SIA interpretation: Whistler watercolor

A note about my posting schedule

I wanted to let my readers know that I will be going back to a posting schedule of 3 posts a week, on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. This fall quarter is shaping up to be very busy — I will be teaching a credit course, and Sam has a new teaching schedule — and we need time to adjust to our new real-life daily schedule (not least of which for finding time to take photos during the work week).

I plan on continuing on co-hosting Style Imitating Art challenges, as well as my monthly clothing budget post and my outfit round-up post and reader poll. I will be discontinuing my monthly “everyday faves” series.

SIA inspiration:

And now, it’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar has been scouting out a watercolor painting for awhile, and finally came across a watercolor sketch by James McNeill Whistler via the open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. This will be the third time we’ve featured a Whistler painting for SIA, but the first time with a watercolor. And the crowded street scene, all in neutrals, feels like an unusual subject for a watercolor — and perfect for the autumn season!

Librarian for Life + Style | Whistler watercolor SIA collage

It took me awhile to come up with my outfit, but finally, I remembered my tan cotton skirt with a soft, watercolor-esque print in shades of neutrals. That was the starting point. And because the watercolor has more of tan & blue tones to me — rather than the lavender & grey tones of the title — I went with navy blue accents with my  navy cardigan and navy tights. My burgundy brogues were a practical choice, as well as a color choice that still fit the inspiration piece.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

My tote bag — doctor’s bag? — was the final piece I added to the outfit. It FINALLY feels like fall around here, in all its drizzly and cool PNW glory — so I can use this gorgeous bag with its wool fabric sides. It fit in with the color scheme of my outfit (and the inspiration watercolor) but added its own cool texture and shape to the overall look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of printed skirt + tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag

I felt my outfit looked a little retro-inspired, with the combination of the full skirt + tights + brogues. It was a professional development day on campus — also known as in-service — and I got lots of compliments on my outfit from colleagues. 😀

And because it was cold and rainy, I got to wear my navy trench coat again!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Professional development day at my college


  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Skirt:  Walmart, over a decade old
  • Trench coat:  Jason Wu for Target, old
  • Tights:  Kohl’s, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last year
  • Purse:  MOE Gallery, giveaway this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar navy cardigan  //  floral midi skirt  //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + floral skirt + burgundy brogues outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at by tonight. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the next day.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

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17 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Whistler watercolor

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Awww, thanks so much, Gail! It took me awhile to think of the skirt, which is a light cotton, so I think of it as a summer skirt. And then I realized it would be neat to mix together summer and fall clothing items together for this seasonal transition period 🙂

  1. Erin

    I’m over here in 90+ degree Chicago thinking TIGHTS??? Regardless, that skirt is a great piece for the watercolor artwork and it looks great with the navy. I can see why you got so many compliments.

    1. Mike

      It’s super hot here too, Erin! I think the country’s split between hot and cool temperatures. 🙂
      Love the color combo you used here, Jen. I wasn’t sure that I saw much blue when I first saw this painting, but now that I look closer, there is plenty of blue in it, and your cardigan is the perfect shade of blue to match it!

      1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

        And we are fluctuating between hot and cold ourselves — we were in the 40s and 50s last week, and this week, we’re set to go back into the 80s! Yes, I enlarged the image of the watercolor, and that’s when I noticed there were actually lots of colors up close, including blue. So that’s why I included in my inspiration collage a snippet of the watercolor that had more blue in it

    2. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Erin! And it has been up and down, temperature-wise, this past week — we’re supposed to climb back to the 80s later this week, boo. But I am SO HERE for cooler weather, as our summer was extremely dry and hot and ashy from all the forest fires. We broke records for most consecutive days WITHOUT rain during the summer season! 😦

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