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Inspired by Ocean’s Eight | Tweed vest + necktie

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Today’s outfit is one I’ve actually worn twice, and it was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe in the fiercely female film, Ocean’s 8, and you can read more about the hallmarks of her costumes here. I am no stranger to remixing menswear and menswear-inspired pieces, so I was immediately drawn to how Cate Blanchett’s character, Lou, effortlessly wears vests, suits, and skinny ties like necklaces.

So to capture that fierce AF spirit, I layered my racerback vest over a purple button-front and wide-leg trousers. I also added my patent leather burgundy brogues, for an extra menswear-inspired touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

My favorite part about this look was the skinny tie that I borrowed from my husband. I loved how it peeked out of my shirt! I didn’t bother getting the tie “perfect,” as the unfussy and tousled look is part of Lou’s essence as a character.

I also layered on chunky wooden jewelry, as Lou also wears a lot of jewelry in Ocean’s 8. I love the play off gender roles by mixing chunky jewelry with a skinny tie! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

I am a completist, so here’s a look at the tan coat I wore for outerwear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Weather:  Perfect fall day

Where:  Work day, included teaching

What:

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 1

It’s long past Christmas, I know, but the classic 1954 musical White Christmas can be enjoyed all year long… especially the fashion! And I’m not the only one who loves the costumes in this classic. Here’s a video that shines a spotlight on the fabulous style of White Christmas:

As I recently rewatched the musical (and sang along with every song, of course), I realized that I could recreate several of the outfits I loved seeing onscreen. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini-series of White Christmas style inspiration this week.

First up, Rosemary Clooney’s fabulous — and totally work-appropriate! — combo of a yellow tailored blouse and black pencil skirt. Simple, chic, classic.

Here’s my take:

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration collage

My recreation of the this outfit was super easy. Instead of a button-front shirt in yellow, I substituted my yellow starburst-print cardigan. I layered the yellow cardigan over a long-sleeved black tee and pushed the sleeves up a bit. I tucked the shirts into my black pencil skirt, and there you have it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

I kept the rest of the outfit very simple, too, just black hose, black patent leather pumps, and a black tote bag. And of course, red lipstick felt like the perfect finishing touch.

Of course, I also managed to inject my own bit of quirk into my inspired ensemble, through my dark purple nail polish (which reads as black from afar). Just a touch of modern individualism amidst the 1950s-inspired style. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + black classic combo

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included a shift at the reference desk

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Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Striped tee + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a series of informal photos Audrey Hepburn took in her apartment bedroom in 1954, as seen here and here, where she is dressed in a striped tee and ankle pants, reading a book.

Interpretation

We took these photos in our master bedroom, and it was fun to shoot more informal shots in another location in our house, one that hasn’t been shown on the blog before now.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s a pretty simple and straightforward look:  a striped ballet-neck tee, ankle pants, and silver hoop earrings. Check, check, and check. I’m pretty sure Audrey’s outfit is black, and I went with navy… but yeah, it’s a classic style combination for a reason, y’all.

A couple of cheesy shots below (which are my favorites, of course!):

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants outtake

And one last pic in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, striped shirt + ankle pants

Hope y’all enjoyed this series of Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Click here for the second post in the series, and here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Which was your favorite inspiration post of mine from this week? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: Plaid shirt + shorts + silver hoop earrings

This week, I’m posting a series of posts celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. This series was inspired by a combination of factors:

Inspiration photo (linked in paragraph below)

Next in this mini-series of inspiration is an outfit inspired by a costume that Audrey Hepburn wore in the film Sabrina, a casual button-front plaid shirt, shorts, and slides combo. There are lots of photos, film stills as well as behind-the-scenes publicity shots, of Audrey in this casual outfit, but I was particularly drawn to this little-seen photo of her in this outfit beside a leafy lattice work, shot in and around her apartment in 1954.

Interpretation

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

How did I make this outfit my own?

It’s clear that Audrey — and/or Edith Head, the lead designer on the Sabrina set — has wrapped a button-front plaid shirt around her waist, to showcase how tiny her waist was. I simply knotted one of my plaid button-front shirts in front, but I did pop the collar. I also am wearing longer shorts than she wore, as well as slingback wedges, rather than the wedge mules she sported.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

And, of course, one last shot in full color! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, plaid shirt + shorts

Hope y’all enjoyed this second of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts this week! Stay tuned for one more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the first post that started us off this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: All black + silver hoop earrings

After my new shorter pixie haircut plus receiving my mom’s early birthday gift of reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s earrings she wore in Sabrina and in publicity shots during that time period in the mid-1950s, I had an idea… why not recreate some of the outfits she wore during that time period with those earrings? I already had a Pinterest board full of inspiration!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn jewelry collection closeup

The point of this mini-series of inspiration — this is the first of three such related posts this week — is not about copying or comparing myself to Audrey Hepburn. Rather, it’s about celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. It took me very little time to pull together similar pieces from my closet to emulate these iconic looks of Audrey’s. I know I’m not alone in that, having pieces in your wardrobe that Audrey Hepburn helped popularize and standardize as chic and classic.

Her style — from her hair to her jewelry to her clothing — remains inspirational, and most importantly, accessible. I don’t really look like Audrey Hepburn (except for superficial things like thicker eyebrows, a big smile, and pale skin — but my bone structure is very different), and my body shape is different (I’m taller and fuller). But the way she dressed, and even the simple pieces she chose, like striped tees and ankle pants, translate beyond body types and skin color. Even if we don’t look like Audrey, we can still see ourselves in her style and the way she carried herself. That’s part of why she is, and remains, an icon, in life and in style.

Closeups:

First up, some close-ups of my new pixie cut, which I have described as “Audrey Hepburn meets the ’80s.” 😀 I smoothed the sides down and curled the bangs down a bit as a modern take on Audrey’s short hairstyle in Sabrina. I also filled in my eyebrows more, as she also did during that time.

I wore the silver drop hoop earrings from the set that I recently received as an early birthday gift from my mom; these earrings are reproductions of the ones Audrey wore while filming Sabrina.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

The photos in this post were inspired by a series Audrey Hepburn did in 1954 in Los Angeles, which I’ve pinned here and here.

Sam rigged up a white tarp in our backyard to serve as a similar backdrop for our photos.

How did I make this outfit my own?

Audrey is wearing a long-sleeved, ballet-neck black tee in the photos linked above, a tee with a deep V in the back. I do have a long-sleeved black tee, but it has a crew neckline, so I swapped that out for a elbow-sleeved tee with a V-neck in the front. And I just turned the tee around so the V-neck was in the back, which created a ballet neckline in the front. (It worked so well that I think I’ll wear it like that again!) 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Front views:

For the next inspiration pose — again, the original seen here — I perched on top of my old piano stool.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

And last but not least, a look at my outfit in full color — and my natural inclination to smile and laugh during our photo shoots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Hope y’all enjoyed this first of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts coming up this week! Stay tuned for more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the second post down this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

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