Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Style Imitating Art: Portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville

Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}


Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Gray}, Kim {Fierce Fashion Blog}, 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 outfit. My main tip for participating is not to just look at the colors but look at the textures, think about complimentary colors, etc. In other words, you don’t have to be literal in your interpretation. It’s all about looking at the items in your closet in new and creative ways — mixing colors and patterns and just having fun.


This week’s image is curated by Salazar {14 Shades of Gray}. Salazar is “…a stagnating packet of crisps {context} trying to change by adding more colors to my wardrobe and my life.”


Portrait of Comtesse d'Haussonville

Portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville

Portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville is an 1845 oil on canvas painting by the French Neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Salazar chose this image because she’s “…always loved Ingres’s portraits for the way he captured the exquisite textures of different fabrics, and this one is no different.”

There are so many beautiful muted colors in this image, don’t you think? I can’t wait to rummage through my closet. I know I have something in mustard and blue. And, we know I have cream and pink.

What will you wear? I can’t wait to see.


Blue Eyelet Top Gray Ankle Pants Blue Mary Janes {living outside the stacks}

Hi, I hope you had a great weekend. My weekend was pretty much like every other weekend I’ve had lately – I did nothing. I came home early on Friday with a migraine. I think it’s a combination of stress and hormones and the need for a true blue get out of dodge vacation. I can still feel the headache lingering at the corner of my brain. Hopefully, it’ll fade as the day goes on.

Blue Eyelet Top Gray Ankle Pants Blue Mary Janes {living outside the stacks}

I was excited about today’s outfit because the colors are not ones I’d usually wear together – too many neutrals at once. Oddly enough though, I felt pretty comfortable and a lot like myself.

Blue Eyelet Top Gray Ankle Pants Blue Mary Janes {living outside the stacks}
I bought that eyelet top a few seasons ago but I rarely wear it. I mean, is it a summer top or a fall top? Eyelet with long sleeves kinda confuses me, but I really liked the top… I’ve decided that it’s a transitional piece because the material makes it work for warmer days, while the color and long sleeves work for cooler mornings.

These ankle pants somehow ended up in The Hubs closet so I totally forgot about them. Then, while he was packing, he tossed them at me and I was like “Ohhhhhh, yeah!” I love love love ankle pants. They can be either casual or dressy, depending upon how they’re worn. And they’re great for showing off a cute pair of shoes.

And, speaking of shoes, I big puffy heart Mary Janes. That is all.

Blue Eyelet Top Gray Ankle Pants Blue Mary Janes {living outside the stacks}

Blue Eyelet Top – Similar | Earrings – Nickel & Suede  | Necklace – Similar | Gray Ankle Pants – Similar | Navy Mary Janes – Similar

Are you a neutral wearer or do you go for bold color? Leave a comment below and let me know.


Make sure you stop by and visit my co-hosts: Salazar, 14 Shades of Grey, and Kim, Fierce Fashion Blog. You’ll definitely want to see their interpretations as well.

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Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Salazar {} by Tuesday, 23 September. She’ll share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday, 24 September.

You don’t have to have a blog to join, you can share your images on Instagram as well! Just tag Kim, Salazar, and me or use the hashtag #StyleImitatingArt so we know you’re there. We’d love to see how you interpret the inspiration piece.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}




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Where I Co-host

  • Ageless Style – Ten women, over the age of forty, prove that style is ageless. First Tuesday 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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