SIA interpretation: Young Girl Reading

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, it was my time again to curate, and I chose Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s famous oil painting, Young Girl Reading (also known as The Reader), ca. 1770. This painting has always had a soft spot in my heart, and I got to see this painting in real life a few years ago at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork, and send that to me at by 10 p.m. tonight PST. I will post the round-up on my blog tomorrow.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA: Young Girl Reading collage

My starting point was — OF COURSE — my yellow cardigan. As it’s just almost the only yellow piece of clothing I own (I have more yellow accessories), that was a no-brainer. But I actually had several ideas for what to pair my yellow cardigan with, but I eventually settled on this pink-and-burgundy a-line in a light tweed texture. I liked the mix of textures, and this painting was ALL about texture and brushstrokes when you looked up close.

My husband also LOVED this outfit! ♥ He said it reminded him of ’70s style, in a good way.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt


Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + gold accessories

I didn’t think of the gold accessories until the morning I got dressed. I felt the cardigan needed a little something, and then I spied my rope brooch, which I thrifted a few years ago (for $1!). I debated about putting it on the left or right side, and then I realized that I liked the idea of putting the brooch front and center. It brought a bit of formality (and symmetry) to the outfit, and the loops of the brooch and gold knot earrings kind of echoed the loops of the young girl’s ruffled collar, at least in my mind.

I also brought in extra texture with my flats, which have satin detailing along the front.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + pink tweed skirt

And, OF COURSE, I had to get in some reading to go with the SIA theme. I’m no young girl, but I do love to read! As you can see in the final pic, I am winding my way through Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series! It’s sooooooooooo good!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the SIA round-up!

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17 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Young Girl Reading

  1. Mike

    This is great, Jen! You did a wonderful job, as always with your interpretation. Your brooch adds a nice bit of flair, which completes the look. 🙂
    And of course, I love the idea that we all wanted to use books as props for this SIA. Salazar and Erin had the same idea also. And you already saw mine. We’re all librarians at heart who love books!

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