Equestrian-style remix

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Remixing the details

This outfit came about because I happened upon one of my earrrrrrrrrly outfits from the blog — as in third outfit EVER (!!!) on the blog — and thought about how I would rewear the equestrian vibe behind this 2012 outfit.

What stayed the same? The scarf, the cognac bow belt, and a grey cardigan (although I replaced my older grey cardigan a couple of years ago with the same cardigan in the same color from the same brand).

What changed? I switched out the boot-cut jeans for a dress (worn as a skirt) and leggings. And I switched out my brown loafer heels for cognac flat-heeled boots. Finally, the equestrian vibe makes more sense with riding boots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian vibe outfit remix

2012 outfit:  Equestrian vibe

Also different? My haircut and glasses. My photos are also better now — and the camera angles more flattering! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

I tied this equestrian-print scarf a different way this time. I modified my “scarf necklace” trick, seen here and here, as a way to tuck in the ends of the scarf, but I left the scarf loose in the front so you could see more of the print. A couple of colleagues did notice the scarf trick and asked how I did it! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

I felt the current remix worked better than the older combo because I now have cognac boots, which make more sense with the cognac belt and better overall with the equestrian theme. It also helped to bring in a bright color, like this blue dress, to liven things up a bit. It was a super comfortable outfit to wear to work, and I liked the challenge of remixing an outfit I wore early on at the start of this style blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library


  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Brought back from UAE, old
  • Boots:  Marc fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar grey cardigan  //  very similar equestrian-print scarf  //  very similar blue knit dress  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  cognac double-buckle belt  //  similar cognac riding boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix outfit collage

Do you like the equestrian-style remix? Would you try out this variation on the “scarf necklace” trick? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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25 thoughts on “Equestrian-style remix

  1. Salazar

    Wow, I don’t even know if I still had anything I used to wear when I first started the blog (and to be honest, I’m scared to look :P) Love this!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      LOL! I still have clothing from my high school days… I definitely like to hang onto stuff and rewear it, if at all possible! I also like to challenge myself in remixing things, so this was super fun for me to do. Glad you liked it, too! 🙂

  2. Erin @ Loop Looks

    So fun! I realized after my post on Monday that I should have compared it to an early post where I wore a similar top (that I no longer have). I know I’ve done a few “then and now” posts but I wonder if I should do a few more!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks! I vote “yes” to more “then and now” posts — and it would be an even more interesting exercise for you, as your job and dress code have changed. I think that’s a real issue for many women, changing jobs and dress code expectations.

  3. Brenda N

    Great equestrian look, Jen. I especially like the grey and cobalt together, it looks so fresh with the saddle brown accessories, too. 😊

  4. Mica

    I love this take on your old outfit, the cobalt blue with the dress is such a fun addition! 🙂 I really should try something like this with my old outfits, I have had quite a few wardrobe clearouts since I started my blog though 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

      1. Mica

        Oh that’s a good idea! I should try something like that when I get bored with my wardrobe – halfway through 6 months without buying anything and sometimes I feel a little uninspired!

  5. Jennie

    It was so fun to see how you changed up this look. I really like the updated version and think the blue dress really adds to the visual interest. So glad you shared that scarf tying video. I need to save it!


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