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Sam’s style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

If you saw the Style Imitating Art round-up for Erin’s final curated challenge for SIA, then this outfit of Sam’s will be familiar to you. He put this look together himself for the challenge — with no help from me! — and I think it’s a good example of how to layer casual pieces together for a stylish yet still casual men’s look.

Sam layered a red argyle sweater over a basic dark grey tee, then layered a light grey zip-up sweater over that. The two shades of grey create visual depth, and the pop of red peeking through is just so dynamic, isn’t it? The black jeans ground the entire look, and the textured slip-on sneakers are fun and casual, and add a bit more pattern to the entire look. As I’ve said before on this blog, Sam has master-level pattern-mixing skillz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

I just love the photo above of Sam cracking up while I take photos for once. One reason is because he is ALWAYS trying to crack me up when he’s taking photos of me. Another reason is because it’s very true to Sam’s personality. And finally, it shows a peek of his “man bun,” which Sam did specially for me, as I really like it when he puts his hair up into a man bun. (He has curly hair, so that hair style just works on him!) I also like that you can see the streaks of grey on the sides of his hair — the grey streaks go with his grey clothing, hah! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Sam’s style, plaid + burgundy

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

And now, more of Sam’s style! I was sure you wouldn’t mind… ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, tan shoes + argyle socks closeup

We recently bought Sam new trouser socks at Kohl’s to replace worn-out socks in his wardrobe, and HOW CUTE do these argyle socks look with his outfit? Every other piece of his outfit he has had for awhile, and it’s just so well-coordinated, isn’t it? And he’s still showing his mastery at pattern-mixing, with the argyle socks + plaid button-front + checkered fedora.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Details:

  • Plaid button-front: ¬†Lands’ End, old
  • Trousers: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Rope belt: ¬†Kohl’s?, old
  • Argyle socks: ¬†Kohl’s, new {exact kind still available!}
  • Fedora: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Shoes: ¬†Clarks, last spring

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Sam’s style | Argyle + layers

As promised in yesterday’s post, here’s another opportunity to¬†highlight my husband Sam’s cool style. Yesterday, a shoes selfie; today, a regular selfie!

Librarian for Life + Style | Waterfront selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle cardigan closeup

Sam is such a pro at layering. And layering with interesting pieces. I’d also like to think my love of color-coordination has rubbed off on him. I mean, a brown argyle sweater cardigan over a a grey button-front, paired with a grey fedora with a brown ribbon, PLUS cognac-tipped shoes that tie in with the cognac diamonds in the argyle print. That is master-level color-coordination that also doesn’t come off as gimmicky. PRO.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, shoes closeup

Sam and I both love these shoes, which have a kind of old-school but classic look. I think they’re his current favorite right now. They’re from Payless! My husband’s a vegetarian, so we have to get shoes made out of¬†man-made materials, rather than leather¬†— which is harder than you’d think! But Payless always has at least some options with faux leather.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, argyle + layers

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Overcoat: ¬†Zara, bought years ago in Abu Dhabi
  • Sweater cardigan: ¬†Zara? Also bought in Abu Dhabi
  • Button-front: ¬†???, old
  • Jeans: ¬†Gap, new
  • Shoes: ¬†Payless, new
  • Fedora: ¬†Goorin Bros., bought in Portland a few years ago

I go back-and-forth on whether or not I should provide¬†outfit details when I highlight my husband’s outfits. Would y’all prefer me to include outfit details or not for Sam’s outfits? Please leave a comment and let me know!

Navy + argyle + brogues

I loved wearing this outfit. LOVED. Why? I felt like I was branching a bit with my own style, even though when I look at the bones of this outfit, it totally reflects my personal style outlook (comfy + classy + quirky).

This outfit started out with me wanting to wear my brogues in a different way, this time with tights and a skirt or dress. (Previously, I had worn my brogues with pants and jeans.) Then, it all came together when I realized I could¬†layer my argyle sweater over my navy dress + navy tights. And if you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you!), then you know that wearing dresses as skirts is one of my favorite¬†style tricks. #winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

One of my favorite things about this sweater — which I’ve had for a decade and counting¬†— is how it’s a single¬†piece that’s pattern-mixing argyle (on the front) with stripes (on the back). Done and done! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy tights + brogues closeup

These burgundy brogues look SO GOOD with navy, y’all. So appropriate for fall. The brogues + tights combo felt a bit ’40s retro to me, in such a good way. And soooooooo comfortable.

