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SIA interpretation: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge.

Inspiration:

For the challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

Interpretation:

I knew I had to incorporate a floral pattern into my SIA outfit, since the floral pattern is so central to the inspiration painting. But I first thought of a different floral dress, the cotton floral dress seen here, and I was considering layering it under a red cardigan. But that combo felt a little uninspiring to me. And on the morning I planned to wear that original outfit, I spied my floral shirtdress, and the lightbulb in my brain went off. I’ve worn this shirtdress as a tunic over leggings before, as a zipped-up jacket over jeans , as well as a long cardigan over ankle pants. Remixing this shirtdress over another dress this time felt fresh and fun to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

The woman in the painting is wearing ornate gold jewelry, so all of my jewelry is also gold, including a gold-and-crystal necklace, a gold circle ring, a gold-and-onyx sculptural ring, and a gold floral bracelet. The gold circle ring also ties into the circular mirror on the wall behind the woman in the painting. And finally, I doubled up on the floral with my cloisonné earrings. I quite liked the combination of a dark floral pattern paired with a light floral pattern. (You can click on each photo below to enlarge them.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of floral cloisonné earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold circle ring and bracelet

Although the floral pattern of this shirtdress feels quite springlike to me — and you may recall that I have this SAME floral pattern in a peplum vest! — I felt like it transitioned nicely into autumn when paired with the red dress and black tights.

And a note about my flats — they’re new! My old black ballet flats had finally given up the ghost (they started cracking on the sides), so it was time to replace them. These new round-toe flats are equally as comfy as my old flats, and the quilted sides and patent leather cap toes add some unexpected texture-mixing to the classic shape. You’ll be seeing more of them, I promise!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Weather:  Autumnal chill

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shift and teaching

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with in the round-up on Wednesday!

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Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

It’s been awhile since I’ve worn this floaty floral maxi (which you can see on its own here in this post). I have worn this floral maxi a couple of times for fancier occasions, but this time, I decided to make it more casual with a chambray button-front shirt. (And yes, it’s still summer up here in the PNW, and I wore this on a sunny and warm day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

By the way, we took these photos on our back steps, which had definitely seen better days! Basically right after we took these photos, we worked on replacing those steps — yep, with me and my husband doing all the work — so these photos are the last remnants of what our back steps used to look like! (The new steps are now stained red, like the posts in the railing and our fence.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

This dress is so fun! I love how the overlay with all the flowers is sheer, so it creates interesting depth and shapes when I move. And the v-neck on this dress is deep, so I wore the maxi over a black sports bra, as per my usual clothing layering trick.

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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Work day to date night | Sequin tank + colored jeans

I have worn two slight variations of this outfit lately, so I figured it’s time to feature it on the blog! I figure, why NOT do sequins to brighten up one’s work day — and it’s a great way to go from work day to date night! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

After I took pics, I realized this outfit is quite similar to a casual holiday party outfit I wore years ago. Both outfits are a combo of a grey cardigan + silver sequin tank top + red pants + pewter flats + silver jewelry. It’s the same grey cardigan in both outfits, but there ARE differences:

  • different sequin tank tops (this grey-and-silver tank top feels more casual with its monochromatic stripes)
  • different red bottoms (this time red jeans instead of red ankle pants)
  • different pewter flats
  • different short hairdo (I had the “wet look” in the earlier post)
  • different jewelry (silver bar earrings instead of sparkly hoops in the earlier post)

But even with all those (admittedly subtle) differences, it’s obvious that I like what I like, and I stick with what I like and what works for me. I’m ok with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

And a note about my favorite red lipstick, the L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick in “Refined Ruby” — they’ve apparently discontinued that specific shade of red! They’re still selling the Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick line — I also have the same lipstick in “Everlasting Plum,” last seen here, and it really does last, y’all! — so I hustled down to my local Walgreens and stocked up on my very favorite red lipstick.

After I stocked up, I felt like this:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Weather:  Chilly but with bits of sun

Where:  Teaching day with meetings

What:

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Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

I am pattern-mixing AND remixing today with one of my favorite color combos, navy + green.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

If you are seeing this outfit and thinking, “Haven’t I seen this outfit on the blog before?,” I would not blame you. I haven’t worn this exact combo before on the blog — colorblock cardigan + striped tank + polka-dotted skirt — but I have remixed two out of the three pieces together in different ways before, as seen in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of cardigan + tank + skirt

Links to original posts:
top left, cardigan + skirt (2014)  //  top middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  top right, tank + skirt (2013)
bottom left, tank + skirt (2013)  //  bottom middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  bottom right, cardigan + tank + skirt (2018, ths post)

Remixing = real life.
Always.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Admittedly, I hadn’t worn this polka-dotted skirt in awhile, but it did amuse me how many of my colleagues in the library first complimented me on my dress. It was extra fun to see their jaws drop when I told them it was actually a tank top and a skirt. I do appreciate that my colleagues have gotten used to seeing me pattern-mix, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

It was still quite chilly that day — we “joke” up here in the PNW that it doesn’t really warm up until after Fourth of July — which is why you’re seeing a peek of my coat in the pic below.

I went for bronze accessories, my Mary Jane heels and my topaz drop earrings, because of the bronze buttons on my cardigan. I love my thrifted Mary Jane heels deeply, and one of the (many) things I love about them is how the perforations on the toe make a heart shape. ♥♥♥ Click the photo below for a closeup.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze Mary Jane heels + navy tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Remixing + pattern-mixing | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

I’ve worn my patterned wrap dress in different ways before, including as a long cardigan, and I keep trying to think of new ways to wear it. Today, I layered the wrap dress (which I thrifted years ago) over another dress — and pattern-mixed at the same time!

Today’s outfit is basically a mash-up of these two dresses:

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown print dresses collage

Links to original posts:
Left (2012 post)  //  Right (2014 post)

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Below is a closer look at how the two patterns look up close. The wrap dress has a graphic pattern, which I’ve likened to the “Good ‘n’ Plenty” candy, as seen in this post, while the dress underneath has a polka dot pattern. They’re both pretty small-scale patterns, which shouldn’t work together, but somehow, it does — at least to me.

I also really enjoyed figuring out which accessories to pair with the dresses. I thought bronze jewelry would look nice, as well as my wooden jewelry pieces — two textures that are combined in this bronze + wood bracelet. Bronze and brown tones are also in my wide belt, and I added more wood-type textures in my stud earrings (made out of petrified wood), and my coconut shell necklace (which I tied up in the back so it would be more like a choker with a hanging pendant).

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup, layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

One of my library co-workers complimented me on my dress. I cheekily responded, “Which one?!” 😀

And if you’re wondering what happened to the ends of the wrap dress, they’re hidden underneath the wide belt! It looked a little lumpy, but I didn’t mind it.

I also really liked how the wrap dress is longer than the dress it’s layered over — the end result looked more intentional, somehow. And the collar on the wrap dress layered well over the v-neck of the dress underneath. It’s an outfit that shouldn’t work, in theory, but totally does in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

And finally, photos of the outerwear I wore with the dress. Sam looooooved that I wore the brown cloche with the outfit, and with the bell-shaped coat, Sam said, “You look like you could go back to the 1920s with this outfit.” I think you can tell that I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, including the outerwear! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Weather:  Cold and on-and-off rainy

Where:  Work day that included reference shifts

What:

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