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Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

I’ve mentioned that I’ll be working in the library during the summer, which I’m very excited about, as I haven’t been able to do that in years. (My faculty contract is a standard 9-month one, so summer work is separate.) And… that means more work outfits for the blog over the summer!

This outfit is a good example of a “summer work casual” kind of look for me. It’s professional because of the ankle pants and wedges and cardigan, but it’s fun and colorful with the mix of prints and bright colors. A win-win in my book! ūüôā

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Below is a closeup of mixing geometric prints. I felt a little wary at first about mixing these prints, as I tend to combine a larger-scale print with a smaller-scale print to balance things out visually — but these are two smaller-scale prints mixed together. But I think it works because navy is a unifying color between the two prints — and the navy cardigan helps “rest” the eye between the two prints. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Plus, I got quite a few compliments on this outfit the first time I wore it, from students calling it “fun” and “cheerful.” I guess I’ve already worn down my colleagues with my pattern-mixing — they’re used to it by now! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing patterns + color closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

And this kind of comfy work outfit lends itself perfectly to being comfy while chilling out after work. (Yes, we took these photos after work. And yes, that’s me, Jen, with a gin. Or to be more specific, a gin-and-soda infused with cucumber elixir. Perfect for a light summer drink!)

Cheers, y’all!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Weather:  Sunny but not too warm

Where:  Work

What:

  • Print shell:  Thrifted, old
  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Print ankle pants:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein Sport via Macy’s, old
  • Silver circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from husband, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar navy cardigan with 3/4 sleeves  //  similar print top  //  similar print ankle pants  //   //  similar silver circle earrings  //  very similar wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing geometric prints for a summer work casual outfit

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Wine + flowers | Spring floral

Florals? For spring? In the immortal words of Miranda Priestley, AKA¬†national treasure Meryl Streep: “Groundbreaking.” ūüėČ

Florals for Spring Groundbreaking,” uploaded by¬†humour101channel, Standard YouTube License.

And yet, it is irresistible not to feel the urge to float out your florals after a long, cold, rainy winter, when all the trees and flowers are suddenly bursting with color and life. Like the bright fuchsia azaleas and the Japanese red maple tree bringing color and life to our front yard.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

I really didn’t intend to color-coordinate with our¬†tree and flowers. (No, really, Erin, I didn’t! ūüėČ ) And I actually didn’t realize my wine-colored ankle pants EXACTLY matched our Japanese red maple tree until after I’d downloaded photos. I must just¬†naturally gravitate toward color-coordinating, without even realizing it. I have a color-coordinated subconscious, y’all. (You taught me well, Mom.¬†‚ô• )

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

And I am wearing my new pewter flats! They’re super comfy right out of the box.

Honestly, this entire outfit was super comfy. And I had an earrrrrrrly start to this teaching day, so I needed all the help I could get. This popover style of shirt is always more professional-looking than a tee, but just as comfortable. And ankle pants look more professional than jeans, but again, just as comfortable.

And yes, I used¬†my new Kenra Perfect Medium Spray 13¬†hairspray, reviewed here — and my hair does look shiny, even at the end of the day! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Librarian for Life + Style | Wine + flowers

Weather:  Amazingly sunny and warm, a break inbetween rainy days

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Floral blouse: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Ankle pants (originally red but dyed burgundy myself): ¬†Macy’s, old
  • Flats: ¬†Famous Footwear, new
  • Flower earrings: ¬†Made by friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral popover top  //  very similar burgundy ankle pants  //  exact flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral popover outfit collage

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Black floral tunic remix

Another day, another remix… this time, I am remixing my black floral tunic that I thrifted years ago.¬†Here are different ways I’ve worn this tunic:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a black floral tunic collage

left, “Tunic + leggings” ¬†// ¬†middle, “Rosebuds in bloom

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

This tunic is one I keep out year-round, as it works for every season. Its fabric is light enough to wear in spring and summer, along with its floral motif. And its darker colors make it appropriate for fall and winter seasons. I thrifted this tunic years ago at my favorite local resale boutique in Portland, Here We Go Again.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Comfort is the first rule of my personal style, and this outfit is super comfortable. After all, it’s a tunic, leggings, and flat boots! It’s like a work version of pyjamas, as far as I’m concerned. Yet it still looks appropriate enough for work — at least, appropriate for where I work.

And of course I enjoyed color-coordinating my accessories by going for burgundy statement earrings and my darker red leather tote bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic remix

Weather:  A cool spring day

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Tunic: ¬†White House Black Market, thrifted, old
  • Leggings: ¬†Spanx via Macy’s, this past fall
  • Boots: ¬†Marc Fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Earrings: ¬†MOSS Handmade, Christmas gift from Sam, old
  • Tote bag: ¬†Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black floral tunic  //  exact leggings  //  similar black riding boots  //  crochet earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Black floral tunic outfit collage

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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… ūüôā

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? ūüôā

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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Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Flowers on the trees and flowers on my tunic!

I recently switched out my fall/winter and spring/summer clothes in my closet, and I was inspired to remix¬†my floral tunic in a different way. I’ve worn this loose-fitting, A-line shaped tunic with cargo ankle pants and leggings before on the blog, but I had never tried layering something over the tunic before. (Probably because it’s a swing top.) This time I tried¬†the look of layering the tunic under my burgundy cargo vest.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing floral tunic collage

left:  SIA:  Floral mixing  //  right:  May Day in a floral tunic + leggings

I wore this casual look for a recent “wine-tasting walk” weekend event in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, which I mentioned in last week’s monthly budget post. We happened to find a gorgeous cherry tree blooming in People’s Park for a fantastic photo backdrop.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral tunic and jewelry closeup

I wore my simple gold pendant necklace as well as¬†yellow rose earrings to tie in the yellow roses in the tunic’s floral print. I almost paired the tunic with my olive cargo vest, but switched it out for the burgundy cargo vest at the last minute. I thought the deeper burgundy color helped the vibrant colors of the roses in the print stand out a bit more.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

These pics are a couple of weeks old, but there are still quite a few cherry blossoms blooming around town, little bursts¬†of them popping up here and there. Our cherry blossom season is generally so short each spring, I figured y’all wouldn’t mind if I extended it as much as possible on the blog! ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral tunic with my burgundy cargo vest

Weather:  Still chilly! (I also brought my black raincoat with me, and I did end up needing it!)

Where:  Wine-tasting walk around Hilltop-area businesses

What:

  • Tunic: ¬†c/o giveaway, Lulu’s,¬†old
  • Cargo vest: ¬†Rampage via Macy’s, this past fall
  • Skinny jeans: ¬†Target, old
  • Flats: ¬†Payless, old
  • Necklace: ¬†c/o giveaway, Lulu’s, old
  • Rose stud earrings: ¬†Gift, old

Shop my outfit

similar floral tunic  //  exact burgundy cargo vest  //  very similar skinny jeans  //  very similar black ballet flats  //  rose stud earrings  //  rose gold bar pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral tunic outfit collage

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