Category Archives: work outfits

Work day to date night | Sequin tank + colored jeans

I have worn two slight variations of this outfit lately, so I figured it’s time to feature it on the blog! I figure, why NOT do sequins to brighten up one’s work day — and it’s a great way to go from work day to date night! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

After I took pics, I realized this outfit is quite similar to a casual holiday party outfit I wore years ago. Both outfits are a combo of a grey cardigan + silver sequin tank top + red pants + pewter flats + silver jewelry. It’s the same grey cardigan in both outfits, but there ARE differences:

  • different sequin tank tops (this grey-and-silver tank top feels more casual with its monochromatic stripes)
  • different red bottoms (this time red jeans instead of red ankle pants)
  • different pewter flats
  • different short hairdo (I had the “wet look” in the earlier post)
  • different jewelry (silver bar earrings instead of sparkly hoops in the earlier post)

But even with all those (admittedly subtle) differences, it’s obvious that I like what I like, and I stick with what I like and what works for me. I’m ok with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins + red lipstick

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

And a note about my favorite red lipstick, the L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick in “Refined Ruby” — they’ve apparently discontinued that specific shade of red! They’re still selling the Infallible Le Rouge 10-hour lipstick line — I also have the same lipstick in “Everlasting Plum,” last seen here, and it really does last, y’all! — so I hustled down to my local Walgreens and stocked up on my very favorite red lipstick.

After I stocked up, I felt like this:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey sequins for work outfit

Weather:  Chilly but with bits of sun

Where:  Teaching day with meetings

What:

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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, here and abroad, and to all immigrants throughout our country’s past, present, and future. Together, we make this country better. ♥

I am no stranger to wearing red, white, and blue all year long, not just for Fourth of July. You can see that here different ways I have remixed red + white + blue for every season. It definitely does not take a national holiday to get me to wear this classic color combination!

I was recently inspired by this recent cover and photo shoot Zoe Saldana did for the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. I was particularly inspired by Zoe’s striped obi-style belt. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know that I have a few striped obi-style belts I’ve made out of ties, and the one I selected is the one I made a how-to DIY post for.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can’t see it very well in these photos (it was more obvious in real life, I assure you), but I wore a red sports bra underneath my light blue striped button-front shirt, which you can see a peek of in the close-up illustration below. I had red running through the entire outfit, from my lipstick to the red under-layer and down to the red ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bits of red in red + white + blue inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can see the mini-stripes of my button-front shirt better in the photo below. So I was technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, as well, although it’s super subtle. But I’ll take pattern-mixing whenever I can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue striped obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Weather:  Clear but breezy

Where:  Work day with student presentations and meetings (I wore this at the end of spring quarter)

What:

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Summer work outfit | White sheath dress and blue striped cardigan

I wore this outfit for a summer work day. It’s still professional, a sheath dress and cardigan, but a bit more casual with the classic gold hoops, the stripes, and the strappy wedges.

And thank goodness I did looked professional, because I did an impromptu video interview and photo shoot on campus that day (about my work as an OER librarian). Outreach has become such a big part of my job that I’m no longer nervous doing things like that last minute — I just focus on the advocacy part and not about myself. And of course, having taken photos of my daily outfits these past 6+ years has helped me get over any residual nervousness in front of a camera, too. It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking photos of yourself on a continual basis kind of helps you, well, get over yourself! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan closeup

This dress is 1960s vintage and a dress my mom handed down to me. It’s made of this magical stretchy fabric, with a slight ribbed texture, so it looks interesting up close. Because I’m taller than my mom, I let out the bottom hem a few inches a few years ago — you can still make out the former hem line, but hey, it was hemmed shorter for 40+ years (!), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

You can also see how I’ve remixed and reworn this classic sheath dress here, here, and here, for starters.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac sandals and Pride Flag-inspired pedicure closeup

Another look at my Pride rainbow flag-inspired pedicure, which looks great with my favorite cognac wedge sandals! You can see how I did the pedicure (and my coordinating manicure) in this post from last week.

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | White vintage dress + blue striped cardigan

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day with meetings and an impromptu video interview and photo shoot

What:

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Pride flag-inspired work outfit

Last week, I highlighted my Pride rainbow flag-inspired mani-pedi, and today’s look is what I wore on the day after I did my nails. The outfit is so simple — a fit-and-flare dress, buttoned-up cardigan, and sandals — while serving a neutral backdrop for my rainbow nails.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

I wore black and brown for my outfit specifically to reflect the newest variation on the Pride Flag, the Philadelphia City Hall version, released last year, with black and brown bands added to include LGBT+ people of color. (Lena Waithe wore this variation of the Rainbow Pride Flag as a high-fashion cape at this year’s Met Gala. ♥        )

"Philadelphia Pride Flag" is under Public Domain

“Philadelphia Pride Flag” is under Public Domain

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit and nails

And I wore this heart necklace not only because it kind of popped against the black of my dress, but also because I felt the gold-and-silver heart combo reflected the inclusivity of what I was trying to project in this outfit. I was demonstrating my heart and my allyship through style.

(Yes, I really do think through every single thing I wear.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, heart necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit, accessories closeup

I reallllllly loved wearing this outfit, which I think comes across in these photos. Also, twirling! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride Flag-inspired outfit

Weather:  Sunny and breezy

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

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Library-themed outfit for a library-themed presentation

Another day, another opportunity to wear library-themed clothing! I wore this outfit on a day that I gave a library-themed presentation, so I had to represent. 😉

Also, a quick note that today is the last day of spring quarter and academic year for my college. But I will be working during summer quarter, so you will be seeing more casual work outfits throughout the summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

I am wearing FOUR different library-themed items, but the outfit as a while doesn’t come off as gimmicky — at least not to me. And it gave me so much joy to know about all the library-themed details I added to this outfit (even if no one else noticed), including:

  • library due date stamp tee
  • book-print skirt
  • library card tote bag
  • “Library Lovers” pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of "Library Lovers" pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee + library card tote bag

My denim jacket served as my outerwear, but I also wanted to show how the outfit looked without the jacket. You can see better how I incorporated grey tones throughout the outfit, with the softer grey in the tee, a darker grey in the patent leather skinny belt, and pewter in the flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed outfit with book-print skirt + due date tee

Weather:  Sunny with a bit of breeze

Where:  Work day and library-themed presentation

What:

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