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SIA interpretation: A dark and stormy skirt

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This latest challenge was curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose this 1939 gouache painting titled “Angel Applicant” and created by artist Paul Klee. You can read more about the painting here on the Met’s site.

"Angel Applicant" by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

“Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

My interpretation:

The inspiration painting is mostly black and grey, but I also noted bits of pale pink in the creature’s nostrils and the cloudy bits in the background. I thought this outfit, with its “dark and stormy skirt” and berry cardigan fit in well with the inspiration painting. (Full disclosure — I wore this outfit before Erin chose the inspiration painting — but I do think it ties in well with the challenge.)

And this skirt is one that my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie actually picked for me to style! She also selected my grey-and-black snakeskin wedges to pair with the skirt — she knows how I love to pattern-mix. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

I got this skirt years ago when we lived in the UAE, and I was drawn to its stark and stormy floral print. It has double-box pleats on each side, in the front and in the back. This is one of the few items in my closet with box pleats, which can visually widen hips if the pleats spread out too far.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + snakeskin wedges closeup

If you don’t remember this box-pleat skirt, don’t worry — it’s been awhile since I’ve worn it or featured it on the blog. You can see it in action here and here, both posts from 2012. Interesting to note that I keep wearing this skirt with shades of purple… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Weather:  Clear fall day

Where:  Work that included a reference shift

What:

  • Pleated floral skirt:  Laura Ashley, bought in the UAE, old
  • Cowl-necked shell:  JCPenney, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Snakeskin wedges:  Clarks, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, this past spring
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this past winter

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Shop my outfit:

berry cardigan  //  very similar cowl-neck shell  //  black floral midi skirt  //  snakeskin wedges  //  similar black tote bag by same retailer

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + black + floral outfit collage

There is still time 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 just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on the 25th on her blog, Loop Looks.

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


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SIA interpretation: Whistler watercolor

A note about my posting schedule

I wanted to let my readers know that I will be going back to a posting schedule of 3 posts a week, on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. This fall quarter is shaping up to be very busy — I will be teaching a credit course, and Sam has a new teaching schedule — and we need time to adjust to our new real-life daily schedule (not least of which for finding time to take photos during the work week).

I plan on continuing on co-hosting Style Imitating Art challenges, as well as my monthly clothing budget post and my outfit round-up post and reader poll. I will be discontinuing my monthly “everyday faves” series.

SIA inspiration:

And now, it’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar has been scouting out a watercolor painting for awhile, and finally came across a watercolor sketch by James McNeill Whistler via the open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. This will be the third time we’ve featured a Whistler painting for SIA, but the first time with a watercolor. And the crowded street scene, all in neutrals, feels like an unusual subject for a watercolor — and perfect for the autumn season!

Librarian for Life + Style | Whistler watercolor SIA collage

It took me awhile to come up with my outfit, but finally, I remembered my tan cotton skirt with a soft, watercolor-esque print in shades of neutrals. That was the starting point. And because the watercolor has more of tan & blue tones to me — rather than the lavender & grey tones of the title — I went with navy blue accents with my  navy cardigan and navy tights. My burgundy brogues were a practical choice, as well as a color choice that still fit the inspiration piece.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

My tote bag — doctor’s bag? — was the final piece I added to the outfit. It FINALLY feels like fall around here, in all its drizzly and cool PNW glory — so I can use this gorgeous bag with its wool fabric sides. It fit in with the color scheme of my outfit (and the inspiration watercolor) but added its own cool texture and shape to the overall look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of printed skirt + tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag

I felt my outfit looked a little retro-inspired, with the combination of the full skirt + tights + brogues. It was a professional development day on campus — also known as in-service — and I got lots of compliments on my outfit from colleagues. 😀

And because it was cold and rainy, I got to wear my navy trench coat again!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan + burgundy brogues

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Professional development day at my college

What:

  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Skirt:  Walmart, over a decade old
  • Trench coat:  Jason Wu for Target, old
  • Tights:  Kohl’s, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last year
  • Purse:  MOE Gallery, giveaway this past spring

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!

Shop my outfit:

similar navy cardigan  //  floral midi skirt  //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + floral skirt + burgundy brogues outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. 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 tonight. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the next day.

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

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Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

And now for another super-easy casual work outfit! That’s been my sweet spot while working behind-the-scenes this summer in the library. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

I almost always pair this purple-y floral popover top with my purple flower bead earrings — the two just go so well together! — and today was no exception. This time, I also added the lilac beaded necklace my husband recently came across, as explained in last month’s budget adventures post, and I ended up really liking the combination!

