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Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Not that long ago, I was looking at my thrifted wrap dress — the one featured here, here and here — and thinking that I always wore it essentially the same way:  as a dress, either with or without a cardigan, depending on the weather. I wear the dress more often than it appears on the blog, because I just keep wearing it the same way, and I don’t want to keep repeating it as such on the blog. But I repeat it in real life. It’s a go-to dress when I don’t really want to have to think about what I’m wearing.

And then I saw this post about “How to Wear a Wrap Dress as a Cardigan” from the oh-so-fabulous Psyche of the Economy of Style blog. My eyes lit up, my brain switched on, and my mouth broke into a smile. A new way to wear a wrap dress?! YESSSSSSSSSSS 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a wrap dress collage

2012 outfit (with a cardigan)  //  2014 outfit (without a cardigan)

Right after I read the Economy of Style blog post, we had on the forecast a rare day of sunshine and no rain. I took advantage of the opportunity!

I’ve written before how I feel like my best self when I’m feeling long ‘n’ lean — and I’ve written about this while I wearing this wrap dress as a wrap dress. I also felt gloriously long ‘n’ lean wearing this wrap dress as a long cardigan duster. It sounds odd, but it’s true:  when a taller lady wears longer items of clothing (shorts, dresses, skirts, cardigans), she ends up looking taller.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan, closeup

As the Economy of Style blog post points out, pulling the wrap ties inside and knotting them at the back was the way to go to convert this dress into a long cardigan. I also continued the “long ‘n’ lean” theme with my accessories, finishing off the look with my long gold chain and bar pendant.

Sam also made the excellent point that because this wrap dress has a collar, it made it look more like a jacket, more intentional. I’ll take it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

I felt this outfit looked best when I was walking, to allow for more movement and flow in the dress/cardigan. So I will admit that I took EVERY OPPORTUNITY to get up and walk around this work day, to feel like I was gliding around in my flowy cardigan dress. True story. #noregrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Y’all, I felt GREAT in this outfit. And it showed. I felt comfy and confident and chill, and my co-workers picked up on that. I got so many compliments on this outfit — and they were all surprised when I let them know it was a wrap dress that I was wearing as a long cardigan. It’s fun to keep surprising my new co-workers with my sartorial experimentation! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan

Weather:  Chilly and dry

Where:  Casual Friday at work

What:

  • Wrap dress (worn as long cardigan):  Thrifted, old
  • Blouse:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Target, old
  • Heels:  Payless, old
  • Necklace:  c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar print wrap dress  //  similar gold necklace with bar pendant  //  very similar bronze pumps  //  similar skinny jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Wrap dress as long cardigan outfit collage


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SIA interpretation: The Sculptures of Bernini

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to my fellow Americans! It’s a national holiday, so no work for me today, and I will be spending a bit of my day rereading King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” in quiet contemplation of his memory and legacy. A truly great and honorable man, and his vision and message still ring as true today as they did during his lifetime.

It’s also time for my interpretation of the first Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge of 2017! Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a very interesting inspiration, something “a little off the beaten path but still classical,” by selecting the collective works of Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).

Browsing the full list of his works, I was struck by the fact that Bernini not only used different kinds of marble for his main sculptures but also designed the backdrops, or niches, surrounding the sculptures. His astonishing work reflects a range of textures and color tones, including shades of white, grey, red, gold, brown, and bronze. That was my starting point, to put together an outfit with complementary neutral tones.

To visually represent what I’m referring to in my inspiration collage, I selected two sculptures and backdrops with a range of textures and colors:  Blessed Ludovica Albertoni (1671–74) in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, Rome, and Mary Magdalen (1659–63) in the Chigi Chapel, Siena Cathedral, Siena.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation of the sculptures of Bernini

Credits:  Photograph of “Mary Magdalen by Gian Lorenzo Bernini” by sailko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 (top left) ; Photograph of “Blessed Ludovica Albertoni by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Altieri Chapel, San Francesco a Ripa, Rome” by ho visto nina volare is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (bottom left)

The color tones in my inspiration outfit include bright white (tee shirt + boot socks), winter white (midi skirt), nude (ribbed tights), bronze (shawl), and cognac (tall boots). I also had the idea of taking photographs against a stone wall backdrop that would enhance the neutral color palette of my outfit — and give a playful nod to the use of natural stone in Bernini’s sculptures. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

I also have several different textures in my outfit, including my wool skirt with floral appliqués, ribbed nude tights, and pointelle textured boot socks. By the way, the boot socks are new! (And thanks to Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks, a fellow librarian style blogger, for recommending Target for over-the-knee boot socks.)

It was a coooooooold day, but I felt very warm in my boot socks and wool skirt. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ribbed tights, boot socks, and cognac boots

I also included different textures in my accessory choices, wearing my porcelain earrings dipped in metallic silver and my polymer clay scarf pin that my husband gifted me this summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of ceramic jewelry, earrings + scarf pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Librarian for Life + Style | Coordinated neutrals of winter white, bronze, and cognac

Last but not least, the photos below have no link to the SIA inspiration challenge, but I wanted to share what overcoat I wore on my way to and from work. I wore my teal houndstooth overcoat to “pop” against my work outfit of all neutrals. Although my overcoat is quite long — and soooooooo warm! — I loved that my skirt was still long enough to peek out beneath my coat. 😀

I also think this is the first time you’re seeing me wear this A-MAZING coat with a work outfit; I’ve only shown it with casual outfits on the blog before this.

