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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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Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

I mentioned in my most recent monthly budget post that I had snagged another tee with the “Never Forget” card catalog design. Y’all know that I wore it immediately to work, right? 😉 I wore it for a summer work casual look on a day with cooler temps. (Hence my light cotton jacket, which I actually work all day, because the A/C in the library was on high.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | New library card catalog tee

If you’re wondering, “Uhhhh, what makes this outfit work-appropriate?,” it comes down to the black ankle pants for me. And a library card catalog tee will ALWAYS be work-appropriate if you work in a library. 😉

Admittedly, I work in a VERY casual work environment, so this level of casual might not fly at your workplace. But to me, the ankle pants — which could very easily be black jeans for a regular casual outfit — tip it into the business side of things, while the tee and canvas flats (and the earrings, honestly) make it more casual. I could have also gone with black flats, which would have made it dressier, but I saw an opportunity to add a pattern, and I took it. #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

I have been feelin’ the red lately, haven’t I? Red is also on trend this summer, so perhaps I’ve also been subconsciously soaking up the trend. Whatever the case, red is always classic.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

And last but not least, a fun outtake! This one came about because I asked Sam if you could see my silver earrings, and he said that he couldn’t. So here y’all go, readers. Enjoy the earrings — and the red pout! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black work casual | Never Forget tee in grey

Weather:  Cooler and overcast summer day

Where:  Work day behind the scenes

What:

  • Library tee:  TopatoCo, new
  • Cotton jacket:  Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan” style, thrifted, old
  • Canvas flats:  Payless, old
  • Silver earrings:  Birthday present from Sam years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar red jacket  //  exact tee  //  exact black ankle pants  //  similar silver geometric earrings  //  similar black striped canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black outfit collage

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Wonder Woman casual outfit for the Tacoma Festival of Sail

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I enjoyed an outing to the Festival of Sail which blew into Tacoma for a weekend. Tacoma is one of only a handful of Pacific ports that hosts the historic ships, and the weekend festivities included ship tours, day sails, entertainment, free admission to the Working Waterfront Maritime Museum, and “The World’s Largest Rubber duck.” (Warning: This is another photo-heavy post!)

First up, having fun on the boats:

Librarian for Life + Style | Festival of Sail scape

Festival of Sail Sound-scape

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my Wonder Woman tee on the schooner called 'The Adventuress'

The adventuress Wonder Woman aboard “The Adventuress” schooner.

Librarian for Life + Style | Festival of Sail scape

The bowsprit of the Zodiac schooner, with fog rolling over the Puget Sound in the distance

Librarian for Life + Style | At the wheel of the Hawaiian Chieftain ship

At the helm of the Hawaiian Chieftan, a modern variation of a ketch

Librarian for Life + Style | The Lady Washington ship, the state ship of Washington

The Lady Washington, our official state ship, portrayed the HMS Interceptor in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie!

Librarian for Life + Style | On the Lady Washington during the Festival of Sail in Tacoma

Aboard the Lady Washington brig

As I knew we would be walking a lot up and down the waterfront in Tacoma and getting into and out of boats all day, I dressed comfy. (But then, when do I not?) These metallic sandals are the most comfortable sandals I own, with rubber soles that would be ready for any slippery surfaces. My new Wonder Woman tee came next, and then the rest of the outfit was based on incorporating shades of red, navy, and black to go with the Wonder Woman theme. #WonderWomanAlways

The last bit of my outfit was this checkered fedora that I borrowed from Sam, because (a) it went so well with the rest of my outfit, and (b) it kept both the early morning drizzle and the later afternoon sunshine off my face. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

And if you’re wondering, “Is that a huge yellow rubber ducky out there in the harbor?” the answer is YES. You’re not hallucinating! As part of the Festival of Sail, we enjoyed the company of a huge yellow rubber ducky. It was awesome! The ducky is one of several designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and stands roughly five stories tall.

