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Equestrian-style remix

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Remixing the details

This outfit came about because I happened upon one of my earrrrrrrrrly outfits from the blog — as in third outfit EVER (!!!) on the blog — and thought about how I would rewear the equestrian vibe behind this 2012 outfit.

What stayed the same? The scarf, the cognac bow belt, and a grey cardigan (although I replaced my older grey cardigan a couple of years ago with the same cardigan in the same color from the same brand).

What changed? I switched out the boot-cut jeans for a dress (worn as a skirt) and leggings. And I switched out my brown loafer heels for cognac flat-heeled boots. Finally, the equestrian vibe makes more sense with riding boots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian vibe outfit remix

2012 outfit:  Equestrian vibe

Also different? My haircut and glasses. My photos are also better now — and the camera angles more flattering! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

I tied this equestrian-print scarf a different way this time. I modified my “scarf necklace” trick, seen here and here, as a way to tuck in the ends of the scarf, but I left the scarf loose in the front so you could see more of the print. A couple of colleagues did notice the scarf trick and asked how I did it! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

I felt the current remix worked better than the older combo because I now have cognac boots, which make more sense with the cognac belt and better overall with the equestrian theme. It also helped to bring in a bright color, like this blue dress, to liven things up a bit. It was a super comfortable outfit to wear to work, and I liked the challenge of remixing an outfit I wore early on at the start of this style blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Brought back from UAE, old
  • Boots:  Marc fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar grey cardigan  //  very similar equestrian-print scarf  //  very similar blue knit dress  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  cognac double-buckle belt  //  similar cognac riding boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix outfit collage

Do you like the equestrian-style remix? Would you try out this variation on the “scarf necklace” trick? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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Mixing jewel tones together with a silk scarf

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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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Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print | How I mentally put together outfits

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know I’m super practical, and I also enjoy thoroughly thinking through each outfit that I wear. It’s a creative outlet for me, and also a way to merge my creative and practical sides together. Everything I wear has a purpose and a reason for why I’m wearing it, depending on the weather and the activities set for that specific day. And sharing those reasons with others is a major reason why I still enjoy blogging. Not just posting pics of what I wear on Facebook or Instagram — but having the space to reflect and write down my thoughts and reasons for what I wear, to give voice to this style journey that I am documenting.

Reflecting on how I “build” outfits

In my head, when I’m “building” outfits, it is akin to those books in my childhood that you could flip the top, bottom, and middle sections to mix-and-match different looks. (Do they still make those?) I have the ability to visualize outfits in my head; I don’t have to physically “see” the clothes to put things together. (Same thing goes for mentally rearranging furniture in a room.) I just flip through possibilities in my head, mentally switching up tops or bottoms or accessories until I get to an outfit combination that makes sense.

How do I know when that moment comes? It’s hard to describe, but it’s like my brain is all active doing that mental flipping, flip flip flip like a lightbulb blinking. When it gets to a good outfit combination, my brain pauses and calms down, the glow from the lightbulb strong and true. A good outfit combo literally and mentally just feels right to me. Maybe that’s simply called instinct. I guess what it comes down to is that I’ve learned to trust my sartorial instincts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print closeup

Building an outfit, step by step

So how did this outfit come about? I’ll go through my mental outfit-building, step by step:

  • It first started with the shoes, which are patent leather. It was off-and-on rainy that morning, and patent leather is a good choice for rainy days. This was on the weekend, and we were running errands in the morning, so these patent leather flats would also be practical for doing that.
  • I had worn these grey jeans earlier in the week, so they were still on the floor in the laundry basket, so they came next. These jeans also aren’t too long, so they would be a good length with the flats.
  • Then I mentally flipped through a few possibilities for tops that would tie in with the red flats, and I came to my red striped tee. So far so good.
  • It was chilly, so I wanted an extra layer for warmth, and I first thought about a solid-colored cardigan, like my grey or black cardigan. And then, the final lightbulb — another opportunity to pattern-mix! My grey leopard-print cardigan would coordinate color-wise with my grey jeans but would also provide a bit more visual excitement to the top half with the pattern-mixing.
  • And when I pictured my leopard-print cardigan with the rest of the outfit I had put together in my mind, everything clicked. I could see it in my mind, and it just felt right.
  • Last step, accessories. I didn’t want a necklace to clutter up the pattern-mixing or the boat neckline of the striped tee. I didn’t want heavy earrings because we were running errands. So I went with simple earrings, black and silver earring studs. Done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print closeup

One of our errands took us across the Sound into Gig Harbor. And I like to the take photos while we’re out and about, as a way to also document where we live, so it was a perfect opportunity to highlight the marina waterfront along the smaller town of Gig Harbor. This location was at the Austin Estuary Park, which helps protect wetland and stream buffer areas with native grasses, shrubs, and trees. A great place to take photos, and a great place to appreciate our natural habitat!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing stripes + leopard print

Finally, another shoe portrait of me and Sam! Tomorrow, I’ll be highlighting another outfit of Sam’s, so stay tuned!

