Category Archives: remixing

Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

I am pattern-mixing AND remixing today with one of my favorite color combos, navy + green.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

If you are seeing this outfit and thinking, “Haven’t I seen this outfit on the blog before?,” I would not blame you. I haven’t worn this exact combo before on the blog — colorblock cardigan + striped tank + polka-dotted skirt — but I have remixed two out of the three pieces together in different ways before, as seen in the collage below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage of cardigan + tank + skirt

Links to original posts:
top left, cardigan + skirt (2014)  //  top middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  top right, tank + skirt (2013)
bottom left, tank + skirt (2013)  //  bottom middle, cardigan + tank (2013)  //  bottom right, cardigan + tank + skirt (2018, ths post)

Remixing = real life.
Always.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Admittedly, I hadn’t worn this polka-dotted skirt in awhile, but it did amuse me how many of my colleagues in the library first complimented me on my dress. It was extra fun to see their jaws drop when I told them it was actually a tank top and a skirt. I do appreciate that my colleagues have gotten used to seeing me pattern-mix, LOL! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

It was still quite chilly that day — we “joke” up here in the PNW that it doesn’t really warm up until after Fourth of July — which is why you’re seeing a peek of my coat in the pic below.

I went for bronze accessories, my Mary Jane heels and my topaz drop earrings, because of the bronze buttons on my cardigan. I love my thrifted Mary Jane heels deeply, and one of the (many) things I love about them is how the perforations on the toe make a heart shape. ♥♥♥ Click the photo below for a closeup.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze Mary Jane heels + navy tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing with navy polka dots + stripes

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

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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Remixing teal + tweed

I have definitely been enjoying remixing my new teal overcoat. And although this outfit is a bit old, it’s still chilly up here in the PNW!

I haven’t worn this tweed, pleated pencil skirt in quite a while — the last time it was featured on the blog was in 2013 (whaaaaa?!). I actually wasn’t sure it would still fit me (I’ve gained a few pounds the past couple of years), but it does! I do have to admit, however, that the skirt does fit tighter and sits higher on my waist now, but I’m glad to still be able to get some use out of this classic design.

I also liked how you still got a peek at the skirt pleats underneath my teal overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

And below is a look at my outfit underneath the overcoat.

A note about my accessories. Last year, when I shared my necklace extender trick (courtesy of my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks), a reader shared a comment about how to turn a charm bracelet into a necklace by attaching it to a plain chain. So I took my mom’s silver charm bracelet and turned it into a necklace!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my silver bracelet-necklace and cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Weather: Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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SIA interpretation: Primavera

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, chosen this round by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose an amazing sculpture she saw during her recent trip to Cuba. The sculpture is entitled “Primavera” (which translates to “Spring” in English) by Cuban sculptor Rafael San Juan. Installed for Havana’s 12th Biennial of Arts, it depicts the bust of a woman with a crown of butterflies on her head, and the artwork is intended as a tribute to the spirit of Cuban women. You can see more photos and learn more about the sculpture from this article and this interview with the sculptor. Below is a photo of the sculpture that Salazar took on her travels.

Photograph of "Primavera" (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

Photograph of “Primavera” (Spring) sculpture by Rafael San Juan

My inspiration outfit started with bronze, to bring in the color and texture from the sculpture itself. I have on bronze hoop earrings, bronze heels, and wide-leg brown trousers with bronze-y threads woven throughout the textile. I then pulled together the green (walls) and blue (sky) tones from the photograph. No butterflies for me, but the graphic print on my blouse felt like it captured the fluid nature and curves of the sculpture. The backdrop I chose of the fence and stone also added industrial materials and textures that the sculpture incorporates.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of bronze hoops and lapiz lazuli earrings

I paired my bronze hoops with my lapis lazuli stud earrings, in order to connect to my bronze heels and the bits of blue in my patterned blouse — and to juxtapose more textures together.

I almost prefer my outfit with the outerwear, as seen below. The cloche and the coat give the outfit a bit of a retro flair, and my bronze hoops pair nicely with the cloche hat. The scarf is the one my mom gifted me years ago; the other side features the names of book genres, as seen here in this post. This side, the striped back side of the scarf, is also pretty cool. I also added photos of my inspiration outfit with the outerwear because I am combining hard and soft lines together — the cloche has a rounded shape, while the overcoat (and trousers, too, for that matter) have harder lines and angles.

