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Audrey Hepburn style inspiration: All black + silver hoop earrings

After my new shorter pixie haircut plus receiving my mom’s early birthday gift of reproductions of Audrey Hepburn’s earrings she wore in Sabrina and in publicity shots during that time period in the mid-1950s, I had an idea… why not recreate some of the outfits she wore during that time period with those earrings? I already had a Pinterest board full of inspiration!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn jewelry collection closeup

The point of this mini-series of inspiration — this is the first of three such related posts this week — is not about copying or comparing myself to Audrey Hepburn. Rather, it’s about celebrating and appreciating Audrey Hepburn’s enduring style inspiration. It took me very little time to pull together similar pieces from my closet to emulate these iconic looks of Audrey’s. I know I’m not alone in that, having pieces in your wardrobe that Audrey Hepburn helped popularize and standardize as chic and classic.

Her style — from her hair to her jewelry to her clothing — remains inspirational, and most importantly, accessible. I don’t really look like Audrey Hepburn (except for superficial things like thicker eyebrows, a big smile, and pale skin — but my bone structure is very different), and my body shape is different (I’m taller and fuller). But the way she dressed, and even the simple pieces she chose, like striped tees and ankle pants, translate beyond body types and skin color. Even if we don’t look like Audrey, we can still see ourselves in her style and the way she carried herself. That’s part of why she is, and remains, an icon, in life and in style.

Closeups:

First up, some close-ups of my new pixie cut, which I have described as “Audrey Hepburn meets the ’80s.” 😀 I smoothed the sides down and curled the bangs down a bit as a modern take on Audrey’s short hairstyle in Sabrina. I also filled in my eyebrows more, as she also did during that time.

I wore the silver drop hoop earrings from the set that I recently received as an early birthday gift from my mom; these earrings are reproductions of the ones Audrey wore while filming Sabrina.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn inspiration, hoop earrings closeup

Inspiration photos (linked in paragraph below)

The photos in this post were inspired by a series Audrey Hepburn did in 1954 in Los Angeles, which I’ve pinned here and here.

Sam rigged up a white tarp in our backyard to serve as a similar backdrop for our photos.

How did I make this outfit my own?

Audrey is wearing a long-sleeved, ballet-neck black tee in the photos linked above, a tee with a deep V in the back. I do have a long-sleeved black tee, but it has a crew neckline, so I swapped that out for a elbow-sleeved tee with a V-neck in the front. And I just turned the tee around so the V-neck was in the back, which created a ballet neckline in the front. (It worked so well that I think I’ll wear it like that again!) 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Front views:

For the next inspiration pose — again, the original seen here — I perched on top of my old piano stool.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

And last but not least, a look at my outfit in full color — and my natural inclination to smile and laugh during our photo shoots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn style inspiration, all black outfit

Hope y’all enjoyed this first of three Audrey Hepburn inspiration posts coming up this week! Stay tuned for more…

UPDATE:  Click here for the second post down this style inspiration path, and click here for the third and final post in the series.

Does Audrey Hepburn’s style inspire you, too? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

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Berry + Burberry | Maxidress + tie belt

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know I have frequently worn tie belts. I have made ties into obi-style belts, but I’ve also used single ties as belts, as seen in the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidresses + tie belts collage

left (2012 outfit)  //  middle (2013 outfit)  //  right (2017 outfit, this post)

So on a work day that was cooler and overcast — and knowing I would be in a library with amped-up air-conditioning — I thought a longer-sleeved maxidress would be a good choice.

And hey, I wore a tie to work! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

If you’re thinking you haven’t seen this particular tie before, you’re right! My husband recently thrifted this tie on a visit to a local Value Village, and y’all, it’s a Burberry tie. Score! The pattern is a fun plaid with purple, white, orange, and teal stripes, and the Burberry logo —  a knight upon a horse, i.e. the “Equestrian Knight” — is scattered throughout.

So yes, I *literally* borrowed from the boys today. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

It’s a dressier look for work — literally — but so comfy! And a maxidress made out of soft t-shirt material? #Winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Weather:  Cooler and overcast

Where:  Work

What:

  • Maxidress:  Old Navy, old
  • Tie (worn as belt):  Burberry, thrifted, new
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  Local farmer’s market in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

berry sleeveless maxidress  //  pink short-sleeve maxidress  //  tie-inspired belt  //  similar champagne flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidress + tie belt outfit collage

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Casual Friday formula | Purple + navy

Yep, another entry in my “Casual Friday” outfit formula of a blazer paired with skinny jeans! (I still have some past outfits from the spring quarter to show, and then I’ll continue with casual work outfits throughout the upcoming summer quarter.) When I saw this combo on Adina’s excellent Blue Collar Red Lipstick style blog (scroll down for the final pic), my eyes and brain lit up. Here’s how my thinking went when I pinned this look on my “Casual Friday ideas” board:

