Category Archives: casual outfits

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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SIA interpretation: A cup of coffee + a GIVEAWAY

It’s time again for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this time curated by Erin @ Loop Looks. And Erin is hosting a GIVEAWAY for all SIA participants, and there is still time to participate!

How to participate in SIA and enter the GIVEAWAY:

Everyone who participates in this week’s challenge will get their name entered into a drawing to win either this painting or a notecard made from the image! You just need to email your SIA-inspired photo to Erin at looplooks@gmail.com by 7PM Central time tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th. Selfies, flat lays, etc. are all okay — OR if you’re on Instagram, you can post on Instagram and tag Erin (@looplooks) and use the hashtag #SIAChallenge.

Erin personally purchased the painting below and notecard with her own money and will ship it at no extra cost to the winners. Erin will post the SIA round-up and winners on her blog, Loop Looks, next Wednesday, so stay tuned for the round-up, and for the prize winners!

Inspiration to Interpretation:

Erin chose another piece of art, seen in the collage below, which was painted by one of the GrowARTS participants, Kelly Jo. GrowARTS is a program at Garden Center Services, an organization that provides services and job training for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The goal of GrowARTS is to have the adults they serve create art that they then sell.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA coffee collage

I have a few different turquoise and teal-colored items, and I decided on my turquoise tunic with black, brown, and white embroidered trim. I kept the vibe casual with my black denim shorts and my black-and-gold flip flops.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

I went with my black beaded earrings as they reminded me of coffee beans all stacked up. And my second earrings are my turquoise studs.

And of course, I had to enjoy a cup of coffee while taking photos! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

As I wanted to take photos while I enjoyed my morning coffee, I decided it would be good timing to take photos in our kitchen and dining rooms, so you could get a glimpse of some additional spaces in our house.

Our house, including the kitchen, had just been renovated when we bought the house, and Sam immediately fell in love with the kitchen, seen above. The cabinets are white with grey countertops (which have embedded metallic bits close-up), with oil-rubbed bronze knobs. Our dining room, seen below, has light grey walls with dark refinished wood floors. We added a dark grey patterned rug and two-tone brown curtains to play off the room’s color scheme. And the picture window in our dining room mirrors the picture window in our living room, as seen in this prior post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee

Librarian for Life + Style | Turquoise + black casual combo with coffee closeup

Weather:  Hot and smoky because of the forest fires in Washington and Oregon (so we stayed in the house as much as we could)

Where:  At home

What:

  • Tunic:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Denim shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flip flops:  c/o Rhea via giveaway, last year
  • Beaded earrings:  Handmade by my grandmother, vintage

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Shop my outfit:

blue embroidered tunic  //  very similar black denim shorts  //  similar black-and-gold flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Embroidered tunic + denim shorts outfit collage

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