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White Christmas style inspiration, take 2

As I mentioned earlier this week, I was inspired to recreate some of my favorite fashions in the classic 1954 musical, White Christmas. (It’s no longer the holiday season, but I can watch this movie any day of the year!)

In the previous post, I recreated a costume worn by Rosemary Clooney in this scene from the movie:

Screenshot from 'White Christmas' (1954)

Screenshot from ‘White Christmas’ (1954)

Today, I’m recreating… Bing Crosby’s costume in this same scene! The ladies don’t get all the sartorial fun in this movie; the men get to wear super stylish outfits, too, with layers of textures and patterns. And jaunty scarves! 😉

Here’s another look at Bing Crosby’s costume, when he goes outside and dons a fedora:

Screenshot from 'White Christmas' (1954)

Screenshot from ‘White Christmas’ (1954)

I’m no stranger to menswear-inspired style, but of course, my versions of Bing’s grey tweed blazer and trousers are more feminine in cut. I also flipped the navy in his outfit from his navy polo shirt to my navy trousers. And I added my husband’s grey fedora, as y’all know I also love to wear fedoras!

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

And OF COURSE I was excited about recreating the neck scarf. My only problem was which neck scarf to choose (!), as I have a few with blue tones in them. I finally chose a silk scarf I thrifted years ago in Portland, with bits of orange and an edging of bright blue.

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Weather:  Sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

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SIA interpretation: Snowy cloud

It’s time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this go-round curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration

Erin chose this photo, seen in the collage below in the upper left corner, because it reflects her world right now, Chicago under a blanket of snow. And this “Cloud Gate” sculpture — affectionally known as “The Bean” — is an iconic and public artwork in the city’s Millennium Park. You can read more about the sculpture’s history here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art collage, the "snowy bean"

My interpretation

My starting points were a white faux-fur scarf (which my mom recently gifted me) and my grey overcoat, as they mirror the predominant colors of the inspiration photo, grey and white, and the scarf brings in the snowy texture. Then came my large pearl earring studs, for something curved and smooth like the sculpture, and then my black and white polka-dotted dress. Finally, I settled on my two-tone, black-and-white Fluevog heels, to finish off with a bit of fun.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey overcoat and black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevogs

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey overcoat and black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevogs

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey overcoat and faux fur scarf

I recently got my  hair trimmed a bit shorter and spikier, as you can see in the photos above and below. I like that this shorter cut brings out the silvers in my hair — also appropriate for the inspiration artwork! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey overcoat and faux fur scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevog heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevog heels

And taking a look at my outfit proper, I slipped in a bit of red as a layer underneath my dress. It has nothing to do with the inspiration photo, but everything to do with (1) coordinating with my red lipstick, and (2) the Valentine’s Day holiday last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevog heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevog heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Black polka-dotted dress and two-tone Fluevog heels

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Where:  Work day that included a presentation

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SIA: Snowy cloud

It’s time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this go-round curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration

Erin chose this photo because it reflects her world right now, Chicago under a blanket of snow. And this “Cloud Gate” sculpture — affectionally known as “The Bean” — is an iconic and public artwork in the city’s Millennium Park. You can read more about the sculpture’s history here.

"Chicago Bean Artwork" by t_s_l is licensed under a CC0 (public domain) license

“Chicago Bean Artwork” by t_s_l is licensed under a CC0 (public domain) license

Lots of neutral colors to play with in this inspiration photo and sculpture, including grey, white, black, and a bit of brownish olive in the patches not covered in snow. And maybe accessorize with some shiny jewelry or metallic shoes?

Erin’s inspiration pick also reminds me of when we met up in real life the last time I was in Chicago, back in 2013 — and we walked to Millennium Park and took a selfie in The Bean’s reflective surface! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Meeting up with Erin from Loop Looks

Selfie with Erin reflected in “The Bean” sculpture, Chicago, 2013

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate in SIA challenges. 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, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by next Tuesday, Feb. 20th, to be included in the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

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

Sam’s SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

Surprise, an Style Imitating Art two-fer this week! Stop by Salazar’s blog for the full round-up, and below is my husband Sam’s interpretation of Salazar’s art choice.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam incorporates all the colors of the inspiration artwork in this “professor casual” outfit he wore on a teaching day. How awesome is this vintage blazer in olive corduroy? He dressed the blazer down in dark jeans and sneakers, but added his own fun touches with the Fraser tartan scarf and a new knit hat! Our friend Stephanie knitted this hat for him as a Christmas gift this past winter, and he’s been wearing it a lot.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Here’s a better look at the colors in this knit hat. And it’s perfect for this SIA challenge, as it incorporates all the colors in the inspiration artwork!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit and knit hat closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's SIA outfit

Details:

Want to join in the SIA fun next time? Every Monday, I feature an SIA post, and the inspiration challenges are chosen by one of the SIA co-hosts: me, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, and Erin @ Loop Looks. Next week, Erin will choose the SIA inspiration artwork!