Burgundy Faux Leather Jacket Mustard Lace Blouse Trouser Jeans and Logo Pumps {living outside the stacks} #StyleImitatingArt

Hi, and welcome to final Style Imitating Art of 2018! Can you believe we’re almost at the end of the year? Honestly, hasn’t this been the longest year ever? I mean, it went by quickly but in the slowest way possible. Does that make sense?

I’ve had so much fun co-hosting this challenge the last few months. I want to thank Jen and Salazar for inviting me to join them and I’d like to thank all the participants for making me feel so very welcome. I wish you all nothing but happiness as we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019.


Dress {Metropolitan Museum of Art} Open Access Collection

Silk Dresses | British | 1814 | The Met, Open Access Collection

In the early years of the nineteeth century, the high-waisted Empire-style dress was rendered more solid through the use of heavier fabrics and more trimmings. The circa 1820 dress in the front of this image reveals the impulse toward embellishment of the simple chemise of the 1800s. Embroidery in lime green gives more weight to the skirt while the satin spencer provides a base for ribbons and ruffles. Behind this, the 1812–14 dress (1985.222.2a, b) is also more solid, made of silk and trimmed with silk lace. The puffed sleeves are made more substantial through the addition of cording. The weight of fabric and trimming negates the body-conscious line of the earlier sheer cotton and linen dresses. Into the 1820s, plain gowns such as these would be accented with more and more applied decoration.

You can read more about the dresses here.


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by me. I chose these silk dresses because, well, I think these dresses are beautiful in their simplicity. In a way, they kind of remind me of the kimonos that Geisha’s wear, but they also remind me of court dresses. And, while the dresses are from 1814, I can see them being worn today. And, did you get a peek at those slippers? swoon


Jen {librarian for life and style} #styleimitatingart

Jen {librarian for life and style}

Jen wore this lovely sweater to a holiday party. Her “…starting point was the embroidered shawl in the inspiration photo, and then I focused on mixing textures {embroidery, lace, appliqué, bedazzled trim, etc.} in the general color scheme of the Regency-era dresses.

I cannot begin to point out all of the fabulousness in this outfit. Whispers: look at the shoes…

You can see Jen’s post here.

Kezzi {pants outfit} #styleimitatingart


Kezzie {regency dress} #styleimitatingart


Kezzi is sharing two outfits this week. The first is “…a modern spin on the colors and textures – the mustard in the cardigan, the green in the trousers, and the beige diamond pattern of the dress in the diamond oth the shirt!” Kezzi also did a sweet little shoe peek too!

The dress is a Regency inspired vintage dress that she wore for an Instagram challenge. Don’t you just love it?! Bonus points for the addition of the book.

Kim {fierce fashion blog} #styleimitatingart

Kim {fierce fashion blog}

Kim chose this outfit because she “…thought the colors, angles, and lines coordinated well with the dress on the right…” in the inspiration piece. I totally agree with her.

Her colors are spot on and the addition of the animal print belt adds a bit of spunk to the outfit and mimics the waist details of the dresses.

Salazar {shades of grey} #styleimitatingart

Salazar {14 shades of grey}

Salazar said her outfit is “…pretty self-explanatory – the mustard jeans are to mimic the yellow dress, the sweatshirt is to mimic the striped jacket, and my boots are to mimic the embroidered shoes and the paisley shawl.”

Y’all know my eyes went straight to the ankle booties – so very fabulous. I love everything about it – the colors, the pattern mixing. Just perfect.

You can see Salazar’s post here.


Burgundy Faux Leather Jacket Mustard Lace Blouse Trouser Jeans and Logo Pumps {living outside the stacks} #StyleImitatingArt

Faux Leather Jacket – Evine | Lace Blouse – Evine | Earrings – Nickel & Suede | Jeans – Similar | Pumps – Logo for QVC

I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. It was comfortable but still dressy, which is what I wanted. Especially since we had to go grocery shopping directly after services.

You can see the rest of my looks here. You can also see those oh-so-fabulous Logo pumps here and the faux leather jacket here.

Be sure to come back in January 2019 for more Style Imitating Art inspiration!

And make sure you visit my cohosts:

Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}

Salazar {14 Shades of Gray}

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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