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Never forget | Library tee remix

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

I wore this outfit twice, once for a book reading at a local library, and then a slight variation for the next¬†work day. And I wore some of my library-themed gear, because OF COURSE. This card catalog tee is one that my husband picked up me for years ago at a writer’s conference, and it still elicits chuckles from people who see it — and not just from librarians! ūüôā

Here are a few ways I’ve worn this tee over the years on the blog. Interesting to note that I obviously¬†prefer pairing this tee with blazers + jeans! Uh, at least the blazers are of different colors? Yeah, let’s go with that. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my library card catalog tee collage

left, 2014  //  middle, 2015  //  right, 2017

This go-round, I paired the tee with black skinny jeans and a taupe blazer and patent leather wedges. Everything neutral except for the pop of turquoise in the tee and the pop of yellow in the library card clutch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed tee and clutch

NEVER FORGET. And many people like to share their personal (and usually fond) memories of using old library card catalogs. I join in those reminiscences, as I remember helping my mom convert from the old library card catalog to a computerized system!

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

The backdrop is the Charlotte Mottet branch of the Tacoma Public Library system, one of the smaller branches in the system. But it’s in a very sweet, renovated brick building that’s had two additions on each side of the original central section. The entrance is my favorite part, with the iron scroll work and the brick design around the round doorway.

Mottet branch library, Tacoma Public Library system

It started raining when we were taking pics, so we took the opportunity to take some photos under some trees, beside¬†a lamp post. So it’s raining, there’s a lamp post… can y’all guess what I started doing???

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Sam guessed right away: ¬†“Are you doing the scene from Singin’ in the Rain?!”

My response? “Yessssssssssss.” ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

#MovieMusicalFan #LibrarianNerd #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Weather:  Off and on rainy and chilly, on and on and on and on

Where:  To a book reading on my day off

What:

  • Library tee: ¬†Unshelved via a writer’s conference, gift from Sam, old
  • Blazer: ¬†The Limited, old
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Banana Republic, last year {but still available!}
  • Wedges: ¬†Payless, old
  • Clutch: ¬†Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit

very similar beige blazer  //  blue librarian-themed tee  //  exact skinny jeans  //  library card tote bag  //  similar taupe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

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Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Today’s work outfit was really all about remixing my pink- and purple-print dress for a work-appropriate combo. The first time I wore this print dress was for a special anniversary night out in the summer. This time I wore it for work in chilly spring temps.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a pink print dress

2015 post: Feeling special in my new print dress

A blazer can work magic, instantly making any dress — even a sleeveless dress like this one –more work-appropriate simply by layering it on top. That’s exactly why blazers are “completer pieces,” because they really do serve to finish off, or complete, an outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink dress + bronze heels closeup

I also made the look more work-appropriate by adding brownish-burgundy opaque tights and bronze heels. These tights are AMAZING, by the way. They can look more brown or more reddish depending on what it’s paired with. With this dress, the opaque tights help “tone down” the print, at least in my head.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

And there is ALWAYS time for twirling! ūüėČ

Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Pink + bronze + purple velvet

I did wear the blazer buttoned up most of the day, mainly because the top of the dress is a bit lower-cut than most of my dresses. It worked, although I think next time I will add a white cami or sports bra underneath the dress so there’s another visible¬†layer there.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + bronze + purple velvet

Weather:  Chilly and rainy spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Velvet blazer: ¬†Gap, over a decade old
  • Print dress: ¬†Maggy London, thrifted, old
  • Tights: ¬†American Apparel, old
  • Heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, thrifted, old

Shop my outfit

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  similar print dress  //  Mary Jane heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Velvet blazer + print dress outfit collage

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Casually professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Today’s outfit I actually wore twice within the span of a week: ¬†once to work, and then to brunch on the weekend with a friend visiting the area.

When I wore this outfit to work, a librarian colleague was dressed in a similar outfit, which we both noticed and laughed about. For a casually professional look — one that doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation — we both return to the same outfit formula of:

  • pairing tall boots with skinny jeans
  • pairing a print blouse or tank with a solid-colored blazer

This outfit formula just works every time. It’s comfortable to wear, the print provides some visual interest, and the blazer adds¬†a professional vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Because of the geometric print of my blouse, I added geometric earrings. These bronze-and-bead earrings were a gift from my friend and former co-worker Stephanie. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of print blouse + bronze earrings + velvet blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

We took pics after the weekend brunch, at a nearby skate park. It was a treat¬†to be active and run around the park, which was deserted on a Saturday morning. Sam was there to capture all the fun! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

So. Many. Outtakes. The sun at late morning provided shadows and therefore opportunities for interesting photos.

