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Sam’s style | Preppy kilt

It was sunshine-y but cool in that special PNW way, and Sam was FEELING the kilt this day. I did not mind at all.

I like that the top half of his outfit is a bit preppy, with the plaid button-front and sweater vest. And the bottom half is casual kilt style, with his utility kilt (or “utilikilt” — but I also sometimes use the terms “cargo kilt” and “hiking kilt”) and hiking socks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

And hello to Sam’s flowing locks! He usually wears his longer hair pulled back in a low ponytail, but today, he set the curls free. I am not AT ALL jealous of his curly hair (says the straight-haired lady… with a not-so-straight face). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Plaid button-front:  Hugo Boss, thrifted at local Tacoma shop, new
  • Sweater vest:  Kohl’s?, had for years
  • Utility kilt:  Highland Kilt Company, old
  • Hiking socks:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Brogues:  Payless, old

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re in the mood for more kilt outfits — and who isn’t?! — be sure to check out Sam’s utilikilt here in this post, and the full Fraser tartan dress kilt here in this post.

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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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Grown-up school girl in knee socks + library card tote

As promised, here are more photos and details of what I wore on our anniversary outing this past weekend, when Sam and I both donned our JORD wood watches. Click here to view Sam’s outfit and closeups of his new JORD watch.

Plus, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $100 JORD e-gift code! Deadline to enter is Feb. 19th.

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

I like how the dark sandalwood of this wood watch warms up cooler colors, like the grey of this cardigan. I had originally picked out this watch back in 2015 because the dark brown of the band and the black of the watch face would go with lots of different outfits. And I have found that to be true! 🙂

You can also see more of my JORD watch faves here on this Pinterest board.

Librarian for Life + Style | JORD wood watch closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

We took photos in a nearby park on our way to a “boozy brunch” anniversary outing at the Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma. I donned my grey over-the-knee socks for the first time, and I am really liking the pointelle design on these socks! And yes, I was totally inspired by to pair my grey socks, burgundy brogues, and skirt together after seeing ModCloth’s lead outfit pic for this cat-and-books-print skirt.

Sam said he especially liked this “grown-up school girl” outfit, with my knee socks and book-print skirt and brogues and library card tote bag.

I liked this outfit so much, I wore it again to work this week!

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Grown-up school girl

Weather:  Getting warmer! 50s and clear

Where:  Anniversary brunch on the weekend + work day this week

What:

  • Skirt:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom, new
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Over-the-knee socks:  Payless, new
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last winter
  • Tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, Christmas gift from my mom, new
  • Watch:  c/o JORD

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Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

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I have worn the navy + pink gingham button-front top I bought earlier this fall, but I realized it hadn’t made it to the blog yet. Time to correct that! I have worn it a couple of times underneath my “Follow Your Heart” novelty print sweater, as a way to subtly mix prints.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

I wore the button-front and sweater combo with my olive cargo ankle pants, for another subtly holiday-appropriate color combination. My burgundy patent leather brogues finished off this masculine-inspired, casual work look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

The backdrop is a nearby park and playfield, which we stopped at on our way to mail off Christmas cards and presents, before I had to go to work. I thought it would be fun backdrop — and I have always loved the swings!

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Librarian for Life + Style | Print-mixing gingham with a novelty print sweater

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Work

What:

  • Button-front:  Old Navy, this fall
  • Sweater:  Old Navy, old
  • Cargo pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Brogues:  Clark’s, last winter

novelty heart print sweater in grey and red  //  novelty heart print sweater in grey and black  //  novelty love print sweater  // similar button-front shirt (available in navy, blue, and pink gingham)  //  similar cargo ankle pants (also available in olive) //  similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Layering button-front with sweaters collage

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Navy + argyle + brogues

I loved wearing this outfit. LOVED. Why? I felt like I was branching a bit with my own style, even though when I look at the bones of this outfit, it totally reflects my personal style outlook (comfy + classy + quirky).

This outfit started out with me wanting to wear my brogues in a different way, this time with tights and a skirt or dress. (Previously, I had worn my brogues with pants and jeans.) Then, it all came together when I realized I could layer my argyle sweater over my navy dress + navy tights. And if you’re a longtime reader (as always, thank you!), then you know that wearing dresses as skirts is one of my favorite style tricks. #winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

One of my favorite things about this sweater — which I’ve had for a decade and counting — is how it’s a single piece that’s pattern-mixing argyle (on the front) with stripes (on the back). Done and done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy tights + brogues closeup

These burgundy brogues look SO GOOD with navy, y’all. So appropriate for fall. The brogues + tights combo felt a bit ’40s retro to me, in such a good way. And soooooooo comfortable.

Can you tell I had a lot of fun taking these photos? Y’all know I love a good twirl!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

And finally, super cute photos in front of our picturesque side gate. You’ve seen those stairs before in this post, and the latticed side of our fence in yesterday’s post. It felt like the perfect morning — all dewy and fresh and green — to take a few snaps in front of our “sequoia red” gate (the front of which I stained myself!).

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues

Weather:  Sunny and crisp fall day

Where:  Behind-the-scenes work day

What:

  • Sweater:  Smart Set, trip to PEI in 2006
  • Dress:  Macy’s, old
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last winter
  • Necklace:  c/o Greg Michaels, fall 2014

very similar navy dress  //  similar argyle sweater  //  navy tights  //  very similar burgundy brogues  //  similar gold and crystal necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + argyle + brogues collage

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