OOTD - Style Imitating Art

Well, I've been doing some blogsploring lately (Wait, you don't know what blogsporing is?  That's because I just made it up!)  It's where you go exploring for new blogs to read and find inspiration from, of course!  I'd seen Salazar's outfit posts from her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on the main page of Go Chic or Go Home a few times, and even followed her (on the site, not in real life, that would be just crazy!), but never had a chance to check out her blog.  Then, on the recommendation of another blogger, I made my way over there, and loved it!  My favorite part of her blog is that she's collaborating with a group of bloggers, including Jess from Animated Cardigan and Jen from Librarian for Life and Style, to bring a series of outfit posts called Style Imitating Art.  Basically, these lovely ladies draw inspiration from pieces of artwork as a base for an outfit.  Some pieces of art that they've used in the past are:

Untitled by Larry Poons

An illustration from "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
Can I just say, I'm so excited to run across this idea!  I'm always looking for new ways to pull an outfit together, sometimes a bit more thought-out than "ooh, this other blogger wore this so I'm totally going to copy her" or "red and blue can match, right...?"  So, I took this month's inspiration and went with it.  It's a fairly iconic painting, so it was a lot of fun to see how it translated into a 'real-life' outfit.

"The Milkmaid" by Johannes Vermeer
I knew as soon as I saw this that I had the perfect skirt!  I had made one a while back out of a laundry bag (yes, really), that was the same asymmetric hem and vibrant blue as the painting subject's apron, and I used my accessories to pull in the rest of the colors from the painting.  Oh, and full disclosure, I try to always post outfits that I actually wear, but this one was a blog-only outfit!  I had to go to work that night, and the skirt just wouldn't have worked for that.  One trip up a ladder, and everyone involved would have been embarrassed (I feel like there's a pun there...)!

Outfit Details:
Shirt: NY & Co, $13
Skirt: DIY
Booties: Payless, $12 (old)
Necklace: DIY
Bracelet: gifted

Grand Total: $25

Be sure to check out Jess's blog, Animated Cardigan, to see how the other bloggers styled their outfits!


  1. That IS a perfect skirt for this SIA challenge! And I love how you pulled in the yellow and green of the inspiration painting through your necklace. Well done! :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

    1. Thanks so much! I'm excited to see what the next piece of artwork will be, this is a fun little project.

  2. Beautifully done <3 I really like the fluidity of the skirt! Great shoes, too!

    - Anna


  3. I can't believe you made that skirt! And I really think it was a great interpretation of the apron… well don!

  4. I love SIA but always manage to miss it! One of these times, I swear! Anyways, I'm hopping over from Jess's blog because yours was my favorite look of the bunch! I can definitely see the painting's influence in your look, but the outfit is so contemporary and chic at the same time! The shape of that skirt is just gorgeous. I'm more of a fit-and-flare skirt wearer, but the ruching and added length of the sheer overlay are definitely piquing my interest! Lovely!


    1. You are so sweet, thank you so much! I was just glad to be included with all the lovely ladies that participated. And your blog, btw? Love it.


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