SIA round-up: Hindu painting + new SIA co-host

Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up time!

Inspiration artwork:

I chose this beautiful Hindu (Rajput) painting of a “Melancholy Courtesan,” circa 1750s. This painting is part of the Met’s public domain digital art collection, and you can read more here about  the history of this style of painting.

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Melancholy Courtesan painting, circa 1750, India (public domain)

Interpretations + new SIA co-host:

First up is our new SIA co-host, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks! You may remember Daenel and her fab style from when she was featured in a “Librarian style profile” post on my blog a couple of years ago. (Yep, another librarian, woot!) Daenel is super smart, stylish, artistic, an avid photographer — just all-around amazing. (Her Instagram feed is really good, too.) I am really looking forward to her SIA inspiration picks. Welcome, Daenel!

And her outfit below is a treat, with all the combined textures and embroidery and jewelry. Daenel has such a knack for interesting jewelry. And y’all know her matching nail polish had me swooning! ♥

Daenel's SIA outfit

Daenel's SIA outfit

Next is SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, who paired with a navy floral-patterned top with jeans and a pop of red in her shoes. Simple, classic, lovely — and it goes so well with the inspiration artwork!

Salazar's SIA outfit

Mike @ Post Card Purposes found the ideal location for his photo and neutral outfit. Seriously, how perfect is that carpet for this inspiration artwork?! The location is in the lobby of his apartment building. I also appreciate Mike’s commitment to the pose in the painting. 🙂

Mike's SIA outfit

Kezzie @ Kezzie AG said she went with a very broad interpretation of the painting, but I can totally see the inspiration via the embellishments of her blouse’s collar, texture of her flats, and the individual colors. And I think I spy a very interesting pair of earrings… I want to know more!

Kezzie's SIA outfit

Erin @ Loop Looks is back with an SIA-inspired outfit, and the artwork did inspire her to pull out a burgundy top and green pants. With the chambray top, I am really liking the colorblock effect of her casual outfit. And all hail the return of her silver boat shoes! I love those shoes, y’all.

Erin's SIA outfit

I managed to snag a couple of pics this week of Sam’s SIA-inspired outfit. His starting point was this button-front, which has a really interesting olive-and-burgundy pattern when you look close up (see the second photo below). His tan blazer has textured stripes, which also fit in well with the inspiration outfit. Sam is such a cool cat, isn’t he?

Sam's SIA outfit

Closeup of Sam's shirt pattern + blazer texture

Finally, here’s my interpretation. I went a more casual, modern route and mixed textures and patterns together. There are more pics and closeups on Monday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + navy + brogues

Thanks you so much for participating in the round-up! So many interesting textures and patterns and colors. I also find it very intriguing that we ALL went with jeans or trousers for this inspiration round.

The next Style Imitating Art challenge will be curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey. And in the meantime, definitely stop by Daenel’s blog, Living Outside the Stacks, and check out her style, photography, and musings. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂


10 thoughts on “SIA round-up: Hindu painting + new SIA co-host

  1. Daenel Vaughn-Tucker (@DaenelT)

    Thank you to you and Salazar for inviting me to co-host. I’m so looking forward to joining you both.

    Seeing the various interpretations of the painting is so fun. I like how we each chose something different to highlight. I also love that your husband gets in on the act. Wonder if I could talk my husband into joining in? Hmmmm….

  2. Kezzie

    Welcome to Daenel! I really like the different interpretations of the inspiration. The carpet and pose of Mike is great and I love Daenel’s jewellery and both you and Salazar’s excellent sung colour choices and textures.


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