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SIA interpretation: Black Cat

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

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

The inspiration:

Salazar chose “Kuroki Neko” — aka “Black Cat” — a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso (1874-1911).

Collage of "The Black Cat" and my inspiration outfit. "Kuroki Neko" ("Black Cat") by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

Collage of “The Black Cat” and my inspiration outfit. “Kuroki Neko” (“Black Cat”) by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

My interpretation:

I have several cat-print items in my wardrobe, including this adorable cat-print tee, so my main task was to narrow down which cat-print item in my wardrobe to choose from… and that’s when I realized that I hadn’t featured my cat-print dress on the blog for a few years. I have consistently worn this dress — it’s a staple during the fall season, and those on Instagram have seen me wear this dress already this fall (along with this same blanket scarf, although worn in a slightly different way) — but I just hadn’t bothered photographing it recently.

The colors in this dress are just so perfect for the inspiration artwork, as well as the kitty cats in the pattern!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

And just how perfect is this background?! I knew this little Japanese garden would be a good starting point, as the artist for this week’s SIA inspiration artwork, Hishida Shunso, is Japanese. In the garden, I then spied this Japanese maple tree in this gorgeous shade of yellow, which matched the inspiration painting so well! It was meant to be. (Happy sigh.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

I forgot to get detail shots of my pumpkin earrings, but you can sorta see them in the pic above. I wore this outfit last Monday, the day before Halloween, so they still fit thematically. And in real life, the orange of those earrings popped against the black blanket scarf. One could argue that the pinstripes in this scarf also echoed the veins in the leaves in the inspiration painting? Right? That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉

My tights also have a ribbed texture, so I’m mixing three different patterns together! Hello, my name is Jen, and I like to find new ways to pattern-mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup with boots and ribbed tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Weather:  Dry and sunny, a perfect fall day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Remixing this dress:

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I hadn’t featured this cat-print dress on the blog for awhile, so I thought I’d make a collage of the previous ways that I have worn this cat-print dress. You’ll notice in the middle pic below that the back of this dress is actually a V-neck — but this time around, I switched the dress around to wear the rounder neckline in the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my cat-print dress

Links to original posts:
left (2012)  //  middle (2013)  // right (2014)

There is 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 tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

Can’t wait to see the SIA round-up!


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Blanket scarf inspiration

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Blanket scarf inspiration

I was inspired recently by Catherine’s “How to Style a Blanket Scarf” post on her Southern Gloss blog. The overall look is a bit more boho than my usual style, but I thought it was a clever idea for how to wear a blanket scarf in a different way. Here’s how Catherine describes what she did:

Simply fold a large scarf diagonally and place it over your shoulders as you would a wrap, then belt it at your natural waist being sure to keep the back free

I thought, “I could do that!”

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf closeup

As you can tell from the back, my scarf is not a true blanket scarf. It’s not in the shape of a square, but instead a rectangle. If my scarf had been a square, it would be hanging in a V down the back, which would have looked more proportional. But it’s the closest thing I have to a blanket scarf, as it has similar bulk and heft.

This scarf was a parting gift from a dear colleague in Abu Dhabi. I usually keep it in my office at work, for whenever I get cold and need to wrap up in something warm. I’ve also been known to bring it with me to movie theaters for the same reason. (Surely I’m not the only one who finds movie theaters freezing?!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration

Trying something new

I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone on this one, and I don’t know if it’s an entirely successful effort. My rope tassel belt is a bit too thin and disproportionate to the bulk of the scarf, and while my arms were warmer with the additional layer of the white long-sleeved tee, I think it makes the overall outfit look a bit too fussy. But I liked trying something new!

And speaking of trying something new… below is how I normally wear this scarf, casually thrown around my shoulders. This variation looks more like my usual style!

Which way do you prefer the scarf? Please leave a comment and share!

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf alternative

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Regular work day

What:

  • Blanket scarf:  Gift from co-worker in UAE, old
  • Sheath dress:  My mom’s, vintage
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx, old
  • Tassel belt:  Came with another dress, old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit

similar blanket scarf  //  similar white sheath dress  //  similar tassel belt  //  very similar cognac flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf inspiration outfit collage


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