Join Us for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Hi, this is just a short post to introduce next week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. Style Imitating Art {aka SIA} is hosted by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}, Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, and me. Every other Monday, one of us curates an art piece to use as style inspiration for the following week {host outfits are posted on the following Monday, with participant outfits posted on Wednesday}.


Madam X by John Singer Sargent {Image from The Met Public Access}

Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. The painting created between 1883-1884, stands 7′ 8″ x 3′ 7″.


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by yours truly. Many years ago when I taught 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. Madam X is a favorite of mine because of it’s subtle boldness – I hope that makes sense. When you first look at the painting, you see a mass of black, but there are all sorts of subtleties – browns, peaches, grays, etc. It’s a  neutral but powerful color palette.

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


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at by Tuesday, 14 August. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 22 August.

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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