Category Archives: pattern mixing

Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print

We had recently planned a picnic lunch out in Wapato Park, in SE Tacoma, and on that day, I woke up energized. I declared, “I want to mix 3 patterns today!” and Sam responded, “Yes, go bold!” 😀

So I mixed bright pink stripes with black/navy gingham shorts and my new geometric-print canvas sneakers from Target. A perfect way to welcome summer, which officially begins tomorrow, June 21st (although technically in the wee hours tonight on the Pacific Coast, due to the time zones).

And by the way, I will be working during summer quarter, starting next week, which I haven’t been able to do for a few years. So you’ll be seeing a mix of casual and work casual outfits this summer, yay!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

The backdrop for this first set of photos is the center pagoda pavilion at the main entrance to Wapato Park. It’s pretty breathtaking, particularly with the trees and lake glittering behind it. And I love the curve to the pagoda, which made all kinds of interesting shapes and shadows in the noon-day sun.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And with the angles and all the beams, it was fun to play around during our photo shoot. In the first photo below, I’m stretching out my arm, which makes it look like I’m helping to hold up the ceiling. And in the second photo below, I joked that I was like Samson and pushing aside the columns.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And lastly, (yet) another closeup of my geometric-print canvas sneakers. I LOVE THEM. And paired with this outfit, I love that the shoe’s pattern is kinda what it would look like if you melted together the pink stripes of my top together with the gingham pattern of my shorts. In my mind, this totally pulls together the two contrasting elements of my top and bottom together. Color-coordinating even while mixing prints! All part of the service, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And the two pics above are of a shadier spot we found on a bridge as we explored the various trails of Wapato Park.

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Weekend and picnic lunch at Wapato Park

What:

  • Striped tee:  Bealls, part of a birthday gift from my mom, old
  • Gingham shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, new

Shop my outfit:

similar pink striped tee  //  very similar black gingham bermuda shorts  //  exact geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + black gingham outfit collage

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Casual canvas

One last call to vote for your favorite outfit of April. Thanks in advance!

I’ve already been wearing my new geometric-print canvas flats a lot, for both casual and work looks. The first time was a casual combo, which I wore to a book club meeting at a local comic book store.

Even when wearing a casual outfit, I just can’t help but pattern-mix, can I? This time, I paired bold stripes with the more subtle geometric print of the shoes. What makes them work together is the color pink that they both have in common.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Nancy Drew tote bag

Close-ups of my accessories, including my Nancy Drew tote bag above, and my new canvas flats, below. (By the way, Nancy Drew recently celebrated her 85th anniversary from when her first book was published! #NancyDrewForever)

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas sneakers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

The backdrop is just too perfect, isn’t it? We did not actually plan to take photos against this mural backdrop — we just happened to spot this side alley mural while we were driving to the comic book shop along 6th Avenue in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual canvas

Weather:  Drizzly and cool

Where:  On the weekend, local book club meeting

What:

  • Striped tee:  Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Canvas flats:  Target, new
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, old
  • Silver hoops:  Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit

similar striped top  //  similar skinny jeans  //  exact canvas flats  // Nancy Drew pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas cool outfit collage

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Raspberry velvet, if you please

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from April — thanks in advance!

Like I mentioned in my most recent clothing budget post, I snagged this AWESOME velvet fedora at the iconic local men’s clothing store, Mr. Mac’s. When I got the hat home, I realized that it exactly matched my self-made obi-style belt made out of vintage ties. And that my new raspberry gingham shirt fit the color story coming together in my head… 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

I will most likely rewear this combo in the fall, but it’s been a very cold and rainy spring thus far. And it was a VERY comfortable outfit to wear, with my burgundy brogues.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

This velvet (or velveteen?) fedora really does catch the light, doesn’t it? And yes, it was pouring down rain when we took these photos. (That explains the random spots all over the button-front shirt!) I also got quite a few compliments and questions about my tie belt during the day — it is a statement piece, isn’t it? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Weather: Raaaaaaaaainy and cool

