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Tobi review | One sweater cardigan, two outfits

Another day, another Tobi clothing item to style and enjoy! You can read my first Tobi review here in this post, where I go into more detail about Tobi and its site and styles, and how I paired two Tobi clothing items together, a navy “Schoolboy Ribbed Sweater” and a black “Mel Pinstriped Scarf.”

This time around, I styled this Carly Draped Cardigan, which is my favorite of the three items I selected from Tobi. (It was originally priced $82 but is currently on sale for $31.) Sam was again VERY doubtful of this cardigan since I usually wear more structured pieces — but once I put it on, we both loved it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan

In fact, I loved this sweater cardigan so much that I wanted to feature TWO different ways I wore it. Y’all know how much I love remixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a draped cardigan collage

Look #1 (casual remix):

The first outfit with this Carly Draped Cardigan (this style of cardigan is also called a “waterfall cardigan” or an “open cardigan”) is a casual look — but honestly, I would also wear this to work because my work place is pretty casual. I paired this cardigan over olive ankle pants, grey leather-and-suede ankle boots, and a grey tank top. You could also make this look a lot more casual by wearing sneakers or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

This sweater is soooooo comfy and cozy, y’all. And the quality seems pretty high to me, as the material is soft (not scratchy!) and pretty substantial for knitwear. The ribbed detailing along the drape-y bits, cuffs, and hem speaks to the overall quality of this Carly Draped Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of Tobi grey sweater cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, closeup

I had a lot of fun playing with the front drape-y bits, as you can see in the photos below! I wanted to show y’all a few different ways you could style a draped cardigan like this.

First, I pinned one of the ends over to the other side, letting the ends cascade down.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Next, I draped one of the ends across and over my opposite shoulder, letting the other end hang down to create another cool, asymmetrical look. (This was actually my favorite way to wear this cardigan.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Finally, I took the end hanging down from the previous method and pinned it on the other side, so that the cardigan hems lined up a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, casual remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Olive ankle pants: Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Leather-and-suede ankle boots:  Naturalizer, old
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie, a few years old

Look #2 (work remix):

For this second look, I kept the grey cardigan and the ankle booties but switched out the ankle pants for tights and a black pencil skirt. I really liked the juxtaposition of the body-conscious foundation of the pencil skirt and tights with the unstructured and looser sweater cardigan on top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

I also think wearing black ankle boots would be a good choice with this outfit, as it would streamline the legs more. I will probably wear it that way next time!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi grey sweater cardigan, work remix

Details:

  • Carly Draped Cardigan:  c/o Tobi, new
  • Black pencil skirt:  ModCloth, old
  • Ribbed tights:  Walmart?, old
  • Tall high-heeled boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, over a decade old

Which way did you like this cardigan best? Do you have a draped cardigan in your wardrobe? Which of my three Tobi items did you like best?

Please leave a comment and share!


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Tobi Review | Oversized sweater + blanket scarf

I was recently contacted by online clothing retailer Tobi with an opportunity to choose a few items from their site to review and style. It was fun to browse through their extensive site and look at different pieces and visualize potential outfits. (Putting together outfits in my head is like my way of doing crosswords — it keeps my brain active!)

Full disclosure:  Although I was provided clothing items of my choice free-of-charge to style and review, all my opinions are my own words, thoughts, and experiences.

What’s Tobi?

Tobi is definitely focused on trendy, “fast fashion” pieces and a self-described L.A. style. Their size range is admittedly limited, only extending to size Large (equivalent to 8-10, although a generously sized 8-10); my body lands on the uppermost end of their sizing scale, so I purposely chose items that were NOT form-fitting. I also admit that I am not particularly trendy, and my style is… more “color-coordinated” than “L.A. cool.” But I viewed that as an interesting challenge, to see if I could “see myself” in any of their items. And I did! There are a lot of items on their site that are admittedly NOT my style — rompers may be fine for others but decidedly not for me! — and there looks to be a range of quality and styles with a range of price ranges to match. Tobi is known for their low prices and final sales, but I found a number of moderate-to-higher-priced items that also seemed to be higher quality. I focused on choosing more substantial and looser-fitting pieces — and it’s autumn, so that meant I had a lot of options with sweaters and knitwear! Hooray for me! The shipping was also super-fast, but there’s the caveat that I live on the West Coast, so the items didn’t have far to go.

