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Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

As I flipping through the November 2016 issue of People StyleWatch, I saw a feature on fall outfit formulas, and one of them was about pairing a pleated midi skirt with a crewneck sweater and ankle strap shoes. ON IT.

Librarian for Life + Style | People StyleWatch pleated midi skirt feature

I paired coral pleated skirt with my black crewneck sweater for a super simple outfit formula. I added a little something extra with my snakeskin, ankle-strap wedges, for that touch of whimsy I like to mix in with my comfy + classic style.

I often tuck in my shirts when I wear this skirt, because I like to emphasize the wide waistband, as seen here and here, but today, it felt more natural to keep the sweater untucked. I think the pleats stood out even more this way!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + coral + snakeskin wedges

And, of course, with a pleated skirt, you know there will be twirling!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula | Black + coral + snakeskin

Weather:  Warmed up to low 60s and no rain

Where:  Work day with reference desk + meetings

What:

  • Sweater:  JCPenney, old
  • Skirt:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Wedges: Clark’s, old
  • Earrings:  Christmas gift, old

exact crewneck sweater (also available in black)  //  very similar coral pleated skirt  //  snakeskin-and-suede wedges  //  chandelier lace earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sweater + pleated skirt outfit formula collage

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SIA interpretation: Bear in Boat

For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, Jess @ Animated Cardigan chose a charming, modern painting, “Bear in Boat,” by artist Joyce Koskenmaki. The entire painting is viewable on the artist’s website.

And there’s still time to participate in SIA! Everyone is welcome — just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to Jess at animatedcardigan@gmail.com. She’ll post the round-up tonight on her blog, Animated Cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation:  Bear in Boat

The day after I posted about this week’s SIA challenge, I posted my orange floral + JORD wood watch review post. A reader pointed out that that outfit would have been great for this week’s SIA challenge — and I agree! Alas, I wore it the week before I knew about the SIA challenge.

What I did end up wearing inspired by the “Bear in Boat” painting was this outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Details:  Brown print shirtdress, thrifted {similar}  //  Orange scarf (used as belt), came with another dress {similar}  //  Gold cube earrings studs, Old Navy {very similar}  //  Gold-and-scream sandals, Target, old {very similar}  //  Orange ceramic necklace, Vancouver BC {similar}  //  Dark brown wood watch, c/o JORD {exact, “Ely” style in black}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

The boat in the painting looks orange-y to me, so I tied an orange scarf around a brown printed shirtdress. The diamond print of the dress made me think of the “V” shape of the tree shadows in the bottom of the painting. I don’t have much green in my wardrobe, but posing against a backdrop of trees took care of that! 😉 I rewore my JORD wood watch, which also fit the inspiration painting full of forest.

Twirling alert!

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

I felt super comfortable and feminine in this outfit. Thanks to Stephanie for taking photos! And last but not least, dresses with pockets! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + coral

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SIA: Two for one

My Style Imitating Art (SIA) choice this time is the beguiling “Two Women at a Window,” c.1655/1660 by Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

If you would like to participate in SIA — there’s still time! — then all you have to do is send a picture of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to me (librarianforlifestyle[@]gmail.com) by tonight, Monday, Oct. 20, by 10 pm PST. I will then post the round-up tomorrow morning.

Inspiration:

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Interpretation:

I loved the autumnal color palette of the painting, so I layered my trusty brown cardigan over my mom’s vintage sheath dress and brown leggings. I added to the earth tones with my cognac riding boots. The pop of color came from my new coral earrings from Our World Boutique, courtesy of a giveaway prize. I also mixed in some texture with my chunky, bronze-and-wood bracelet.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Details:  White sheath dress:  My mom’s, vintage  {similar option on sale} {another similar option on sale} /  Brown cardigan:  Gap, old {similar} /  Brown leggings, worn as tights:  Spanx for Kohl’s, gift-carded last winter {similar} /  Cognac riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s, last fall {almost exact from same brand}  /  Coral earrings:  Our World Boutique, c/o giveaway {cool option} {another pretty pair} /  Tan overcoat:  Marks & Spencer, Abu Dhabi, 2009 {similar}  /  Bronze-and-wood bracelet:  Christmas market in Vienna, 2009 {chunky wood bracelet} {wood-and-mother-of-pearl bracelet} /  Brown felt cloche:  LOFT, old {very similar cloche}

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + white + coral accents

Still having fun mixing things up on the short hair front… that morning, I wet the bangs and blow-dried them flat, and then secured them to the side with a couple of bobby pins. I like the softer, rounder result — definitely a nice frame for the coral earrings!

