Pinspiration outfit | White dress + grey booties + black tights

This outfit that I pinned last fall from Lindsey’s The Pleated Poppy blog has become one of the most repinned items on my Pinterest! I can see why, as Lindsey’s white + grey + black outfit looks so effortless and cool. I have been wanting to do my own version for months now, but rain and work schedules and rain — and did I mention rain? — kept getting in the way. But FINALLY, I wore this outfit on the first day back for spring term, a day with 0% percent chance of rain and still chilly enough for tights, plus no teaching on my schedule. (I don’t like to wear heels on heavy teaching days ’cause I move around a lot when I’m teaching.)

Y’all, I LOVED wearing this outfit. LOVED. I pretty much recreated Lindsey’s outfit piece for piece — white dress, grey cardigan, black tights, grey booties, and long necklace — but the shape of my items are a bit different. For example, I don’t own any drape-y cardigans (I am pear-shaped and drape-y cardigans aren’t as flattering on me), and my white dress is a sheath dress rather than a swing dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit | White dress + grey booties + black tights

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Usually, I prefer the “long ‘n’ lean” look, so I have often paired grey tights with grey footwear to elongate my frame, last seen here. These black tights with the white dress and grey booties are a departure for me, as they visually “chop up” the look. But oddly, I think the black tights might just be my favorite part of the outfit — and my favorite part of Lindsey’s inspiration outfit. The black tights feel so unexpected, and they help this neutral outfit pop and bring in a bolder, edgier feel. It’s amazing how a small thing, like a pair of tights, can make such a big difference in an outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit | White dress + grey booties + black tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit closeup

I also love incorporating special pieces with meaning. The white dress is a vintage dress of my mom’s — yep, this dress is from the ’60s! — and the silver necklace is one with a lot of history, as it’s a Bedouin piece from the UAE that my mom got when my parents lived overseas in the ’70s. And my pearl-and-silver earrings also have an Emirati connection; when I was living in the UAE myself (2008-2011), a friend and fellow librarian made these earrings for me.

I also really liked mixing those vintage pieces with my modern grey booties! (It’s not the first time I’ve mixed a retro look with these booties!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit | White dress + grey booties + black tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pinspiration outfit | White dress + grey booties + black tights

Happy Friday, y’all! 😀

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