Sequined tank + ankle pants dressy casual remix

The transition time between summer and fall can be a magical time in the Pacific Northwest, as temps tend to hover in the 70s, with a combination of sunshine and cooler breezes. It was such an “Indian summer” type of day that Sam and I decided to enjoy happy hour for an impromptu and low-key date night. I was already wearing my navy ankle pants + pewter t-strap sandals for a prep day at work (before the fall quarter officially begins next week!), so I just traded in my top for a sequined tank, and I was ready to go!

I’ve gone for this “dressy casual” combo before:  a sequined tank + ankle pants + sparkly/metallic sandals. Here’s a version of that combo I wore back in 2015, compared with my recent date night outfit. Same outfit foundation and types of garments, but different versions. Still works!

Then vs. Now:

short bob // short pixie
white & silver sequined tank // grey & silver sequined tank
black ankle pants // navy ankle pants
black t-strap sparkly sandals // pewter t-strap metallic sandals
brightly colored clutch // silver sequined clutch

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of sequined tank + ankle pants combo

Link to original 2015 post:  The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

If you’re wondering if this tank top is new — it isn’t! I thrifted this awhile ago at my favorite resale shop in Portland, as seen in this monthly round-up post from January 2016 — I scored this tank for only $6! But I do believe it’s the first time it’s been featured on the blog in an actual outfit post. Never too late, eh? 😉

The sequins are in subtle stripes, with a strip of matte sequins in-between strips of shinier sequins. It’s kind of a subtle effect in pics, but it is way more sparkly in person. I also like that the sequins don’t go all the way around — the back is a soft grey, as you can see in the pic above. The tank is more flowy because of this, and it’s more practical since I don’t have to worry about the sequins rubbing against the backs of things when I sit down. Win-win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Spiky hair + sequined tank closeup

I used hair paste to fluff up the front part of my pixie a bit, as you can see in the closeup above. I kept my accessories simple and silver, including simple silver bar earrings and a silver sequined clutch. With an all-neutral outfit of grey, silver, and navy, I brought in a pop of color via my darker lipstick.

The mural backdrop is on the side of a local arts center in the Hilltop region of Tacoma, on the east side. I love the dynamic, 3D Greek key design of this mural!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank + ankle pants for date night

Weather:  Low 70s and perfect

Where:  Happy hour cocktails for a low-key date night

What:

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Shop my outfit:

sequined tank top  //  very similar navy ankle pants  //  exact lipstick  //  similar metallic t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Sequined tank top + ankle pants outfit collage

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What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My husband and I are not big entertainers — we’re both self-described “high-functioning introverts” — but we do enjoy small get-togethers at home with friends. And we love games, including card games and board games, so we recently had a couple of friends over for a low-key game night. I thought it would make for an interesting post to highlight a typical kind of outfit I wear for such casual get-togethers. (You can also see a post from late last summer, of what I wore for a casual dinner at home with friends.)

The trick for me is to balance being casual and non-fussy but also put-together enough to honor the occasion of welcoming guests. (I’ve written before about this style perspective, and upbringing, of mine — about how what I wear reflects that I care about the situation or people involved.)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My style formula is comfy + classic + a bit of quirk.

I always focus on comfort, which is the primary aspect behind this outfit of stretchy jeans and swingy tunic. It’s classic in that it’s a classic formula of jeans + top + flats. And there’s a bit of quirk in the interesting coral embroidery on the bib of the tunic, plus the sparkly bronze bits of the fold-up flats. These are the Fit in Clouds flats that I won in a giveaway this spring, and they’re perfect for an evening at home with friends!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

I don’t like to wear jewelry like rings or watches or bracelets while I’m at home, but dangly beaded earrings are light and not too fussy or fancy for an informal night at home with friends. This pair of beaded earrings was a recent birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, last seen in a recent monthly budget post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + beaded earrings + pixie haircut closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Weather:  Bright and breezy

Where:  Informal game night at home with friends

What:

  • Tunic:  Local boutique in Phuket Town, during our 2010 trip to Thailand
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • Flats:  c/o Fit in Clouds via giveaway, this spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar brown tunic  //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  similar metallic fold-up flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + flats outfit collage

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Red + chambray casual | Ruston Way waterfront

One last summer casual look before fall officially begins…

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

I did not plan on taking photos of this casual outfit, so you are getting a totally unvarnished look, one without any jewelry or makeup. We had time to catch up on a lot of house projects over my mini-break after summer term ended, so we decided to get out of the house and get some iced coffee one afternoon and then decided impromptu to enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you!), then you will be familiar with Ruston Way, as we have taken numerous photographs along this long stretch of waterfront, starting here in this post. There are a series of parks all along Ruston Way and amazing, historical sights, including this stretch in which the city has preserved the remnants of an old dock. I thought it would be interesting to take photos along this striking backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

For work on our house projects, I was already wearing these red cargo shorts, red sports bra, and grey lace-up sporty flats. To go out in public, I simply changed out the grubby tee I was wearing for a thin chambray button-front shirt. A really quick change! My red patterned tote bag was hanging on a hook near the door, so it was easy to grab that on the way out.