As it was an off-and-on rainy kind of day, I wore my tan overcoat and my brown cloche. More earth tones and textures! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloche hat + overcoat

For more posts featuring this awesome felt cloche hat — but with my longer hair — click here and here.

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I wanna be like Gracey

When Gracey @ Fashion for Giants and I first met up in person, I wore my coral pleated skirt, and she mentioned that she also had a similar pleated coral skirt. Then this past spring, Gracey debuted a library stamp tee — which my husband then gifted me this summer for my birthday.

So on this morning, I woke up with the thought, “I wanna be like Gracey!” and put the two together.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Details:  Grey stamp tee:  Out of Order, birthday gift from my husband  {exact} /  Coral pleated skirt:  Florence Adams, c/o giveaway in spring 2012 {similar}  /  Pewter wedges:  Payless, old  {similar} /  Grey patent leather skinny belt:  Target, winter 2013 {exact} /  Silver circle drop earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from my husband, old {similar}

My friend Stephanie was sweet enough to take my pics today — she took pics the whole first week of fall term, while my husband was away on his book tour — and below is the pose I struck after she said, “Now be sassy!” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt
I haven’t been inspired that lately with my hair, but on this day, I decided to try an old favorite, side rope braids twisted into mini-buns {here’s a good online tutorial for this hairstyle}. This kind of style really only works when my hair is wet, as my thin hair has very little “grip” when it’s dry.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braids and bun hairstyle

I like this photo below, even though it’s blurry, because of the movement in the photo and my facial expression.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Library stamp tee + coral pleated skirt

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Floral + coral

I wore this outfit twice last week:  the first time to a local Jane Austen tea and reading group and the second time during the week of in-service. Has anyone else done that — worn the same outfit to an outside event and then to work? It cuts down on thinking up another outfit, and no one will know you’ve worn it twice in one week. Except when you admit it on the internets. Whoops. 😉

This is also doing triple duty (!!!) as my entry for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, The Star by Edgar Degas. There’s still time to participate — just send a photo to Jess @ Animated Cardigan by tonight at animatedcardigan@gmail.com, and she’ll soon post the SIA round-up on her blog.

Inspiration:

The Star - Edgar Degas - 1871-1881

The Star – Edgar Degas – 1871-1881

Interpretation:

No tulle? No problem! My interpretation is obviously a loose one, as I focused on the feminine feel, as well as the fit-and-flare dress shape (minus the crinolines), as starting points. I also incorporated the bits of coral and blue present in the painting, as well as the floral pattern on the ballet dancer’s bodice and hair ornaments.

I feel PRETTY in this dress, and sometimes, that’s all a girl needs or wants to feel like a star! ★

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + coral

Details:  Floral dress (exact):  Lands’ End, newly gift-carded  /  Denim jacket (similar):  Kohl’s, old  /  Coral beaded necklace (similar single-strand):  Gift from my mom  /  Cognac wedges (exact, similar, similar with suede platform):  b.o.c./Born via Macy’s, spring  /  Vintage wicker-and-bakelite purse (similar, straw satchel alternative) :  Art fair in Chicago, 2007  /  Pearl stud earrings (similar):  Parting gift from Abu Dhabi colleagues, 2011

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral print + a teacup

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I’m wearing a new dress today, one from Lands’ End. I had read good reviews of this dress from Lisa @ Respect the Shoes, and there are several patterns and colors available in this sleeveless design, as well as the elbow-sleeved version. My husband, Sam, had the final choice of pattern, and he chose this lovely navy floral design, which you can see up close has a bit of green along the rose edges. This is how that conversation went:

Sam:  I choose this one. [points to navy floral]
Me:  I do have a navy dress already, you know. [seen here]
Sam:  Is it floral?
Me:  No. It’s solid navy.
Sam:  Well then. [smug smile]

Good choice, sweetie! This dress is so comfortable, and I think it’s obvious from the photos that I feel good in this dress.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + coral

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + coral

The denim jacket brings a casual vibe to the dress — denim jackets are THE BEST — and I chose my cognac wedges because my husband had chosen cognac accessories on the day. Look how handsome he is! ♥ I also think his outfit echoes the inspiration painting, as well, especially with the color scheme.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + coral + plaid

The backdrop, by the way, is the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, located in NE Portland. Hence the “freight” signs, just in case you were wondering. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + coral

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