  • Structured blazer in a neutral color? Check.
  • Wine-colored top underneath? Check.
  • Skinny jeans? Check.
  • Animal print flats? Check.
  • Long pendant necklace? Check.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

I wore this on a Friday — OF COURSE — a day which included a morning meet-and-greet coffee date with another local librarian, a meeting, another event on campus, and project work behind-the-scenes. Lots of variety on this Friday workday — and this comfy, classic outfit was good to go for all the myriad tasks on my to-do list. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

We took these photos after work, and I thought you’d enjoy seeing the outfit “on the move,” so to speak, hence the photos of me jumping, above, and walking, below. The backdrop is a nearby church.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple tank + navy blazer Friday casual

Weather:  Sunny and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Blazer:  Macy’s, old
  • Tank top:  Old Navy, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Pendant necklace:  Christmas gift this year from my in-laws
  • Silver earrings:  Christmas gift this year from my husband
  • Purple lip stain:  Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Stain in “Shameless”

Shop my outfit:

very similar blazer from same brand  //  similar berry tank top  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar silver circle pendant necklace  //  similar animal print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday outfit collage, purple & navy

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Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

When I am really tired — and these past few weeks have been exhausting at work, because of so many projects to wrap up! — I often go back through my archives and rewear or remix past outfits. Yes, I use my own outfit galleries! 🙂

One such outfit I recently came across was this combo from April 2015, and back then, I had only been able to take flat lay pics of the outfit, rather than full outfit photos, as seen below. (I’m sure it had been raining.) It’s an outfit combo I wear again and again, a fit-and-flare dress under a cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing Top 10 items + black flats

My blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks had left a comment at the time, “I’d love to see a full body shot of that one.” So here ya go, Erin! I did follow up on your request — even if it just took me two years to do it! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new shiva shell earrings

The first time I wore this dress-and-cardigan combo, I paired it with my small silver hoops with black pearls. This time, I wore my new shiva shell earrings, to bring more lightness to my face. Plus, I thought the swirly bit in the earrings echoed the polka dot design.

I also wore a light berry lip stain to tie in with the berry cardigan. Every time I wear this cardigan, I get compliments because of the color. It’s definitely become one of my go-to colors.

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

The backdrop for these photos is against our side fence and gate, where our lilac trees are. In the pics below, you can see both the white and purple lilacs blooming in the trees.

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Returning to a favorite combo | Fit-and-flare dress + cardigan

And I just love this last pic, with the lilac blossoms and the ray of sunshine glinting off my sunglasses. It sums up how I feel about our recent weather! 😀

Weather:  Sunshine-filled spring day

Where:  Work, which included teaching

What:

  • Fit-and-flare dress:  JCPenney, over a decade old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  By local designer Ajmer by Jodi, new

Shop my outfit:

very similar berry cardigan  //  polka-dotted dress  //  similar black ballet flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + polka dots outfit collage

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Silk tunic + vintage earrings

I mentioned in last week’s budget post that my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie had gifted me these vintage Native American earrings… I did not hesitate to wear them immediately! As in, the day after she gave them to me, and to a brunch outing during our recent girls’ weekend.

I also wore this outfit to work the next week, for a more casual “behind the scenes” day (i.e. no teaching). So instead of a “work to weekend” outfit, this is a “weekend to work” outfit. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings vlodrup

I started with the earrings, and then pulled out this printed silk Anthropologie tunic that I fashion-swapped a few years ago, because I thought the turquoise of the earrings paired well with the teal color in the tunic. I also paired my brown cardigan and brown leggings with the tunic to echo the wood bits in the earrings.

This was a perfect outfit for a brunch, as the looser tunic style and leggings, which have a wide stretchy waistband, meant comfort for eating. I do not sacrifice practicality and comfort for the sake of style!

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

The backdrop is of a water collection tank outside the Tacoma Dome station, which includes free parking as well as access to the free light rail system that goes into downtown Tacoma. I thought it would make for a fun backdrop, and another way to highlight our city. Y’all know I really like to get outfit photos while we’re out and about, if at all possible, to show how I wear my outfits in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Water collection station outside the Tacoma Dome station

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk tunic + vintage earrings

Weather:  60s, sunny and cool — perfect spring weather!

Where:  Brunch downtown

What:

  • Silk tunic:  Anthropologie, fashion-swapped
  • Cardigan:  Gap, over a decade old
  • Leggings:  Spanx via Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  JavoEdge, c/o giveaway years ago
  • Earrings:  vintage, gift from my friend Stephanie

Shop my outfit:

similar teal print tunic  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  similar yellow faux leather clutch  //  similar taupe flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Print tunic + leggings outfit collage


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