Also, these NYDJ jeans that I lucky to have fashion-swapped a couple of years ago? They have become my FAVORITE pair of jeans, as they are stretchy and comfortable and cover everything that needs to be covered. LOVE. I am letting y’all know that I am a total NYDJ convert. When I need new jeans, I will be saving up for NYJD jeans, because they are worth it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

The backdrop is one you’ve seen before in our backyard, by our back fence, with one of our pine trees (with tons of sap streaming down it), our winter-blooming camellia shrub, and one of our laurel trees. Settled in-between the trees are two little stone statues, one seated Buddha and one little Jizo Bodhisattva that’s in a more abstract style. We have future plans to turn this bit of the backyard into a little Japanese-themed rock garden, but in the meantime, these stone statues bring a bit of peace to the area.

Librarian for Life + Style | Buddhas in the garden collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral top + lilac beaded necklace

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Floral top:  Kohls, old
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old (but this style still available!)
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, recent gift from my mom, new
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Bead necklace:  Recently found by my husband

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Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top in blue and purple  //  similar purple beaded necklace  //  floral popover top in mulberry //  beaded long tassel necklace    //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  tote bag in same print by same brand //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover + beaded necklace outfit collage


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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? Please leave a comment and share!


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SIA interpretation: Gerda Wegener

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated for this round.

SIA inspiration pick:

I recently watched The Danish Girl on DVD, and it’s based on the 2000 book of the same name and the real-life relationship between Danish artists Gerda Wegener and Einar Wegener, who became Lili Elbe, one of the first-ever documented recipients of sex reassignment surgery. I was really struck by the artwork of Gerda (1886-1940), who was played by Alicia Vikander in the film, who also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

Therefore, for this next SIA challenge, I selected a self-portrait of Gerda Wegener, a self-portrait in the Art Deco style. You can also read more about Wegener here and see more of her artwork here.

Most of Gerda Wegener’s artwork seems pretty colorful, but I was drawn to the more muted tones of this self-portrait. Perhaps because the more muted tones seem to suit this transitional period between summer and fall? Perhaps because I was also drawn to the complicated expression on the artist’s face?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gerda Wegener self-portrait SIA collage

SIA collage for Gerda Wegener self-portrait

I had a few different ideas for outfits inspired by this self-portrait. In the end, I went with a floral pleated skirt in muted tones of bronze and light blue, as the colors were in the inspiration painting, and the pattern played off the couch print she’s sitting on. I layered a light blue cardigan over a teal tank top to add some depth, and my champagne-colored satin flats looked more bronze-y when paired with the skirt.

For accessories, I have multiple pieces of pearl jewelry, so I had some options there (pearls are my favorite gemstone). In the end, I went with my multi-colored pearl necklace as it has the largest-sized pearls (I call it my “gumball pearl necklace”), which paired nicely with my black pearl stud earrings. Finally, I chose my vintage wicker bag because it has a bakelite handle, which is a little nod to the Art Deco period of the painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

We had planned to take photos at Wright Park, which was near where we had brunch that morning. But as we were walking toward Wright Park, I spied this “Love” cornerstone of a church opposite the park, and I thought that would be a perfect alternative. The Danish Girl is a love story at its core, and the neutral colors of the wall and stone also tied in with the inspiration painting. It just felt right!

Below, a closeup of my multi-colored pearl jewelry — and my sassy pixie haircut! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Cardigan with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Pleated skirt? Commence twirling! This skirt is a bit shorter than I remember it being. (I’ve also gained weight around my middle in the last ten years since I bought this skirt, so that’s another reason why this skirt seems to be getting shorter, hah!) I bought this skirt and cardigan together at the same time, but I think this cardigan may have seen its last day… its cost-per-wear is in fractions of pennies by now, so it’s had a good run!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze, high 70s

Where:  Brunch and errands

What:

  • Cardigan:  Gap, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Wicker bag:  Thrifted in Chicago, vintage
  • Pearl necklace:  Gift from my husband, Abu Dhabi
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this winter

Shop my outfit:

light blue cardigan  //  floral pleated skirt  //  multi-color pearl necklace set  //  blush satin flats  //  basket handbag

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer skirt with pearls outfit collage

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!

There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tonight, 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.

I’m excited to see what y’all will be inspired by!


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