Casual textures | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

I am still TOTALLY into leaning into the autumn season — my favorite season of the year! — and today’s outfit is all about combining textures: cable knit, tattersall (a plaid pattern woven onto cloth), corduroy, and even a bit of suede in my sneakers and jacket cuffs.

I wore this on a weekend, but I also rewore this outfit to work the next week.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Once again, my topaz drop earrings were the perfect accessories for this autumn-inspired outfit! They also tie in with my vintage sunglasses. 😀

And I love how my sweater cuffs peek out underneath the (slightly shorter) swing jacket, which I thrifted years ago in Portland.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Last but not least, info about the backdrop and why we took pictures here. The background for these photos is the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, which has lots of lovely fall foliage and a view of the South Puget Sound.

We were recently playing cards with our “Tacoma Art” deck, which highlights the work of local artists depicting locations, landmarks, cultures, and historical events in Tacoma. I went through the deck and selected some scenes that we could take pictures at, as an additional way to highlight where we live. Below, you can see the “Tacoma Art” card that inspired today’s photoshoot, a view of the Tacoma Zoo & Aquarium and surrounding trees and Sound view. So meta! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Weather:  Crisp fall day

Where:  On the weekend, errand-running

What:

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SIA: Freja fashion plate

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork.

Inspiration artwork:

I chose an illustrated fashion plate from 1886, published in the Scandinavian fashion magazine Freja (1873-1907).

In this illustration, I love the colors, the hats, and the variety of patterns and colors and textures when you look close. (Click on the image below to open up larger in a new window.) For me, the feeling and colors capture this time of the year. The scene also depicts family and/or friends, which feels appropriate as we look toward Thanksgiving in the U.S. next week.

Freja illustrated Scandinavian fashion plate, 1886, is in the Public Domain

Freja illustrated Scandinavian fashion plate, 1886, is in the Public Domain

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, November 20th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog the day before Thanksgiving, on Wednesday, November 21st.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

Feeling like fall | Argyle sweater + suede heels

I totally feel like I am channeling the fall season in today’s outfit. It’s full of texture and fall colors — and of course, layers! Fall, or autumn, is my favorite season, so I felt GREAT in this outfit! And I wore it during a long day, as I wore it to work and then out to dinner and a literary event afterward.

With the scarf layer:

First, a look at my outfit with all the layers, including a dark denim jacket and cozy rust-colored scarf that I fashion-swapped years ago. You can’t see all the patterns yet, but just wait!

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

With the denim jacket layer:

Removing the scarf reveals the argyle pattern on the front of my sweater. (And you can tell that I color-coordinated my scarf with the rust color in the argyle pattern! Hi, my name is Jen, and I love color-coordinating 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Accessories:

Directly below is a look at the “Librarian” pin a former student gifted me, which I revealed first on Instagram here.

And of course, a closer look at brown suede and navy tweed kitten heels! These were my first “grown-up” pair of heels I ever bought myself for work, right after I got my library science master’s degree. They’re Franco Sarto, and they are GLORIOUS — and comfortable! I first bought them in Texas, and I have kept them all these years, although I only get to wear them a few times a year up here in rainy PNW.

Librarian for Life + Style | Librarian pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of suede and tweed heels

With just one sweater layer:

And finally, my outfit without the extra layers. I love how this sweater pattern-mixes all on its own, with argyle in the front and stripes in the back. So fun!

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Weather:  Chilly, dry autumn day

Where:  Work day that included reference desk shift + dinner and literary event after work

What:

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Inspired by Ocean’s Eight | Tweed vest + necktie

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit is one I’ve actually worn twice, and it was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe in the fiercely female film, Ocean’s 8, and you can read more about the hallmarks of her costumes here. I am no stranger to remixing menswear and menswear-inspired pieces, so I was immediately drawn to how Cate Blanchett’s character, Lou, effortlessly wears vests, suits, and skinny ties like necklaces.

So to capture that fierce AF spirit, I layered my racerback vest over a purple button-front and wide-leg trousers. I also added my patent leather burgundy brogues, for an extra menswear-inspired touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

My favorite part about this look was the skinny tie that I borrowed from my husband. I loved how it peeked out of my shirt! I didn’t bother getting the tie “perfect,” as the unfussy and tousled look is part of Lou’s essence as a character.

I also layered on chunky wooden jewelry, as Lou also wears a lot of jewelry in Ocean’s 8. I love the play off gender roles by mixing chunky jewelry with a skinny tie! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

I am a completist, so here’s a look at the tan coat I wore for outerwear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Weather:  Perfect fall day

Where:  Work day, included teaching

What:

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SIA interpretation: Pocket flasks

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Last week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose a photograph of blown glass Pocket Flasks, made sometime in the U.S. between 1800 and 1860.

"Pocket flask" via The Met is in the Public Domain

“Pocket flask” via The Met is in the Public Domain

In Daenel’s own words:

“I chose the Pocket Flask because I like the colors of the different flasks, but it was the patterns that really intrigued me.

Interpretation:

I also loved how the colors and patterns reflected our autumn season. So that’s where I began. My cable knit sweater — which I love so much, so comfy, and it’s still available! — echoed the patterns of the blown glass flasks, and my plaid infinity scarf and cognac boots brought in all the different fall colors.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wore my topaz drop earrings, which reminded me of the blown glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid infinity scarf and topaz drop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wanted to take pics against a backdrop of multi-colored fall leaves. The shape of the leaves also, for me, echoes the shapes and patterns in the glass, and showcases a variety of colors, as well.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, November 6th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, November 7th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

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