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SIA: Madame X

Time for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

So stunning! Daenel wrote that she chose Madame X because:

“When I used to teach American History, I taught a section on culture and one of my favorite painters to talk about was John Singer Sargent. His paintings are so gritty and full of subtle colors. At first, you see a mass of black, but there are browns, peaches, grays, etc. It’s a neutral but powerful color palette.”

I already have a really good idea of what I’m going to wear… what are y’all inspired to wear?

How 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 next Tuesday, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, August 15th.

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

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 😀

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SIA interpretation: Arrow Collar advertisement

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration artwork:

It was Salazar‘s turn to curate, and she chose an ad for Arrow shirt collar by J. C. Leyendecker. The male model in the ad is based on his long-time partner, Charles Beach. You can read more about Leyendecker and see more of his artwork here.

Arrow Collar advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker

Arrow Collar advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker

Since we’re in the middle of summer, Salazar “wanted to pick a summery piece, and this one — with its white-and-beige color scheme and touches of green, black, and pink — just fits the bill.”

I also appreciated that the ad includes both a man and a woman, so here’s a peek at what my sweetie Sam and I wore for the challenge (psst… you can see Sam’s entire outfit on Wednesday’s round-up on Salazar’s blog):

Librarian for Life + Style | Double SIA inspiration

My interpretation:

And now more details about what I wore… I thought first about wearing my bow blouse tee, seen here, but I wanted to wear a shirt with a collar, since the ad is for the Arrow Collar. So I wore my diamond-print button-front shirt instead, and tied a thin salmon pink scarf into a bow for a “lady tie,” which echoed the pink scarf in the woman’s hair. Neutral khakis and a structured tote finished off the look and tied into the inspiration artwork.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

My peep-toe wedges with the black piping were a last-minute addition to the outfit, and I think they ended up making the look! They tie into the color scheme, link all the black accents in my outfit together, and the style could be considered a feminine take on spats. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

And finally, a closeup of the diamond-print and shirt collar, as well as the bronze-and-bead earrings. I chose these earrings because they reminded me of little arrows, which tied into the Arrow Collar company! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Bow blouse + khakis + peep-toe wedges

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

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, July 31st. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, August 1st.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with, and be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA: Arrow Collar advertisement

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s Salazar’s turn to choose!

Inspiration artwork:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose an ad for Arrow shirt collar by J. C. Leyendecker. The male model in the ad is based on his long-time partner, Charles Beach. You can read more about Leyendecker and see more of his artwork here.

Arrow Collar advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker

Arrow Collar advertisement by J. C. Leyendecker

Since we’re in the middle of summer, Salazar “wanted to pick a summery piece, and this one — with its white-and-beige color scheme and touches of green, black, and pink — just fits the bill.” Agreed! I also appreciate that the ad includes both a man and a woman, so there is more scope for sartorial inspiration. 😉

Here’s how 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Tuesday, July 31st. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, August 1st.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 😀

SIA round-up: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it wa my turn to curate the inspiration artwork. After celebrating the Fourth of July holiday, I thought it would be fitting to honor our Native American tribes with this week’s SIA choice.

Inspiration:

I chose this powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

The piece’s Native American roots are included in The Met’s description:

The style of engraving on this horn suggests that it was made by a Penobscot Indian, possibly for a Massachusetts soldier during the Penobscot expedition of 1779–80. Wampum belts, like the one associated with this horn, were used for trade among native peoples for centuries before the first Europeans arrived in the New World and then as currency between settlers and Indians from the mid-seventeenth century up to the early twentieth century.

And below is a closeup of the intricate carving on the horn. You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

So what were y’all inspired by? Let’s enjoy the sartorial inspiration!

