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Tobi review | One sweater cardigan, two outfits

Another day, another Tobi clothing item to style and enjoy! You can read my first Tobi review here in this post, where I go into more detail about Tobi and its site and styles, and how I paired two Tobi clothing items together, a navy “Schoolboy Ribbed Sweater” and a black “Mel Pinstriped Scarf.”

This time around, I styled this Carly Draped Cardigan, which is my favorite of the three items I selected from Tobi. (It was originally priced $82 but is currently on sale for $31.) Sam was again VERY doubtful of this cardigan since I usually wear more structured pieces — but once I put it on, we both loved it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan

In fact, I loved this sweater cardigan so much that I wanted to feature TWO different ways I wore it. Y’all know how much I love remixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a draped cardigan collage

Look #1 (casual remix):

The first outfit with this Carly Draped Cardigan (this style of cardigan is also called a “waterfall cardigan” or an “open cardigan”) is a casual look — but honestly, I would also wear this to work because my work place is pretty casual. I paired this cardigan over olive ankle pants, grey leather-and-suede ankle boots, and a grey tank top. You could also make this look a lot more casual by wearing sneakers or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

This sweater is soooooo comfy and cozy, y’all. And the quality seems pretty high to me, as the material is soft (not scratchy!) and pretty substantial for knitwear. The ribbed detailing along the drape-y bits, cuffs, and hem speaks to the overall quality of this Carly Draped Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Tobi grey sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, closeup

I had a lot of fun playing with the front drape-y bits, as you can see in the photos below! I wanted to show y’all a few different ways you could style a draped cardigan like this.

First, I pinned one of the ends over to the other side, letting the ends cascade down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Next, I draped one of the ends across and over my opposite shoulder, letting the other end hang down to create another cool, asymmetrical look. (This was actually my favorite way to wear this cardigan.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Finally, I took the end hanging down from the previous method and pinned it on the other side, so that the cardigan hems lined up a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Olive ankle pants: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Leather-and-suede ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie, a few years old

Look #2 (work remix):

For this second look, I kept the grey cardigan and the ankle booties but switched out the ankle pants for tights and a black pencil skirt. I really liked the juxtaposition of the body-conscious foundation of the pencil skirt and tights with the unstructured and looser sweater cardigan on top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

I also think wearing black ankle boots would be a good choice with this outfit, as it would streamline the legs more. I will probably wear it that way next time!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old
  • Ribbed tights:  Walmart?, old
  • Tall high-heeled boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Which way did you like this cardigan best? Do you have a draped cardigan in your wardrobe? Which of my three Tobi items did you like best?

Please leave a comment and share!


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Fall casual with a light sweater + slip-on sneakers

Transition from summer to fall can be a tricky transition up here in the Pacific Northwest. We go with the actual seasons up here, so it now officially fall. We’ve had a hot summer with very little rain (and lots of wildfires!), so I am SO READY for the cooler temps that have come our way this past week or two. Right before the college fall quarter began, we had a cooler day, with breezes to blow out the residual wildfire smoke, so Sam and I took the opportunity to go up to Seattle for a day trip.

So in that summer-to-fall transition period, I paired a light, three-quarter-sleeved sweater with skinny jeans and slip-on sneakers. I pulled up the pant legs to give my legs and feet a little air, as it was a day we were planning on doing a lot of walking (we took the train up to Seattle and then went around town on the light rail, so we knew we would be on out feet!). This combo felt just right for this in-between seasonal time and weather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of pink lip stain and pink heart sweater

We were headed for the Henry Art Gallery — we signed up for free tickets through the museum pass program through the Seattle Public Library system! — which is on the University of Washington main campus. So we took the train up to Seattle and then took the light rail subway system up to the UW campus and then had fun walking through campus and seeing all the new students on orientation tours.

We took photos along the way across campus. There’s a large fountain on campus, surrounded on four sides of roses, which felt like a picturesque spot for pics.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

And OF COURSE there is always time for an outtake… or two… or three. 😉 We took jumping photos in front of the fountain on the UW campus, and then I felt inspired to do a little twist on the top level of the Henry Art Gallery.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animated gif in sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer-to-fall transition, casual outfit with sweater and slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Cool and crisp with bits of sun

Where:  Day trip to Seattle

What:

  • Heart sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, this past spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar heart sweater  //  similar skinny jeans  //  similar patterned canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Heart sweater + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My husband and I are not big entertainers — we’re both self-described “high-functioning introverts” — but we do enjoy small get-togethers at home with friends. And we love games, including card games and board games, so we recently had a couple of friends over for a low-key game night. I thought it would make for an interesting post to highlight a typical kind of outfit I wear for such casual get-togethers. (You can also see a post from late last summer, of what I wore for a casual dinner at home with friends.)

The trick for me is to balance being casual and non-fussy but also put-together enough to honor the occasion of welcoming guests. (I’ve written before about this style perspective, and upbringing, of mine — about how what I wear reflects that I care about the situation or people involved.)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

My style formula is comfy + classic + a bit of quirk.

