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Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

In a recent People Style Watch issue, I noted these two outfits featuring pleated skirts, as you can see in the pic below. I thought about how to combine what I liked about the two different looks. So I took the idea of the black striped top from the first outfit and the idea of the coral pleated skirt and animal print flats from the second outfit from GirlWithCurves.com — and created a similarly inspired outfit from pieces I already had in my own closet! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | People Style Watch inspiration

I had not originally wanted¬†to wear tights, but it’s still quite chilly here, especially in the mornings. I wore this outfit to present at a state conference hosted right here in Tacoma, and I knew I would be presenting in a large room. Therefore, I wanted to wear something that was eye-catching enough so you could see me even from the back of the room, but still professional looking enough for a conference.

I could have tucked in my shirt, but I kinda liked the more easygoing feel it gave to the outfit when I left it untucked. This striped tee looks more professional than regular tees, due its square-neck detailing and elbow-length sleeves. Plus, it’s more comfortable leaving the top untucked, and it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re presenting! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + leopard print closeup

And this new tote bag I got from Target is great! It’s just the right size, and it feels sturdy and looks professional and chic at the same time. LOVE!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cherry blossoms + new black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

And with pleated skirts, there are always opportunities for twirling!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Stye | Coral pleats + black stripes + leopard print

We took these photos a couple of weeks ago when the cherry blossoms around town were just starting to come alive. And there are so many different varieties of colors! The pics above were taken in the morning, before my presentation. I found a pink tree with a white variety blooming at its base. I thought the effect was cool.

Below are pics we took in the afternoon after the conference, along “Museum Row” in downtown Tacoma. These beautiful light pink cherry tree blossoms look like nature’s cotton candy, and the pic below is a gorgeous representation of Tacoma in the springtime. You’ve got a view of downtown, the Tacoma Dome, and a bit of Mount Rainier peeking up, and all framed with cherry blossoms. Simply stunning!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Downtown Tacoma in the springtime

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossom collage

Librarian for Life + Stye | Stripes + pleats + cherry blossoms

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Conference day that included a presentation

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Pleated skirt: ¬†c/o giveaway, Florence Adams, old
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Tote bag: ¬†Target, new
  • Black metal hoops: ¬†Made in Oregon shop, Christmas gift from in-laws, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black striped tee  //  similar coral pleated skirt  //  similar animal print flats  //  similar black metal hoops  //  exact tote bag from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + pleats + animal print outfit collage

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Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print | How I mentally put together outfits

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I’m super practical, and I also enjoy thoroughly thinking through each outfit that I wear. It’s a creative outlet for me, and also a way to merge my creative and practical sides together. Everything I wear has a purpose and a reason for why I’m wearing it, depending on the weather and the activities set for that specific day. And sharing those reasons with others is a major reason why I still enjoy blogging. Not just posting¬†pics of what I wear on Facebook or Instagram — but having the space to reflect and write down my thoughts and reasons for what I wear, to give voice to this style journey that I am documenting.

Reflecting on how I “build” outfits

In my head, when I’m “building” outfits, it is akin to those books in my childhood that you could flip the top, bottom, and middle sections to mix-and-match¬†different looks. (Do they still make those?) I have the ability to visualize outfits in my head; I don’t have to physically “see” the clothes¬†to put things together. (Same thing goes for mentally rearranging furniture in a room.) I just flip through possibilities in my head, mentally switching up tops or bottoms or accessories until I get to an outfit combination that makes sense.

How do I know when that moment comes? It’s hard to describe, but it’s like my brain is all active doing that mental¬†flipping, flip flip flip like a lightbulb blinking. When it gets to a¬†good outfit combination, my brain¬†pauses and calms down, the glow from the lightbulb strong and true.¬†A good outfit combo¬†literally and mentally just¬†feels right to me. Maybe that’s simply called instinct. I guess what it comes down to is that I’ve learned to trust my sartorial instincts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print closeup

Building an outfit, step by step

So how did this outfit come about? I’ll go through my mental outfit-building, step by step:

  • It first started with the shoes, which are patent leather. It was off-and-on rainy that morning, and¬†patent leather is a good choice for rainy days. This was on the weekend, and we were running errands in the morning, so these patent leather flats would also be practical for doing that.
  • I had worn these grey jeans earlier in the week, so they were still on the floor in the laundry basket, so they came next. These jeans also aren’t too long, so they would be a good length¬†with the flats.
  • Then I mentally flipped through a few possibilities for tops that would tie in with the red flats, and I came to my red striped tee.¬†So far so good.
  • It was chilly, so I wanted an extra layer for warmth, and I first thought about a solid-colored cardigan, like my grey or black cardigan. And then, the final lightbulb — another opportunity to pattern-mix! My grey leopard-print cardigan would coordinate color-wise with my grey jeans but would also provide a bit more visual excitement to the top half with the pattern-mixing.
  • And when I pictured my leopard-print cardigan with the rest of the outfit I had put together in my mind, everything clicked. I could see it in my mind, and it just felt right.
  • Last step, accessories. I didn’t want a necklace to clutter up the pattern-mixing or the boat neckline of the striped tee. I didn’t want¬†heavy earrings because we were running errands. So I went with simple earrings, black and silver earring studs. Done! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print closeup

One of our errands took us across the Sound¬†into Gig Harbor. And I like to the take photos while we’re out and about, as a way to also document where we live, so it was a perfect opportunity to highlight the marina waterfront along the smaller town of Gig Harbor. This location was at the Austin Estuary Park, which helps protect wetland and stream buffer areas with native grasses, shrubs, and trees. A great place to take photos, and a great place to appreciate our natural habitat!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Finally, another shoe portrait of me and Sam! Tomorrow, I’ll be highlighting another outfit of Sam’s, so stay tuned!

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoes selfie

Weather:  Off-and-on rainy and sunny

Where:  Errand-running in Tacoma and Gig Harbor

What:

  • Cardigan: ¬†c/o giveaway, old
  • Striped tee: ¬†J.Crew Factory, last winter
  • Jeans: ¬†Macy’s, old
  • Flats: ¬†DSW, old

Shop my outfit

similar grey leopard print cardigan  //  similar striped tee  //  similar grey jeans  //  similar patent leather flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing stripes and leopard print outfit collage

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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: ¬†Fa√ßonnable, 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. ūüôā

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. ūüėČ 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 Bront√ę 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. ūüôā

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) ‚ÄĘ Softspots ‚ÄĘ $39.99‚Äď48.99
  2. Auditions Verona II (Women’s) ‚ÄĘ $69.95
  3. Qupid Tassel Ballet Flats ‚ÄĘ Charlotte Russe ‚ÄĘ $15
  4. Yosi Samra Samara Flocked Leopard Leather Flat ‚ÄĘ Yosi Samra ‚ÄĘ $39.99
  5. Taryn Rose Caya Leather Shoes – Slip-Ons (For Women) ‚ÄĘ Taryn Rose ‚ÄĘ $89.95
  6. Bella-Vita Twirl ‚ÄĘ Bella Vita ‚ÄĘ $79.95
  7. FABRIZIO CHINI Ballet flats ‚ÄĘ Fabrizio Chini ‚ÄĘ $96
  8. Crocs Kadee Leopard ‚ÄĘ Crocs ‚ÄĘ $24.99
  9. Round Toe Flat ‚ÄĘ $24.99
  10. LifeStride Airy ‚ÄĘ LifeStride ‚ÄĘ $59.99

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


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