Interpretations:

First up is Kezzie @ KezzieAG, who is a longtime SIA participant. She looks suuuuuuuuper cute in these scalloped shorts and tights and diamond-patterned button-front. As Kezzie said, “The beige blouse has a diamond pattern on it which I thought was suitable for the horn and I thought the scalloping detail on my shorts and the white buttons on my black coat worked well with the the beading of the strap detail!” Plus, Kezzie got a two-fer out of this challenge, as this entire outfit is also a Doctor Who cosplay outfit worn by Clara Oswald. I love multi-tasking! 😀

Kezzie's SIA outfit

My husband Sam had a similar idea to Kezzie, because he also chose a diamond-patterned button-front shirt to tie in with the horn! Sam went for a mix of textures, including the mother-of-pearl buttons on his shirt, the rope belt, corduroy trousers, and canvas shoes.

Sam's SIA outfit

Closeup of Sam's SIA outfit

Kim from the Fierce Fashion blog looks beautiful and boho chic in her crocheted skirt with fringe trim, light-colored tee, and animal print clutch. And the mix of textures, with the wide leather belt, pendant, and bracelet? SWOON. Totally on point for the inspiration artwork!

Kim's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey was very happy that her outfit came together quickly, including linen pants and brown strappy sandals to mimic the color and engraving of the horn. Her patterned shirt — are those gingko leaves? — reflects the patterned Wampum shoulder belt (and color). This is a perfect summer outfit, breezy and cool!

Salazar's SIA outfit

Co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks said she “kinda felt like an extra in Grease,” which made me laugh. (And makes me want to rewatch Grease!) 😀 As Daenel shared, the print in her blouse mimics the shoulder strap details, and her red lipstick reflects the bits of red in the carving. I love both her top — that Peter Pan collar! — and the strappy flats.

Daenel's SIA outfit

Finally, here’s my interpretation. You can tell that I also was feeling the touch of red lipstick like Daenel! You can see lots more pics — including closeups of my jewelry and accessories — on Monday’s outfit post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

SIA wrap-up:

Thanks again for a great round-up full of textures and patterns! I particularly enjoyed the variety of silhouettes (e.g. scalloped shorts, wide-leg trousers, fringed maxiskirt, fit-and-flare dress, skinny jeans).

Next week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey will choose the SIA inspiration artwork. And be sure to check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

SIA interpretation: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and I chose this Penobscot Indian powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Inspiration:

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Interpretation:

The color scheme of the inspiration piece is quite muted, with brown, black, tan, and tiny bits of red in some of the carvings, but lots of texture with the beading and carvings. I started with accessories, including my textured espadrille flats, which fit the color scheme and the feel of the carvings. I then thought of my red-and-white shell earrings, to pull in the bits of red in the carvings, plus add more texture. Next came my black sun hat — which has a bendable rim — because of the leather-and-wood detail around the crown and the ribbing that reminded me of the Wampum shoulder belt. (You will see details of all these accessories in photos below as you scroll through the post.)

How to pull all these different pieces together? A classic black dress, of course!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

We took photos in our backyard, against the back side of our sienna red fence. I thought the red tied in with the red bits in the carvings (and my earrings and lipstick), and the black iron bits on the back of the fence added yet more texture to the photos.

The last thing I added to my outfit was my cognac tie belt. But instead of leaving it hanging down, I tied it into a bow and moved the bow to the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

And here’s a closeup of the accessories that started me out with this SIA inspiration outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Weather:  Hot and dry summer day

Where:  I plan to wear this to brunch with a friend — I just took photos early!

What:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

Linkups:  Visible Monday | #iwillwearwhatilike | Shoe and Tell | Weekly Fashion Link up | Mix It Mondays | Start the Week Stylish | #HowISummer | Confident Twosdays | Turning Heads | Style With a Smile | The Style File | Style Swap Tuesdays | Style Sessions | Trend SpinWho’s Wearing What Wednesdays | I Feel Pretty Wednesdays | Style Perspectives | Fashion Linkup | Weekly Wednesday Fashion linkup | Style on the Daily | Oh, Hey Girl! | Thursday Fashion Files | Top of the World | Thursday Moda | Fashion Friday | Fun Fashion Friday | Fabulous Friday | Fancy Friday | Friday Favorites | Weekend Wear Link Up | #SaturdayShareLinkUp

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

Everyone is encouraged 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, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, July 17th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, July 18th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.