Gingham + necktie style inspiration

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Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit from Suzanne Carillo’s style blog, an outfit I pinned immediately. She remixed a gingham midi dress + a red tie/scarf under a black sweater vest, which I turned into a gingham button-front shirt + burgundy tie layered under a black scoop-neck dress. Suzanne paired her outfit with shiny red heels, and I went with my shiny red buckled flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

It’s interesting to me that Sam remarked in the morning that this outfit was “intentionally attention-seeking,” and it did turn out to be a head-turner. I got lots of comments and compliments all day, from both colleagues and students. I have to wonder why, because it’s definitely not attention-seeking due to any skin showing; literally only my face, neck, and hands are on display. One could even describe this outfit as prim. Is it my obvious joy wearing this outfit that others can feel? Is it because I, a woman, am playing off both masculine and feminine style tropes with this outfit? Is it simply how the black scoop-neck neckline of the dress stands out visually against the gingham and pop of burgundy at the top? A combination of all the above? What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Y’all, I think it’s pretty obvious that I loved loved loved wearing this outfit! It’s not very spring-like, but WHATEVER. The heart wants what it wants. ♥♥♥ (And actually, black is totally on trend for spring this year. My beloved Tom & Lorenzo have commented about it.)

I wore this outfit on a heavy teaching day, and it pleased me so much that when I walked into one class, one student exclaimed, “You look like Hermione from Harry Potter!” I clapped my hands in glee at this realization, oh yes I did. #hermionemyhero #harrypotterforever #teamgryffindor 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

I’ve mentioned before that I get a lot of personal joy out of slipping in subtle, subversive details when I get a chance. It’s often the “quirky” part of my personal style. And today, I borrowed one of my husband’s ties, one that he thrifted years ago, which has a design of thumbs up underneath “Women’s Lib” statements. Yaaaaaaaas. 👍 👍 👍

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

And y’all KNOW I matched my lipstick to my tie. Because that’s how I roll through life, color-coordinated whenever possible. (Love you, Mom, you taught me well!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Weather:  Still chilly enough for tights that day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk day at the library

What:

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8 thoughts on “Gingham + necktie style inspiration

  1. Kezzie

    I love this outfit! It actually very much reminds me of Romana’s outfit from City of Death in.Doctor Who-google it and you’ll see what I mean! I purloined a red tie from my Father in.Law’s tie collection to recreate the same outfit recently!

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  2. Daenel Vaughn-Tucker (@DaenelT)

    This is just perfect!!! I agree, it’s an attention grabber — I think it’s a combination of everything you mentioned. Now I’m regretting not buying the black sweater vest that I saw at the store a couple of days ago. I wonder if it’s still there?

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  3. Phyllis Thornton-Marshall

    Love your style. I use to work at SPL (Seattle Public Library), & I am
    married to a retired Librarian, and we live in Tacoma

    Reply

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