Style Imitating Art: Booky by Patty Carroll

This week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece is Booky by Patty Carroll, created in 2017. Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar (14 Shades of Grey), Terri (Meadow Tree Style), and Daenel (Living Outside the Stacks). Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of the hosts selects an inspiration image and they each post the image on their blogs. The following Monday they share their art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10pm Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. This week, the curator is Terri. For the last Style Imitating Art challenge, we styled Heather, Sweet Peas and Butterfly, created in the 19th century by an anonymous British artist.

Booky by Patty Carroll is part of her Domestic Demise series, which you can see here. I’m avoiding sharing the image on my blog due to potential copyright issues. So, please click on this link to see the full image of Booky by Patty Carroll. This is probably one of my favourite pieces of art in the Style Imitating Art series this year. I adore the quirkiness of it. It’s just so unusual and and I love the retro vibe it has. Styling an outfit based on this piece was quite the challenge though! I knew I wanted to incorporate a slight ‘prim and proper’ edge to it so I decided to wear a skirt and cardigan.

Ideally, I’d have worn a skirt in a darker shade of red to mimic the curtains, but this one is all I have so it just had to do. Gazing at Booky by Patty Carroll made certain colours pop out to me—red, orange, beige, pink and green (oh, and the grey of certain books). Do you see the same colours? So, I chose the red skirt, a very pale pinky-beige top, orange cardigan, pink handbag and beige sandals (and a grey book!). I added hints of green with my bracelet and ring, orange earrings and a pearl necklace to add a little more of that primness I was looking for. All in all, the outfit came out quite well. I love that my glasses have a slight 50s / 60s vibe too.

While I was taking these photos, I thought it might be fun to create my own little homage to this piece of artwork lol… See you soon!

14 comments so far.

14 responses to “Style Imitating Art: Booky by Patty Carroll”

  1. Lovely says:

    I love this outfit! The colors and pieces work so well together. Great job!

  2. Yes! Suzy, I love this! I love the outfit and all of its retro appeal. I love the final photo and your funky chair! Brilliant styling and artistic photography, my friend! I love it all!


  3. Renee Open says:

    I love that you recreated the outfit from the art ( as closely as you could) and I absolutely LOVE the last, larger picture of you looking down – BEAUTIFUL <3

    Coming to you from the Chic and Stylish link party

  4. Jill says:

    You nailed this look! This unexpected color combination is so pretty! Love the retro vibes to this look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  5. Claire says:

    This is great, very creative. Love your photos and challenges.

    Thanks so much for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up #TheWednesdayLinkUp

  6. Daenel T. says:

    Love this outfit and the whole vintage vibe. The colors are perfect — kind of giving me sunny mid-mod feel.

    Your photography is coming along beautifully. Such a great shot of you.

  7. Alexandra says:

    I am in love with the retro vibe of this outfit! You did an awesome job putting it all together, and you look great! The last photo really tells a story too.

  8. mireille says:

    I love how most of you recreated the picture: so much fun! The scarf on the chair really is reminiscent of the art piece. Lovely!

  9. Jacqui Berry says:

    Fun challenge, you look super in this Suzy. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui x

  10. Emma Peach says:

    Such a fabulous outfit Suzy! I love the photo of you with the books. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  11. I absolutely love your homage to the SIA featured art. I wanted to do that very thing. Even considered pulling all of my books off the shelves and scattered about me. But I didn’t get to it. Dad gum it. So sad that I didn’t. The colors of your outfit are so vibrant and complement each other so well. Not only is this look a spot-on interpretation but it is lovely, too!!

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