SIA round-up: Anna Atkins

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up!


It was my turn to curate this past week, and I had recently come across the amazing botanical photographs of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who is considered to be the first woman to take a photograph — and the first person EVER to publish a book of photographic images. Below is a collage of three of her cyanotype photographs, featuring ferns, leaves, and feathers. You can read more about Anna Atkins and her work here and here.

Collage of Anna Atkins' photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)

Collage of Anna Atkins’ photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)


Most of her cyanotype photographs are blue in color, but I especially love the ones that appear more purple. As I said in last week’s SIA announcement post, I thought there would be scope for prints and/or jewelry — and y’all delivered!

Let’s get to it!

First up, Bev @ Confuzzledom was drawn to the feathers photograph in the collage above. She paired a blue feather t-shirt — so perfect!!! — with a floral print skirt. Please visit Bev’s SIA blog post for more info and pics!

Bev's SIA outfit

Jodie @ Jodie’s Touch of Style submitted a photo of her mom (who is the 80+ model on her blog), as her mom loves to wear blue — and the vibrant color of Anna’s work really spoke to Jodie. And do I spy flower earrings?! LOVE.

Jodie's Touch of Style SIA outfit

Mike @ Post Card Purposes, a longtime SIA participant, wasn’t sure at first what he was going to wear for this challenge, but after hunting in this closet, he thought this light blue, textured knit shirt would fit the challenge — and bonus! the embroidery of his library’s logo matches with the light colored leaves/feathers that are seen in her photos. I will never NOT love bonus library shout-outs on this blog! 😉

Mike's SIA outfit

Patsy @ 1000yellowdaisies_ on Instagram wore THE most perfect floral shirtdress for the challenge — the color of which exactly matches one of the cyanotype photographs I included in the collage, as you can see below — plus white strappy sandals and silver rings to finish off the look. So lovely! And welcome, Patsy, to SIA! 😀

1000yellowdaisies SIA outfit

SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks was inspired to wear her favorite pair of what she calls “loved-in” jeans (such a great description!). The lace patchwork on the knees reminded her of both the color and print of the cyanotype photographs. Amazing interpretation that is so true to Daenel’s boho-chic style! See more photos and details on her SIA blog post.

Daenel's SIA outfit

Leslie @ Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After looks sporty chic in her navy sleeveless top, white shorts, and floral patterned scarf. You definitely want to see closeups on her SIA blog post, including the top’s lace inset and the mix of florals in the scarf. Lovely!

Leslie's SIA outfit

Kim @ Fierce Fashion is back with another awesome SIA-inspired outfit, including a lovely soft purple waterfall cardigan, white jeans (?), and a feather necklace! And the park backdrop is a wonderful nod to the botanical focus of Anna’s photography.

Kim's SIA outfit

Kezzie @ KezzieAG wore a bright blue dress (Tardis blue? 😉 ) with lace detailing that totally recalls the inspiration photography. And again, that nature background is perfect!

Kezzie's SIA outfit

SIA co-host and co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a dark blue dress with a pattern of flowers and leaves and ferns. So beautiful, and oh so perfect for this challenge! Visit her SIA blog post for more closeups and photos.

Salazar's SIA outfit

Next is a couples selfie of me and my husband Sam. He wore a light purple button-front shirt with a pattern of diamond-shaped dots, along with a new straw fedora with a blue ombre ribbon. I like how his sunglasses, which have a blue-and-purple ombre fade, tie the two shades together for a more monochromatic look.

(The sunglasses were an accident, by the way — they were literally the emergency pair of sunglasses left in the car. Yes, Sam loves sunglasses so much that he stashes emergency pairs in different places, just in case he forgets to grab a pair when he leaves the house. Sunglasses are to Sam like chapstick is to me. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Jen and Sam's SIA outfits selfie

As you can see in the pics above and below, my own interpretation is very similar to Salazar’s outfit, only with a purple print dress instead of navy. My print is more paisley than floral, but I love that Salazar and I both went simple and summery in our SIA interpretations. ❤

Visit my blog post from Monday for more photos, details, and shopping links — including links for this exact dress and exact pair of rose gold sandals!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this week’s SIA challenge! I know I must say this every time, but it is true every time — y’all impress me so much with your creativity!

Be sure to check back for the next SIA challenge, which will be curated by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey. And check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks!


14 thoughts on “SIA round-up: Anna Atkins

  1. Daenel Vaughn-Tucker

    I love that there were so many participants this go around. Everyone’s interpretation is so different and, yet, so on point. Funny how that happens, ya know? I had to laugh at Sam because I used to do the same thing before I started wearing my prescription glasses all the time. I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees them as a necessity. By the way, you two always look great.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Awww, thanks Daenel! I always enjoy wrangling Sam to join in the round-ups 😉 And I was the same way, too, with sunglasses until I got my mom’s vintage pair of sunglasses updated with my prescription. And having a really expensive pair of prescription sunglasses definitely make you pay more attention to where you put those sunglasses!


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