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!

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Five different ways to wear ankle pants in colder weather

A reader left a comment on an outfit post this past December — an outfit in which I wore an overcoat, ankle pants, and ballet flats, seen here — about wearing ankle pants in cold weather and asking for tips and strategies:

Reader question about ankle pants and cold weather

Thank you, teatimechic, for asking the question! I’ve been mulling it over for quite some time. It doesn’t get too cold here in the PNW (rainy, yes, but not that cold), so I’m generally ok wearing ankle pants with flats and/or with trouser socks. Bu I took a look back through my outfit archives to compile different ways I’ve styled ankle pants in cold weather — plus a couple of bonus ways I’ve seen other style bloggers style ankle pants in colder climes.

#1, with tall boots

This was the first way I thought of wearing ankle pants when it’s cold outside. This is also the warmest way to wear ankle pants in cold weather, to layer the pants under tall boots or tall rain boots. This works best with ankle pants that have slim or skinny cuts.

And my trick when tucking ankle pants into tall boots is to first secure the pant legs under longer socks. Even thin socks will do, as long as they’re long enough to cover the tops of the ankle pants. This will ensure that the ankle pants stay down and don’t balloon out too much around the knees, plus it ensures that your tall boots go on smoothly over the ankle pants.

Here are a few examples of how I’ve worn ankle pants with tall boots:

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of ankle pants with tall boots

left (burgundy ankle pants)  //  middle (black ankle pants)  //  right (navy ankle pants)

#2, with ankle boots

Ankle pants with ankle boots — a match made in alliteration, yes? 😉 Ankle boots cover most of the foot and ankle, so it’s another decently warm alternative if you dare to wear ankle pants in colder weather.

Both examples below are with my olive ankle pants paired with my grey ankle boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage with ankle pants and ankle boots

left  //  right

#3, with menswear-style shoes

Of course, if it’s not too cold out, you can always wear ankle pants with flats or wedges — but I’ve found menswear-style shoes, like Oxford or brogues, to be a more modern alternative. Plus, this shoe style provides more coverage (and thus, warmth) for the foot and ankle. I wear low-cut ankle socks when I wear my brogues, so my toes are still toasty.

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues

original post

#4, with patterned socks

My blogger friend and SIA co-host Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey has been rocking patterned socks with ankle pants/jeans and flat shoes this winter, as seen here, here, and here, for starters. This style looks good with either menswear-style shoes or ankle boots, and it definitely helps showcase your personality while also keeping your ankles warmer in the winter. Win-win!

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, patterned socks with ankle pants

Photo used with permission from Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey

#5, with snow boots

For those of you in legit snowy climates — or those who have been suffering in unseasonably frozen temps in parts of the U.S. this past winter — looking at pics of bloggers wearing ankle pants and shoes with no socks looks kind of laughable. I get it. I know I’m lucky to live in a relatively seasonably mild (albeit rainy) region. So I appreciated reading style blogger Cori Lynn’s recent post about “things that actually work, when getting dressed in the winter.” Cori Lynn used to live in Seattle but has since moved to Connecticut, and she recommends snow boots with slim-cut pants or jeans! Visit her blog, Dress Cori Lynn, for more pics and tips for dressing for legit snowy weather.


Have you worn ankle pants in colder weather? If so, have you worn them these ways pictured here in this post — or another way altogether? Please leave a comment and share!


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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!

SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

A quick note to please vote for your favorite coat — err, outfit — last month in the monthly reader poll post. Thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. This past week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose our inspiration artwork.

Still time to participate in SIA!

Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by the end of Tuesday, Feb. 6th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

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

Interpretation:

I noticed the bookcase in the background of the painting… which gave me the cheeky idea of wearing my bookcase-print skirt… which features cats! I am a total Leo, so incorporating cats into an outfit inspired by a painting of dogs made me laugh. Novelty animal prints for the win! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

After work, we took these photos in our dining room, so the lighting is definitely adding a yellow tinge. But I think this also echoes the inspiration painting! We also already happened to have a deck of cards on our green tin tray on our dining room table — no lie, we had been playing cards over the MLK Jr. holiday weekend and just never put up the deck of cards (Stephanie, I know you are not shocked by this!). So I pulled the cards into our SIA photoshoot, because I am never one to miss a chance to be cheesy! 😀

I also enjoy the fact that our dining room table and the green, brown, and russet tones in the room and curtains also tie into the colors of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

I wore this outfit on a work day that included library introductions and tours for first-year students, so the book-print skirt also served as a conversation starter for students. And so many of the female students remarked on the fact that this skirt has POCKETS. Women know what’s up, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Weather: Cold and rainy (hence the leggings worn as tights!)

Where:  Work day that included teaching and library tours

What:

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Favorite outfit of January 2018

Time for a look back at my outfits in January and vote for your favorite! As I focused on retrospective posts at the beginning of the month, there are only four new outfits this past month. But each outfit highlights a different coat (!), so it’s really a contest for your favorite coat this month! 😉

My most popular outfit, in terms of total views, was #1, my burgundy overcoat over a grey dress and animal print scarf. My own personal favorite was #2, as it features my new teal overcoat (still available online!) and that I actually was able to pack in a lot of special — but subtle! — details in this casual outfit, if you look closely.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And now it’s your turn! What was your favorite outfit of January? Scroll below the collage to vote for your favorite straightaway or feel free to browse. All the outfits are linked to their original posts below the collage.

Librarian for Life + Style | January 2018 collage

Top row:  1  //  2
Bottom row:  3  //  4


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