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

Style Imitating Art: “Self-portrait, yawning” by Joseph Ducreux

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Black Cardi Bird Print Blouse Faux Leather Pants and Black Flats {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 was selected by Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey.  Salazar is “…a stagnating packet of crisps (context) trying to change by adding more colors to my wardrobe and my life.”


"Self portrait, yawning" by Joseph Ducreux

“Self portrait, yawning” by Joseph Ducreux

Since it’s April Fools’ Day, Salazar decided “…to pick something a bit humorous; plus, there are plenty of colors here to interpret in an outfit {red, tan, white, and charcoal gray}. You can even mimic the pose too!” You can learn more about Ducreux by clicking here.

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


Black Cardi Bird Print Blouse Faux Leather Pants and Black Flats {living outside the stacks}

This outfit is totally different from what I’d originally planned to wear. This was my original outfit, but by the time I got home, the weather had turned and I couldn’t take pictures. So, I had to dig through my archives and find some images. The weather has been brutal here… We had 3 tornado warnings yesterday. Seriously.

Black Cardi Bird Print Blouse Faux Leather Pants and Black Flats {living outside the stacks}
Black Cardi – Similar | Earrings – Nickel & Suede {Medium} | Bird Print Blouse – Similar | Burgundy Faux Leather Pants – QVC | Black Flats – Similar

Black Cardi Bird Print Blouse Faux Leather Pants and Black Flats {living outside the stacks}

The Hubs laughed at me when I showed him this top because I’m terribly afraid of birds, but I big puffy heart this blouse. It’s so cute and whimsical. And the faux leather pants are funky. I mean, really, faux leather pants in the library? Yes, please. I’ve been trying to figure out other ways to wear them {I even created a Pinterest board}, so if you have ideas, let me know…


Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Salazar by Tuesday, 9 April. She’ll share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday, 10 April.

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.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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