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoes selfie

Weather:  Off-and-on rainy and sunny

Where:  Errand-running in Tacoma and Gig Harbor

What:

  • Cardigan:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Striped tee:  J.Crew Factory, last winter
  • Jeans:  Macy’s, old
  • Flats:  DSW, old

Shop my outfit

similar grey leopard print cardigan  //  similar striped tee  //  similar grey jeans  //  similar patent leather flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing stripes and leopard print outfit collage

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Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

🍀 🍀 🍀 I’m wearing green on my blog for St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 🍀 🍀

I knew I wanted to pair this colorblock-trim cardigan with my navy dress, a riff off when I wore this cardigan over my navy dotted skirt. That morning as I was getting dressed, I happened to look over at my scarf bins in our closet… and realized that one of the vintage scarves I thrifted in the fall had the EXACT colors of this cardigan. EXACT. (I can neither confirm nor deny a happy dance commencing after that revelation.)

The front of my cardigan is distinctive with a row of navy trim down the front with brass buttons as well as navy-trimmed pockets, so I didn’t want to detract from those details with my scarf. I could have doubled up the scarf to wear it more like a neckerchief, but then another light bulb… I could wear my scarf with the ends hanging down the back!

I am a fashion rebel, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan, closeup

The mint-and-navy scarf I thrifted last fall is a Vera Neumann scarf, and it is so pretttttttty. I was looking at posts, like here and here, about how you could date the scarf, and most of the clues go back to the signature. The signature on my scarf with its taller and more curved “V” looks like the signature that began in the late 60s and in the 80s. Based on the more streamlined, preppy-type pattern, I’m going to guess the early ’80s, rather than the ’60s, when her scarves had more graphic and geometric prints.

Below is a closeup of my scarf’s signature, plus how well it matches the trim of my cardigan. Y’all know how I love color-coordinating, so this discovery had me over the moon!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Vera Neumann scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Looking over these pics, I really should have used either my steamer or my wrinkle releaser spray on my outfit… on the plus side, these wrinkles serve to highlight everyday use. Just another example of how I really do wear these outfits in real life! 😉

Also, it was super fun and sweet when a student worker in our library that day stopped short, all wide-eyed, and asked, “Did that scarf come with that cardigan? How does it attach?” And then she was amazed that I had bought each piece separately, even years apart! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Weather: Chilly and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day with meetings (what else is new?!)

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, years ago
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted, vintage
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein via Macy’s, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Birthday gift, old

Shop my outfit:

mint trim cardigan  //  very similar navy fit-and-flare dress  //  mint scarf  //  almost exact navy wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy outfit collage

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Sam’s style | Grey fedora + cords

Bonus Sam style! You’re welcome.

Seriously, isn’t my husband just the cutest — and so stylish! — in his grey cords and grey felt fedora?! And I think he (secretly) enjoys it when I think he looks so good that I have to take pics. All for you, dear readers. I am selfless that way. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Librarian for Life + Style | Hats off to my husband's style

Sam recently took stock of his wardrobe and realized he needed some new jeans. I happened to have a couple of Gap gift cards, so it was perfect timing. Plus, we happened to hit the Gap when they were having a “buy 1, get 1 free” sale!!! Serendipity, y’all.

And Sam has NEVER bought cords before, because he’s always felt they were unflattering. But these cords must be magical. I think it’s because they’re a lighter weight of corduroy — they’re so soft! — and we both love the soft grey color. It’s fun shopping for Sam, as we don’t get to do it as often!

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + textured shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Shoe portrait

Another shoe portrait of us as a couple! I love these tweed herringbone slip-ons of Sam’s, plus you’re getting a sneak peek at my shoes and my outfit. I’ll post those outfit photos tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Sam so often cracks me up when we’re taking photos, so it’s exciting for me when I get to crack him up and capture photos of it!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cracking my husband up

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, grey cords + layers

Fedoras are definitely Sam’s signature hat! This is a fedora we bought at a wonderful little haberdashery shop in Charlottetown, during our first trip to Prince Edward Island (you can see pics from our second trip to PEI here in this post).

Classic style is timeless! I hope you enjoyed another look at my husband’s cool, classic style.