Category Archives: work outfits

Pattern-mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

I recently wore this outfit to work, a day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting. I wanted to make sure I looked professional, but to also stay true to my own style. And y’all know I love to pattern-mix! I loved how the grey tones in the houndstooth tights and leopard infinity scarf linked the two patterns together.

The backdrop is the Metro Parks Tacoma Headquarters building, which has beautiful architecture and greenery and little nooks. We will definitely be back here to take more photos!

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

And while we were taking photos, I spied a beautiful painted Tacoma rock admist the leaves and branches! It really blends in, doesn’t it?! #TacomaRocks

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Rocks collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

The pattern on these houndstooth tights is quite subtle, as it reads like a light grey from afar. It’s only when you get close up do you realize it’s houndstooth! I am enjoying my black ankle boots again, as I had the heel tips replaced by a local shoe cobbler. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Houndstooth tights + ankle boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing grey leopard + houndstooth with blue + black

Weather:  Autumn sunshine

Where:  Work day that included hosting a regional librarians’ meeting

What:

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Feeling like fall | Argyle sweater + suede heels

I totally feel like I am channeling the fall season in today’s outfit. It’s full of texture and fall colors — and of course, layers! Fall, or autumn, is my favorite season, so I felt GREAT in this outfit! And I wore it during a long day, as I wore it to work and then out to dinner and a literary event afterward.

With the scarf layer:

First, a look at my outfit with all the layers, including a dark denim jacket and cozy rust-colored scarf that I fashion-swapped years ago. You can’t see all the patterns yet, but just wait!

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

With the denim jacket layer:

Removing the scarf reveals the argyle pattern on the front of my sweater. (And you can tell that I color-coordinated my scarf with the rust color in the argyle pattern! Hi, my name is Jen, and I love color-coordinating 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Accessories:

Directly below is a look at the “Librarian” pin a former student gifted me, which I revealed first on Instagram here.

And of course, a closer look at brown suede and navy tweed kitten heels! These were my first “grown-up” pair of heels I ever bought myself for work, right after I got my library science master’s degree. They’re Franco Sarto, and they are GLORIOUS — and comfortable! I first bought them in Texas, and I have kept them all these years, although I only get to wear them a few times a year up here in rainy PNW.

Librarian for Life + Style | Librarian pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of suede and tweed heels

With just one sweater layer:

And finally, my outfit without the extra layers. I love how this sweater pattern-mixes all on its own, with argyle in the front and stripes in the back. So fun!

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Weather:  Chilly, dry autumn day

Where:  Work day that included reference desk shift + dinner and literary event after work

What:

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Inspired by Ocean’s Eight | Tweed vest + necktie

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

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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Layering a yellow cardigan over my (newly sleeveless) denim shirtdress

Today, I’m showcasing my newly sleeveless denim shirtdress! This dress is much easier to layer now, so I started by layering the dress under my yellow cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress + striped wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress + striped wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress details

I am technically pattern-mixing, with my star-burst print cardigan and striped wedges, but it’s low-key pattern-mixing. My cognac tassel belt also tied in with the cognac bits on the wedges.

By the way, these wedges are about a quarter-size loose on me, but I easily solved that problem by sticking on a pair of back heel inserts. (I prefer the fabric-backed kind of shoe inserts, like these, rather than the clear plastic versions that always seem to sweat off the back of my shoes within a day or two. Does that happen to anyone else, too?)

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped wedges closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress + striped wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress

You can read in this sewing adventures post about how I took off the sleeves off this dress. I love the way it turned out!

Librarian for Life + Style | Newly sleeveless denim shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress + striped wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow cardigan + denim shirtdress + striped wedges

Weather:  Dry but breezy

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shifts

What:

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SIA interpretation: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge.

Inspiration:

For the challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

Interpretation:

I knew I had to incorporate a floral pattern into my SIA outfit, since the floral pattern is so central to the inspiration painting. But I first thought of a different floral dress, the cotton floral dress seen here, and I was considering layering it under a red cardigan. But that combo felt a little uninspiring to me. And on the morning I planned to wear that original outfit, I spied my floral shirtdress, and the lightbulb in my brain went off. I’ve worn this shirtdress as a tunic over leggings before, as a zipped-up jacket over jeans , as well as a long cardigan over ankle pants. Remixing this shirtdress over another dress this time felt fresh and fun to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

The woman in the painting is wearing ornate gold jewelry, so all of my jewelry is also gold, including a gold-and-crystal necklace, a gold circle ring, a gold-and-onyx sculptural ring, and a gold floral bracelet. The gold circle ring also ties into the circular mirror on the wall behind the woman in the painting. And finally, I doubled up on the floral with my cloisonné earrings. I quite liked the combination of a dark floral pattern paired with a light floral pattern. (You can click on each photo below to enlarge them.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of floral cloisonné earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold circle ring and bracelet

Although the floral pattern of this shirtdress feels quite springlike to me — and you may recall that I have this SAME floral pattern in a peplum vest! — I felt like it transitioned nicely into autumn when paired with the red dress and black tights.

And a note about my flats — they’re new! My old black ballet flats had finally given up the ghost (they started cracking on the sides), so it was time to replace them. These new round-toe flats are equally as comfy as my old flats, and the quilted sides and patent leather cap toes add some unexpected texture-mixing to the classic shape. You’ll be seeing more of them, I promise!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Weather:  Autumnal chill

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shift and teaching

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with in the round-up on Wednesday!

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