Side note about patterning… with the outerwear, I am technically mixing four different patterns — tattersall (overcoat), stripes (scarf), geometric print (blouse), and tweed print (trousers) — yet nothing is clashing or overwhelming. All the patterns and color tones are working harmoniously together. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + green + bronze remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library, including a reference shift

What:

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Remixing brown + green + bronze

I do love remixing brown + green + bronze together. Here’s a quick round-up of ways I’ve mixed these colors together, including this most recent outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing brown + green + bronze collage

left outfit (2014)  //  middle outfit (2015)  //  right outfit (2018)

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Five different ways to wear ankle pants in colder weather

A reader left a comment on an outfit post this past December — an outfit in which I wore an overcoat, ankle pants, and ballet flats, seen here — about wearing ankle pants in cold weather and asking for tips and strategies:

Reader question about ankle pants and cold weather

Thank you, teatimechic, for asking the question! I’ve been mulling it over for quite some time. It doesn’t get too cold here in the PNW (rainy, yes, but not that cold), so I’m generally ok wearing ankle pants with flats and/or with trouser socks. Bu I took a look back through my outfit archives to compile different ways I’ve styled ankle pants in cold weather — plus a couple of bonus ways I’ve seen other style bloggers style ankle pants in colder climes.

#1, with tall boots

This was the first way I thought of wearing ankle pants when it’s cold outside. This is also the warmest way to wear ankle pants in cold weather, to layer the pants under tall boots or tall rain boots. This works best with ankle pants that have slim or skinny cuts.

And my trick when tucking ankle pants into tall boots is to first secure the pant legs under longer socks. Even thin socks will do, as long as they’re long enough to cover the tops of the ankle pants. This will ensure that the ankle pants stay down and don’t balloon out too much around the knees, plus it ensures that your tall boots go on smoothly over the ankle pants.

Here are a few examples of how I’ve worn ankle pants with tall boots:

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of ankle pants with tall boots

left (burgundy ankle pants)  //  middle (black ankle pants)  //  right (navy ankle pants)

#2, with ankle boots

Ankle pants with ankle boots — a match made in alliteration, yes? 😉 Ankle boots cover most of the foot and ankle, so it’s another decently warm alternative if you dare to wear ankle pants in colder weather.

Both examples below are with my olive ankle pants paired with my grey ankle boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remix collage with ankle pants and ankle boots

left  //  right

#3, with menswear-style shoes

Of course, if it’s not too cold out, you can always wear ankle pants with flats or wedges — but I’ve found menswear-style shoes, like Oxford or brogues, to be a more modern alternative. Plus, this shoe style provides more coverage (and thus, warmth) for the foot and ankle. I wear low-cut ankle socks when I wear my brogues, so my toes are still toasty.

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues

original post

#4, with patterned socks

My blogger friend and SIA co-host Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey has been rocking patterned socks with ankle pants/jeans and flat shoes this winter, as seen here, here, and here, for starters. This style looks good with either menswear-style shoes or ankle boots, and it definitely helps showcase your personality while also keeping your ankles warmer in the winter. Win-win!

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, patterned socks with ankle pants

Photo used with permission from Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey

#5, with snow boots

For those of you in legit snowy climates — or those who have been suffering in unseasonably frozen temps in parts of the U.S. this past winter — looking at pics of bloggers wearing ankle pants and shoes with no socks looks kind of laughable. I get it. I know I’m lucky to live in a relatively seasonably mild (albeit rainy) region. So I appreciated reading style blogger Cori Lynn’s recent post about “things that actually work, when getting dressed in the winter.” Cori Lynn used to live in Seattle but has since moved to Connecticut, and she recommends snow boots with slim-cut pants or jeans! Visit her blog, Dress Cori Lynn, for more pics and tips for dressing for legit snowy weather.


Have you worn ankle pants in colder weather? If so, have you worn them these ways pictured here in this post — or another way altogether? Please leave a comment and share!


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