Category Archives: spring outfits

Sam’s style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

If you saw the Style Imitating Art round-up for Erin’s final curated challenge for SIA, then this outfit of Sam’s will be familiar to you. He put this look together himself for the challenge — with no help from me! — and I think it’s a good example of how to layer casual pieces together for a stylish yet still casual men’s look.

Sam layered a red argyle sweater over a basic dark grey tee, then layered a light grey zip-up sweater over that. The two shades of grey create visual depth, and the pop of red peeking through is just so dynamic, isn’t it? The black jeans ground the entire look, and the textured slip-on sneakers are fun and casual, and add a bit more pattern to the entire look. As I’ve said before on this blog, Sam has master-level pattern-mixing skillz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

I just love the photo above of Sam cracking up while I take photos for once. One reason is because he is ALWAYS trying to crack me up when he’s taking photos of me. Another reason is because it’s very true to Sam’s personality. And finally, it shows a peek of his “man bun,” which Sam did specially for me, as I really like it when he puts his hair up into a man bun. (He has curly hair, so that hair style just works on him!) I also like that you can see the streaks of grey on the sides of his hair — the grey streaks go with his grey clothing, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

This outfit was inspired by another librarian’s combo of pink jeans + black stripes, which you can see here on What the Librarian Wore’s Instagram feed.

I wore this outfit a couple of times recently, first for errand running on a day off. I grabbed my floral clutch at the last minute as way to add in some more color and pattern-mixing. (I then rewore this exact outfit to a conference later that same week — just picture this exact outfit with my black tote bag instead of the floral clutch.) And because some of our errands included being downtown, we were able to take photos by a group of blooming cherry blossom trees. I loooooove cherry blossoms, and it was a lovely way to add another shade of pink to these photos! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Is it strange that I love that one of the bow ends on my flats is sticking up, as you can see in the photos above and below — and that it reminds me of cat ears every time I see these photos?! If that’s wrong, then I don’t wanna be right! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

And HELLO to (accidentally) color-coordinating my nail polish with my rose-colored jeans! This polish is technically copper-colored — it’s “Penny Talk” by Essie, part of the “Mirror Metallics” line of polishes, and you’ve seen me wear this polish on the blog before — but it looks more a rose gold on me. It’s a super flattering neutral tone, and I love the polish’s metallic shine.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rose-colored nails and jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink jeans + black stripes with a pop of floral

I seriously LOVED this outfit — just the right combo of comfort and cuteness without trying too hard. 😀

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Running errands on a day off, then to a conference later that week

What:

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Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Today, I wanted to be both colorful and comfortable, for a day of meetings with faculty and administrators. And I’ve joined a “Safe Zone II” training program this spring — additional training for how to be an LGBTQ ally — so I wanted to wear my heart on my tee, so to speak. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

And springtime here in the PNW means off-and-on rain, as well as off-and-on sunshine. Because OF COURSE the sun came out *just* as we were about to take photos, after it had been overcast ALL DAY.

It’s still chilly up here in the PNW, so leggings and tall boots do not look out of place (yet). And cherry blossom season is my favoritest part of springtime, so we took these photos out by a blossoming clump of trees after work. ♥♥♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Y’all have seen this clutch before — it’s a little bag I carry with me throughout the day, as I’m always on the go in and around the library, as seen in my most recent “day in the life” post — and I brought it out for these pics because I thought it added an extra pop of fun and pattern into the outfit. And it’s what people see when I’m walking across campus, so it’s true to life. Students and colleagues alike frequently comment on this clutch and ask me where I got it! 😀 (It’s from Out of Print, one of my favorite clothing sites!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + cherry blossom trees

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library + faculty meetings

What:

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Red jeans + black gingham | Weekend casual

This look is similar to the last outfit I wore with this black gingham button-front shirt, but with red jeans this time instead of a red bag. What can I say… red and black gingham just work so well together!

And this combo — skinny or straight-leg jeans with a button-front shirt, either unbuttoned or layered over a tank top — is such an easy and comfortable combo to wear. It doesn’t take much thought at all. Just as easy as a tee + jeans, just a little bit more put-together. And that’s why it’s important to have basics like these in one’s closet, as outfits are then easy to mix and match!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

The backdrop is of a nearby church that I’ve long admired, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. Its architecture is stunning! And the front entrance and stairs are so wide and deep, I figured it would be a good backdrop for photos. 🙂

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

This is a VERY basic outfit, but for me, it’s the details that make this variation fresh, like the gold double straps on the flip flops and the red, white & black pattern on the clutch that ties the whole outfit together.

And when we’re running around town doing errands, I love throwing just a few essentials (e.g. chapstick, cell phone, sunglasses case) in a clutch, and and not having to lug around a big tote bag. It also helps motivate me that I have a growing collection of cute clutches! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

And i just liked the photos below for their more casual view of the outfit — and of me! 😉 And I liked how the deeper red of my manicure and pedicure played off the red jeans and added a bit more depth to the red in the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Weather:  Slightly cool and sunny, perfect spring weather

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, this winter
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Red jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Flip flops:  Rhea, c/o giveaway last spring
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front shirt  //  exact Banned Books print in a tote bag  // very similar red jeans  //  similar gold-and-black flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red denim outfit collage

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Casual Friday formula | Purple + navy

Yep, another entry in my “Casual Friday” outfit formula of a blazer paired with skinny jeans! (I still have some past outfits from the spring quarter to show, and then I’ll continue with casual work outfits throughout the upcoming summer quarter.) When I saw this combo on Adina’s excellent Blue Collar Red Lipstick style blog (scroll down for the final pic), my eyes and brain lit up. Here’s how my thinking went when I pinned this look on my “Casual Friday ideas” board:

  • Structured blazer in a neutral color? Check.
  • Wine-colored top underneath? Check.
  • Skinny jeans? Check.
  • Animal print flats? Check.
  • Long pendant necklace? Check.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

I wore this on a Friday — OF COURSE — a day which included a morning meet-and-greet coffee date with another local librarian, a meeting, another event on campus, and project work behind-the-scenes. Lots of variety on this Friday workday — and this comfy, classic outfit was good to go for all the myriad tasks on my to-do list. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

We took these photos after work, and I thought you’d enjoy seeing the outfit “on the move,” so to speak, hence the photos of me jumping, above, and walking, below. The backdrop is a nearby church.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Weather:  Sunny and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Blazer:  Macy’s, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Pendant necklace:  Christmas gift this year from my in-laws
  • Silver earrings:  Christmas gift this year from my husband
  • Purple lip stain:  Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless”

Shop my outfit:

very similar blazer from same brand  //  similar berry tank top  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar silver circle pendant necklace  //  similar animal print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday outfit collage, purple & navy

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