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Mod casual | Leopard + tattersall

Today’s outfit is a casual one I wore during the winter break. Sam dubbed this look “mod casual,” as once again, I wore an all-black foundation of a black turtleneck and skinny jeans. The flats and swing shape of the coat also fit in with a slightly mod vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

I’ve been wanting to take pics by Stadium High School for awhile now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity during the winter break to do so, when school was out of session. Stadium High School was the filming location for the high school in the 10 Things I Hate About You movie, and it’s  both a public high school and an historic landmark. The French Chateau-style building was first designed to be a luxury hotel, but it burned in 1898, and in 1906, it was reconstructed as a school. It’s a pretty amazing sight to see in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan, Stadium High School

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

And last but not least, I’m pattern-mixing (again), with my leopard print flats and tattersall plaid swing coat. The mixing of patterns works because they’re in the same color family.

I had never been sure of the actual pattern on this swing coat, as it looks like both a plaid and a little bit like houndstooth to me. Then I came across a piece about different kinds of tweed, and tattersall was on the list — and the light bulb went off! It’s tattersall! Tattersall is a “a check or plaid pattern woven into cloth,” and is known for being a favorite pattern of equestrians. Little wonder, then, since the word “tattersall” is named after Tattersall’s horse market in London.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mod casual in black + tan, Stadium High School

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Weekday brunch

What:

  • Swing coat:  Façonnable, thrifted
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year
  • Turtleneck:  ?, old
  • Leopard flats:  Macy’s, old
  • Necklace:  Christmas gift, new
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

similar plaid cape  //  very similar black ribbed turtleneck  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + plaid + leopard print outfit collage

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Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from November. Thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by Jennie @ A Pocketful of Dots, who recently paired a leopard-print cardigan with a wine-colored top and suede heels. I instantly thought, “Hey, I can do something similar!” Thanks, Jennie, for the inspiration. 🙂

There was a very low percentage for rain that work day, and that’s usually when I take the opportunity to wear some of my more adventurous shoes. So I went in for a bit of animal print pattern-mixing by pairing my snakeskin wedges with my leopard cardigan. Two species mixing! No worries, they got along fine. 😉 Even though they were two different patterns and textures, they go together — at least in my mind — because they are in complementary grey tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

I kept adjusting my cardigan throughout our quickie photo shoot on our front steps. The pics in the collage below are two separate — but almost mirror-identical! — shots. I didn’t just flip one photo and put them together (you can tell by the part in my hair) — it’s just funny to me to see them side-by-side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Sam joked that in the pics below, I was making myself “look small” (like our calico cat Brontë does sometimes), but I quite liked how the pics came out. It’s fun to mix up the poses sometimes. Plus, this way, you get to see the two animal prints closer together. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Weather:  Chilly fall day with a low-chance percentage of rain

Where:  Low-key Friday work day

What:

  • Cardigan:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Wedges:  Clark’s, old
  • Coin necklace:  My mom’s, vintage

very similar leopard-print cardigan  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  snakeskin ankle-strap pumps  //  similar coin pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Leopard print + snakeskin collage

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10 ways to remix leopard flats

I bought my leopard flats back in September 2014, and I LOVE them. I wear them as a neutral, and I was inspired recently by Audrey’s “12 Leopard Print Pump Outfits” post at Putting Me Together. I thought, hey, I can do that with my leopard print flats!

I love that my leopard flats are cloth — and not calf hair, which just gives me the heebie-jeebies — and that they have patent leather details like the round toe. These flats have also held up well the last couple of years, and they are super comfortable. The leopard print goes in and out of stock online, but you can see other colors and prints in the same style online here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Leopard flats

Thus, 10 different ways I’ve worn and remixed my leopard flats:

Librarian for Life + Style | 10 ways to remix leopard flats collage

Links to original posts:
Top row, left to right:  1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5
Bottom row, left to right:  6  //  7  //  8  //  9  // 10

I’ve worn my leopard flats with casual and work outfits and with ankle pants, denim trousers, jeans and cords, as well as skirts. I’ve also worn the leopard flats with different colors, including red (obviously a favorite), burgundy, grey, navy, blue, olive, forest green, purple, berry, pink, yellow, denim, black, and tan.

