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Sam’s style | Preppy kilt

It was sunshine-y but cool in that special PNW way, and Sam was FEELING the kilt this day. I did not mind at all.

I like that the top half of his outfit is a bit preppy, with the plaid button-front and sweater vest. And the bottom half is casual kilt style, with his utility kilt (or “utilikilt” — but I also sometimes use the terms “cargo kilt” and “hiking kilt”) and hiking socks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

And hello to Sam’s flowing locks! He usually wears his longer hair pulled back in a low ponytail, but today, he set the curls free. I am not AT ALL jealous of his curly hair (says the straight-haired lady… with a not-so-straight face). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Plaid button-front:  Hugo Boss, thrifted at local Tacoma shop, new
  • Sweater vest:  Kohl’s?, had for years
  • Utility kilt:  Highland Kilt Company, old
  • Hiking socks:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Brogues:  Payless, old

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re in the mood for more kilt outfits — and who isn’t?! — be sure to check out Sam’s utilikilt here in this post, and the full Fraser tartan dress kilt here in this post.

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Cargo kilt handsome

If you’re a longtime reader, y’all might remember seeing my husband, Sam, in a kilt. Even as recently as last month! (If not, then do yourself a favor and soak up some Scottish blue steel herehere and here.) My husband’s heritage is part Scottish — proudly of the Clan Fraser — and he’s worn his classic “Fraser red” tartan kilt several times. That kilt is fancier, so my husband also got a more casual “cargo kilt” a couple of years ago for versatility. The style is also called a “utility kilt” or “utilikit” for short.

This one’s made of thick canvas twill and has extra cargo pockets. It’s perfect for hiking, and my husband also wears it for work sometimes or occasions that have a dress code somewhere inbetween casual and fancy. This is what my husband wore to a recent JASNA event, and he dressed up the cargo kilt a bit with a grey button-down and brown Oxfords.

And behold the handsomeness:

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

I mean, right?! Gotta love a man in a kilt! There’s something so down-to-earth and sexy about a man in a kilt. Perhaps it’s the confidence of the man wearing it. Sam always gets a ton of compliments when he’s out wearing a kilt — and sometimes I even get random compliments for supporting him wearing a kilt! It’s my pleasure. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

He still is sporting the Fraser connection — this time with his tie, which is in the “Fraser hunting” tartan. (This is my personal favorite of the Fraser tartans, by the way.) Sam also has a necktie in the classic “Fraser red” tartan, which he always wears on the first day of teaching!

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Cargo kilt handsome

Hope y’all liked a bit of Scottish flavor to your week!

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!

What I wore for New Year’s Eve

As promised, here is my real-life version of what I wore for the fancy New Year’s Eve cocktail party Sam and I were invited to. (You can see the inspiration board here.) It was a night filled with fun and laughter — and crafts, as we made our own party hats! We also toasted the new year every hour on the hour, starting from the East Coast through to when we finally rang in the new year out here on the West Coast. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year's Eve

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year's Eve

I pulled my hair to the side just like I did here in this post, but dressed the style up by tying a sparkly, stretchy headband around to secure it. The closeup pics of my hair were all blurry, but you can kind of see the sparkly tie in the first pic.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year's Eve

I didn’t want a long sash or a big bow to take attention away from the embellished cardigan, so I just tied the sash like a scarf, doubling it up and looping one side through the other. Easy!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year's Eve closeup

I switched up my manicure for New Year’s, which I’ll post about later this week. Stay tuned!
(P.S. My toenails are still Christmas green.)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year's Eve - accessories

I’ve had this 1960s swing overcoat of my grandmother’s my mother’s almost my entire life. I am sure she my mom made this coat herself, as she was very skilled in sewing and jewelry-making. The faux fur collar had become detached on one side, so I sewed it back on earlier that day. It was fun to break out a vintage piece — and a personal one at that — for New Year’s!

Update:  My mom made this coat! Here’s the email update from my mom reading this post:

I really laughed when I saw the 60s vintage coat in your photo. However, your grandmother didn’t make it — I did! My junior year in high school homemaking, I made a black wool suit and bought a fur collar to go with it. Then for my home project, I made the coat you are wearing. I didn’t put a collar on it because the collar for my suit worked for both. Later, after I outgrew the suit, I stitched the fur collar onto the coat. I loved that coat, and I am so glad that it is still getting some wear time!

Isn’t that fantastic?!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore for New Year's Eve

Details:  Dress: c/o eShakti (review here)  /  Embellished cardigan: Forever 21, new  /  Overcoat with faux fur collar:  Vintage, my paternal grandmother’s  /  Satin shoes:  Shoe outlet years ago  /  Satin clutch:  Had so long I don’t remember  /  Pearl bracelet:  Gift from my husband, Purely Pearls, Abu Dhabi  /  Silver and pearl earrings:  Handmade by a personal friend in Abu Dhabi

Librarian for Life + Style | What we wore for New Year's Eve

And of course Sam wore his kilt! 🙂

Link ups:  Inspiration Monday  /  Copy Cat Closet  /  Favorite Frock Fridays  /  Watch What I’m Wearing  /  My Style, Your Style

Celebration time

Librarian for Life + Style | Celebration time

Librarian for Life + Style | Celebration time closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Celebration time

Librarian for Life + Style | Fraser tartan and Scottish brooch

Librarian for Life + Style | Tartan casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Fraser tartan kilt closeup

When? December 1, 2012

What for? For a special Jane Austen Birthday Celebration event of our local JASNA region — complete with English country dancing! — my husband and I donned the Fraser tartan once again. But this time, we both went more casual with the tartan (see our fancy versions here). It took me a while to come up with my outfit, as I wanted the Fraser scarf to be the main feature. In the end, I think my outfit comes off as festive without being too Christmas-y.

Fun fact #1:  My brooch was a gift from Sam’s great aunt who lives near Fraserburgh, Scotland.

Fun fact #2:  Today was also my mom’s birthday! My mom and I are both JASNA members, so I felt like I was having fun for the two of us at the Birthday Celebration. Love you, Mom! ♥

Fun fact #3:  I’m also wearing silver bell-shaped earrings, a gift from my mom. And Silver Bells” also happens to be my mom’s favorite Christmas carol. 🙂

Details?

My ensemble:

  • Cardigan:  Nordstrom Rack, last winter
  • Pencil skirt:  LOFT, this fall
  • Grey tights:  Walmart?, gift a few years ago
  • Grey flats:  DKNY via Macy’s, last fall
  • Tartan scarf:  Highland House of Fraser, 2008 trip
  • Brooch:  Gift from Sam’s great aunt in Scotland, 2008 trip
  • Silver bell earrings:  Gift from my mom, over a decade ago

Sam’s ensemble:

  • Button-down:  Carrefour, Abu Dhabi, 2010
  • Sweater vest:  Kohls, years ago
  • Kilt, kilt hose, Fraser kilt pin, sgian dubh:  Highland House of Fraser, 2008 trip
  • Casual sporran:  Scottish Country Shop, Portland, this fall
  • Shoes:  Vegetarian Shoes, 2006?