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

Style Imitating Art: The Little Fourteen-Year Old Dancer by Edgar Degas

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Hi, I hope you had a restful weekend. The Hubs and I went to visit my parents in Mississippi. We had a good time… My mom is still sick and my dad is now undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, so it was nice to see them up and about. I also hung out with my sister, we got manicures and ate Little Caesar’s Crazy Bread {so good}. Do you like their Crazy Bread? If you haven’t tried it, you are missing something.


Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, 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 outfits. And that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.


This week’s image was chosen by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}.



The Little Fourteen-Year Old Dancer; Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris); Founder: Cast by A. A. Hébrard (Paris); Date: 1922 (cast), 2018 (tutu); Culture: French, Paris; Medium: Partially tinted bronze, cotton tarlatan, silk satin, and wood.

Salazar chose this sculpture “…for its texture and neutral color scheme. The ballet theme can be a great source of inspiration as well.”


So I have quite a few outfits posted below… Since I was at my parents’ house, I didn’t get a chance to take pictures, so I went through my archives to see what I had…

Gold Lace Top and Jeans {living outside the stacks}

This is one of my favorite tops buuuuut I don’t wear it near enough. I mean, just look at that color. Isn’t it stunning? And the lace is so soft. Because the top is sheer, I spent months searching for a matching bra. Kid you not.

White Tee Khaki Jumpsuit and Wine MIA Clogs {living outside the stacks} Style Imitating Art

Even though I picked out and bought this jumpsuit, I wasn’t completely sold on it. I mean, it kind of has an overall feel to it and I’m not an overall wearing kinda girl {even though I adore them and used to own several}. But I think the fit and the neutral color sold me on it.

Black Blazer Lace Tunic Spanx Leggings Clogs {living outside the stacks}

This is one of my favorite outfits. I’ve worn it to work a couple of times {much to the amusement and shock of my co-workers}. I think it’s the faux leather leggings. *snicker* Although the look is a bit edgy, I think it’s fun too. If I were gonna wear this for date night, I’d swap out the clogs for a pair of pumps.

Tea Stain Lace Tunic Dress Black Leggings and Gray Boots {living outside the stacks}

This lace tunic/dress is a new addition to my tunic collection and it is so much fun. It’s actually two pieces. The top layer is a sheer mesh, while the bottom layer is a tank dress. Even though I paired it with leggings, I think this outfit could also be paired with jeans as is or separated and worn with a cardigan {in any color}.


When I first looked at this statute, all I saw bronze. But once I started to look a bit closer, I started to see clay, moss, gray, and beige. There’s also a smidge of white and black. And so much texture: the fabric, the wood, and the bronze. And, like Salazar said, the ballet theme is another source of inspiration.


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


Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Salazar {} by Tuesday, 11 February. She’ll share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday, 12 February.

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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For more stylish inspiration, check out the following linkups:

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.

Other Linkups

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