. There were lots of ways I could have gone with this one — so many colors and textures in this painting. My outfits almost always start with the shoes, but this time, it came down to what hair accessory I wanted to go with on the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblocking work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Headband and necklaces closeup

My silk headband — bought years ago at a Chicago shoe store — was the deciding factor in my interpretation as it has all the colors in the inspiration painting. Plus, it echoes the headgear the girl and the woman are wearing. (I think this is the first time this headband has made the blog?) I pieced together black, purple, teal, and the blush colors from the painting, and added texture with the flats and the cable knit of the short-sleeved sweater.

The silver and beaded necklaces I wore with this outfit have extra special meaning for me, as well. In my head, the woman in the painting is the girl’s grandmother. I chose these necklaces not only because the colors match the inspiration painting, but also because my paternal grandmother made me these necklaces for me when I was very young. Therefore, these necklaces are my own personal way of bringing the matriarchal love I see in this inspiration painting into my outfit interpretation.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblocking work casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblocking work casual

Details:  Silk headband:  Lori’s Shoes, Chicago, old {similar}  //  Purple straight-leg jeans:  Bealls {very similar}  //  Teal tank top:  Old Navy, old {very similar}  //  Flats:  Payless, old {similar}  /  Grey-and-black colorblock tote:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old {similar}  //  Teal chevron head scarf (tied on tote bag):  Birthday gift from mother-in-law {similar}  //  Beaded necklaces:  Made by my grandmother, old

The teal chevron scarf I have tied onto my bag was one of the other pieces I was considering wearing in my hair. I went with my silk headband instead, but I decided to tie the teal chevron scarf onto my bag to add a bit more color and tie in the teal color even more throughout the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblocking work casual

A big thank you to my friend and colleague Stephanie for taking these pics today! We tend to wear SIA-inspired outfits on the same day so we can take pics for each other. You can see Stephanie’s outfit tomorrow on the SIA round-up post! 🙂

By the way, the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month!

Linking up with these lovely ladies.


7 thoughts on “SIA: The Knitting Lesson interpretation

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