Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks} Freja Fashion Plate

Hi! Welcome to another round of Style Imitating Art. I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this week. Seriously, how did was this simultaneously the longest and shortest year ever? Does it feel that way to you too?


Freja Fashion Plate

Freja illustrated Scandinavian fashion plate, 1886 {Public Domain}

The inspiration piece is an illustarted Scandinavian fashion plate from 1886. The illustration was published in Freja, a fashion magazine on 1 August 1886.

You can learn more about the image by clicking here.


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by Jen from Librarian for Life and Style. Jen selected this piece because she “…loves the colors, the hats, and the variety of patterns and colors and textures when you look close. For me, the feeling and colors capture this time of the year. The scene also depicts family and/or friends, which feels appropriate as we look toward Thanksgiving in the U.S. next week.” I totally agree!

What do you think you’ll wear? I can’t wait to see!


Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks} Freja Fashion Plate

This cargo jacket has been hanging in my closet since the summer because, well, I wasn’t certain how to wear it. I know, I know, that sounds so weird, but my view of cargo/utility/flak jackets has been colored by my time in the Army. But I really wanted one because everyone else looked so cute in them. Yes, I can be *that* person.

Anyway, I’m still not convinced this is a good look for me. I don’t know if it’s the tee, the skinny jeans, or what, but something just doesn’t look right. I’m gonna try it with a floral dress, tights, and boots to see if my opinion changes. If my opinion doesn’t change, one of my girls will be getting a new jacket.

I chose this outfit because I thought the colors of the jacket {and the floral pattern} matched the colors and florals in the drawing. The stripes in my tee mimic the line drawings {in my mind they do, anyway}. The brick red tones are reflected in my lipstick, which is a combination of 3 different colors. Sometimes, one color just doesn’t do, ya know?

Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks} Freja Fashion Plate

Cargo Jacket – Similar | Earrings – Nickel and Suede | Skinny Jeans – Similar | Ankle Boots – Similar


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Jen at by 10 PM Pacific Central Time Tuesday, 20 November. She’ll share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday, 21 November.

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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