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Style Imitating Art - Join Us #StyleImitatingArt


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.

Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by me. Living Outside the Stacks is all about my life away from the library.


Textile Sample {The Met, Open Access Collection}

Textile Sample, ca. 1920. Unknown designer.

The Met Open Access Collection.

I have to admit, I had a hard time picking an inspiration piece this week. Today is our first day of classes at the college and, I don’t know about you, but the first day of school always makes me think Fall. Buuuuut it was over 100° the other day, so Fall clothes are not exactly in the mix. However, the bright but muted colors of this textile summer still lend their way for Fall clothing  if it’s getting cooler in your neck of the woods or if it’s still blazing hot like it is here in Louisiana.

Besides the obvious gold and turquoise, I see shades of black, purple, pink, cream, and even a hint of brown. You can also play with texture for this piece, e.g. silk or woven fabrics.


Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}

 Salazar {14 shades of grey}

Salazar wrote:

I chose my mustard pants and blue shoes to echo the blue and yellow of the print, and my embroidered top is my attempt to match the reddish-purple flowers – it’s not an exact match, but it’s close, and I’m happy with it.

I always love Salazar’s shoe and embroidered top choices. They’re so eclectic but classic, which isn’t an easy combination to pull off. But she nails it every time.




Mike wrote:

As soon as I saw this, I immediately thought of my teal blue Polo shirt, that I recently just bought on sale. The bits of teal blue that are in the sample I thought matched well with the shirt. And my khaki pants are perfect to match the light Manila colored background.
Mike did a great job on his interpretation. Like I told him, sometimes I’m so focused on all of the colors that I miss the obvious. Sticking to a single color and a neutral makes everything look so relaxed and natural.


Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

I was feeling pretty funky that day, so I decided to switch up my specs. Aren’t they super cool and kind of vintage looking? You can see my entire look here.


Come back on Monday, 2 September 2019 to see our next Style Imitating Art inspiration piece.

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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