Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to my fellow Americans! It’s a national holiday, so no work for me today, and I will be spending a bit of my day rereading King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” in quiet contemplation of his memory and legacy. A truly great and honorable man, and his vision and message still ring as true today as they did during his lifetime.
It’s also time for my interpretation of the first Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge of 2017! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a very interesting inspiration, something “a little off the beaten path but still classical,” by selecting the collective works of Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).
Browsing the full list of his works, I was struck by the fact that Bernini not only used different kinds of marble for his main sculptures but also designed the backdrops, or niches, surrounding the sculptures. His astonishing work reflects a range of textures and color tones, including shades of white, grey, red, gold, brown, and bronze. That was my starting point, to put together an outfit with complementary neutral tones.
To visually represent what I’m referring to in my inspiration collage, I selected two sculptures and backdrops with a range of textures and colors: Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (1671–74) in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome, and Mary Magdalen (1659–63) in the Chigi Chapel, Siena Cathedral, Siena.
Credits: Photograph of “Mary Magdalen by Gian Lorenzo Bernini” by sailko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 (top left) ; Photograph of “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Altieri Chapel, San Francesco a Ripa, Rome” by ho visto nina volare is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (bottom left)
The color tones in my inspiration outfit include bright white (tee shirt + boot socks), winter white (midi skirt), nude (ribbed tights), bronze (shawl), and cognac (tall boots). I also had the idea of taking photographs against a stone wall backdrop that would enhance the neutral color palette of my outfit — and give a playful nod to the use of natural stone in Bernini’s sculptures. 😉
I also have several different textures in my outfit, including my wool skirt with floral appliqués, ribbed nude tights, and pointelle textured boot socks. By the way, the boot socks are new! (And thanks to Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks, a fellow librarian style blogger, for recommending Target for over-the-knee boot socks.)
It was a coooooooold day, but I felt very warm in my boot socks and wool skirt. 🙂
I also included different textures in my accessory choices, wearing my porcelain earrings dipped in metallic silver and my polymer clay scarf pin that my husband gifted me this summer.
Last but not least, the photos below have no link to the SIA inspiration challenge, but I wanted to share what overcoat I wore on my way to and from work. I wore my teal houndstooth overcoat to “pop” against my work outfit of all neutrals. Although my overcoat is quite long — and soooooooo warm! — I loved that my skirt was still long enough to peek out beneath my coat. 😀
I also think this is the first time you’re seeing me wear this A-MAZING coat with a work outfit; I’ve only shown it with casual outfits on the blog before this.
Where: Teaching day at the library
- Skirt: Banana Republic, fashion-swapped a few years ago
- Tee: ?, old
- Boot socks: Target, new
- Scarf: Kmart?, super old
- Boots: Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
- Overcoat: Thrifted in Portland last year
- Earrings: Gift from my friend Stephanie, Zoë Comings
- Scarf pin: Gift from my husband Sam, Joan Tayler Designs
And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — are welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator and co-host, Salazar @ email@example.com. Get your photo in by tonight, and Salazar will include it in her round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.
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