Category Archives: casual outfits

Casual textures | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

I am still TOTALLY into leaning into the autumn season — my favorite season of the year! — and today’s outfit is all about combining textures: cable knit, tattersall (a plaid pattern woven onto cloth), corduroy, and even a bit of suede in my sneakers and jacket cuffs.

I wore this on a weekend, but I also rewore this outfit to work the next week.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Once again, my topaz drop earrings were the perfect accessories for this autumn-inspired outfit! They also tie in with my vintage sunglasses. 😀

And I love how my sweater cuffs peek out underneath the (slightly shorter) swing jacket, which I thrifted years ago in Portland.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Last but not least, info about the backdrop and why we took pictures here. The background for these photos is the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, which has lots of lovely fall foliage and a view of the South Puget Sound.

We were recently playing cards with our “Tacoma Art” deck, which highlights the work of local artists depicting locations, landmarks, cultures, and historical events in Tacoma. I went through the deck and selected some scenes that we could take pictures at, as an additional way to highlight where we live. Below, you can see the “Tacoma Art” card that inspired today’s photoshoot, a view of the Tacoma Zoo & Aquarium and surrounding trees and Sound view. So meta! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Librarian for Life + Style | Cable knit + tattersall + corduroy

Weather:  Crisp fall day

Where:  On the weekend, errand-running

What:

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SIA interpretation: Pocket flasks

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Last week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose a photograph of blown glass Pocket Flasks, made sometime in the U.S. between 1800 and 1860.

"Pocket flask" via The Met is in the Public Domain

“Pocket flask” via The Met is in the Public Domain

In Daenel’s own words:

“I chose the Pocket Flask because I like the colors of the different flasks, but it was the patterns that really intrigued me.

Interpretation:

I also loved how the colors and patterns reflected our autumn season. So that’s where I began. My cable knit sweater — which I love so much, so comfy, and it’s still available! — echoed the patterns of the blown glass flasks, and my plaid infinity scarf and cognac boots brought in all the different fall colors.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wore my topaz drop earrings, which reminded me of the blown glass.

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid infinity scarf and topaz drop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

I also wanted to take pics against a backdrop of multi-colored fall leaves. The shape of the leaves also, for me, echoes the shapes and patterns in the glass, and showcases a variety of colors, as well.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit + autumn-colored accessories

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, November 6th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, November 7th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what we are all inspired to wear!

Touches of pink and whimsy | Rain boots + heart sweater

Today is an outfit I wore on the weekend for errand-running, on a rainy day. (We managed to snap photos during a dry spell, but it had lightly begun to rain again toward the end of our quickie photo shoot!) And of course on a rainy day… RAIN BOOTS! 😀 I love these Hunter rain boots I snagged on sale years ago in Portland, for the unexpected pop of pink in the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

The backdrop is a cheerful mural painted on the side of the Tacoma Little Theatre, “where transformation happens.” ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

The pops of pink in the heart sweater and back of the rain boots are the focal points of the outfit, so I kept my accessories simple. Dark blue beaded earrings fit the bill and carried the navy color foundation throughout the outfit, from top to toe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of trench coat + heart sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + rain boots and Tacoma Little Theatre mural

Weather:  Wet and chilly

Where:  On the weekend, morning haircut and movie date

What:

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Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

I did not originally plan to take photos of today’s outfit, an outfit I wore on the weekend out to an afternoon movie date with my husband. I wore leggings and the tunic for comfort, and I threw on this belt to help shape the waist as this tunic is quite voluminous. I then added this lightweight red cotton jacket as it was chilly and drizzly — and because I always get cold in movie theaters!

We ended up taking photos because as we were walking out of the movie, Sam said he thought I looked cute, and then I spied this interesting bit of red canopy railing outside the movie theater. And that was that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wide grey belt + red jacket

I don’t know if this belt has ever made it to the blog before, but I’ve had it for years. It originally came with a pair of capri shorts, which you have seen before here; I donated the shorts a few years ago, but I kept the belt. I quite like how the chunkiness of the belt and the studded details combine to give a little ’80s flair to this casual outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

I bought this red cotton jacket years ago, and it’s turned out to be quite a versatile VIP item in my wardrobe. It’s heavy enough to be a jacket in-between seasonal transitions, and light enough to layer. And I love the special details that elevate this basic piece, details like the curved yoke across the back, the elastic seam in the middle to provide more shape, the ruching in the collar, and the sleeves that can be pinned up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red cotton jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Weather:  Cool and drizzly

Where:  Weekend movie date

What:

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SIA interpretation: Autumn abstract

A quick note that the reader poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock, which he painted in 1950. It’s one of the most notable examples of the “poured-painting” style that Pollock used during the late 1940s and early 1950s. You can read more about this painting here and here.

Below is an openly licensed photograph of the painting hanging in The Met:

Photograph of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock" by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

Photograph of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock” by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

And below is a closeup detail of the painting via The Met’s website, where you can also see additional closeups and photographs of the painting. The detail below gives you a better sense of the colors Pollock used in the abstract painting.

Detail of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)" by Jackson Pollock

Detail of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock

Salazar chose this painting because she “recently learned that his drip paintings are so pleasing to look at because they contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature, which I found fascinating… Plus, the neutral color scheme and the title make this an appropriate choice for September.”

My interpretation:

My outfit is a bit out-of-the-box, at least regarding the SIA challenge, but no worries, I will explain all. I am on summer break right now, so I wanted to highlight a typical outfit that’s more casual and sportier than what you usually see on my blog. I wore this outfit on a sunny (albeit chillier) summer day last weekend, when my husband and I enjoyed a picnic and stroll along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeup

So how does this tie in with the abstract inspiration artwork? The navy and tan colors reflect the two major colors in the painting, obviously. But for me, this outfit — and how it ties into the SIA challenge — comes down to the closeup of textures and accessories, seen above and below.

Salazar mentioned that Pollock’s abstract paintings “contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature,” and I was intrigued by that. Therefore, I chose pieces that, upon closer inspection, have interesting patterns, like the cable knit pattern on this fisherman’s sweater, and the checkerboard pattern on my sneakers. But the core of this idea is the scarf, which is actually a map of the Portland transit system! (Click on the photo below to open a larger version.) It just looks like random lines and squiggles on a piece of cotton fabric, but there is method to its madness. Like Pollock’s abstract paintings. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

It felt great to be out by the water. And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you, as always!), then you know the Ruston Way waterfront is one of my favorite places in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Weather:  Sunny but chillier — and it’s always colder by the water

Where:  Picnic and stroll along Ruston Way waterfront

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 11th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, September 12th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

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