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtakes from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake from the skate park

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual professional outfit formula | Print blouse + solid-colored blazer

Weather:  Cold and dry

Where:  Work day, then a weekend brunch

What:

  • Blazer: ¬†Gap, old
  • Blouse: ¬†Banana Republic, thrifted, old
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Target, old
  • Boots: ¬†Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings: ¬†Oru, gift from Stephanie, old

very similar purple velvet blazer  //  very similar geo-print sleeveless blouse  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  similar cognac tall boots  //  very similar bronze-and-bead earrings from same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + print blouse outfit collage

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6 ways to look professional wearing an untucked shirt

I was going through my archives recently and noted how often I leave shirts untucked. Why? Mostly for reasons of comfort. (After all, being comfy is¬†the first part of my personal style equation = comfy + classic + a bit of quirk). I tuck in my shirt sometimes, of course, but when I do, I’m always a bit worried¬†that the shirt¬†will come untucked, or look bunchy, and therefore end up looking sloppy. So that got me thinking about putting together a post featuring different ways to wear an untucked shirt at work.

Below are six ways, and links to past work looks, to illustrate how to look professional while wearing a shirt untucked.

Librarian for Life + Style | 6 ways to look professional untucking your shirt

1. Wear a top with special detailing

I prefer longer tops — so I don’t have to worry about my backside while bending down or over — and I have found myself gravitating toward tops with special detailing, like seaming, ruffles, rounded hems, or cut-outs along the hem. These kinds of tops are perfect for leaving untucked, as then you get to appreciate the special details!

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops with special detailing

Left to right:
Structured button-down with seaming + cuffed sleeves + curved hem {original post} // Sleeveless top with front ruffles {original post}  //  Glasses print tee with rounded hem {original post}  //  Boatneck tee with cut-outs at hem {original post}

2. Wear a peplum top

Peplum tops are made for wearing untucked! In fact, the peplum part would look bulky tucked in. Perfect for layering over tees or under cardigans or blazers.

Librarian for Life + Style | Peplum collage

Left to right:
Floral peplum top {original post}  //  Polka dot peplum top {original post}

3. Layer under a vest

I especially like to layer button-front shirts under vests, including sweater vests or lightweight shells, for a preppy and professional vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops under vests collage

Left to right:
Button-front layered purple sweater vest {original post} //  Button-front layered under brown shell {original post} //  Button-front layered over dress + under brown shell {original post} //  Button-front layered under menswear-style vest {original post}

4. Layer under a sweater

Another one of my favorite combos! I love the look of a top peeking out from underneath a sweater — or a buttoned-up cardigan that mimics a sweater. This is also IDEAL for subtle pattern-mixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops under a sweater collage

Left to right:
Striped button-front under an argyle sweater {original post}  //  Gingham button-front under a striped sweater {original post}  //  Striped button-front under an argyle cardigan {original post}

5. Layer under a blazer or jacket

I often leave t-shirts or blouses untucked under a blazer, because it is both comfortable and professional. The blazer or cardigan do all the work for you in looking professional!

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops under blazers collage

Left to right:
Striped tee under striped blazer {original post}  //  Tank top under tan blazer {original post} //  Tank top under belted denim jacket {original post}  //  Chambray button-front under grey blazer {original post}

6. Belt it

If the top is long enough, then adding a belt will add¬†definition to your waist — and makes untucking your shirt look more intentional. This also works with tops that are a bit oversized.

Librarian for Life + Style | Belting untucked tops collage

Left to right:
Wide stretchy belt over a floral popover top {original post} //  Bow belt over a button-front top {original post}


Do you prefer to wear your tops tucked or untucked? Please leave a comment and share!


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Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels

Last month, I purchased these awesome colorblock patent leather heels at a local resale shop, and OF COURSE I wore them as soon as possible to work. I wore them to dress up a more casual work outfit of skinny jeans + Washington state home tee + tan blazer with the cuffs rolled up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels

I got lots of compliments on these patent leather heels! They’re so prettttttttty ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Colorblock heels closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer + tee closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Jeans + blazer combo with statement heels

Weather:  Clear and crisp fall day

Where:  Work

What:

  • Blazer: ¬†The Limited, over a decade old
  • Tee: ¬†The Home T, new gift from my mom
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Target, old
  • Heels: ¬†Franco Sarto, newly thrifted
  • Earrings: ¬†Zoe Comings, new birthday gift
  • Tote bag: ¬†Christian Siriano for Payless, old

very similar tan blazer ¬†// ¬†grey Washington tee ¬†// ¬†very similar dark skinny jeans ¬†// ¬†colorblock ankle-wrap d’orsay pump¬†// ¬†grey-and-black colorblock tote bag

tee + blazer + heels collage

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