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Librarian for Life + Style | Statement overcoat over an outfit of neutrals

Weather:  Freeeeeeeeezing

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

  • Skirt:  Banana Republic, fashion-swapped a few years ago
  • Tee:  ?, old
  • Boot socks:  Target, new
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, super old
  • Boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Overcoat:  Thrifted in Portland last year
  • Earrings:  Gift from my friend Stephanie,  Zoë Comings
  • Scarf pin:  Gift from my husband Sam, Joan Tayler Designs

similar long-sleeved tee  //  similar midi skirt  //  similar bronze scarf  //  exact boot socks  //  similar cognac boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Neutrals outfit collage


And there is still time to participate in this week’s SIA challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — are welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator and co-host, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. Get your photo in by tonight, and Salazar will include it in her round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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SIA interpretation: The Chocolate Girl

It’s time for my SIA interpretation! It was Salazar‘s turn to curate, and she chose a classic:  The Chocolate Girl, ca. 1743-44, by Swiss artist Jean-Étienne Liotard. The muted colors and mix of textures in the painting are lovely.

My starting point was my pleated cotton skirt in shades of bronze, white, and light blue. This skirt hasn’t been on the blog that often, seen here, here, and here, but I’ve had it for years. I added a light denim jacket, plain white tee, and my porcelain Wedgwood pendant necklace.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

We’ve taken photos at various places outside our new home, but it felt like good timing to take some photos inside. Plus, my blogger pal Erin at Loop Looks — and SIA co-host! — has asked for some pics inside the house, so we took these photos in our living room. (Our couch is usually in front of this picture window, but we moved it forward for a few pics.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of porcelain pendant and pleated skirt

Above is a closeup of my skirt with its bronze ribbon detailing, plus a closeup of the Wedgwood porcelain pendant that my mom got in England decades ago — it’s so delicate and pretty!

Last week, I mentioned recognizing The Chocolate Girl painting from the cover of Longbourn. So OF COURSE I had to incorporate my copy of the book into the photos, along with a yellow tea cup (a birthday gift from Portland friends) and a porcelain dish for chocolate sweets (from Scotland, a gift from Sam’s great-aunt). The green metal tray is one we picked up years ago in Texas, and it’s usually in the center of our dining table. I thought it was a nice touch to bring it into the photo shoot in order to echo the tray the maid is carrying in the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation tableau for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | Denim jacket + floral pleated skirt

Lastly, below are some photos of me on our tufted couch, which is the newest addition to our living room. (It’s hard to find a smaller-scale sofa!) Our cat Ibsen was determined to join in on the photo shoot. (I think he was a little jealous of all the attention Brontë got last month in this SIA interpretation post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA Interpretation for 'The Chocolate Girl'

Weather:  Sunny fall day

Where:  Half-day at work (which gave me time in the morning for photos!)

What:

  • Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old
  • Skirt:  Gap, old
  • Tee:  Nordstrom Rack, old
  • Pendant:  Wedgwood, vintage, from my mom
  • Earrings:  Minnesota visitor’s gift shop, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old

similar denim jacket  //  similar long-sleeved white tee  //  similar floral skirt  //  similar ballet flats  //  blue circle pendant necklace

denim jacket + floral skirt

So there is still time to participate in SIA challenges! It’s easy, and bloggers and non-bloggers are encouraged to join in. All you need to do is take a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s art piece — flat lays and selfies are just fine, as well — and send to this week’s curator, Salazar @ 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com, by tonight. Salazar will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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Navy + bronze casual

I wore this casual outfit on a day filled with errands and meetings, including an early morning meeting with our Portland realtor. It was a sunny day, but I knew I would be in and out of air conditioning, so I accessorized this simple navy outfit with a bronze scarf/shawl that I could wrap around my shoulders if needed. (And I did.)

By the way, I didn’t realize until after I’d chosen this week’s SIA inspiration artwork that this outfit today could also have served as an interpretation! But alas, I wore this outfit before I chose my most recent SIA piece. Obviously, I’m feeling the navy + bronze lately!

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

My metallic sandals and topaz drop earrings tied into the neutral metallic of the scarf. I added in a bit of whimsy to the outfit with my Nancy Drew tote bag! The top I’m wearing is one that I thrifted a few years ago, and it has cute retro details like buttons along the back and notched sides. (By the way, I never unbutton this top to put it on — I just slip it on and off over my head.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + bronze casual

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SIA interpretation: René Lalique brooch

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a gorgeous art nouveau brooch by French artist René Lalique. This “Dragonfly Lady” brooch, ca. 1897-98, was presented at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, as part of Lalique’s art nouveau jewelry collection.

And there’s still time to participate in the SIA challenge! You don’t have to be a blogger, and you can also take flay lays of outfits or selfies. Just send a photo of your inspired outfit to Salazar at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight. Salazar will have the inspiration round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Here’s my SIA interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA collage for Rene Lalique brooch

I wanted to mix gold, mint, and black and an interesting piece of jewelry. My first thought was my mint statement earrings, so checkmark for the jewelry and mint. Then came my graphic print blouse, which has a pattern that echoed the color scheme and art nouveau feel. I finished the outfit off with my teal green cardigan — and yes, I did wear this outfit on St. Patrick’s Day!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + STyle | Closeup of mint earrings and braided headband

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

We were planning on taking photos in a different location in the neighborhood, and then I spied this tree. And then I realized that the shape of the tree echoed the shape of the dragonfly brooch — happy accident!

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Green + bronze + black

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