Category Archives: work outfits

“You look like summer!”

When I came home this work day, my husband exclaimed, “You look like summer! Are we taking pictures?” 😀 I actually hadn’t planned on taking pics of this summer work outfit — at least, not full outfit photos — but his reaction was so enthusiastic that we went out to the backyard to take photos before I took off my shoes for the day.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

I did take some selfies of my hairstyle after work, seen in the collage below, because I thought my new headband, an early birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, looked super cute with my new pixie cut. A headband can really help add some volume to a short haircut, as it pushes the hair back and up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral headband closeup collage

I have remixed this dress several times on this blog, and same goes for this yellow cardigan. I liked how the headband linked the two pieces together, color-wise — and added a floral paisley pattern to the mix!

And with this floaty dress, OF COURSE you are going to see some twirling. You’re welcome 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + teal summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and cooler

Where:  Work at the library

What:

  • Dress:  Chaps via Kohl’s, old
  • Cardigan:  Target, thrifted at a fashion swap, old
  • Earrings:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Headband:  Early birthday gift, new
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old

Shop my outfit:

teal fit-and-flare dress  //  yellow cardigan  //  similar print headband  //  similar gold drop hoop earrings  // similar cognac wedges  //  similar yellow tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + yellow + headband outfit collage

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Pencil skirt work casual

If you haven’t already voted, a quick reminder that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month! 😀

This outfit is quite similar to this outfit that I wore last month:  same color palette of red + grey + black; a grey library-themed tee; the same red cotton jacket + black striped canvas flats. But there’s one major difference — this time, instead of black ankle pants, I wore my stretchy black pencil skirt. This simple swap really changes the whole look for me!

Also, as I frequently like to say, remixing = real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual closeup, with a bold red lip

Pairing a pencil skirt with sneakers feels so cool and sporty! I loved wearing this combo! And OF COURSE, I felt compelled to wear red lipstick with my red cotton jacket!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

It was a bit cooler this summer work day, so the cotton jacket worked as a light layer, for outside breezes and for inside air-conditioning. But the outfit worked without the jacket, too, for a casual work combo.

Also, there’s a bonus outtake below, enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Clear and cool

Where:  Work

What:

  • Tee:  Out of Print Clothing, old {still in stock!}
  • Pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old {still in stock!}
  • Jacket:  Style&Co for Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Payless, old
  • Cat tote bag:  ModCloth, Christmas gift this year from my mom
  • Earrings:  Local boutique, Christmas gift this year from my husband

Shop my outfit:

similar red jacket  //  exact tee  //  exact black pencil skirt  //  similar black striped canvas flats  //  similar cat “meow” tote

Librarian for Life + Style | Pencil skirt + tee work casual in red + grey + black

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Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown

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

This is an outfit from a few weeks ago — you can tell because of my yellow toenail polish — but better late than never, right? This is an outfit I wore to work soon after I got my hair cut shorter in a pixie cut. I didn’t actually plan on taking pics of this outfit, but in the end, I figured it was another good example of how mixing small-scale patterns can work. (You can also see here how I mixed small-scale patterns, from earlier in the summer.)

The pattern on my sleeveless dress is a different take on polka dots that looks kind of like a basketweave print from afar, and my cardigan — a true VIP in my closet! — has a subtle pattern of little starbursts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing and t-strap sandals

Even though this dress and cardigan combo might seem a bit formal for summer work behind-the-scenes at the library, my strappy sandals helped ground the outfit for me and provide a casual edge to the overall look. But honestly, I primarily dress for myself, so I don’t mind dressing up a bit, even if it’s just behind the scenes! 🙂

We took these photos after work, and I had already taken off my sandals — like I said, I didn’t plan on taking pics, which I generally prefer to do in the mornings — so when Sam suggested we take pics, I decided to stay barefoot as we walked out to our backyard. I thought holding my sandals this time around looked kind of cute, and a little unexpected — and true-to-life in that moment! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals and yellow pedicure

And I have been enjoying the coconut shell jewelry set I bought earlier in the summer. I have found that I prefer to wear to wear the earrings and the necklace, seen here, separately. Together, the effect is a little much for me. I prefer choosing one statement piece of jewelry to wear, earrings or a necklace, but not two statement pieces at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Weather: Warm and sunny

Where:  Work

What:

  • Sleeveless dress:  Thrifted in Chicago, old
  • Cardigan:  Fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • T-strap sandals:  DV, old
  • Earrings:  Local artist at local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

yellow cardigan  //  brown print dress  //  wood teardrop earrings  //  similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown outfit collage

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White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you look through my Pinterest boards — especially my “White Lace Dress Ideas” board — then you’ll know I’ve pinned several versions of a white lace dress/skirt + olive cargo vest combo, like here, here, and here.

So I have been waiting to wear this particular combo for awhile now… and that time is NOW:

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

If you follow my Instagram, then you know I had henna done at the Tacoma pride festival a couple of weeks ago. I love how the henna design on my hand looked like a variation of lace itself right next to the lace design on my dress. And the reddish brown hue of the henna ties in with my cognac wedges — and my coconut shell necklace. I also wore stud earrings my paternal grandmother made decades ago out of petrified wood.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo closeup

I wore my bangs back on my new pixie cut this day — it’s super easy to style right after a shower! I still use my dry shampoo paste on this shorter cut, a process I outlined in this post here.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo + henna closeup

The mural on the stairs, seen above, and the retaining wall, seen below, is known as the “Dometop Mural” and is part of the Tacoma Mural Arts Project. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to do so.

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace dress + cargo vest combo

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Work day in the summer

What:

  • Dress:  Joe Fresh via Poshmark, new
  • Cargo vest:  Old Navy, fashion-swapped with blogger pal Erin years ago
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Coconut shell necklace:  Local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

similar white lace dress  //  very similar olive cargo vest //  very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | White lace + olive cargo vest outfit collage

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Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Earlier this year, I loooooooooved remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan. Kezzie, a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!) mentioned in a comment on that post about how she also has remixed shirtdresses as long cardigans or jackets. I cataloged that brilliant idea in my head — yes, I mentally picture my brain as a kind of library card catalog, complete with drawers and categories — and brought it back out again when I purchased my new-to-me floral shirtdress.

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of remixing this shirtdress, first as a tunic over leggings, seen at left, and this time as a long cardigan or jacket over ankle pants, seen at right below. And the shorter length of this shirtdress works particularly well for wearing it as a long cardigan!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress

I loved wearing this outfit, y’all. So much I wore it twice! Once to work, and then again on the weekend to a reading discussion group. And since I layered the shirtdress-turned-long-cardigan over a sleeveless shell, it was totally wearable for a summer work outfit. I could have worn any number of shoes with this outfit, so if your work dress code doesn’t allow for open-toed shoes or sandals, you could easily pair this kind of look with pumps or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of headband in my pixie cut

I pinned my bangs back on my new pixie cut and added a thin black headband to play a bit with it, and I fluffed up the back. And instead of big earrings or black metal hoops, I went with little turquoise drop earrings to pick up on the bits of turquoise in the floral print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

And last but not least, this is the third in our series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, summertime and full-blooming, leafy trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter pics, and here for spring pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Weather:  sunny and mild

Where:  work day, then remixed for a reading discussion group on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress (worn as long cardigan):  Phillip Lim for Target 2013 collection, new via Poshmark
  • Ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Shell:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • T-strap sandals:  Payless, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral duster  //  similar white shell  //  very similar olive ankle pants  //  similar black t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral long cardigan/duster outfit collage

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