SIA round-up: Book club

It’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up time again! The inspiration again is a “Be kind to books club — Are you a member?” poster created by Arlington Gregg between 1936 and 1940 for the Illinois WPA Art Project.

Be kind to books club poster - Arlington Gregg - WPA Illinois Art Project [between 1936 and 1940]

Be kind to books club poster – Arlington Gregg – WPA Illinois Art Project [between 1936 and 1940]

First up is Stephanie, my friend and librarian colleague, who donned a bright blue “I read banned books” pin on her orange-y top and colorful scarf for this challenge. I love this photo, with Stephanie’s bright smile — and the bit of bold blue fence in the background.

Stephanie's SIA outfit

Next is Michael, who has become an enthusiastic and frequent SIA participant. He also works in a library, so his library-themed t-shirt (and stack of books!) totally fits the theme of this inspiration poster!

Michael's SIA outfit

Melissa is back, and I’m so glad she was inspired again to participate in SIA. She looks so cute and comfortable in her blue patterned top and orange sneakers. Also, book-themed socks!!! ♥ Melissa wore this outfit on what turned out to be a very special day — click the collage below to find out more details!

Melissa's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey mixed chambray and navy together along with cognac accessories. Her book necklace is adorable and exactly on point!

Salazar's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Jess @ Animated Cardigan looks great in her black + navy layers — love love love the pop of color with the orange scarf!

Jess's SIA outfit

Next up is Kezzie, another longtime SIA participant. She and I had similar ideas, layering blue over a black dress. She also added cute orange accessories, including a purse in the shape of a watering can (!) and a fun felt brooch!

Kezzie's SIA outfit

Erin @ Loop Looks is ready for fall in her black boots and layers. Love the shorter skirt with the boots! Also, Chewie’s black-and-tan coat also totally ties in with this week’s challenge, too, methinks.

Erin's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s me in my blue button-down, new black knit dress, and cognac accessories. You can see more photos and closeups here in my SIA post yesterday.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue + black + cognac accessories


Here’s Noelle from The Classy Junk, who chose the MOST PERFECT sweater for this inspiration challenge! And she posed in a bookshop. Love. It. So. Much. Thanks, Noelle!

Noelle's SIA outfit


Thanks again to everyone who participated in this library-themed inspiration — it was a great round-up!

Next up is Jess @ Animated Cardigan, who will be back next week with another SIA challenge. Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.


12 thoughts on “SIA round-up: Book club

  1. Mike

    Everyone did a fantastic job as always! My thanks once again goes out to the co-creators of the SIA challenge for letting me participate. Great theme!

      1. Mike

        Yes, it was Jen! And being a librarian, you probably know this, but there are even books out there that are about books that have been banned. I’ve seen them. It appears that there are quite a few of these banned books that I wouldn’t have even guessed to be banned, like “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz” or “The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou” and a few others. Most interesting! 🙂

        1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

          Yes, I even did a research project about banned books in library school! I remember doing a display once, back when I was a teen services librarian at a public library, about banned books. I wrapped the bottom half of each book in brown paper, along with a note about why this book had been banned or challenged in the past. I then wrapped police tape all around the display. It was a fun display to put together, although I lamented why so many of these great books had been challenged!

          1. Mike

            Our library also did a display on the subject of banned books! In fact, its still up currently, which is where I got those two titles that I mentioned above from. I like the sound of your display Jen! I wish I could have seen it! Sounds like it was fun to do! Ours has the covers (copies) of banned books on display, a card next to them saying why the book was banned, and someone cut out “flames” from construction paper and glued them to the books, showing that banned books should be burned. Seeing that reminded me of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” title. 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style Post author

      Oh no! I just searched back through my email — inbox, spam, deleted messages, everything — and I don’t see anything sent from you. Perhaps it got stuck in the outbox?? But I’d love to add you to the round-up, so please do send (or re-send) me your outfit, and I will add it for sure. So sorry!

  2. Kezzie

    I loved all the details- the brilliant book socks and orange Converse of Melissa; Mike’s cool t-shirt colour combo; Salazar’s book necklace; Erin’s scarf, Jess’s scarf; Stephanie’s funky pin! Good show chaps!x

    1. Mike

      Thanks Kezzie! Your blue cardigan with the orange leaf is an awesome combo! And it’s lucky for me that the library that I work for shares the same color scheme as the poster. That’s where I acquired this shirt.


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