Category Archives: casual outfits

Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print

We had recently planned a picnic lunch out in Wapato Park, in SE Tacoma, and on that day, I woke up energized. I declared, “I want to mix 3 patterns today!” and Sam responded, “Yes, go bold!” ūüėÄ

So I mixed bright pink stripes with black/navy gingham shorts and my new geometric-print canvas sneakers from Target. A perfect way to welcome summer, which officially begins tomorrow, June 21st (although technically in the wee hours tonight on the Pacific Coast, due to the time zones).

And by the way, I will be working during summer quarter, starting next week, which I haven’t been able to do for a few years. So you’ll be seeing a mix of casual and work casual outfits this summer, yay!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

The backdrop for this first set of photos is the center pagoda pavilion at the main entrance to Wapato Park. It’s pretty breathtaking, particularly with the trees and lake glittering behind it. And I love the curve to the pagoda, which made all kinds of interesting shapes and shadows in the noon-day sun.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And with the angles and all the beams, it was fun to play around during our photo shoot. In the first photo below, I’m stretching out my arm, which makes it look like I’m helping to hold up the ceiling. And in the second photo below, I joked that I was like Samson and pushing aside the columns.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And lastly, (yet) another closeup of my geometric-print canvas sneakers. I LOVE THEM. And paired with this outfit, I love that the shoe’s pattern is kinda what it would look like if you melted together the pink stripes of my top together with the gingham pattern of my shorts. In my mind, this totally pulls together the two contrasting elements of my top and bottom together. Color-coordinating even while mixing prints! All part of the service, y’all. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And the two pics above are of a shadier spot we found on a bridge as we explored the various trails of Wapato Park.

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Weekend and picnic lunch at Wapato Park

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†Bealls, part of a birthday gift from my mom, old
  • Gingham shorts: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Canvas flats: ¬†Target, new

Shop my outfit:

similar pink striped tee  //  very similar black gingham bermuda shorts  //  exact geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + black gingham outfit collage

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Silk tunic + vintage earrings

I mentioned in last week’s¬†budget post that my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie had gifted me these vintage Native American earrings… I did not hesitate to wear them immediately! As in, the day after she gave them to me, and to a brunch outing during our recent girls’ weekend.

I also wore this outfit to work the next week, for a more casual “behind the scenes” day (i.e. no teaching). So instead of a “work to weekend” outfit, this is a “weekend to work” outfit. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings vlodrup

I started with the earrings, and then pulled out this printed silk Anthropologie tunic that I fashion-swapped a few years ago, because I thought the turquoise of the earrings paired well with the teal color in the tunic. I also paired my brown cardigan and brown leggings with the tunic to echo the wood bits in the earrings.

This was a perfect outfit for a brunch, as the looser tunic style and leggings, which have a wide stretchy waistband, meant comfort for eating. I do not sacrifice practicality and comfort for the sake of style!

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

The backdrop is of a water collection tank outside the Tacoma Dome station, which includes¬†free parking as well as access to¬†the free light rail system that goes into downtown Tacoma. I thought it would make for a fun backdrop, and another way to highlight our city. Y’all know I really like¬†to get outfit photos while we’re out and about, if at all possible, to show how I wear my outfits in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Water collection station outside the Tacoma Dome station

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Weather: ¬†60s, sunny and cool — perfect spring weather!

Where:  Brunch downtown

What:

  • Silk tunic: ¬†Anthropologie, fashion-swapped
  • Cardigan: ¬†Gap, over a decade old
  • Leggings: ¬†Spanx via Kohl’s, old
  • Flats: ¬†Payless, old
  • Clutch: ¬†JavoEdge, c/o giveaway years ago
  • Earrings: ¬†vintage, gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar teal print tunic  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar yellow faux leather clutch  //  similar taupe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Print tunic + leggings outfit collage


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Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

What, me, pattern-mix? SHOCKING. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

I wore this outfit for a casual coffee meet-up with a fellow librarian in the region, but I still wanted to look professional. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and red and leopard print combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Since I didn’t have to go to work this day, I could get away with this smaller crossbody bag. And it’s amazing how much this crossbody bag and my coordinating red lipstick helped elevate this simple look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Weather:  50s and drizzly

Where:  Coffee meeting with regional colleague

What:

  • Gingham button-front: ¬†Lands’ End, this winter
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Banana Republic, last year
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Crossbody: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Black hoops: ¬†Made In Oregon, Christmas gift years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar red envelope clutch  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red clutch + leopard flats outfit collage


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Work to weekend | Jane Austen tee

I’ve worn my Jane Austen feminism tee a few times already since buying it in February, but I hadn’t featured it on the blog — until now!

And you get a two-fer, with a “work to weekend” post. If I have a Friday work day that doesn’t involve teaching, I often wear a more casual outfit, when I then remix¬†for the weekend.

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee collage

For work:

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

The tee features a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzy Bennet is admonished as being an “obstinate, headstrong girl!” — which Lizzy turns around to be¬†a compliment, of course. As I would, too. ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee outfit

For the weekend:

And above are the common elements I kept for the weekend look. I remixed the tee, the dark denim jacket, the geometric-print canvas flats, and my colorful earrings. The only piece I changed was the trousers I wore for work, which I switched out for light grey jeans on the weekend. I also changed out my bag.

Note: ¬†I forgot to put in my earrings until after we took photos. But I did wear them with this outfit! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

And I cheered out loud when I realized that the perfect finishing touch for my weekend variation of this outfit would be my new Pride and Prejudice tote bag. Perfect!

#JaneAustenForTheWin #PrideAndPrejudiceFan #MrDarcyForever

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride and Prejudice tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Weather:  Sunny and cool both days

Where:  For a casual work day on Friday, then errand-running on Saturday

What:

  • Jane Austen tee: ¬†Teespring, this winter
  • Denim jacket: ¬†Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers: ¬†Worthington, old
  • Grey jeans: ¬†Jones New York via Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats: ¬†Mossimo for Target, new
  • Pride & Prejudice tote bag: ¬†Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, new
  • Earrings: ¬†Gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar feminism-themed tee  //  similar denim jacket  //  similar wide-leg trousers  //  exact shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday tee + trousers outfit collage


Which variation is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share ūüôā


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Casual canvas

One last call to vote for your favorite outfit of April. Thanks in advance!

I’ve already been wearing my new geometric-print canvas flats a lot, for both casual and work looks. The first time was a casual combo, which I wore¬†to a book club meeting at a local comic book store.

Even when wearing a casual outfit, I just can’t help but pattern-mix, can I? This time, I paired bold stripes with the more subtle geometric print of the shoes. What makes them work together is the color pink that they both have in common.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Nancy Drew tote bag

Close-ups of my accessories, including my Nancy Drew tote bag above, and my new canvas flats, below. (By the way, Nancy Drew recently celebrated her 85th anniversary from when her first book was published! #NancyDrewForever)

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas sneakers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

The backdrop is just too perfect, isn’t it? We did not actually plan to take photos against this mural backdrop — we just happened to spot this side alley mural while we were driving to the comic book shop along 6th Avenue in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Weather:  Drizzly and cool

Where:  On the weekend, local book club meeting

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Target, old
  • Canvas flats: ¬†Target, new
  • Tote bag: ¬†Out of Print Clothing, old
  • Silver hoops: ¬†Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit

similar striped top  //  similar skinny jeans  //  exact canvas flats  // Nancy Drew pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas cool outfit collage

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