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Welcome to Style Imitating Art.Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Terri {Meadow Tree Style}, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10 PM Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

For ideas about how this works, please see previous posts by clicking here.


I chose this week’s inspiration piece.


Jazz Stories: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow #1: Somebody Stole My Broken Heart by Faith Ringgold.

 Many years ago, I used to teach American history and one of my favorite creative eras to discuss was the Harlem Renaissance. Most of my students had never heard of it, so each time I taught it, we all discovered new things.

If a class had a soundtrack, Jazz would be it for that time. The music encompassed so much emotion: love, heartbreak, longing, acceptance…

As with Jazz, the outfit options are limitless. You can focus on color, texture, material type, or even costume… I can’t wait to see your selection.


First of all, look at my little photo bomber! If I wanted her in the picture, I’d be getting everything but her face. LOL I don’t know what was up with her that day but she would not leave my side. Her sister, Lola, was watching us from the corner. Usually, she’s the feisty one so…

When I first started looking for something to wear for this week’s prompt, I thought I’d focus on the neon because it’s such a fun color. In fact, I’d intended to take pictures of this outfit, but then this dress showed up in the mail and, well, you see why I had to switch things up.

I mean, look at the colors and the print and the flow and IT HAS POCKETS! There is nothing about this dress that I don’t love.

I had initially paired this dress with a cardigan but decided it was a little too unstructured to handle so much material. Once I tried the denim jacket, I knew I’d hit upon a winner. I think the next time I wear it, I’m going to try a boyfriend blazer. Even though those tend to be long, I think this dress can handle it because the structure of the jacket will compliment the looseness of the dress.

Oh, and when winter comes in, be prepared to see this dress with all the chunky sweaters and slim turtlenecks.


I wore this to work. I didn’t have much going on that day — a couple of Zoom/WebEx meetings and a lot of desk work, so I knew I wouldn’t be in danger of catching myself on fire {this is not something I’d wear if I were going to be taking pictures of our welders or going into the nursing labs}. The boots were a funky last minute addition because it was a little too chilly for the open-toed sandals I originally had on.


Visit my cohosts: Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey and Terri and MeadowTree Style. I know you’ll love their interpretations!


Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at by Tuesday, 19 October and I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 20 October.


Denim Jacket – Similar | Earrings – Similar | Kantha Bae Dress – Similar | Boots – Similar

Sizing: I’m 5’4″ and a dress size 12 to 14 {M,L}. I wear a size 9.5 shoe.


When looking at the inspiration pieces, you don’t have to be literal in your interpretation. Look at things like the colors, the patterns, the textures, etc. Remember, you’re not trying to recreate the art, you’re simply using it as inspiration. Your body is the canvas and you are allowed to be as creative as you wish.

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Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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Where I Co-host

    • Ageless Style – Eight women show that style is ageless. Third Thursday of the month.
    • Fab Forties – Six bloggers, over the age of forty, show they’re still fabulously fashionable. First Monday of the month.
    • Style Imitating Art – Style inspired by pieces of art. Every other week.

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