Category Archives: winter outfits

Remixing my floral shirtdress as a jacket

I love actress Ruth Negga’s style, especially this recent outfit of hers featuring a long, ornately embroidered jacket paired with black skinny pants. I loved the juxtaposition of the long, patterned jacket with the black outfit foundation. I thought, “Hmmmm… I could recreate a similar look.”

So I styled my short-sleeved floral shirtdress over a long-sleeved black turtleneck, and I zipped up the top part but left the bottom loose like Negga’s original inspiration look. I could have gone with my black pumps but instead switched them out for my black ankle boots that morning, just because. The heart wants what it wants, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

I have remixed this floral shirtdress as a long jacket before, seen here last summer. I really liked changing up the look this time by having the shirtdress partially zipped up. I also felt super long ‘n’ lean — my favorite aesthetic! — with the black skinny jeans + booties.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress closeup

The backdrop for these photos is a brick school building in east Tacoma, a school that closed down years ago. And as you can see, it was VERY rainy that day we took photos. We actually took these photos on a Sunday afternoon out with my hubby, and I remixed this outfit the next day for work with my black long-sleeved tee and patent leather pumps.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress with black jeans + booties

Weather:  Cold and rainy

Where:  Weekend date with my husband and then remixed for the next work day

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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Black + tan | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat

Today’s outfit came from an outfit inspiration from myfavoritethings25 Instagram feed, which I saved, an outfit featuring a belted blanket scarf, skinny jeans, tall boots, and a floppy hat. The light bulb in my brain went off, saying, “I have a blanket scarf, and I could belt it that way!” (You can also see other ways that I’ve worn this blanket scarf, here and here.)

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I never worry about exactly recreating an inspiration look. For example, I don’t own a floppy hat, so I just took one of Sam’s hats that’s slightly oversized on me and pulled it lower down in the back. Done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat closeup

I wore this to the movies — Wakanda forever! — out along Point Ruston. We quickly took pics in a little corner out of the drizzle — and when we finished, a mom and her little girl happened to walk around the corner. This little girl — 5 or 6 years old? — was stylin‘ in patterned leggings, a tutu skirt, and a denim jacket. It was a sweet moment when our eyes met, we took in each other’s outfits, and then we smiled back at each other, like kindred spirits. Style, and love of style, transcends ages, y’all. ♥

And you’re NEVER too old to twirl. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Weather:  Drizzly and windy

Where:  Movie and brunch date on the weekend

What:

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SIA interpretation: Dido Belle portrait

A quick note, the poll is open for you to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month. Thanks in advance!

Now it’s time for my interpretation for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge and artwork that I chose to host this go-round.

SIA inspiration:

I chose the double portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, circa 1779, once attributed to Johann Zoffany. (The actual painter is still unknown.) This was the portrait that inspired the 2013 film, Belle, about the real-life, mixed-race young lady, Dido Belle, who was born into slavery in the British West Indies and ended up a heiress in London, England. The two ladies in the double portrait were second cousins. You can read more about the painting here, in this article about how this enigmatic painting inspired a movie, and more here about the real-life Dido Belle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of SIA artwork and my interpretation, Double portrait of Dido Belle + her cousin

My interpretation:

Usually, my SIA-inspired outfits build up from a very specific starting point, be it a color or texture or piece of clothing. This time, multiple inspirations came together at one time for me, including:

  • pearl jewelry, as it’s one of the items that visually link both women in the painting
  • floral-print dress, to bring in the various florals in the painting
  • beret, to echo the look of the turban on Dido’s head
  • feather clip, because of the feather on Dido’s turban
  • winter-blooming camellias in our backyard, to capture the backdrop in the painting

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of accessories, beret + feather clip

This is the second time I’ve added a feather clip to this beret — you can see the first time here in this post, another SIA-inspired outfit! — and it just felt right. It captured a literal item in the inspiration painting, the feather in Dido Belle’s turban, and it felt like it captured the mood of the painting. I have several pearl necklace options (pearls being my favorite gemstone), and I chose this multi-colored pearl necklace because it pulled in multiple colors from the painting. Plus, it felt like a modern way to pull in the pearls.

The bright pink in the photo below is the lining of this purple velvet blazer. This beautiful lining rarely gets featured, and I just wanted to give it its due. The inspiration painting features a pale pink, through Lady Elizabeth’s dress, but I don’t have any pale pink in my wardrobe. It didn’t bother me in the least to darken that inspiration color to a dark purple through my velvet blazer — and shocking pink lining! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of accessories, velvet blazer + pearl necklace + beret + feather clip

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

It was really hard for me to get any usable photos of me mimicking Dido Belle’s gesture of her hand in her cheek. It’s such a, well, cheeky pose! 😉 And it’s realllllllly hard for me to do the slight smiles on both ladies’ faces in the inspiration painting — whenever I try to smile without showing teeth, it just comes out like I’m angry — or snobby. It always feels more natural for me to smile wide, as you can see below. You do you, ladies. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + floral dress, SIA-inspired outfit

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com, by tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th. I will then include you in the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, March 7th.