SIA interpretation: Le Chat Noir

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! Last week, I chose iconic the 1896 “Le Chat Noir” poster by Théophile Steinlen for our collective inspiration.

Librarian for Life + Style | Le Chat Noir SIA collage

I had LOTS of ideas of outfits inspired by this poster, including wearing my cat print dress, seen here. But ultimately, it was too warm to wear that dress, but my cat tee was also perfect for this challenge! I love how the cat on this tee has a similarly non-plussed expression on its face. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit closeup

The stitching outlines on this jacket — one of my best-ever thrifting finds, as I described in this post — echoed the outlines of the cat in the inspiration poster. And in the closeup above, you can also see my quotation mark earrings. Every time I wear these earrings, people comment on them! (Right after they squint at me, turn their head to see my other ear, and go, “Are those… ?” Hah! )

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

As I mentioned last week, we happen to have a print of this poster in our house. I came across it as we were starting to figure out where to put artwork in our new home, and this poster is in our guest room. (We haven’t hung it up yet, FYI, because we want to figure out other artwork to go with it.)

So I thought it appropriate to pose beside our poster, at least for a couple of pics. Our calico cat Brontë — the one who kept parading in front of me as I was trying to put together the SIA post last week — also decided to get in on the action for the interpretation post.

Here’s how that went down:

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

What’s going on here? You’re taking photos? Why wasn’t I informed in advance?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

I don’t know who those cats are in the poster and on your t-shirt, but I’m the one who’s getting all the petting!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat + cat poster photo session fun

Ok, enough petting, I’m bored now. See ya!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat tee work outfit

Weather:  Mid-60s and no rain on the forecast

Where:  For a series of work meetings on the first day of in-service week


similar cat tee  //  similar moto-style cotton jacket  //  almost exact trousers from same brand //  similar wedges  //  exact earrings  //  exact lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | cat tee + moto-style jacket collage

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 to me at, due tonight, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. I will post the round-up tomorrow morning.

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12 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Le Chat Noir

  1. Mike

    Wonderful! I love your interpretation for the SIA! Your t-shirt is so perfect for this. And you’re right. The facial expressions on both cats are very similar; vicious but kind of funny!
    Bronte is really cute in wanting to pose with you too. 🙂
    I’d say that this is a winner, Jen. Great job!:)

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I first thought of an outfit that didn’t include any cats (shocker, I know!). Then I remembered my cat print dress and tried to make that work, but we had one last week of summer, so it was too warm to wear that dress, which is quite heavyweight. And then I FINALLY remembered my cat tee, and went “Duh!” 😉

  2. Laura

    Last weekend I busted out my Jason Wu cat bag for the first time in ages and got tons of compliments on it! Your outfit is great. The slightly whimsical shirt with the more traditional pieces keeps the pants & jacket from being too stuffy or the shirt from being cutesy– which is perfect because the only thing I dislike about my cat bag is that people sometimes say “You must really like cats!”

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I confess, I periodically go on eBay to see if there are any Jason Wu cat tote bags still available — I still love that design so much! And thanks for the comment about balancing the work look with the whimsy. Plus, it’s an example of how to break up a suit! 🙂

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