Category Archives: winter outfits

Valentine’s Day casual in red + black + snakeskin

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This casual outfit, in black with pops of red and silver, feels appropriate for Valentine’s Day. It’s the accessories that jazz up what is otherwise a very simple combo.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

This is a closeup of my new turtleneck cable sweater from Lands’ End — I love that the cable knit is a bit thinner than other styles.

These sets of photos also demonstrate how tricky the light can be during the winter. The pics above are a bit blown-out, which makes it easier to notice the details of my outfit, but it also makes my umbrella look like it’s floating in air because the white panels totally disappear into the background. The pics below are more saturated, and this is honestly how these photos came out — they appear darker just because of the angle in which my husband held my camera phone! Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick

And while I was putting this post together, I thought that it would be fun to try a couple of photos in black and white, which you can see below. This outfit, while simple, also feels pretty classic — appropriate when wearing these earrings, which are reproductions of the ones Audrey Hepburn wore in the film Sabrina. A classic love story — also appropriate for Valentine’s Day! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick, black + white closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black cable sweater + silver hoop earrings + red lipstick in black + white

Weather:  Drizzly and chilly

Where:  Running errands

What:

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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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SIA interpretation: Dogs playing poker

A quick note to please vote for your favorite coat — err, outfit — last month in the monthly reader poll post. Thanks in advance!

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. This past week, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose our inspiration artwork.

Still time to participate in SIA!

Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by the end of Tuesday, Feb. 6th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

The inspiration artwork:

Because the Lunar New Year festival is coming up, and it’s the Year of the Dog, Salazar wanted artwork featuring dogs. She finally settled on “A Bold Bluff,” one of the paintings in C. M. Coolidge’s “Dogs Playing Poker” series. (Did you know that it was a series?! Read all about its fascinating history here.)

'A Bold Bluff' by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

‘A Bold Bluff’ by C. M. Coolidge, circa 1909

Interpretation:

I noticed the bookcase in the background of the painting… which gave me the cheeky idea of wearing my bookcase-print skirt… which features cats! I am a total Leo, so incorporating cats into an outfit inspired by a painting of dogs made me laugh. Novelty animal prints for the win! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

After work, we took these photos in our dining room, so the lighting is definitely adding a yellow tinge. But I think this also echoes the inspiration painting! We also already happened to have a deck of cards on our green tin tray on our dining room table — no lie, we had been playing cards over the MLK Jr. holiday weekend and just never put up the deck of cards (Stephanie, I know you are not shocked by this!). So I pulled the cards into our SIA photoshoot, because I am never one to miss a chance to be cheesy! 😀

I also enjoy the fact that our dining room table and the green, brown, and russet tones in the room and curtains also tie into the colors of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

I wore this outfit on a work day that included library introductions and tours for first-year students, so the book-print skirt also served as a conversation starter for students. And so many of the female students remarked on the fact that this skirt has POCKETS. Women know what’s up, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art outfit, with books- and cat-print skirt

Weather: Cold and rainy (hence the leggings worn as tights!)

Where:  Work day that included teaching and library tours

What:

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Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Today’s outfit was so comfortable that I wore it twice, the first time on a casual Friday at work and the second time the next day for a morning of errands.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

And now for a look at my outfit proper. The base outfit is super simple and monochromatic, just a navy sweater +  navy cords + sneakers. The accessories, the brown cloche and my recently thrifted silk scarf, add special touches. You don’t have to be dressed fancy to look put-together!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf closeup

The backdrop is the side of a building with a series of arches — a convenient and picturesque spot to take photos out of the rain (even if the lighting is uneven).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + brown + thrifted silk scarf

Weather:  Rainy and cold

Where:  Casual work day + running errands on the weekend

What:

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First SIA interpretation of 2018

It’s time for my interpretation for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, the first of 2018! I’m super excited for this first challenge, as I chose an inspiration painting by a local tattoo artist, Bismark Pinera. You can also see more of his tattoo artwork here on his Instagram profile.

This painting also graced the cover of a newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bismark Pinera tattoo inspiration artwork and my inspired outfit

My starting points were the grey and teal/turquoise colors in the inspiration painting. I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my new teal overcoat (still available online in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes — and on sale!), which I layered over light grey jeans and a darker grey tee. I pulled in the bits of red in the inspiration painting through my burgundy tote bag, lipstick, and dark burgundy patent leather brogues.

I also knew that I wanted to take pics that highlighted the natural beauty of the region, just like in the inspiration painting. So once again the vistas along the Ruston Way Waterfront proved fruitful, with its combination of sea, mountains, and trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Washington home tee

And of course, for me, it’s all about the details! I wore my Washington state “Home” tee — a gift from my mom when we moved from Oregon to Washington state — as the inspiration painting has so many PNW details in it. My cloth belt has a diamond pattern on it that reminded me of the central diamond shape in the painting — that’s also the same reason I wore my copper drop earrings (you saw these before here in this post, albeit in a slightly different way!). I also wore a long brown pashmina scarf because I thought it would kind of mimic the long hair of the woman in the center of the painting. (Yes, I really do think of all these details.)

At the last minute, I thought about adding the patterned silk scarf that I recently got via an estate sale — I thought its pattern and colors would echo the overall vibe of the inspiration painting. I thought wearing the scarf around my neck would look too busy, so I looped the scarf around my tote bag instead.

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories and SIA artwork and Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tote bag and silk scarf accessory

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

And finally, I mentioned last week that I was inspired to choose this artwork because I attended the launch celebration of the newly published regional literary compilation, Creative Colloquy Volume 4, available online here, and the inspiration artwork is the cover of the new publication. (Creative Colloquy is a literary site and community here in Tacoma.) I have my own copy of this publication, so OF COURSE we had to take pics of me posing with the book.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit + artwork on Creative Colloquy cover

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal overcoat + grey jeans

Weather:  Chilly, windy, and drizzly

Where:  Out to the movies with a friend (Lady Bird, really enjoyed it!)

What:

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Still time to participate in SIA!

And last but not least, a huge thanks goes to my friend Christina, as she is the one who took the photos of this outfit for today’s post! You will see Christina’s SIA-inspired outfit on Wednesday, and there is still time for YOU to participate in SIA this week!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies, even bathroom or mirror selfies, and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the first SIA round-up of 2018 on my blog on Wednesday, Jan. 24th.

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