My main takeaway here is if you have classic, basic pieces, it doesn’t need to take much — or much time — to look “put together.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

What:

  • Chambray button-front:  Target, old
  • Cotton shorts:  Macy’s, new
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, old
  • Sporty flats:  DSW, old

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Shop my outfit:

very similar chambray button-front shirt  //  red cotton walking shorts  //  similar grey sporty flats from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual outfit collage

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SIA: Whistler watercolor

It’s that time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar has been scouting out a watercolor painting for awhile, and finally came across a watercolor sketch by James McNeill Whistler via the open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. This will be the third time we’ve featured a Whistler painting for SIA, but the first time with a watercolor. And the crowded street scene, all in neutrals, feels like an unusual subject for a watercolor — and perfect for the autumn season!

"Variations in Violet and Grey—Market Place, Dieppe" by James McNeill Whistler, 1885, is under Public Domain

“Variations in Violet and Grey—Market Place, Dieppe” by James McNeill Whistler, 1885, is under Public Domain

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, October 2. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the next day.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style belt using two neck ties

Over the years, I’ve gotten comments from readers asking me to do a post about how to make an obi-style tie belt. And I have FINALLLLLLLY created a post, with illustrative photos, about how to go about it.

Librarian for Life + Style | How to make an obi-style belt with two neckties graphic

I’ve frequently remixed obi-style belts made from neckties, as seen in the outfit collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Obi-style tie belts outfit collage

Links to original posts:
top left  //  top middle  //  top right
bottom left  //  bottom middle  //  bottom right

Tie belts in my closet

First, below are the two tie belts previously in my wardrobe. The top one in the photo below, the red, white, and blue one, is a tie belt that I bought at a Chicago art fair, from Tongue Tied Designs. The bottom tie belt, the purple and brown one, is one that I made a few years ago from two wide ties that I already had in my closet. (When my dad retired, I raided his closet and a few of his widest ties found new homes in my own wardrobe. They’ve come in handy over the years, especially for these tie belts!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Tie belt stitching

I examined the tie belt that I had originally bought and realized that it was hand-sewed together using a simple whip-stitch with matching thread around the edges of the two ties, as you can see in the close-up below. I figured it would be pretty straight-forward process for me to replicate. And it was! If you know how to do a basic stitch with needle and thread, then you can make obi-style tie belts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Choosing a new tie belt color combo

Here are the remaining neckties I had in my collection:  a darker navy patterned tie, a solid navy tie with a textured pattern, and a lighter blue patterned tie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

I tried different combinations with the three ties, as seen below, and settled on the lighter blue patterned tie paired with the darker, textured tie. The two patterned ties together looked a little too similar in their designs, because of the stripes. And the darker patterned tie with the navy textured tie looked odd, because of the competing shades of navy. But the lighter patterned tie played well with the textured navy tie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Supplies

So once I decided on which ties to pair together, I gathered supplies. The only supplies I needed were a needle, colored thread, scissors, pins, and the two ties.

I lined up my dark blue thread options to see which one best matched. I decided the first thread on the left below was the best fit, color-wise, with the lighter tie. I then pinned together the two ties, overlapping the two triangle ends of the ties in alternating directions.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

Stitching the two ties together

I was able to make small stitches all the way around the two ties, and I started in the middle point on the back side and just made my way around all the edges. Click on the photos below to enlarge them and see the stitching details up close.

In process of stitching:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

After stitching, from the underside:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

New obi-style tie belt

And here’s the finished product from the outside:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

And that’s it! And this tie now joins my other obi-style tie belts, so I now have three options. I really do love the look of these tie belts, and they’re so easy to style AND to make. I always get compliments on these belts whenever I wear them, and others are always so surprised to find out that they’re made from neckties!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sewing adventures: How to make an obi-style tie belt

I really should scout out more vintage ties when I’m out thrifting. The widest ties are the best to work with, and they provide more coverage to cinch in the waist.

Thank you, dear readers, for continuing to ask for a how-to post for obi-style tie belts. I hope this post has helped! Would you ever consider making an obi-style tie belt now? Please leave a comment and share!


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