I always focus on comfort, which is the primary aspect behind this outfit of stretchy jeans and swingy tunic. It’s classic in that it’s a classic formula of jeans + top + flats. And there’s a bit of quirk in the interesting coral embroidery on the bib of the tunic, plus the sparkly bronze bits of the fold-up flats. These are the Fit in Clouds flats that I won in a giveaway this spring, and they’re perfect for an evening at home with friends!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

I don’t like to wear jewelry like rings or watches or bracelets while I’m at home, but dangly beaded earrings are light and not too fussy or fancy for an informal night at home with friends. This pair of beaded earrings was a recent birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, last seen in a recent monthly budget post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + beaded earrings + pixie haircut closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for a game night at home with friends

Weather:  Bright and breezy

Where:  Informal game night at home with friends

What:

  • Tunic:  Local boutique in Phuket Town, during our 2010 trip to Thailand
  • Jeans:  NYDJ, fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • Flats:  c/o Fit in Clouds via giveaway, this spring

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Shop my outfit:

similar brown tunic  //  exact style jeans by same brand  //  similar metallic fold-up flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + flats outfit collage

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Red + chambray casual | Ruston Way waterfront

One last summer casual look before fall officially begins…

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

I did not plan on taking photos of this casual outfit, so you are getting a totally unvarnished look, one without any jewelry or makeup. We had time to catch up on a lot of house projects over my mini-break after summer term ended, so we decided to get out of the house and get some iced coffee one afternoon and then decided impromptu to enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

If you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you!), then you will be familiar with Ruston Way, as we have taken numerous photographs along this long stretch of waterfront, starting here in this post. There are a series of parks all along Ruston Way and amazing, historical sights, including this stretch in which the city has preserved the remnants of an old dock. I thought it would be interesting to take photos along this striking backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

For work on our house projects, I was already wearing these red cargo shorts, red sports bra, and grey lace-up sporty flats. To go out in public, I simply changed out the grubby tee I was wearing for a thin chambray button-front shirt. A really quick change! My red patterned tote bag was hanging on a hook near the door, so it was easy to grab that on the way out.

My main takeaway here is if you have classic, basic pieces, it doesn’t need to take much — or much time — to look “put together.”

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma

What:

  • Chambray button-front:  Target, old
  • Cotton shorts:  Macy’s, new
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, old
  • Sporty flats:  DSW, old

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Shop my outfit:

very similar chambray button-front shirt  //  red cotton walking shorts  //  similar grey sporty flats from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + chambray casual outfit collage

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Colorful + casual cotton tunic with leggings

Last month in my budget adventures post, I shared that I had bought a colorful tunic from a local vendor during our local street fair. I wore it the next weekend to a visit a local farmer’s market, followed by a friend’s BBQ.

I kept things simple and bold, layering the tunic over leggings and my criss-cross black sandals.

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

This cotton tunic is known as a dashiki, which is a garment with roots in West Africa. This dashiki has such a simple, classic design, the colorful printed cotton folded over and stitched down the sides (leaving room for armholes), with elastic stitched along the middle to give it shape. (I’ve seen other dashikis with ties along the middle to cinch in the waist.)

The dashiki became popular in the U.S. during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as a symbol of black pride and culture. It then also transitioned into part of the hippie counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. You can read more about the dashiki and its political and cultural significance here and here.

To be open and transparent, I have to admit some reservations that, as a white woman purchasing and wearing a sartorial symbol of African culture, it would be interpreted as cultural misappropriation. But please know that is not my intent. My intent is to celebrate and honor culture and diversity — and all different kinds of style. Everywhere I have lived, including overseas in the Middle East, it has felt natural to incorporate bits of local style — perhaps even as a way to remember people and places I have lived and loved.

I bought this gorgeous garment because:

  • I was drawn to the vibrant and colorful print, and y’all know I’m not afraid to wear color!
  • I had a lovely conversation with the vendor, who is herself an immigrant from west Africa. She seemed thrilled and supportive of me buying the dashiki — and actually wanted me to wear it right then and there, to promote it at the fair! I felt like I had her blessing to wear it.
  • I seek ways to support local artisans and small businesses.
  • It is an external expression of my support of ethnic, cultural, and sartorial diversity.

You can see the shape of the dashiki better in the twirling pics below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

We visited the farmer’s market at Point Ruston, and we’ve taken pics along this waterfront view before, as seen recently here and here. It’s just a stunning backdrop of the Sound, so I hope you don’t mind yet another series of pictures along the Ruston waterfront.

Oh, and I spiked up my pixie even more so today, which was fun for me! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic, closeup of print, leggings, and sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorful + casual tunic

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Weekend BBQ at friend’s house

What:

  • Cotton tunic:  Local street fair, new
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s — exact pair still available!
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old (and sold out)

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Shop my outfit:

brightly colored tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black sandals

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

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