Wearing grey for all seasons

Grey is one of my favorite colors and one of my favorite neutrals, as it goes well with just about every other color. And it’s a softer and often more unexpected neutral than black.

My grey staples include:

  • cardigan
  • wide-leg trousers
  • fit-and-flare dress — with layering, can also serve double-duty as a skirt
  • striped t-shirt
  • jeans
  • blazer
  • tank top
  • leggings
  • flats

I went back through my archives of the nearly 150 outfits tagged “grey” and rounded up a collage of outfit ideas for each season.

Summer:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing grey for all seasons: Summer

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Fall:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing grey for all seasons: Fall

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Winter:

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing grey for all seasons: Winter

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Spring:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey for all seasons: Spring

left  //  middle left  //  middle right  // right

And lastly, I prefer to spell the word “grey” with an “e,” but I know its more common spelling — at least here in the United States — is “gray” with an “a.” How do you spell the word? Is it a favorite in your closet, as well? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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SIA: The girl in the book

It’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) time again, and for this week’s challenge, Jess @ Animated Cardigan chose a gorgeous book sculpture, “The Girl in the Wood,” by Su Blackwell, a papercut artist from England. Jess came across her work in an issue of Entertainment Weekly! Blackwell uses the base of a real book and then builds sculptures and worlds based on those stories out of paper. Soooooooo cool! You can view more of Blackwell’s works on her website.

The Girl in the Wood, 2008, Sue Blackwell

The Girl in the Wood, 2008, Sue Blackwell

Such an interesting SIA choice — and perfect for a librarian! ;)

So how do you participate in SIA? It’s pretty straightforward — and bloggers and non-bloggers are both welcome to participate! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to Jess at animatedcardigan [at] gmail.com by next Monday, September 7. Jess will post the SIA round-up shortly after on her blog, Animated Cardigan.

 

 

Adventures in sewing: Shortening shirt sleeves

More of my sewing adventures from this summer… next is a project I’ve been thinking about since this winter, when my friend Stephanie fashion-swapped me several items from her wardrobe, as seen here in this post. One of those items was a cute black-and-white button-up top with a small diamond print on the fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to shorten cuffed shirt sleeves

I wore the top a couple of items before deciding that I needed to shorten the sleeves from a 3/4 length to above the elbow.

Librarian for Life + Style | A before shot of my cuffed sleeves

Librarian for Life + Style | How much to shorten the cuffs

I’ve never done this before, so I studied the structure of the sleeve to figure out the steps of what I needed to do. A majority of time on a sewing project is always spent on the prep work, much more than the actual time sewing. Here are the steps of the prep work I needed to do:

  • measure how much I needed to shorten the sleeve
  • take out the stitching that connected the cuffs to the sleeves
  • take out the stitching of the back vent bindings
  • measure how much fabric needed to be cut — and re-measure!
  • cut a new back vent for each sleeve

Librarian for Life + Style | Seam ripping

Librarian for Life + Style | Measuring how much to shorten shirt cuffs

I then repinned the binding covers for the new back vents and sewed them back on. This was necessary before sewing back on the cuffs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing progress in shortening cuffed shirt sleeves

I then sewed the cuffs back on, after pinning them and double-checking them in the mirror to make sure of the shorter length. And the final result below! I could have skipped the back sleeve vents, but I felt them necessary for a bit of extra give — and they make the end product look much more professional!

Librarian for Life + Style | Results of shortening shirt cuffs

The very last step was to remove four small belt loops right under the bustline. There used to be a matching fabric belt with this top, but Stephanie said that belt got lost years ago. Also, it feels unnecessary to have a belt on this top, so I didn’t feel bad at all about taking off the four little loops. It was a simple job, picking out the top stitching of the small belt loops.

Librarian for Life + Style | Taking off belt loops

I smiled when I realized those four little belt loops also happen to be the perfect size to use later on for bra strap holders for a couple of dresses. Waste not, want not! :D

And best of all, it feels like I have a totally new top for the fall! What do y’all think of my sewing project and end result? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Then and now: Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

Almost exactly three years ago, I paired together a basic teal tee and my mom’s vintage skirt from Thailand, along with a vintage statement necklace. This summer, I again reached for the teal tee and vintage skirt, this time remixing the outfit with statement earrings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Then and now: Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

I love the teal and brown together and the more casual vibe this go-round. Perhaps that also comes from untucking the tee?

It’s also appropriate — and unplanned, I promise! — that I wore this vintage skirt of my mom’s from Thailand along with dangly earrings I got from a more recent trip to Thailand ON MY WAY to eat lunch at a Thai restaurant. Style synergy, y’all. ;)

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

Librarian for Life + Style | Dangly earrings and rope braid for bangs

Details:  Paisley print maxi skirt, vintage, Thailand {similar}  //  Teal tee, Nordstrom Rack, old {similar}  //  Dangly beaded earrings, Thailand {similar}  //  Crossbody bag, gift, old {similar} //  Metallic sandals, Naturalizer via DSW {very similar from same brand} {another similar option from same brand}

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

The backdrop is a transit stop in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, where all the benches are in the shapes of punctuation marks. So fun!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal tee and vintage skirt remixed

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Feeling special in my new print dress

I wore my new print dress, gifted to me by my mom for my birthday, on a dinner out to celebrate my birthday (as well as my husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary, all this month). It was a special occasion, so I wanted to look and feel special.

My husband’s reaction when I came down the stairs? “Wow!” Mission accomplished! :D

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling special in my new print dress

Details:  Print fit-and-flare dress, Maggy London, thrifted and gifted {similar} {similar}  //  Pink wedge sandals, Payless, old {similar in light pink} {similar in dark pink}  //  Bronze-and-bead earrings, gifted {exact}  //  Gold cross necklace, my mom’s  //  Purple shawl, old {similar}  //  Vintage book cover purse, old  //  Lip stains:  Revlon Colorburst {top layer – balm stain in Lovesick} {bottom layer – matte balm in Shameless}

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling special in my new print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling special in my new print dress

Y’all know I’m not afraid of color! I also kept the accessories bright and fun, with my pink wedges, purple shawl, and vintage book cover purse. I also wore my new bronze-and-bead earrings, which were a birthday gift from my friend Stephanie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of vintage book cover purse

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling special in my new print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Feeling special in my new print dress

And of course, fit-and-flare dresses are made for twirling! :D

Librarian for Life + Style | Twirling in my new print dress

By the way, check out a special shopping outtake featuring this dress on my Facebook page!

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