Daenel T {living outside the stacks} Style Imitating Art Black Romper with Black Ankle Wrap Flats

Welcome to another week of Style Imitating Art, where we draw our style inspiration from works of art. Style Imitating Art {aka SIA} is hosted by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}, Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, and me. Every other Monday, one of us curates an art piece to use as style inspiration for the following week {host outfits are posted on the following Monday, with participant outfits posted on Wednesday}.

This is the roundup post, where I showcase all of the participants. Please make sure you visit their blogs and/or Instagram pages to get the details on their outfits. And, while you’re there, don’t forget to leave some comment love.


Madam X by John Singer Sargent {Image from The Met Public Access}

Madame X by John Singer Sargent {from the Met Public Domain collection}

Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. The painting created between 1883-1884, stands 7′ 8″ x 3′ 7″. You can read more about the Portrait of Madame X by clicking here.


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by yours truly. Many years ago when I taught American history, I taught a section on culture and one of my favorite painters to talk about was John Singer Sargent. His paintings are so gritty and full of subtle colors. Madam X is a favorite of mine because of it’s subtle boldness – I hope that makes sense. When you first look at the painting, you see a mass of black, but there are all sorts of subtleties – browns, peaches, grays, etc. It’s a  neutral but powerful color palette.


Jen {Librarian for Life and Style} #StyleImitatingArt

COHOST. Jen, Librarian for Life and Style, chose to wear her black maxi dress, which perfectly matches the lines of the Madame X’s dress. Jen wrote she “…wore the white cardigan to make this maxi more appropriate for work, it still captures that “bare white shoulder” look of Madame X” and I agree. I also love the way her bronzy gold accents mimic the background tones of the painting. You can see Jen’s full outfit here.

Jodie {Jodies Touch of Style} #StyleImitatingArt

Jodie, Jodie’s Touch of Style,  decided to join us after seeing this week’s inspiration piece because it reminded her of a dress that was gifted to her by a lady at church. I adore this look – the pops of pink add a bit of fun to her outfit. And the lines of her dress are feminine and flowy, similar to those in the portrait. You can follow Jodie on Instagram by clicking here.

Kim {Fierce Fashion Blog} #StyleImitatingArt

Kim, Fierce Fashion Blog, used “Virginie’s *hair* color as my palette inspiration, her dress straps as jewelry, and her black dress as monochromatic dressing.” I love that Kim stepped out of the box with her style choice – that’s what #StyleIimitatingArt is all about. You can follow Kim on Instagram by clicking here.

Laura {DL Dancers} #StyleImitatingArt

Everyone say “hi” to Laura, DL Dancers, a friend of Jennifer’s and occasional SIA participant. Laura stated that “I LOVE Madame X so obviously wasn’t gonna let this one pass me by!” Laura nailed it with the dress – right down to the sideways glance. Love the look. You can learn more about Laura by clicking here.

Michael #StyleImitatingArt

Michael is a longtime SIA participant who always nails the look — right down to the background colors. Mike’s favorite color is black, so “this one was SUPER easy” for him.

Salazar {14 Shades of Grey} #StyleImitatingArt

Salazar Brooch {14 Shades of Grey} #StyleImitatingArt

COHOST. Salazar, 14 Shades of Grey, “…went the casual route, but I also included a brooch to mimic the jeweled straps of the dress.” Salazar’s sandals also mimic the background of the portrait. And check out the head tilt!Salazar did a great job showing a more casual Madame X. You can learn more about Salazar’s look by clicking here.


Daenel T {living outside the stacks} Style Imitating Art Black Romper with Black Ankle Wrap Flats

I posted my Style Imitating Art interpretation on Monday, which you can see by clicking here.

Make sure you visit everyone so you can see more of what they wore and don’t forget to leave a comment so they know you were there.


Jen – Librarian for Life and Style

Salazar – 14 Shades of Grey


Join Us for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Everyone’s invited to participate! The next SIA inspiration piece will be posted on Monday, 20 August. Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Jen at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by Tuesday, 28 August. Jen will share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday, 29 August.

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Hope you’ll join the fun!

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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