Category Archives: pattern mixing

Summer work casual | Grey tunic with pops of red

A quick note that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

I played with proportions and pops of color for today’s summer casual work outfit. I layered my grey tunic over red ankle pants, and I added more pops of red with the red floral ribbon belt I made this past year, a red patterned tote bag, and a red charm on my silver charm necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Below is a closeup of the double-sided fabric belt I made this past year. One side is a red floral ribbon; the other side is a red and green plaid. For a more casual feel, I just looped the ends over to hang down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Below is another closeup of the red ribbon side of the fabric belt, along with my silver charm necklace. I could have worn any number of earrings in my jewelry collection with this outfit, but in the end, I went with my silver + peridot small hoops, to bring out the green in the floral ribbon print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red floral belt + peridot earrings + silver jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work outfit, grey + red + floral ribbon belt

Weather:  Summer day of sunshine and breezes

Where:  Casual work day

What:

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Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Whew, back to summer outfits! 😉

This combo — a sleeveless maxidress + button-front shirt + canvas flats — is ridiculously comfortable for a (cooler) summer weekend. I’ve read my beloved Tom & Lorenzo question why ladies love wearing maxidresses in the summer (all that fabric), but the thing is, when you wear maxidresses, you create your own breeze as you walk. It’s like built-in air conditioning, complete with shade. Real talk, y’all. It’s all part of the service. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

This footbridge at Wright Park had been closed down for repairs for at least a year after we moved to Tacoma. So we were excited to finally get pics on the newly restored bridge, which overlooks this lovely pond with fountains and statues. (You can see other spots of Wright Park in previous style posts here, here, and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

My goodness, I love these canvas flats. They’re from the Mossimo line from Target — a line they phased out last year, much to my disappointment — and I’ve worn these shoes with skinny jeans, with shorts, and with ankle pants. And now with maxidresses! 🙂

Also, we took these pics right after I got my hair trimmed, so my hairdo is looking particularly sharp. I’ve had this shorter, spikier version of a pixie cut for almost exactly a year, and I’m still lovin’ it! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of hair trim, lip stain, and hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Weather:  Gorgeous, cool summer day

Where:  Out and about on the weekend

What:

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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, here and abroad, and to all immigrants throughout our country’s past, present, and future. Together, we make this country better. ♥

I am no stranger to wearing red, white, and blue all year long, not just for Fourth of July. You can see that here different ways I have remixed red + white + blue for every season. It definitely does not take a national holiday to get me to wear this classic color combination!

I was recently inspired by this recent cover and photo shoot Zoe Saldana did for the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. I was particularly inspired by Zoe’s striped obi-style belt. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know that I have a few striped obi-style belts I’ve made out of ties, and the one I selected is the one I made a how-to DIY post for.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can’t see it very well in these photos (it was more obvious in real life, I assure you), but I wore a red sports bra underneath my light blue striped button-front shirt, which you can see a peek of in the close-up illustration below. I had red running through the entire outfit, from my lipstick to the red under-layer and down to the red ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bits of red in red + white + blue inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can see the mini-stripes of my button-front shirt better in the photo below. So I was technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, as well, although it’s super subtle. But I’ll take pattern-mixing whenever I can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue striped obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Weather:  Clear but breezy

Where:  Work day with student presentations and meetings (I wore this at the end of spring quarter)

What:

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Library card catalog tee + tote for casual work combo

I always find it an interesting challenge to dress for campus professional development days. I’m not teaching, so I feel I can go more casual, but I’m also around colleagues, so I don’t want to go too casual.

So all that thinking led to the outfit below. It does veer more toward the casual end of the spectrum (the tee + tote bag + slip-on sneakers), but the two items that still keep it in the professional realm for me are the ankle pants (instead of jeans) and the cardigan. And I kept it fun with my bright pink lipstick 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

I also feel motivated to wear library-themed clothing or accessories on campus professional development days, so I can help visually represent the library to other colleagues around the campus. (Not that I ever really need an excuse, hah! 😉 )

Luckily, I have accumulated several library-themed options in my closet, but the ones I chose for this outfit were my “NEVER FORGET” card catalog tee and my library card tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

I’ve been wanting to take pics in front of this wall for awhile — the colors are so fun with the brightly colored bubbles and the fish-scale type siding. The colors in my outfit and in my shoes include many of the colors of the wall, which made me happy. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of library card tote bag + patterned slip-on sneakers
Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Library card catalog tee + work casual combo

Weather:  Cooler with off-and-on sun

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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SIA interpretation: Memorial Day poppy

A quick note to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine for last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation. Last week, I chose a hand-painted illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’ [Memorial Day Poppy].” You can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

Inspiration:

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

Interpretation:

I incorporated both the orange-red color of the poppy as well as the black-and-white butterfly wings from the illustration. I layered my black-and-white gingham button-front shirt over my thrifted orange floral dress. The combo feels simple yet also bold, which is also how I described this illustration last week.
Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

I kept my jewelry low-key, with a black pearl pendant necklace, black metal hoops, and bright yellow flower earring studs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Below is a closeup of the gingham print against the floral. This pattern-mixing worked so well! I think one reason this pattern-mixing duo works is because the gingham print is very small-scale (which looks kind of grey from a distance) while the floral print is very large-scale; therefore, the gingham doesn’t overpower the floral pattern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk duty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow night, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, June 6th.

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