SIA: Young Girl Reading

Style Imitating Art

When I opened Jen‘s email announcing this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I gasped with delight. Why? Because this particular painting hung in my grandmother’s living room, above the couch, for years.


It’s called “Young Girl Reading” or “The Reader” and it was painted by Jean-Honoré Fragonard as part of a series around 1770.

Why did my grandmother have it hanging on her wall? Because she said it reminded her of her daughters, aka my mother and my aunts. At least that’s the story I remember. So, I think it’s especially appropriate to post this the day after Mother’s Day. At least for me.

Speaking of Mother’s Day, we actually celebrated last weekend with dinner (at the restaurant that shall not be named) and I gave my mom the gift I’d bought for her at the Randolph Street Market. The Chicago Candle Factory makes soy candles in old wine, spirits and beer bottles. I got her one made from a bottle of gin from the distillery in our neighborhood, CH Distillery. She says it’s perfect, just like me. And that’s why she’s the best.

Anyway, back to the week’s SIA Challenge. This one’s going to be tough for me since I don’t really own anything yellow. So, we’ll see! If you can come up with an outfit inspired by this painting feel free to send it to Jen at by 10PM Pacific on Monday, May 16th to be included in her round-up post next Tuesday. Mirror selfies encouraged!

6 replies on “SIA: Young Girl Reading

  1. Mike

    What?! Your grandmother actually had this painting hanging on her wall?! How cool is that?! 🙂 So awesome!!!

    I obviously am going to enjoy doing this SIA because I love to read and I can relate to the fact that I can be found in my room reading on my bed, much like this girl is doing many times. So this should be fun!

    I’m happy to hear that you and your mom had a great Mother’s Day, Erin. I celebrated it with my mom yesterday and we went out to breakfast (at a restaurant that I won’t name) and she really enjoyed it.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Right? I was so thrilled when I saw it was Jen’s choice. Not sure what I’m going to wear yet, but I’m sure I can find a book as a prop 🙂

      1. Mike

        That’s what I did. Just seems like the perfect thing to have for this painting. 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Right? I think the only thing that would have been better is if they’d had Hendricks gin, too. That’s normally what my parents drink. But, two years ago both my brother and I bought them CH gin for Christmas so I think this works, too 🙂

  2. Daenel T.

    How cool that your grandmother had this picture in her house. It’s a lovely painting.

    I like the colors, they’re sorta muted but bold at the same time. Lots of leeway for interpretation.

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