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Inspired by Ocean’s Eight | Tweed vest + necktie

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

Today’s outfit is one I’ve actually worn twice, and it was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe in the fiercely female film, Ocean’s 8, and you can read more about the hallmarks of her costumes here. I am no stranger to remixing menswear and menswear-inspired pieces, so I was immediately drawn to how Cate Blanchett’s character, Lou, effortlessly wears vests, suits, and skinny ties like necklaces.

So to capture that fierce AF spirit, I layered my racerback vest over a purple button-front and wide-leg trousers. I also added my patent leather burgundy brogues, for an extra menswear-inspired touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

My favorite part about this look was the skinny tie that I borrowed from my husband. I loved how it peeked out of my shirt! I didn’t bother getting the tie “perfect,” as the unfussy and tousled look is part of Lou’s essence as a character.

I also layered on chunky wooden jewelry, as Lou also wears a lot of jewelry in Ocean’s 8. I love the play off gender roles by mixing chunky jewelry with a skinny tie! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

I am a completist, so here’s a look at the tan coat I wore for outerwear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Weather:  Perfect fall day

Where:  Work day, included teaching

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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

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Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I loved this outfit so much — and the photo location! — that this is a warning that this post is more photo-laden than usual.

The backdrop was a total accident, albeit a happy one. It’s a branch-covered wall by a public parking space in downtown Tacoma. While we were out and about a few weeks ago (yes, it took a while to get this outfit up on the blog), we parked in this parking lot for the first time. As we got out of the car, I saw the wall and went, “Huh. That might be a good place to take pictures.” And it was! I didn’t realize how good this backdrop would be until Sam kept saying, “Wow!” while he taking photos, about how dynamic the branches looked in photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

But now about the outfit! It’s SO SIMPLE yet low-key dynamic on its own, I suppose. I paired a basic white cardigan with black skinny jeans and a tan coat. I then decided to make myself feel a bit more pepped-up with red lipstick… which led to the red crossbody bag. And the gold trim on the red crossbody bag led me to my classic gold hoop earrings (reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s own earrings in Sabrina, a birthday gift last year).

Classic, simple pieces that just work. Every. Single. Time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of textured slip-on flats

These textured espadrille slip-ons were the last things I grabbed. I could have easily gone for my classic black ballet flats, or my leopard print flats, or even my striped slip-on sneakers, which would all have looked just fine. But I chose these espadrille slip-ons because the colors, tan and black, just seemed to tie the color-blocked nature of my outfit together. And they felt a bit unexpected amidst all the classic pieces. It just worked for me! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

I had to darken the photo above a bit to get a better look at these gold hoop earrings, which are actually clip-ons. Being such a classic design, these earrings are a fun and easy way to add some easy glamor to an everyday kind of outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Simple + neutral with a red crossbody bag

Weather:  Chilly and windy but no rain

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

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Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Today’s outfit was inspired, in part, by a recent outfit worn by Queen Letizia of Spain, an outfit I pinned here. The inspiration outfit pairs a grey leopard coat with black trousers — which I could have easily worn — but I decided to be a bit more adventurous by pairing my grey leopard cardigan with my tan trousers instead. Switching up the neutrals… it’s a wild ride here @ Librarian for Life + Style! 😉

And once I added my purple tank top, I got inspired to add more shades of purple with my dark purple overcoat + purple lip stain. And then I had the idea of taking photos after work by these light purple walls, in order to sneak in one extra shade of purple. 

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I do love me some wide-leg trousers, which always look their best while one is walking. I thought y’all would appreciate seeing how the trousers paired with and without the coat. (I think my husband especially appreciated the “all about that bass” shot below. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

I love these wedges so much. (They’re Clarks, so you know they’re comfortable.) They’re just so unexpected, with the mixture of snakeskin along the front and cork for the wedge part. And you know you have a good pair of shoes on when you are complimented on them at a bus stop! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard, closeup of wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing shades of purple with tan + leopard

Weather:  Chilly and clear

Where:  Work day at the library, which included a shift at the reference desk

What:

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Remixing + pattern-mixing | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

I’ve worn my patterned wrap dress in different ways before, including as a long cardigan, and I keep trying to think of new ways to wear it. Today, I layered the wrap dress (which I thrifted years ago) over another dress — and pattern-mixed at the same time!

Today’s outfit is basically a mash-up of these two dresses:

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown print dresses collage

Links to original posts:
Left (2012 post)  //  Right (2014 post)

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Below is a closer look at how the two patterns look up close. The wrap dress has a graphic pattern, which I’ve likened to the “Good ‘n’ Plenty” candy, as seen in this post, while the dress underneath has a polka dot pattern. They’re both pretty small-scale patterns, which shouldn’t work together, but somehow, it does — at least to me.

I also really enjoyed figuring out which accessories to pair with the dresses. I thought bronze jewelry would look nice, as well as my wooden jewelry pieces — two textures that are combined in this bronze + wood bracelet. Bronze and brown tones are also in my wide belt, and I added more wood-type textures in my stud earrings (made out of petrified wood), and my coconut shell necklace (which I tied up in the back so it would be more like a choker with a hanging pendant).

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup, layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wood jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

One of my library co-workers complimented me on my dress. I cheekily responded, “Which one?!” 😀

And if you’re wondering what happened to the ends of the wrap dress, they’re hidden underneath the wide belt! It looked a little lumpy, but I didn’t mind it.

I also really liked how the wrap dress is longer than the dress it’s layered over — the end result looked more intentional, somehow. And the collar on the wrap dress layered well over the v-neck of the dress underneath. It’s an outfit that shouldn’t work, in theory, but totally does in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

And finally, photos of the outerwear I wore with the dress. Sam looooooved that I wore the brown cloche with the outfit, and with the bell-shaped coat, Sam said, “You look like you could go back to the 1920s with this outfit.” I think you can tell that I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, including the outerwear! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering my print wrap dress over another print dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing and pattern-mixing, overcoat over layered dresses

Weather:  Cold and on-and-off rainy

Where:  Work day that included reference shifts

What:

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