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Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Whew, back to summer outfits! 😉

This combo — a sleeveless maxidress + button-front shirt + canvas flats — is ridiculously comfortable for a (cooler) summer weekend. I’ve read my beloved Tom & Lorenzo question why ladies love wearing maxidresses in the summer (all that fabric), but the thing is, when you wear maxidresses, you create your own breeze as you walk. It’s like built-in air conditioning, complete with shade. Real talk, y’all. It’s all part of the service. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

This footbridge at Wright Park had been closed down for repairs for at least a year after we moved to Tacoma. So we were excited to finally get pics on the newly restored bridge, which overlooks this lovely pond with fountains and statues. (You can see other spots of Wright Park in previous style posts here, here, and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

My goodness, I love these canvas flats. They’re from the Mossimo line from Target — a line they phased out last year, much to my disappointment — and I’ve worn these shoes with skinny jeans, with shorts, and with ankle pants. And now with maxidresses! 🙂

Also, we took these pics right after I got my hair trimmed, so my hairdo is looking particularly sharp. I’ve had this shorter, spikier version of a pixie cut for almost exactly a year, and I’m still lovin’ it! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of hair trim, lip stain, and hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Weather:  Gorgeous, cool summer day

Where:  Out and about on the weekend

What:

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SIA interpretation: Memorial Day poppy

A quick note to please vote for your favorite outfit of mine for last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation. Last week, I chose a hand-painted illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’ [Memorial Day Poppy].” You can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

Inspiration:

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

Interpretation:

I incorporated both the orange-red color of the poppy as well as the black-and-white butterfly wings from the illustration. I layered my black-and-white gingham button-front shirt over my thrifted orange floral dress. The combo feels simple yet also bold, which is also how I described this illustration last week.
Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

I kept my jewelry low-key, with a black pearl pendant necklace, black metal hoops, and bright yellow flower earring studs.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Below is a closeup of the gingham print against the floral. This pattern-mixing worked so well! I think one reason this pattern-mixing duo works is because the gingham print is very small-scale (which looks kind of grey from a distance) while the floral print is very large-scale; therefore, the gingham doesn’t overpower the floral pattern.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + orange floral

Weather:  Perfect spring day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk duty

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow night, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, June 6th.

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Gingham + necktie style inspiration

A quick note that the monthly reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit from Suzanne Carillo’s style blog, an outfit I pinned immediately. She remixed a gingham midi dress + a red tie/scarf under a black sweater vest, which I turned into a gingham button-front shirt + burgundy tie layered under a black scoop-neck dress. Suzanne paired her outfit with shiny red heels, and I went with my shiny red buckled flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

It’s interesting to me that Sam remarked in the morning that this outfit was “intentionally attention-seeking,” and it did turn out to be a head-turner. I got lots of comments and compliments all day, from both colleagues and students. I have to wonder why, because it’s definitely not attention-seeking due to any skin showing; literally only my face, neck, and hands are on display. One could even describe this outfit as prim. Is it my obvious joy wearing this outfit that others can feel? Is it because I, a woman, am playing off both masculine and feminine style tropes with this outfit? Is it simply how the black scoop-neck neckline of the dress stands out visually against the gingham and pop of burgundy at the top? A combination of all the above? What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Y’all, I think it’s pretty obvious that I loved loved loved wearing this outfit! It’s not very spring-like, but WHATEVER. The heart wants what it wants. ♥♥♥ (And actually, black is totally on trend for spring this year. My beloved Tom & Lorenzo have commented about it.)

I wore this outfit on a heavy teaching day, and it pleased me so much that when I walked into one class, one student exclaimed, “You look like Hermione from Harry Potter!” I clapped my hands in glee at this realization, oh yes I did. #hermionemyhero #harrypotterforever #teamgryffindor 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

I’ve mentioned before that I get a lot of personal joy out of slipping in subtle, subversive details when I get a chance. It’s often the “quirky” part of my personal style. And today, I borrowed one of my husband’s ties, one that he thrifted years ago, which has a design of thumbs up underneath “Women’s Lib” statements. Yaaaaaaaas. 👍 👍 👍

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

And y’all KNOW I matched my lipstick to my tie. Because that’s how I roll through life, color-coordinated whenever possible. (Love you, Mom, you taught me well!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Weather:  Still chilly enough for tights that day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk day at the library

What:

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SIA interpretation: Roots

It’s time for my interpretation of the final Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge for 2017! For this style challenge, SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork.

The inspiration:

Salazar picked an amazing photo from a series called “Roots” by Spanish photographer Miguel Vallinas, a series which depicts people in outfits with flowers for their heads. Salazar was drawn to the series for its striking — and stylish! — effect, and you can learn more about the meaning of the series here in this article.

There are a lot of photos in the series, which you can see more of here, but Salazar chose the “Number 24” photo, a combo that includes a blue gingham shirt, a long cardigan, and a head of purple-colored flowers, all against a black backdrop. In the collage below is a detail from the inspiration photo, but you can see the full photo here.

Interpretation:

I recreated the outfit pretty closely but added a twist when it came to the flowers in the inspiration photo. I also wore a denim skirt instead of jeans, and an overcoat instead of a long cardigan. All the major colors are there: beige, blue, purple, green, and denim.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit collage

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

I brought in the floral in a subtle way through my cloisonné earrings, which also brought in the black and green tones. (The purple tones of the flowers are represented in my purple sweater vest.) You can’t see the earrings too well in the full outfit photos, so I included some closeups below. (You’ve also seen these earrings before on the blog here, here, and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

The black painted wall as the backdrop came out looking more grey, due to the foggy weather. But that’s what I was going for, a black background. The blue of my gingham button-front shirt and my tights really pops, right?

And even though it was foggy, I wore my sunglasses for our quick photo shoot in order to sort of “hide” my face — a little nod to the flowers that substitute for the head in the inspiration photo!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, 2017

Weather:  Foggy and cold

Where:  Work day and running errands on the weekend

What:

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By the way, if you’re wondering if this outfit looks familiar, it’s because it’s basically a mash-up of two previous outfits, as you can see below:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a blue gingham shirt and a sweater vest

2014 outfit  //  2016 outfit


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Eyelet + gingham summer casual

I’ve worn this eyelet + gingham combo more than one weekend this summer. It’s been a hot one, y’all! I can’t remember if we took pics the second or third time I wore this outfit, but never late than never… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

And below is a closeup of the mix of textures and prints, the eyelet and the gingham. And along with the checkered fedora, which I borrowed from Sam, this is yet another example of subtle pattern-mixing! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

And I’ve been wanting to take photos in front of this fountain in downtown Tacoma, on Broadway and 11th. On a weekend while doing multiple errands downtown, we took advantage of the opportunity. It’s often easier for me to pose for photos in front of a “tourist-y” location or backdrop, since I don’t stand out or attract any extra attention for taking photos. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Fountain in downtown Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Fountain in downtown Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Fountain gif

And when I wear this eyelet top, I wear a red sports bra underneath — a variation of my sports-bra-as-tank-top trick — to cut down on sweat around the middle. Real life, right? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyelet + gingham summer casual

Weather:  Hot hot hot

Where:  Running errands

What:

  • Eyelet button-front shirt:  Bealls, old
  • Gingham shorts:  Kohl’s, old
  • Strappy sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Fedora (borrowed from Sam):  Kohl’s, old
  • Tote bag:  ModCloth, Christmas gift from my mom this year

Shop my outfit:

similar red button-front top  //  similar gingham shorts  //  similar checkered fedora  //  similar meow tote bag  //  similar black strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Red button-front + black gingham shorts outfit collage

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