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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? 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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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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Raspberry velvet, if you please

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from April — thanks in advance!

Like I mentioned in my most recent clothing budget post, I snagged this AWESOME velvet fedora at the iconic local men’s clothing store, Mr. Mac’s. When I got the hat home, I realized that it exactly matched my self-made obi-style belt made out of vintage ties. And that my new raspberry gingham shirt fit the color story coming together in my head… 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

I will most likely rewear this combo in the fall, but it’s been a very cold and rainy spring thus far. And it was a VERY comfortable outfit to wear, with my burgundy brogues.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

This velvet (or velveteen?) fedora really does catch the light, doesn’t it? And yes, it was pouring down rain when we took these photos. (That explains the random spots all over the button-front shirt!) I also got quite a few compliments and questions about my tie belt during the day — it is a statement piece, isn’t it? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Weather: Raaaaaaaaainy and cool

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

  • Fedora:  New, local men’s store
  • Gingham button-front shirt:  Lands’ End, new
  • Tie belt:  Made from two of my dad’s vintage ties, old
  • Wide-leg trousers:  White House Black Market, last fall
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last spring
  • Bead earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar gingham button-front shirt  //  very similar velvet hat  //  similar tweed wide-leg trousers  //  similar obi-style belt  //  very similar wood watch  //  very similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + velvet outfit collage

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Berry tones + tweed

I’ve had this tweed a-line skirt for over a decade, but I haven’t worn it in awhile or featured it much on the blog. But it’s time to dig it out of my closet and showcase it again!

I kept the outfit sort of monochromatic in tones of berry + burgundy. My tights and bronze heels don’t match but they do go with the colors of the tweed skirt and cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + tweed

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + tweed

The a-line skirt is a pretty thin tweed and hemmed with a bit of burgundy lace. It’s actually a little shorter than I remembered it being, but it still looks professional enough for work.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + tweed closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry tones + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of stacked bob and demi-permanent rinse

And finally, above is a closeup of my newly trimmed bob and the sun shining on my subtly purply-red demi-permanent rinse. You’re welcome, Erin. 😉

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