Can you tell I had a lot of fun taking these photos? Y’all know I love a good twirl!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

And finally, super cute photos in front of our picturesque side gate. You’ve seen those stairs before in this post, and the latticed side of our fence in yesterday’s post. It felt like the perfect morning — all dewy and fresh and green — to take a few snaps¬†in front of our “sequoia red” gate (the front of which I stained myself!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Weather:  Sunny and crisp fall day

Where:  Behind-the-scenes work day

What:

  • Sweater: ¬†Smart Set, trip to PEI in 2006
  • Dress: ¬†Macy’s, old
  • Tights: ¬†American Apparel, old
  • Brogues: ¬†Clarks, last winter
  • Necklace: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, fall 2014

very similar navy dress  //  similar argyle sweater  //  navy tights  //  very similar burgundy brogues  //  similar gold and crystal necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues collage

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At odds

I had a post already lined up for today — I tend to run at least a week ahead in posting outfit photos — but I have delayed that post until tomorrow. I feel I have to get something out today, to make any kind of sense of a terrible thing that happened yesterday in my community. Yet another shooter incident happened yesterday, one close to home, at the second largest high school in Oregon — a school located only a short distance¬†from my college. The news broke yesterday morning, while I was having a meeting with a fellow faculty member. After our meeting — all smiles, culminating¬†in “have a great summer!” remarks¬†— I checked my work email and read¬†the announcement, that our college would stay open and provide support for the community during this tragic incident.

I was in shock. And as I looked down at what I was wearing — a bright floral skirt — I remember instantly feeling¬†ridiculous. Here I was dressed in¬†a bright, cheery outfit with playful pattern-mixing, and wearing bright pink lipstain — and I felt so loud and at odds with my external and internal states of being. That might seem so silly, but that’s how I felt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

I debated about taking outfit photos today, but I went ahead with doing so. Why? I guess partly because I wanted some sense of normalcy at the end of this day. Because I tend to associate big events in my life with what I was wearing at the time of those events, and I wanted a record of this. To not forget. Instead, to remember the small ways my community immediately came together in support of each other.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

Right after the news broke of the nearby incident, it was my turn to staff the Reference Desk at our college library. My colleagues and I pulled together info about the nearest places for families to gather, along with help numbers for staff to call, just in case. Our college counselors made the rounds to check in with each department.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

I remember the subdued tone of the students in the library — we were pretty full, as usual, especially as it’s finals week — and how unnaturally quiet it felt. Everyone had a phone, tablet, laptop — or was sitting next to someone who had one — tuned into the latest updates. The feeling of uncertainty, worry, sadness was palpable. Everything felt surreal, even this sense of uneasy quiet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

Details: ¬†Floral skirt: ¬†eShakti, last spring ¬†/ ¬†Grey argyle t-shirt: ¬†Gift from my mom, old ¬†/ ¬†Denim jacket: ¬†Kohl’s, old ¬†/ ¬†Pearl drop earrings: ¬†Bridesmaid gift, Texas, old ¬†/ ¬†Grey flats: ¬†DKNY via Macy’s, fall 2011

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

Everyone was reaching for connections. Work colleagues mentioned children, friends, church members, and other relatives who they knew at¬†the school. Students mentioned friends who had texted them that they were okay. Teachers emailed students enrolled in our dual-credit high school/college classes. My husband texted me to check in. I mentioned to people that when my husband’s parents¬†lived in Oregon, they and my husband lived in a¬†house only a few blocks away¬†from the school. My friend and colleague, Stephanie, and I stared at each other, aware that we pass by the school every day on our way to work, that the event happened only a short time after we drove by there together that very morning. Even in our quiet, dazed states, we were all seeking connections, human connections, stories that bound us together in a common experience.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey argyle + floral scalloped skirt

And at the end of the day, when my husband and I finished taking these photos after work, a friendly neighborhood cat trotted out to say hello. Another connection. I was comforted by this brief, uncomplicated contact between two beings.

Librarian for Life + Style | Comfort from a neighborhood cat

So that is what I choose to remember. The moments that we still reach out to one another in times of senseless, horrible tragedy.

This is my community. My heart is full and fragile and goes out to the victims and families of those affected, no matter how great or how small, by this tragic shooting. I hope you will join me in this effort.