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Work to weekend | Jane Austen tee

I’ve worn my Jane Austen feminism tee a few times already since buying it in February, but I hadn’t featured it on the blog — until now!

And you get a two-fer, with a “work to weekend” post. If I have a Friday work day that doesn’t involve teaching, I often wear a more casual outfit, when I then remix for the weekend.

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee collage

For work:

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

The tee features a quote from Pride and Prejudice, in which Lizzy Bennet is admonished as being an “obstinate, headstrong girl!” — which Lizzy turns around to be a compliment, of course. As I would, too. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee outfit

For the weekend:

And above are the common elements I kept for the weekend look. I remixed the tee, the dark denim jacket, the geometric-print canvas flats, and my colorful earrings. The only piece I changed was the trousers I wore for work, which I switched out for light grey jeans on the weekend. I also changed out my bag.

Note:  I forgot to put in my earrings until after we took photos. But I did wear them with this outfit! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

And I cheered out loud when I realized that the perfect finishing touch for my weekend variation of this outfit would be my new Pride and Prejudice tote bag. Perfect!

#JaneAustenForTheWin #PrideAndPrejudiceFan #MrDarcyForever

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride and Prejudice tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Librarian for Life + Style | Work to weekend, Jane Austen tee

Weather:  Sunny and cool both days

Where:  For a casual work day on Friday, then errand-running on Saturday

What:

  • Jane Austen tee:  Teespring, this winter
  • Denim jacket:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Trousers:  Worthington, old
  • Grey jeans:  Jones New York via Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats:  Mossimo for Target, new
  • Pride & Prejudice tote bag:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, new
  • Earrings:  Gift from friend in Wisconsin, old

Shop my outfit:

similar feminism-themed tee  //  similar denim jacket  //  similar wide-leg trousers  //  exact shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual Friday tee + trousers outfit collage


Which variation is your favorite? Please leave a comment and share 🙂


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Jane Austen style

And now for something completely different… a little break for Regency style!

I debated about whether or not to share these pics on my style blog, but hey, this is what I wore this past Sunday, so here goes! If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and member of a local region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). Our annual May event took place this past Sunday (yes, on Mother’s Day), and although costumes weren’t required, I had agreed to dress up for the occasion.

And Mom, this is for you. Happy (extended) Mother’s Day! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

I picked up this Regency-style costume — my first! — via a silent auction at our JASNA December event. The dress even came with its own matching reticule (drawstring bag)! I added my bronze scarf to serve as a shawl, a string of pearls, and the white satin ballet slippers that I had bought for my wedding almost 12 years ago.

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

Details:  Dress and reticule:  JASNA silent auction, December  /  Bronze shawl: Kmart, old  /  Ballet slippers:  Leo’s brand at a ballet store in Texas, 2001  /  Pearl necklace:  From my grandmother, old

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style

The dress feels slightly too small for my frame, at least lengthwise — I need to add an extra ruffle at the sleeves and another at the bottom — and slightly too large in the bust. But overall, the fit was pretty comfortable. I also appreciated the empire waist even more after our fantastic potluck luncheon! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style - ballet slippers

Librarian for Life + Style | Jane Austen style - braided bun

I researched Regency-style hairstyles and accessories (such a librarian!), and found this site with lots of illustrations. Loosely styled braids and buns were all the rage, so I parted my hair down the center and braided each side. I coiled the right braid into a bun, and then wrapped the left braid over the bun for a fuller effect, securing everything with lots of bobby pins. At first, we tried pinning the pearl necklace around my bun, but it didn’t look quite right, so I ended up wearing the pearls just as a necklace. In the end, I quite liked the simplicity of the single strand of pearls, and they helped balance out the dress’s neckline.

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual kilting

And once again, Sam donned his Scottish attire — always a hit at the JASNA events! — but went a bit more casual this time by adding a long-sleeved linen tunic. I asked, and yes, this kind of tunic is common for more daytime kilt looks. And we just got the belt from the Scottish Country Shop here in Portland, so Sam was happy to have an opportunity to wear that already. We’re slowly adding to his Scottish wardrobe. (Can’t get enough of the kilt? You can see more of Sam’s Scottish side by clicking here and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Casual kilting

Hope y’all enjoyed our mini-break to play dress-up. Back to modern-day librarian style tomorrow!