I also have to admit that I was impressed with their openness on the Tobi website about their processes and policies. I was also impressed that they fund a scholarship program for young women, and they have a page showcasing the local non-profit organizations the company donates to. It’s fast fashion, yes, but Tobi also seems like a company that gives back for the long-term.

Two Tobi items I paired together:

In this outfit, I am wearing two of the three items I chose:  a long, oversized, v-neck navy sweater (the “School Boy Ribbed Sweater,” priced $78 but currently on sale for $19) and a black blanket scarf with white stripes (the “Mel Pinstripe Scarf,” priced $32 but currently on sale for $16).

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

I primarily paired these two items together because I wanted to showcase again how you CAN wear navy + black together. My rule of thumb in combining navy + black is to be intentional about it. I am wearing one main navy piece — this simple yet bold navy sweater, which really is a standout — that I’ve paired with black leggings, tall boots, and my black pinstriped scarf. The “star” of this outfit is the sweater, and everything else is supporting it.

The sweater is purposely oversized — very ’80s, isn’t it, with its sloped shoulders and boxy shape? — and it’s the kind of sweater that honestly looks pretty shapeless on its own or on a hanger. I took it out of the box, and my husband Sam was NOT impressed and said it looked huge and wouldn’t fit me. I put it on, and guess what? He looooooved it! So did I! The sweater felt substantial enough in its ribbed weave and thickness, and felt very cozy and warm — not scratchy at all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of asymmetrical hem of Tobi navy sweater

My favorite detail of the sweater is how it’s longer in the back, which you can really tell in the photos above. That means there is extra coverage for one’s bottom, which I really appreciate, especially since I’m a pear-shaped lady. And the sweater is still long enough in the front to wear the sweater over leggings and not have to worry about anything showing. I would also wear this sweater with skinny jeans or ankle pants. The key with an oversized item of clothing is to pair it out with other pieces that fit closer to the body — this provides visual balance.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blanket scarf. It is so warm and soft. I love it so much that I have already worn this scarf twice! (If you’re an Instagram follower, you will have already spotted this scarf!) And the scarf’s pattern with its black background and thin white pinstripe is neutral enough to go with lots of other pieces in my wardrobe.

When pairing this navy sweater with the black scarf, leggings, and boots, I also replicated the navy + black color-coordinating with my earrings. I combined larger blue lapis lazuli earring studs with my smaller black studs. Just one more detail to make it clear that I intentionally mixed navy + black together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Tobi navy sweater + black striped scarf

Weather:  Cold and windy

Where:  Reference night shift at work

What:

I will be back on Friday with how I styled my third and final Tobi item!

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Work to weekend | Jane Austen tee

I’ve worn my Jane Austen feminism tee a few times already since buying it in February, but I hadn’t featured it on the blog — until now!

And you get a two-fer, with a “work to weekend” post. If I have a Friday work day that doesn’t involve teaching, I often wear a more casual outfit, when I then remix for the weekend.

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee collage

For work:

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

The tee features a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzy Bennet is admonished as being an “obstinate, headstrong girl!” — which Lizzy turns around to be a compliment, of course. As I would, too. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee outfit

For the weekend:

And above are the common elements I kept for the weekend look. I remixed the tee, the dark denim jacket, the geometric-print canvas flats, and my colorful earrings. The only piece I changed was the trousers I wore for work, which I switched out for light grey jeans on the weekend. I also changed out my bag.

Note:  I forgot to put in my earrings until after we took photos. But I did wear them with this outfit! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

And I cheered out loud when I realized that the perfect finishing touch for my weekend variation of this outfit would be my new Pride and Prejudice tote bag. Perfect!

#JaneAustenForTheWin #PrideAndPrejudiceFan #MrDarcyForever

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride and Prejudice tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Weather:  Sunny and cool both days

Where:  For a casual work day on Friday, then errand-running on Saturday

What:

  • Jane Austen tee:  Teespring, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  Worthington, old
  • Grey jeans:  Jones New York via Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Mossimo for Target, new
  • Pride & Prejudice tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, new
  • Earrings:  Gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar feminism-themed tee  //  similar denim jacket  //  similar wide-leg trousers  //  exact shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday tee + trousers outfit collage


Which variation is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share 🙂


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Feeling very PNW in navy stripes + olive vest + scarf

I am in the habit of repeating an outfit on the weekend that I happened to wear for a casual Friday work day. And that happened with this outfit! I wore it to work for a professional development day for all faculty and staff, and then I wore it again on Saturday when Sam and I went to another $7 mid-morning movie. (We saw Logan, and it is goooooooood.)

