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Tobi Review | Oversized sweater + blanket scarf

I was recently contacted by online clothing retailer Tobi with an opportunity to choose a few items from their site to review and style. It was fun to browse through their extensive site and look at different pieces and visualize potential outfits. (Putting together outfits in my head is like my way of doing crosswords — it keeps my brain active!)

Full disclosure:  Although I was provided clothing items of my choice free-of-charge to style and review, all my opinions are my own words, thoughts, and experiences.

What’s Tobi?

Tobi is definitely focused on trendy, “fast fashion” pieces and a self-described L.A. style. Their size range is admittedly limited, only extending to size Large (equivalent to 8-10, although a generously sized 8-10); my body lands on the uppermost end of their sizing scale, so I purposely chose items that were NOT form-fitting. I also admit that I am not particularly trendy, and my style is… more “color-coordinated” than “L.A. cool.” But I viewed that as an interesting challenge, to see if I could “see myself” in any of their items. And I did! There are a lot of items on their site that are admittedly NOT my style — rompers may be fine for others but decidedly not for me! — and there looks to be a range of quality and styles with a range of price ranges to match. Tobi is known for their low prices and final sales, but I found a number of moderate-to-higher-priced items that also seemed to be higher quality. I focused on choosing more substantial and looser-fitting pieces — and it’s autumn, so that meant I had a lot of options with sweaters and knitwear! Hooray for me! The shipping was also super-fast, but there’s the caveat that I live on the West Coast, so the items didn’t have far to go.

I also have to admit that I was impressed with their openness on the Tobi website about their processes and policies. I was also impressed that they fund a scholarship program for young women, and they have a page showcasing the local non-profit organizations the company donates to. It’s fast fashion, yes, but Tobi also seems like a company that gives back for the long-term.

Two Tobi items I paired together:

In this outfit, I am wearing two of the three items I chose:  a long, oversized, v-neck navy sweater (the “School Boy Ribbed Sweater,” priced $78 but currently on sale for $19) and a black blanket scarf with white stripes (the “Mel Pinstripe Scarf,” priced $32 but currently on sale for $16).

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

I primarily paired these two items together because I wanted to showcase again how you CAN wear navy + black together. My rule of thumb in combining navy + black is to be intentional about it. I am wearing one main navy piece — this simple yet bold navy sweater, which really is a standout — that I’ve paired with black leggings, tall boots, and my black pinstriped scarf. The “star” of this outfit is the sweater, and everything else is supporting it.

The sweater is purposely oversized — very ’80s, isn’t it, with its sloped shoulders and boxy shape? — and it’s the kind of sweater that honestly looks pretty shapeless on its own or on a hanger. I took it out of the box, and my husband Sam was NOT impressed and said it looked huge and wouldn’t fit me. I put it on, and guess what? He looooooved it! So did I! The sweater felt substantial enough in its ribbed weave and thickness, and felt very cozy and warm — not scratchy at all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of asymmetrical hem of Tobi navy sweater

My favorite detail of the sweater is how it’s longer in the back, which you can really tell in the photos above. That means there is extra coverage for one’s bottom, which I really appreciate, especially since I’m a pear-shaped lady. And the sweater is still long enough in the front to wear the sweater over leggings and not have to worry about anything showing. I would also wear this sweater with skinny jeans or ankle pants. The key with an oversized item of clothing is to pair it out with other pieces that fit closer to the body — this provides visual balance.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blanket scarf. It is so warm and soft. I love it so much that I have already worn this scarf twice! (If you’re an Instagram follower, you will have already spotted this scarf!) And the scarf’s pattern with its black background and thin white pinstripe is neutral enough to go with lots of other pieces in my wardrobe.

When pairing this navy sweater with the black scarf, leggings, and boots, I also replicated the navy + black color-coordinating with my earrings. I combined larger blue lapis lazuli earring studs with my smaller black studs. Just one more detail to make it clear that I intentionally mixed navy + black together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Weather:  Cold and windy

Where:  Reference night shift at work

What:

I will be back on Friday with how I styled my third and final Tobi item!

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Stripes + leopard with a cargo vest | Grey + burgundy

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We’re starting to enter the rainy phase of fall, and that’s just fine by me. Especially when it means I get to layer items of clothing, like this striped tee, cargo vest, and leopard print infinity scarf.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + leopard print, grey + burgundy

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + leopard print, grey + burgundy

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + leopard print, grey + burgundy

This leopard print scarf, which I bundled via a Poshmark purchase and seen in a monthly budget adventures post this past April, is long enough to wrap around my neck twice, and even a third time. For most of the pics in this post, as seen above, I wrapped the scarf around three times; for the final two pics below, I unwound it so you can see how it looks when it’s only looped around twice. I like the option of wearing this infinity scarf a little looser or more bundled up, depending on the weather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + leopard print closeup, grey + burgundy

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + leopard print, grey + burgundy

Weather:  A fall chill in the chair and scattered rain

Where:  Faculty retreat and professional development day

What:

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Shop my outfit:

similar grey striped tee  //  similar burgundy cargo vest  //  grey leopard infinity scarf  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey + black + burgundy outfit collage

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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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Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

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I am all about the remixing! Earlier this fall, I had subtly remixed my heart print dress, wanting to highlight how small changes can make a difference. This time, I’m going bold with the remix — but still keeping it within the same burgundy color family.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress, Fall 2016

Left, Remixing hearts + shades of red

I also am lately all about layering long sweaters over dresses, like I did last week with my SIA interpretation outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

I guess I’m also technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, with my chevron tights and my heart locket print dress. There are so many ways to mix prints and patterns!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

I really liked wearing this outfit. It was comfortable, and I felt good in it. The long sweater over the dress is an unexpected, and slightly ’20s-retro, silhouette, but the tights, asymmetrical collar, and the booties provide modern touches.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

Weather:  Cold and brisk

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Macy’s, old
  • Dress:  eShakti, last fall
  • Tights:  ModCloth, old (but still often in stock!)
  • Booties:  Naturalizer (sold out, but I’ve linked a very similar option below)

similar long burgundy sweater  //  similar novelty-print dress  //  exact chevron tights  //  very similar burgundy booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy sweater + print dress collage

And one last photo, an outtake, for y’all! It’s like I’m saying, “Ta-da!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my heart print dress with a burgundy sweater + booties

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Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

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I have worn the navy + pink gingham button-front top I bought earlier this fall, but I realized it hadn’t made it to the blog yet. Time to correct that! I have worn it a couple of times underneath my “Follow Your Heart” novelty print sweater, as a way to subtly mix prints.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

I wore the button-front and sweater combo with my olive cargo ankle pants, for another subtly holiday-appropriate color combination. My burgundy patent leather brogues finished off this masculine-inspired, casual work look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

The backdrop is a nearby park and playfield, which we stopped at on our way to mail off Christmas cards and presents, before I had to go to work. I thought it would be fun backdrop — and I have always loved the swings!

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Work

What:

  • Button-front:  Old Navy, this fall
  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Cargo pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Brogues:  Clark’s, last winter

novelty heart print sweater in grey and red  //  novelty heart print sweater in grey and black  //  novelty love print sweater  // similar button-front shirt (available in navy, blue, and pink gingham)  //  similar cargo ankle pants (also available in olive) //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering button-front with sweaters collage

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