Here are 10 similar options below, if you’re interested in getting your own pair of leopard print flats!

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of leopard print flats

Details, left to right and top to bottom:

  1. Softspots POSIE (Women’s) • Softspots • $39.99–48.99
  2. Auditions Verona II (Women’s) • $69.95
  3. Qupid Tassel Ballet Flats • Charlotte Russe • $15
  4. Yosi Samra Samara Flocked Leopard Leather Flat • Yosi Samra • $39.99
  5. Taryn Rose Caya Leather Shoes – Slip-Ons (For Women) • Taryn Rose • $89.95
  6. Bella-Vita Twirl • Bella Vita • $79.95
  7. FABRIZIO CHINI Ballet flats • Fabrizio Chini • $96
  8. Crocs Kadee Leopard • Crocs • $24.99
  9. Round Toe Flat • $24.99
  10. LifeStride Airy • LifeStride • $59.99

Do you have leopard print flats or other accessories in your wardrobe? Please leave a comment and share!


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Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

I hope to have the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge up on the blog tomorrow morning — it’s Salazar’s turn to curate the next challenge!

I’ve worn my “Ferdy the Fox” sweater a couple of times so far on the blog — both times with black bottoms, seen here with black trousers and tall boots and here with black skinny jeans — so I paired the sweater this time with my red pencil skirt.

I loved this comfy + striking combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

This outfit makes me smile. It’s so coordinated. With my sunglasses, I echo Ferdy the Fox, and the red of my pencil skirt echoes the red of Ferdy’s sunglasses. 😎

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

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Fox sweater + animal print scarf

I wore this outfit, sans scarf, for a casual Friday at work recently, and my friend Stephanie and I agreed that a little neck scarf would be a perfect finishing touch. I also feel I need a little extra color up top when I wear this sweater since the color of this fox sweater is so close to my natural skin tone. (I also did this the first time I wore this sweater, layering it over a black button-down.)

Therefore, I rewore the outfit for an afternoon lunch date with Sam that weekend, trying out my animal print scarf with the ensemble.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

In the end, I came to the conclusion that while I still like the idea of adding a scarf with this sweater, this particular scarf is NOT the right choice. It just looks too long and disproportionate to me in these photos. I even tried out flipping one of the scarf ends over my shoulder. But still a no go for me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

I think a smaller, square scarf (in solid black?) would do the trick, as it would be less bulky, and the ends wouldn’t hang down to detract from Ferdy the fox. So I’ve added a smaller, square scarf — maybe in basic black? — to my shopping list.

And in the meantime, here’s an outfit that didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped it would, but it serves as a good example of trying new things and making mistakes along one’s personal style journey.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

Details:

We took pics in the Alphabet District in NW Portland, along a curved stone wall, before walking down the hill to enjoy a lunch date at Dick’s Kitchen (awesome burgers, highly recommended), followed by a movie (Brooklyn, which is Oscar-nominated and a lovely film, also highly recommended).

Before eating, I employed a trick I always do when I have a scarf on and am about to eat — I simply turn the scarf around so the ends hang down the back (and not into my food). I get to enjoy my scarf AND eat my cake! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf trick when eating

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + animal print scarf

And last but not least, if you’re a longtime reader, you probably are familiar with Gertie, my owl sweater. When I got this fox sweater in December, I wondered what its name would turn out to be. My blogger friend Erin @ Loop Looks suggested Fonzie, which I liked, and that led me to “Freddy” and then, ultimately, “Ferdy,” which just felt right. And Ferdy is most definitely a he, while Gertie is most definitely a she. I hope they can be friends! 😉

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