So OF COURSE Sam and I had to have some fun with such a wonderful photo opportunity! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Clowning around with the yellow duck docked in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Clowning around with the yellow duck docked in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

And the closer we got to the rubber ducky by walking down the waterfront, the better the photo opportunities! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow duck docked in Tacoma during the Festival of Sail

Librarian for Life + Style | The yellow duck wants to see the glass sculptures at the Museum of Glass, too!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow duck docked in Tacoma during the Festival of Sail

And a couples selfie — with an EPIC rubber ducky photobomb! 

Librarian for Life + Style | Just a selfie... with a huge rubber ducky!

Librarian for Life + Style | Wonder Woman tee, casual outfit with red pants + metallic sandals + fedora

Weather:  A typical summer day in the PNW, drizzly rain in the morning changing to sunshine

Where:  Festival of Sail and a walk along the downtown waterfront

What:

  • Wonder Woman tee:  New, local comic book shop
  • Fedora:  Kohl’s, my husband’s, old
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Ankle pants:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar dark denim jacket  //  similar black Wonder Woman tee  //  very similar red ankle pants  //  similar checkered fedora  //  very similar metallic sandal by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Outfit collage for Wonder Woman tee + red pants + denim jacket

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Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

I’ve mentioned that I’ll be working in the library during the summer, which I’m very excited about, as I haven’t been able to do that in years. (My faculty contract is a standard 9-month one, so summer work is separate.) And… that means more work outfits for the blog over the summer!

This outfit is a good example of a “summer work casual” kind of look for me. It’s professional because of the ankle pants and wedges and cardigan, but it’s fun and colorful with the mix of prints and bright colors. A win-win in my book! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Below is a closeup of mixing geometric prints. I felt a little wary at first about mixing these prints, as I tend to combine a larger-scale print with a smaller-scale print to balance things out visually — but these are two smaller-scale prints mixed together. But I think it works because navy is a unifying color between the two prints — and the navy cardigan helps “rest” the eye between the two prints. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Plus, I got quite a few compliments on this outfit the first time I wore it, from students calling it “fun” and “cheerful.” I guess I’ve already worn down my colleagues with my pattern-mixing — they’re used to it by now! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing patterns + color closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

And this kind of comfy work outfit lends itself perfectly to being comfy while chilling out after work. (Yes, we took these photos after work. And yes, that’s me, Jen, with a gin. Or to be more specific, a gin-and-soda infused with cucumber elixir. Perfect for a light summer drink!)

Cheers, y’all!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Weather:  Sunny but not too warm

Where:  Work

What:

  • Print shell:  Thrifted, old
  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Print ankle pants:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein Sport via Macy’s, old
  • Silver circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from husband, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar navy cardigan with 3/4 sleeves  //  similar print top  //  similar print ankle pants  //   //  similar silver circle earrings  //  very similar wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing geometric prints for a summer work casual outfit

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Style inspiration | Blue stripes + black belt

I recently came across this article featuring Michelle Obama’s stylish combo of a high-lo striped button-front tunic, black skinny trousers, and wide black corset belt. I have long been a fan of Michelle Obama’s personal style, which has always felt so accessible even when she chooses edgy, fashion-forward pieces.

When I saw Obama’s outfit, I immediately thought, “Oh, I have an idea of what to wear!” So I immediately pinned her outfit for inspiration. I paired my thin-striped blue button-front shirt with black ankle pants and black patent leather heels. My wide black stretchy belt mimicked the corset belt of Obama’s inspiration outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

It’s so hard to photograph the thin stripes of this button-front shirt! The stripes are more obvious in person.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

I felt a little mod in this outfit, with the ankle pants and wide belt. It was a very comfortable outfit to wear for work!

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Button-front:  H&M, old
  • Ankle pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan Fit” pants, thrifted
  • Wide belt:  Kohl’s, old
  • Patent leather pumps:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new this winter
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, old birthday gift

Shop my outfit:

very similar thin-striped button-front  //  exact style ankle pants by same brand  //  similar wide black belt  //  exact tote bag  //  very similar black patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped button-front + black ankle pants outfit collage

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