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Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

It’s been awhile since I’ve worn this floaty floral maxi (which you can see on its own here in this post). I have worn this floral maxi a couple of times for fancier occasions, but this time, I decided to make it more casual with a chambray button-front shirt. (And yes, it’s still summer up here in the PNW, and I wore this on a sunny and warm day.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

By the way, we took these photos on our back steps, which had definitely seen better days! Basically right after we took these photos, we worked on replacing those steps — yep, with me and my husband doing all the work — so these photos are the last remnants of what our back steps used to look like! (The new steps are now stained red, like the posts in the railing and our fence.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

This dress is so fun! I love how the overlay with all the flowers is sheer, so it creates interesting depth and shapes when I move. And the v-neck on this dress is deep, so I wore the maxi over a black sports bra, as per my usual clothing layering trick.

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Making a floral maxidress more casual with a chambray shirt

Weather:  Hot and dry

Where:  Summer work day

What:

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SIA: Madame X | Mixing metallics with a black maxi

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s stunning 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

My interpretation:

My black v-neck maxidress is a total no-brainer for this inspiration painting. And while I wore the white cardigan to make this maxi more appropriate for work, it still captures that “bare white shoulder” look of Madame X.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

I picked up this bronze bag at Tacoma’s Pride Festival last month, a bag made of recycled leather and made by a local artisan, Patrick Kdep of Patrick’s Creations. I didn’t think about it on the day, but after looking at the photos, I like how the white liner of the bag goes with my white cardigan.

And the bronze color of the tote bag echoes the bronze-y tones of the table and backdrop of the inspiration painting.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Below is a closeup of how I mixed metallics for the accessories:

  • rose gold (square stud earrings + bangles)
  • bronze (hoop earrings + recycled leather handbag)
  • pewter (the upper strap on my metallic sandals)

Librarian for Life + Style | Bronze accessories closeup

And finally, last but not least, are a couple of photos from other places in our front yard where we took photos. I included them because I liked how the different backdrops brought out different tones in the metallics: the cooler green leaves of the tree highlight the cooler tones of my outfit, while the sienna red of our fence brings out the warmer tones of the metallics and bag.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxi + mixing metallics

Weather:  Perfect summer day

Where:  Casual work day in the library

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome 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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, August 15th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.


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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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Adding interest with accessories | Maxidress + cardigan combo

Today’s outfit is not edgy or exciting, and I didn’t originally plan on taking photos of this casual work outfit when I got dressed that morning. Pairing a maxidress and a cardigan is almost like a work version of pajamas for me — sooooooo comfy and easy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

So why take photos at all? I realized at the end of the day it might be a useful example of demonstrating how much accessories can add interest to an outfit. If you look at the photos above and below, the accessories that add interest are:

  1. at the top, a silk headband in a colorful fern pattern and light pink bead earrings;
  2. in the middle, a striped tote bag; and
  3. at the bottom, strappy metallic sandals in a criss-cross pattern.

The different patterns of my headband and tote bag don’t match, of course, but they do “go” together color-wise, as they tie into the berry-colored cardigan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Silk headband closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

The backdrop is a mural at a local community park. The animal heads atop the human-shaped bodies are a little freaky, but I thought the purple tones played nicely with the colors of my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Portland Park mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + colorful accents

Weather:  Sunny

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Maxidress:  Fred Meyer, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Headband:  Local boutique in Chicago, old
  • Bead earrings:  Made by a friend in Wisconsin, old
  • Tote bag:  Fossil via DSW, gifted by a friend this past spring

Shop my outfit:

similar print headband  //  berry cardigan  //  similar black v-neck maxidress (I wore mine over a sports bra)  //  same style tote bag by same brand  //  similar metallic strappy sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Black maxidress + accessories outfit collage

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How do you like to add interest to your outfits? Through colorful prints or color-blocking? Through jewelry? Shoes? Other accessories? Please leave a comment and share!


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SIA interpretation: Synesthetic art

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

SIA inspiration pick:

Salazar chose a beautiful painting by Kansas City artist Melissa McCracken as the inspiration. McCracken has synesthesia and can see colors in music, which she then translates into paintings. AMAZING! You can read about her process here in this interview. One of her paintings is for one of Salazar’s favorite songs — Iron and Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” — which explains why Salazar chose this particular piece.

In the collage below is a detail from the painting, which you can see in full here on her website.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA synesthetic art collage

What inspired me the most was the sense of movement in the painting, and I tried to capture that in what I wore as well as through the setting and style of the photos. All the various colors — shades of blue, white, pink, yellow, etc. — are in the floral print of my maxidress, and I brought out colors in the two scarves I wrapped around my sun hat, as well as in my bronze shawl and yellow colorblock tote bag.

Interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point lighthouse + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

I wore this casual outfit on my birthday this past weekend, and part of my day included going out to Browns Point in north Tacoma, to visit the lighthouse there, tour the old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and walk along the beach. The weather was perfect — finally! We’ve been under a literal haze of smoke the past two weeks, due to forest fires in British Columbia and east side of Washington state.

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Below are closeups of my olive sun hat (I’ve had this hat for a loooong time, although this might be the first time it’s made the blog?), and I was inspired to wrap a couple of thin scarves around it, to bring out more of the colors both in my maxidress and in the inspiration painting. I also wore my turquoise-and-bronze beaded earrings I got during our 2010 Thailand trip — and my teal toes also fit right into my inspiration outfit!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + sun hat + scarves

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + metallic sandals + maxidress floral print

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

For these pics, I just walked along the beach, enjoying the breeze off the Puget Sound and the sunshine, while Sam walked alongside me, taking photos. I like the more natural feel of the photos, and you just can’t beat a gorgeous, wraparound water view for a backdrop!

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Librarian for Life + Style | Browns Point beach + maxidress casual

Weather:  Sunny with cool breezes

Where:  My birthday weekend

What:

  • Maxidress:  c/o Pink Blush via giveaway, old
  • Sun hat:  Wooden Ships, gift?, old
  • Sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, old
  • Earrings:  Boutique in Phuket Town, Thailand, from 2010 trip
  • Coral scarf (around hat):  Came with another dress, old
  • Turquoise scarf (around hat):  Gift, old
  • Tote bag:  Freebie from my mom, old
  • Scarf:  Kmart?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar navy floral maxidress  //  similar olive sun hat  //  similar bronze beaded earrings  //  similar metallic sandals by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral maxidress + metallic accessories outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, August 14. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait for this week’s round-up!


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