I felt like I was definitely in the Pacific Northwestern style groove in my new navy-striped tee from J.Crew Factory that I paired with my trusty olive cargo vest and cognac riding boots. It’s a combination that’s casual, comfy, practical, and not at all fussy or trying too hard. That’s PNW style in a nutshell.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

We took photos out by Ruston Way waterfront, up on the north end where there’s a new cinema. There’s a path that leads along the waterfront, but we decided to take photos up on the upper steps that then lead down to the path. I liked that it looked like the edge of the steps went right into the water. This was a beautifully sunny morning, a brief respite before more rain.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive + scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Book genres scarf closeup

I don’t think I’ve highlighted this scarf on the blog before. It’s a scarf that my mom gifted me years ago, and it’s made out of knits repurposed from old sweaters. It has a heart on one end, and a stack of books on the other end, with literary genres listed inbetween. The genres included are:  adventure, poetry, fantasy, fiction, history, biography, thriller, religion, travel, military, science fiction, western, romance, mystery, classics, and nonfiction. A perfect scarf for a librarian!

It was a last-minute decision to throw on this scarf, as I thought it might be chilly where we were all meeting for the keynote address that was kicking off the professional development day. (I was right. I wore the scarf all day.) But what I didn’t realize is that the scarf, with its green and blue tones, has the colors of regional sports teams, specifically the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer) and the Seattle Seahawks (National Football League). So all day long, colleagues came up to me and asked if I was either a Sounders or a Seahawks fan! 😀

To help illustrate this, here are the logos for the Sounders and the Seahawks, which both incorporate similar shades of green and blue:

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Sounders logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

Seattle Seahawks logo

It was like I was getting bonus credit for being a PNW sports fan! I will take it. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy stripes + olive

Weather:  On-and-off rain and sunshine

Where:  A casual work day and then a morning at the movies

What:

  • Cargo vest:  Fashion-swapped years ago with Erin @ Loop Looks
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, new
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

exact navy striped tee  //  very similar olive cargo vest  //  similar knit scarf  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar cognac flat-heeled boots

Librarian for Life + Style | PNW outfit collage

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Statement necklace + necklace extension trick

I wasn’t actually planning on taking pics of this outfit, as it’s not an outfit I put much thought into in the early morning hours when I was getting dressed. This is a combination that I’ve reworn several times — a cozy sweater + skinny jeans + tall boots. But on this morning, I thought, “Hmmmm… why not add a statement necklace just to brighten things up? That’ll cheer me up.” And it did!

I decided to take pics after I got home from work, as several colleagues commented favorably on my statement necklace and how it “popped” against the darker tones of my outfit. And we were lucky enough to capture that “golden light” when the day starts to turn to dusk. Plus, our winter-blooming camellias added another pop of color in the background. I love these flowers!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

And below is a closeup of my statement necklace — and matching earrings! My paternal grandmother made both the necklace and the earrings; she was a very creative and artistic person, and I inherited a lot of her jewelry after she passed away. (I also highlighted my grandmother’s jewelry here in this post.) She lived in Arizona during her later years, hence the turquoise and Southwestern feel to this jewelry set. You definitely don’t see much of this kind of jewelry up here in the Pacific Northwest, which is probably why it stood out even more for my colleagues!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

How to easily extend necklaces:

Now for the bracelet extender trick! I got this tip years ago from my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks, and it’s super simple. Just attach a bracelet to both ends of the necklace clasps, as you can see below, and voilà, you’ve extended any necklace by a few inches! It helps if the bracelet matches the metal or material of the necklace — but it doesn’t have to. That’s why I usually employ this trick when I’m wearing a turtleneck or cowl sweater or top , so the bracelet extension part is hidden by the extra folds of fabric.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace and extender trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace

Weather:  Cold but dry

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Cowl sweater:  Maurice’s?, very old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Tall boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Necklace and earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage

Shop my outfit:

similar purple sweater  //  similar silver-and-turquoise necklace  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar black flat boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple sweater + statement necklace outfit collage

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