SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose this 18th century Spanish textile.

Inspiration:

"Silk Fabric Fragment" via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

“Silk Fabric Fragment” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

Interpretation:

I mentioned in the SIA challenge post last week that I already had an idea for what I was going to wear. I was inspired by all the bright florals and brought out my orange floral dress again. You saw this dress for another SIA challenge last month, but I wore the dress then as a skirt, layered under a black gingham shirt. This time, I wore the dress as is, to showcase it in all its floral loveliness.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

But I didn’t stop there, of course! The other star of the show is this vintage hat, which I recently bought at a fabulous local vintage store, Glenna’s Clothing. For the first time these past 6 months, I broke my no-shopping rule in order to buy a hat for an upcoming wedding. (I will not deny also being inspired by the recent royal wedding and all the hats. And I feel like I’m kind of channeling what Gina Torres wore to the royal wedding; Gina’s look was my personal fave at the wedding.) I bought this hat before Daenel sent out her SIA inspiration artwork, so it’s sartorial serendipity that my hat totally goes with the floral textile inspiration, with the edging on the ribbon and the straw color.

I really love the shape of this hat. It’s got an “I. Magnin” label, which was a luxury women’s department store on the West Coast. The hat has a cloche-type feel to it, but the left side opposite the bow lifts up at an angle, which is kind of subtle and unexpected. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

I wore my cognac strappy wedges and carried my vintage wicker purse with the orange Bakelite handles to coordinate with the orange tones of the dress. But I brought out another floral in my cloisonné earrings, and the black background of the earrings coordinates with the black edging of my hat’s ribbon. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage hat and cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  To an afternoon wedding

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 3rd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, July 4th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Bonus Sam!

And if you were wondering what Sam wore to the wedding, I haven’t let you down. Yes, Sam wore a kilt to the wedding. Because that’s what he does. This one’s a lighter-weight wool, in the Fraser hunting tartan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam in his "day kilt" for a wedding

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14 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

  1. Brenda N

    Always love this pretty dress, Jen. Great look for the SIA challenge & the wedding. The hat does add that special royal wedding touch, as does Sam, looking sharp in his kilt! I remember going into I. Magnin here in San Diego in the early ’90’s, but just to look. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I’ve read about I. Magnin before — I think in an Esther Williams autobiography, as she used to work there before she made it big in Hollywood — but it closed in the late 90s, I think?

      And I always love this floral dress, too! It’s not vintage, but it has that retro vintage feel with the cut. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Daenel Vaughn-Tucker

    Oh my word! Sam is in a kilt! Love it!!

    And you know I love that dress – the colors and the pattern just scream summer. Your hat is totally giving me Miss Fisher vibes {from the BBC show}. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cloche style hat in straw before. Fun and unique!

    Hope you enjoyed the wedding.

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Yessss, Miss Phyrne Fisher! Every time I rewatch the Miss Fisher series, I want to cut my bangs and bob my hair and wear ALL THE THINGS. 🙂

      And yes, we did enjoy the wedding! And I was relieved that I was not the only one there wearing a hat 🙂

      Reply
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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thank you! And I LOVE it when my husband wears the kilt. He has three different kilts now — the formal kilt in the Fraser red, a heavy twill cargo kilt, and this less formal kilt in the Fraser hunting tartan — so he has more options. 🙂

      Reply
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