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Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from May — thanks in advance!

If you’re a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!), then it is no surprise that I often feature variations of go-to outfit formulas. Some of my favorite outfit formulas include:

This last outfit formula is one that I often wore when I worked overseas in the UAE, and I’ve kept it up since moving back to the U.S. 6+ years ago. Tunics are dressier than tees — and often more colorful! — and they’re meant to be untucked, which makes them extremely comfortable. Pairing tunics with trousers, particularly wide-legged trousers, makes the look more work-appropriate.

And for hotter climates or for when working in the summer, pairing trousers with sandals is another way to keep comfortable while also looking professional — as long as your workplace allows open-toed shoes or sandals, of course. My workplace, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is generally super casual, so I can get away with wearing more casual clothing at work.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

I haven’t worn my bronze hoop earrings in awhile, but I thought they worked well with this brown-and-pink paisley tunic. The elongated hoop shape also played off the circular U-shape of the tunic neckline.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + bronze hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

And judging by the deep creases in these wide-legged trousers, it’s pretty obvious that we took these outfit photos at the END of the work day. That’s why I prefer to take outfit photos at the beginning of the work day, if possible — but I really don’t mind that much, as this just goes to show that I really do wear my outfits in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Tunic:  Thrifted at local resale shop, last fall
  • Trousers:  Worthington’s, UAE, old
  • Sandals:  Target, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Kohl’s?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar paisley tunic  //  similar wide-legged trousers  //  very similar T-strap sandals  //  bronze hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley tunic + tan trousers 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! 😉

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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Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

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

With my pale skin and dark hair, I’ve always looked best in more saturated colors and jewel tones. Today’s outfit is an example of that, with my teal green cardigan and navy tee. But the real “jewel” of the outfit — har har — is my silk scarf with a plaid print of jewel tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

I love this scarf! It’s one of the three scarves I thrifted back in the fall, and it’s an Anne Klein scarf. I love its jewel-tone colors of purple mixed in with stripes of teal green, white, and red. The bronze-y trim finishes everything off — and makes it quite a versatile piece to wear with other colors! I debated about whether to keep the scarf longer and looser or tied more like a neckerchief. Obviously, I went with the latter, to keep the color and interest up top.

I also wore my topaz drop earrings to tie in — another pun! — with the scarf trim. The same reasoning went into wearing my bronze brogue heels. Color-coordinating for the win! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was talking about how she never wore scarves, that they were “too much” for her. I understand that reticence to wear scarves, because I used to feel that way, too. There was a time that I never wore scarves. I didn’t understand them or how to wear them; I always felt awkward even trying to wear them. But while I lived overseas in the UAE, where scarves and shawls are so common, I was inspired to start wearing them — and loved them! I appreciate now how scarves are an instant pick-me-up for any outfit.

The trick to wearing scarves? It really comes down to confidence. It’s that simple but also that scary. Yes, scarves command attention, and you have to be okay with that. I am now okay with that, because I want to wear things that I love — and that includes pretty patterns and jewel tones! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

Weather:  Chilly

Where:  Casual work day

What:

  • Scarf:  Anne Klein, thrifted
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Boot-cut jeans:  Old Navy, old {but still available!}
  • Heels:  Franco Sarto, thrifted
  • Earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar teal green cardigan  //  very similar navy scoop-neck tee  // exact dark-wash jeans from same brand  //  similar jewel-tone silk scarf  //  similar bronze heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing jewel tones and a scarf outfit collage

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Statement scarf + Fabulous Friday co-host link-up

Today, I’m so excited to be co-hosting the Fabulous Friday link-up with Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots, one of my favorite style bloggers! (I’ve been a reader of her blog for a long time — check my Blog Love roll.) Scroll down to the end of this outfit post for all the link-up details!

But first, a bit about my outfit, which is all about the accessories. I layered my black knit sleeveless dress over a black knit tee and black opaque tights in order to have a blank, er, black canvas for my geometric-print scarf and burgundy booties. I felt great in this outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

This gorgeous scarf, with its black, burgundy, and bits of gold threading, was a gift from my husband, Sam, when he took a college trip to Turkey. My wine-colored lipstick played off both my scarf and my ankle booties.

And since the print on the scarf is geometric, I also went with my geometric bronze earrings, a gift from my good friend and fellow librarian Stephanie.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with statement scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Turkish scarf + bronze earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze earrings closeup

What goes into choosing photos for an outfit post? It’s mostly about choosing photos that highlight the outfit or details of the outfit (that’s the point of a style blog, right?!). But sometimes, I choose a photo for a purely arbitrary reason, like because I like the way my hair looks in that particular photo. See examples below. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Black outfit with burgundy booties + statement scarf

Weather:  Drizzly and cold

Where:  Work day with meetings and Reference Desk duty

What:

  • Scarf:  From Turkey, decades old
  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Turtleneck:  Walmart, super old
  • Booties:  Naturalizer, this past fall
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie
  • Lipstick:  Milani, this winter

Fabulous Friday link-up

And now, time for the Fabulous Friday link-up, hosted by the always fabulous Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. That’s right — two Jens unite for an ultra-Fabulous Friday! 😀

Fabulous Friday1

A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Fabulous Friday Linky Party

Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots.

∼ Hey y’all, I’m Jennie and I am a 47-year-old frugal fashionista! I am mom to two wonderful (and handsome!) sons and one very spoiled Pomeranian. After spending most of my life in black and boring clothes, I now enjoy trying new trends, am a confessed shoeaholic, believe life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot I didn’t like. I am also an avid photographer, reader of Jane Austen, Paleo/Primal enthusiast, and lover of DIY. You can follow me here ∼

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Each week, both Jennie and that week’s co-host choose a personal favorite outfit from last week’s link-up. My favorite this past week was from Cindy, aka PRIIINCESSS from the I Am Priiincesss blog, who looks so fabulous and fresh in her “little white dress.”

Little white dress, I Am Priincesss

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Thanks for linking up! Would y’all like me to explore hosting a regular link-up of my own? Please leave a comment and let me know! 🙂


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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! 😉

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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