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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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Carnegie Library casual | Mixing light + colored denim

Today’s outfit is a casual outfit I wore while errand-running on the weekend, when we enjoyed lovely 60-degree weather and sunny skies.

I mixed light and colored denim together with my seamed denim jacket and colored jeans. No Canadian tuxedo here! 😉 I also went for a subtle ombre effect, starting with pale pink (earrings) to pink (scarf and lipstick) to berry (tank top) to purple (jeans).

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library casual closeup

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library detail

During errand-running, we happened upon Multnomah County Library’s Title Wave Used Bookstore, located in a 1912 building that started out as a Carnegie Library to house the Albina Library branch. I thought this would be a great backdrop, especially because of its library history and because of its gorgeous Spanish Renaissance Revival architectural style.

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Carnegie Library casual

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Summer casual | Berry + black

I had totally forgotten about these pics Sam took earlier in the month… but I am happy to squeeze them in the last day of the month!

I wore this super casual outfit — long shorts + tank top + flat sandals — for an informal get-together and a pinot noir wine tasting at my friend Stephanie’s house. The dress code was officially “casual” — and a good thing, too, as it happened to fall on a blisteringly hot day.

So what to wear to a super casual wine tasting get-together with friends? I followed my own advice from my “What to wear to a wine tasting” post last winter — I wore something wine-colored! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer casual

Details:  Berry tank top, from my mom {similar}  //  Black shorts, Kohl’s {similar}  //  Black t-strap sandals, Payless, old {similar}  //  Black dangly earrings, Christmas gift from Stephanie {similar}  //  Straw fedora, my husband’s {similar}

And how do you dress up a tank top + shorts combo a little bit? Top off your outfit with a cool fedora! This one is Sam’s, and I am so thankful I can just about wear any hat he owns. Sam is probably not so thankful for this… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer casual

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