SIA interpretation: The Avenue in the Rain

My turn to curate the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge fell on Memorial Day last week, so I went with a rather traditional choice (especially for me), Childe Hassam’s 1917 classic painting, “The Avenue in the Rain.” This painting is so patriotic, it hangs in the Oval Office!

All are welcome to participate! There’s still time to send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice, by tonight, 10 p.m. PST. Email me submissions at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. I will post the round-up tomorrow.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: The Avenue in the Rain

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy

I had trouble narrowing down what I was going to wear — I love to wear red, white, and blue together! — but ultimately my navy fit-and-flare dress was my starting point. Why? Because the texture of the dress I felt was a good reflection of the texture in the painting.

I added more texture with the cable knit cardigan, and I mixed in more patterns with my polka-dotted scarf and striped canvas flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy

Details:  Navy fit-and-flare dress, Macy’s, old {very similar}  //  White cable-knit cardigan, Brooks Brothers, thrifted {similar} {short-sleeve option} //  Dotted scarf, very old {similar} {similar}  //  Striped canvas flats, Target, old {similar}  //  Red patent leather skinny belt, Target, old {exact}  //  Large pearl stud earrings, parting gift from Abu Dhabi {very similar}

And how did I knot the scarf? I’ve had this scarf almost all my life — I used it to dress up my dolls once upon a time! — so it is very special to me. It is a square-shaped scarf, so I folded the ends first to be able to wrap it around my neck. (Lay the scarf flat and pull two ends together so the scarf makes a triangle. Then fold up the pointy side until you end up with a long, thin shape.) Then I tied the ends into a simple square knot. But then I did one extra step — I pushed one end over and behind the scarf so that the knot was a bit “puffier” and more interesting. It also helped that scarf end lay a little flatter, because it was now behind the scarf; sometimes, I find scarf ends can stick out a bit and look awkward. (You can see more of the detail I just described in the scarf close-up pic above.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy

Librarian for Life + Style | Red, white, and navy

And as I mentioned all last week, I realized that I have been wearing a lot of red, white, and blue lately. All of the posts I had already scheduled in the queue for last week — outfits I actually wore before my SIA choice — still linked to the SIA theme, particularly with the color scheme. So here’s a round-up of my outfits from posts this last week:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing red, white, and blue

Left to right:  1 (this post)  //  2  //  3  //  4

I will see y’all back here tomorrow for the SIA round-up!

Linking up with these lovely ladies.

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7 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: The Avenue in the Rain

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks! I had mentally put together the rest of the outfit and was thinking, “Huh. It needs a little something.” And then I remembered my scarf and light bulb moment! I thought about putting it in my hair but then so glad I went with the neck scarf instead 🙂

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        1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

          Yep, my SIA-themed posts go out every Monday. There are 3 of us who curate the challenges — me, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and Jess @ Animated Cardigan — and we cross-promote the SIA challenges. It’s a fortnightly challenge: the inspiration piece goes out on a Monday, leaving a week for participants to be inspired and take pics, and then the round-up is posted the following Monday.

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