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Mixing 3 patterns | Gingham + stripes + geometric print

We had recently planned a picnic lunch out in Wapato Park, in SE Tacoma, and on that day, I woke up energized. I declared, “I want to mix 3 patterns today!” and Sam responded, “Yes, go bold!” ūüėÄ

So I mixed bright pink stripes with black/navy gingham shorts and my new geometric-print canvas sneakers from Target. A perfect way to welcome summer, which officially begins tomorrow, June 21st (although technically in the wee hours tonight on the Pacific Coast, due to the time zones).

And by the way, I will be working during summer quarter, starting next week, which I haven’t been able to do for a few years. So you’ll be seeing a mix of casual and work casual outfits this summer, yay!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

The backdrop for this first set of photos is the center pagoda pavilion at the main entrance to Wapato Park. It’s pretty breathtaking, particularly with the trees and lake glittering behind it. And I love the curve to the pagoda, which made all kinds of interesting shapes and shadows in the noon-day sun.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And with the angles and all the beams, it was fun to play around during our photo shoot. In the first photo below, I’m stretching out my arm, which makes it look like I’m helping to hold up the ceiling. And in the second photo below, I joked that I was like Samson and pushing aside the columns.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And lastly, (yet) another closeup of my geometric-print canvas sneakers. I LOVE THEM. And paired with this outfit, I love that the shoe’s pattern is kinda what it would look like if you melted together the pink stripes of my top together with the gingham pattern of my shorts. In my mind, this totally pulls together the two contrasting elements of my top and bottom together. Color-coordinating even while mixing prints! All part of the service, y’all. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + gingham shorts

And the two pics above are of a shadier spot we found on a bridge as we explored the various trails of Wapato Park.

Weather:  Hot and sunny

Where:  Weekend and picnic lunch at Wapato Park

What:

  • Striped tee: ¬†Bealls, part of a birthday gift from my mom, old
  • Gingham shorts: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Canvas flats: ¬†Target, new

Shop my outfit:

similar pink striped tee  //  very similar black gingham bermuda shorts  //  exact geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + black gingham outfit collage

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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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Retro inspiration | Sailor-style trousers

A few¬†years ago, I did a collage of me and my maternal grandmother, the side of my family that I most resemble, and that post remains one of my very favorite posts. (And y’all recently enjoyed a collage of me and my mom for Mother’s Day!).

Back when I did the post of my grandmother, I mentioned that I had a few different candid photos of her with the idea that I would do more posts of me wearing outfits inspired by her. I didn’t immediately follow up on that idea (sorry!), but I’ve never forgotten that idea. So when I was recently going back over those old photos of my grandmother, I realized that I now had another piece in my wardrobe, a pair of sailor-style pants I picked up this past fall, that I could wear for another retro- and family-inspired look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration, sailor-style trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspirations

I basically recreated my grandma’s look with modern versions, starting with my wide-legged, sailor-style trousers. I then thought of my black wedge sandals, which looked a little similar to the bit of her black shoes visible in her photograph. I echoed her¬†polka-dotted button-front blouse with my own diamond-print button-front blouse (the print looks like tiny polka dots from afar). And my new black tote bag is structured enough to play off the hard case she’s carrying in the photo.

I then carried my black rain coat when we took photos, to more closely mimic the inspiration photograph.

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration, sailor-style trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration, sailor-style trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration closeup

And y’all know me and details! I filled in my eyebrows a little more heavily and went red on the lips for a more ’40s makeup look. (The matte finish on my laps is due to just using red lip liner on my lips, instead of red lipstick.)

I think one of the main reasons I didn’t immediately do more of these retro inspiration looks of my grandma’s is because I cut my hair all off later that year into a ’20s-inspired bob. Since my grandmother’s look in these photographs is so clearly from the ’40s, I didn’t feel I could really channel her in the same way that I had in that first post.

I still have short hair, so what made this time different? First, I no longer have the blunt, ’20s-style bangs I used to have, and my bangs are long enough now to play with. My recent hair experiments with the Kenra hairsprays have also given me more confidence in¬†playing with my short hair! Therefore, I decided that I could do a slight nod to the ’40s hairstyles with a little pin curl of my bangs. So I rolled my bangs over and into a slight curl at the end, and then pinned and sprayed the bangs. It’s subtle, but it was enough for me. ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration, sailor-style trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration, sailor-style trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro inspiration, sailor-style trousers

Weather:  Cooler but dry

Where:  Work day that included meetings

What:

Shop my outfit:

very similar polka dot button-front shirt  //  similar wide-leg black trousers  //  very similar black strappy wedges  //  exact black tote bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Print button-front and wide-leg trousers outfit collage


Did you enjoy this post and another outfit inspired by my grandmother? Do you have a favorite era for retro style inspiration? Please leave a comment and share!


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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! ūüôā

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‚Äôd 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! ūüėČ

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! ūüėÄ

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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Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

What, me, pattern-mix? SHOCKING. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

I wore this outfit for a casual coffee meet-up with a fellow librarian in the region, but I still wanted to look professional. Can’t go wrong with a classic black and red and leopard print combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Since I didn’t have to go to work this day, I could get away with this smaller crossbody bag. And it’s amazing how much this crossbody bag and my coordinating red lipstick helped elevate this simple look!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing neutrals | Gingham + animal print

Weather:  50s and drizzly

Where:  Coffee meeting with regional colleague

What:

  • Gingham button-front: ¬†Lands’ End, this winter
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Banana Republic, last year
  • Flats: ¬†Karen Scott via Macy’s, old
  • Crossbody: ¬†c/o Greg Michaels, old
  • Black hoops: ¬†Made In Oregon, Christmas gift years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar red envelope clutch  //  similar leopard print flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red clutch + leopard flats outfit collage


Linkups:  Hello Monday, Visible Monday, #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, Confident Twosdays, Turning Heads, Style With a Smile, Who’s Wearing What Wednesdays, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, I Feel Pretty Wednesdays, Weekly Wednesday Fashion Linkup,  Whatcha Wearing Wednesday, Top of the World, Thursdays Fashion Files, Thursday Moda, Celebrating Style, Fashion Friday, Passion for Fashion, Fun Fashion Friday, Fabulous Friday, Friday Favorites, Fancy Friday, Flashback Fashion Friday, Fine-Whatever Linkup, Weekend Wear Link Up, #SaturdayShareLinkUp