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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

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#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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Closet inventory for ultra violet, Pantone 2018 color of the year

I’ve highlighted Pantone colors of the year before (greenery in 2017, rose quartz and serenity in 2016marsala in 2015, and emerald in 2013); Pantone chooses a color every year as a “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

For 2018, Pantone chose the color Ultra Violet, a color that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Pantone Color of the Year 2018, Ultra Violet

I actually am a personal fan of Pantone’s choice this year. I have very pale skin and dark hair, so dark purple looks GREAT on me! So as I have done the last few years, I went through my closet to see what I already had close to the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year. It turns out, I have a LOT of dark purple items in my closet, y’all, including accessories, lip stain, shoes, tops, blazers, coats, dresses, and denim.

As you can see, it’s often not necessary to buy all-new items to stay on trend; first, take stock of what you’ve got already and remix those items! Remixing = real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closet inventory collage for Ultra Violet, Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Top row:

Second row:

Third row:

Bottom row:

What do you think of the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year? Do you have this color in your closet already? Please leave a comment and share!

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Follow your heart times two

Today’s outfit started with my shoes, a pair of patent leather pumps with velvet bows that I scored at an estate sale, which I mentioned in last month’s budget post. I thought they would look cool paired with my chevron tights, and the rest of the outfit came together from there.

There’s actually a lot of texture in this outfit, including the velvet bows on the shoes, the crocheted tights, and the nubby texture of the pencil skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Hello, patent leather and velvet! True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy + brown with new patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of painted rock + patent leather pumps

And the day I decided to wear this outfit, Sam came home with a painted rock he found while out and about. (There’s a “Tacoma Rocks” movement to paint rocks and then leave them around town to brighten people’s days. The first “Tacoma Rocks” we found is featured here in this post.)

So it was meant to be that I wore my “Follow Your Heart” sweater on the same day Sam found a rock painted with the same sentiment. There are not enough heart emoticons in the world to describe this serendipity. ♥♥♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of 'Follow Your Heart' sweater + painted rock

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of 'Follow Your Heart' sweater + painted rock

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of painted rock

I’ve got one heart in my pocket… 😉

And finally, a look at the overcoat I wore over this work outfit. More burgundy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy coat, sweater + chevron tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy coat, sweater + chevron tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy coat, sweater + chevron tights

Weather:  Cold and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a Reference Desk shift

What:

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SIA interpretation: Roots

It’s time for my interpretation of the final Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge for 2017! For this style challenge, SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork.

The inspiration:

Salazar picked an amazing photo from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, a series which depicts people in outfits with flowers for their heads. Salazar was drawn to the series for its striking — and stylish! — effect, and you can learn more about the meaning of the series here in this article.

There are a lot of photos in the series, which you can see more of here, but Salazar chose the “Number 24” photo, a combo that includes a blue gingham shirt, a long cardigan, and a head of purple-colored flowers, all against a black backdrop. In the collage below is a detail from the inspiration photo, but you can see the full photo here.

Interpretation:

I recreated the outfit pretty closely but added a twist when it came to the flowers in the inspiration photo. I also wore a denim skirt instead of jeans, and an overcoat instead of a long cardigan. All the major colors are there: beige, blue, purple, green, and denim.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit collage

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

I brought in the floral in a subtle way through my cloisonné earrings, which also brought in the black and green tones. (The purple tones of the flowers are represented in my purple sweater vest.) You can’t see the earrings too well in the full outfit photos, so I included some closeups below. (You’ve also seen these earrings before on the blog here, here, and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

The black painted wall as the backdrop came out looking more grey, due to the foggy weather. But that’s what I was going for, a black background. The blue of my gingham button-front shirt and my tights really pops, right?

And even though it was foggy, I wore my sunglasses for our quick photo shoot in order to sort of “hide” my face — a little nod to the flowers that substitute for the head in the inspiration photo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Weather:  Foggy and cold

Where:  Work day and running errands on the weekend

What:

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By the way, if you’re wondering if this outfit looks familiar, it’s because it’s basically a mash-up of two previous outfits, as you can see below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a blue gingham shirt and a sweater vest

2014 outfit  //  2016 outfit


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Thanksgiving retrospective

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers in the U.S. and abroad!

Sam and I hibernated this year for Thanksgiving, which is one of our very favorite holidays to celebrate. We are both off today, the Friday after Thanksgiving, so I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back over the years and compile past outfits I’ve worn on or around the Thanksgiving holidays.

Thanksgiving 2012:

The day before Thanksgiving this year, we finished closing on our Portland home! So our Thanksgiving dinner was literally the first meal we had in the first home we bought together.

Here’s what I wore when we finished closing on the home:

Librarian for Life + Style | Sold!

Original post:  What we’re thankful for this year

And here’s what I wore on the day we started moving in, on actual Thanksgiving day:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black and plaid

Original post:  Inspiration Monday: Black and plaid

Thanksgiving 2013:

Here’s what I wore for Thanksgiving in 2013… and if you visit the original post, linked below, you’ll see I remixed this fashion-swapped dress for a “Thanksgiving two-fer”!

Librarian for Life + Style | Thanksgiving two-fer, home version

Original postThanksgiving two-fer

Thanksgiving 2014:

And a different kind of “Thanksgiving two-fer” for 2014! Sam and I broke out the tweeds and hats around the Thanksgiving holidays that year:

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Autumn selfie

Original post:  Thankful for autumn layers

Thanksgiving 2015:

We planned a Friends-inspired Thanksgiving in 2015, which included a flay lay of what I wore on the day!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving dinner

Original post:  Planning a Friends-themed Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2016:

I wore my then-new burgundy cargo vest for Thanksgiving last year — which I also wore to assemble my early Christmas “Minibox” gift over the mini-break!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I'm wearing for Thanksgiving, 2016

Librarian for Life + Style | Organizing file boxes in the MiniBox

Original posts:
What I’m wearing for Thanksgiving this year
The gift of organization

After compiling this Thanksgiving-themed retrospective, it’s easy to see how I definitely go for cozy sweaters or scarves and layering, but my color palette is pretty varied. Interesting.

How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Please leave a comment and share!

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