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Pencil skirt work casual

If you haven’t already voted, a quick reminder that the poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month! ūüėÄ

This outfit is quite similar to this outfit that I wore last month: ¬†same color palette of red + grey + black; a grey library-themed tee; the same red cotton jacket + black striped canvas flats. But there’s one major difference — this time, instead of black ankle pants, I wore my stretchy black pencil skirt. This simple swap really changes the whole look for me!

Also, as I frequently like to say, remixing = real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual closeup, with a bold red lip

Pairing a pencil skirt with sneakers feels so cool and sporty! I loved wearing this combo! And OF COURSE, I felt compelled to wear red lipstick with my red cotton jacket!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

It was a bit cooler this summer work day, so the cotton jacket worked as a light layer, for outside breezes and for inside air-conditioning. But the outfit worked without the jacket, too, for a casual work combo.

Also, there’s a bonus outtake below, enjoy!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual outtake

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual, with a tee + pencil skirt + slip-on sneakers

Weather:  Clear and cool

Where:  Work

What:

  • Tee: ¬†Out of Print Clothing, old {still in stock!}
  • Pencil skirt: ¬†ModCloth, old {still in stock!}
  • Jacket: ¬†Style&Co for Macy’s, old
  • Canvas flats: ¬†Payless, old
  • Cat tote bag: ¬†ModCloth, Christmas gift this year from my mom
  • Earrings: ¬†Local boutique, Christmas gift this year from my husband

Shop my outfit:

similar red jacket ¬†// ¬†exact tee ¬†// ¬†exact black pencil skirt ¬†// ¬†similar black striped canvas flats ¬†// ¬†similar cat “meow” tote

Librarian for Life + Style | Pencil skirt + tee work casual in red + grey + black

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SIA interpretation: Detroit pop art mural

It‚Äôs time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Erin from Loop Looks¬†was inspired to chose a¬†mural titled ‚ÄúBrummel‚ÄĚ by artist POSE (Jordan Nickel), created the interactive mural on¬†behalf of Library Street Collective (gotta love that name!), a local gallery in Detroit. You can read more about the mural project here, see more of the artist‚Äôs work here on his website, and read a review of this work here¬†that also highlights¬†¬†other must-see street art in Detroit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

My first thought? To find a colored wall backdrop that included colors from the mural so that I didn’t necessarily have to include those colors in my outfit.

My next thought was to wear my polka-dotted peplum top, as it felt reflective of the “pop art” vibe of the mural. I could have worn my red cardigan + black pencil skirt, but I decided instead on my red pencil skirt + black cardigan combo in order to:

  1. Get more mileage out of my red pencil skirt, last seen here, and
  2. Carry the red visually throughout the outfit, from top (red lips) to middle (skinny belt) to bottom (pencil skirt)

I chose my large pearl stud earrings because they echoed the large polka dots on this mod-style peplum top.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

And here’s a closer look at the cool detailing and cut-out on the back of this peplum top. Sam picked out this top a few years ago, and it was during the height of the¬†Mad Men-inspired style influence.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Outtakes alert! I couldn’t resist sharing these goofy outtakes with y’all. I feel like one could write a short story incorporating my¬†facial expressions of the three pictures below, LOL! ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Librarian for Life + Style | Pop art inspired

Weather:  Perfect, crisp fall day

Where:  Work day that included a meeting

What:

similar peplum top (the print combines polka dots + stripes!)  //  very similar cardigan  //  very similar pencil skirt  //  exact skinny belt  //  similar ballet flats  // exact lip color

Librarian for Life + Style | red + black polka dots + pencil skirts collage

There’s still time to participate in this SIA challenge! How?¬†Bloggers and non-bloggers both¬†are welcome to participate ‚ÄĒ just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week‚Äôs challenge to this week‚Äôs curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com, by tonight, Oct. 3. Erin will post the round-up tomorrow on her blog, Loop Looks.

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Floral + geometric pattern-mixing redux

A couple of weeks ago, I featured the pattern-mixing combo of my floral popover blouse + geometric scarf — only I had to resort to a “flat lay” due to all the rain lately. I asked the question at the end of that post if y’all wanted to see the combo again in real life when I had the chance.

Here it is!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + geometric mixing with burgundy skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral blouse + geometric scarf pattern-mixing

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + geometric mixing with burgundy skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + geometric mixing with burgundy skirt

I paired this floral + geometric combo with a burgundy pencil skirt this time around, as well as grey tights and Mary Jane heels.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + geometric mixing with burgundy skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + geometric mixing with burgundy skirt

Sam and I¬†managed to get pics inbetween rainy spells¬†— and just as the cherry trees have started blooming! We took pics beside a tree with bright pink blossoms, as well as a tree across the road¬†with white blossoms. Sam even thought to take a pic whose perspective merged the two trees and shades of cherry blossoms together, as seen below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral + geometric mixing with burgundy skirt

I’m glad we were able to get ‘real life’ pics of this combo. These turned out to be quite cheery¬†photos, especially to document the transitioning seasons.

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Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

I hope to have the next Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge up on the blog tomorrow morning — it’s Salazar’s turn to curate the next challenge!

I’ve worn my “Ferdy the Fox” sweater a couple of times so far on the blog — both times with black bottoms, seen here¬†with black trousers and tall boots and here¬†with black skinny jeans — so I paired the sweater¬†this time with my red pencil skirt.

I loved this comfy + striking combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

This outfit makes me smile. It’s so coordinated. With my sunglasses, I echo Ferdy the Fox, and the red of my pencil skirt echoes the red of Ferdy’s sunglasses. ūüėé

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Fox sweater + red pencil skirt

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Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit from the Style On Target blog. I loved the grey + red color combo, and I immediately thought of pairing my grey striped tee with my new red pencil skirt, last seen here in my November 2015 budget post.

It’s also an outfit that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day — with the red pencil skirt and red lippie — but isn’t too sugary-sweet or over-the-top. ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

I wore this outfit for a heavy teaching day, so I wanted to be comfortable but also professional. The flats and¬†tee were comfortable and allowed me full range of motion — I tend to walk a lot around the room while teaching. I chose the¬†red skirt, a classic pencil skirt, to add a professional edge to the tee. The finishing touch, of course, was my red L’Oreal Infallible lipstick!

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

Librarian for Life + Style | Grey stripes + red pencil skirt

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