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

  • Fedora:  New, local men’s store
  • Gingham button-front shirt:  Lands’ End, new
  • Tie belt:  Made from two of my dad’s vintage ties, old
  • Wide-leg trousers:  White House Black Market, last fall
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last spring
  • Bead earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar gingham button-front shirt  //  very similar velvet hat  //  similar tweed wide-leg trousers  //  similar obi-style belt  //  very similar wood watch  //  very similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + velvet outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Inspiration:

I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80. The cloth is in the upper right of the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA stripes + gingham inspiration outfit collage

Interpretation:

When I saw the graphic design of the wrapping cloth, I immediately thought of my new Lands’ End striped dress. That was my starting point. I could have stopped there, but since the cloth incorporates different shapes, I thought pattern-mixing was in order. (Any excuse to pattern-mix, y’all! 😉 ) I could have paired this dress with almost any of my gingham shirts, but in the end, I went with my old orange gingham shirt from Old Navy. And my yellow tote bag finished off this ready-for-spring casual outfit.

And y’all know I’m not one to shy away from wearing color. Bring it on, spring! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

I went with my champagne-colored flats because they’re a neutral color, plus I thought the wrapping of the satin ribbon on the front of the flats fit in with the inspiration wrapping cloth.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + flats SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

It was such a gorgeous and sunny day last weekend — the first day of spring that it felt warm enough to go out with bare legs! (And yes, I am really am this pale, all year round.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit closeup

And last but not least, do y’all remember when I mentioned the last time we took pics along East 34th Street Bridge that I wanted to take pics there each season as a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma? So here you go, springtime and budding trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Weather:  Sunny and glorious

Where:  Errand-running on a Saturday morning

What:

  • Striped dress:  Lands’ End, new {exact dress still available!}
  • Gingham shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Gift from my mom, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar orange gingham shirt  //  exact striped dress  //  similar colorblock tote bag  //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange gingham + striped dress outfit collage


Can’t wait to see the round-up!


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Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

In a recent People Style Watch issue, I noted these two outfits featuring pleated skirts, as you can see in the pic below. I thought about how to combine what I liked about the two different looks. So I took the idea of the black striped top from the first outfit and the idea of the coral pleated skirt and animal print flats from the second outfit from GirlWithCurves.com — and created a similarly inspired outfit from pieces I already had in my own closet! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | People Style Watch inspiration

I had not originally wanted to wear tights, but it’s still quite chilly here, especially in the mornings. I wore this outfit to present at a state conference hosted right here in Tacoma, and I knew I would be presenting in a large room. Therefore, I wanted to wear something that was eye-catching enough so you could see me even from the back of the room, but still professional looking enough for a conference.

I could have tucked in my shirt, but I kinda liked the more easygoing feel it gave to the outfit when I left it untucked. This striped tee looks more professional than regular tees, due its square-neck detailing and elbow-length sleeves. Plus, it’s more comfortable leaving the top untucked, and it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re presenting! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + leopard print closeup

And this new tote bag I got from Target is great! It’s just the right size, and it feels sturdy and looks professional and chic at the same time. LOVE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms + new black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

And with pleated skirts, there are always opportunities for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

We took these photos a couple of weeks ago when the cherry blossoms around town were just starting to come alive. And there are so many different varieties of colors! The pics above were taken in the morning, before my presentation. I found a pink tree with a white variety blooming at its base. I thought the effect was cool.

Below are pics we took in the afternoon after the conference, along “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma. These beautiful light pink cherry tree blossoms look like nature’s cotton candy, and the pic below is a gorgeous representation of Tacoma in the springtime. You’ve got a view of downtown, the Tacoma Dome, and a bit of Mount Rainier peeking up, and all framed with cherry blossoms. Simply stunning!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Downtown Tacoma in the springtime

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossom collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Conference day that included a presentation

What:

  • Striped tee:  Kohl’s, old
  • Pleated skirt:  c/o giveaway, Florence Adams, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new
  • Black metal hoops:  Made in Oregon shop, Christmas gift from in-laws, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black striped tee  //  similar coral pleated skirt  //  similar animal print flats  //  similar black metal hoops  //  exact tote bag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + animal print outfit collage

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