Remixing brown with black stripes

My casual outfit today is what I wore to get a haircut trim and new subtle hair color — see yesterday’s post for details! — and later that same day, what I wore to a friend’s fashion swap.

I dressed for practicality. (Shocker.) To get my haircut, I wanted easy clothing layers I could remove over a tank top for when I was under the haircutting tarp. For the fashion swap, I wanted easy layers to get in and out of since I would be trying things on. I deployed my sports-bra-as-tank-top layering trick, again for comfort and ease when trying things on. I also wore leggings so that when I tried on pants and skirts, the extra fabric would mimic when I was on my “bloatiest” days. (Keepin’ it real, y’all, keepin’ it real.) And no jewelry, because it would have gotten in the way of both the haircut and trying clothes on.

It wasn’t until AFTER I uploaded photos that I realized how similar this outfit — and backdrop! — was to one of my most popular posts ever, when I mixed brown + cognac with this same black-and-white striped tank top. It’s like this outfit is a fall remix of that summer favorite! Remixing = real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing brown with a black striped tank top

2013 post

Interesting to note how much a difference it makes to keep the tank top untucked. (And yes, that’s the same basic black skirt. I raised the skirt higher in the 2013 outfit, in order to create a kind of “paper bag” waist.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing black + brown


Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing black + brown

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing black + brown

The backdrop, a bright yellow wall, is one I spied coming back from my haircut. It’s on the parking lot side of a building that holds art classes — which was closed that day — so we could do a quick photo session without being too public about it. I loved how cheery the yellow wall was, and my neutral outfit really popped off the bright backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing black + brown

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing black + brown

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing black + brown

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17 thoughts on “Remixing brown with black stripes

  1. Meghan @ Hayes Days

    It’s crazy how a simple move like tucking and un-tucking can make a huge difference with the feel of an outfit. Personally I opt for tucked in most of the time, but for a more laid back look, not tucked in does the trick. I love all the black and brown together. This only proves that it can be done!


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