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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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Mixing small-scale patterns again | Yellow + brown

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from July — thanks in advance! 🙂

This is an outfit from a few weeks ago — you can tell because of my yellow toenail polish — but better late than never, right? This is an outfit I wore to work soon after I got my hair cut shorter in a pixie cut. I didn’t actually plan on taking pics of this outfit, but in the end, I figured it was another good example of how mixing small-scale patterns can work. (You can also see here how I mixed small-scale patterns, from earlier in the summer.)

The pattern on my sleeveless dress is a different take on polka dots that looks kind of like a basketweave print from afar, and my cardigan — a true VIP in my closet! — has a subtle pattern of little starbursts.

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing and t-strap sandals

Even though this dress and cardigan combo might seem a bit formal for summer work behind-the-scenes at the library, my strappy sandals helped ground the outfit for me and provide a casual edge to the overall look. But honestly, I primarily dress for myself, so I don’t mind dressing up a bit, even if it’s just behind the scenes! 🙂

We took these photos after work, and I had already taken off my sandals — like I said, I didn’t plan on taking pics, which I generally prefer to do in the mornings — so when Sam suggested we take pics, I decided to stay barefoot as we walked out to our backyard. I thought holding my sandals this time around looked kind of cute, and a little unexpected — and true-to-life in that moment! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of tan-and-gold t-strap sandals and yellow pedicure

And I have been enjoying the coconut shell jewelry set I bought earlier in the summer. I have found that I prefer to wear to wear the earrings and the necklace, seen here, separately. Together, the effect is a little much for me. I prefer choosing one statement piece of jewelry to wear, earrings or a necklace, but not two statement pieces at the same time.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of new haircut and coconut shell earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown small-scale pattern-mixing

Weather: Warm and sunny

Where:  Work

What:

  • Sleeveless dress:  Thrifted in Chicago, old
  • Cardigan:  Fashion-swapped in Portland, old
  • T-strap sandals:  DV, old
  • Earrings:  Local artist at local fair, new

Shop my outfit:

yellow cardigan  //  brown print dress  //  wood teardrop earrings  //  similar t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow + brown outfit collage

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Red jeans + black gingham | Weekend casual

This look is similar to the last outfit I wore with this black gingham button-front shirt, but with red jeans this time instead of a red bag. What can I say… red and black gingham just work so well together!

And this combo — skinny or straight-leg jeans with a button-front shirt, either unbuttoned or layered over a tank top — is such an easy and comfortable combo to wear. It doesn’t take much thought at all. Just as easy as a tee + jeans, just a little bit more put-together. And that’s why it’s important to have basics like these in one’s closet, as outfits are then easy to mix and match!

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

The backdrop is of a nearby church that I’ve long admired, the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. Its architecture is stunning! And the front entrance and stairs are so wide and deep, I figured it would be a good backdrop for photos. 🙂

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Tacoma, WA

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

This is a VERY basic outfit, but for me, it’s the details that make this variation fresh, like the gold double straps on the flip flops and the red, white & black pattern on the clutch that ties the whole outfit together.

And when we’re running around town doing errands, I love throwing just a few essentials (e.g. chapstick, cell phone, sunglasses case) in a clutch, and and not having to lug around a big tote bag. It also helps motivate me that I have a growing collection of cute clutches! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

And i just liked the photos below for their more casual view of the outfit — and of me! 😉 And I liked how the deeper red of my manicure and pedicure played off the red jeans and added a bit more depth to the red in the outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Red jeans + black gingham button-front

Weather:  Slightly cool and sunny, perfect spring weather

Where:  Running errands on the weekend

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, this winter
  • Tank top:  Target?, old
  • Red jeans:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Flip flops:  Rhea, c/o giveaway last spring
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, old

Shop my outfit:

similar black gingham button-front shirt  //  exact Banned Books print in a tote bag  // very similar red jeans  //  similar gold-and-black flip flops

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + red denim outfit collage

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Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from May — thanks in advance!

If you’re a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!), then it is no surprise that I often feature variations of go-to outfit formulas. Some of my favorite outfit formulas include:

This last outfit formula is one that I often wore when I worked overseas in the UAE, and I’ve kept it up since moving back to the U.S. 6+ years ago. Tunics are dressier than tees — and often more colorful! — and they’re meant to be untucked, which makes them extremely comfortable. Pairing tunics with trousers, particularly wide-legged trousers, makes the look more work-appropriate.

And for hotter climates or for when working in the summer, pairing trousers with sandals is another way to keep comfortable while also looking professional — as long as your workplace allows open-toed shoes or sandals, of course. My workplace, and the Pacific Northwest in general, is generally super casual, so I can get away with wearing more casual clothing at work.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

I haven’t worn my bronze hoop earrings in awhile, but I thought they worked well with this brown-and-pink paisley tunic. The elongated hoop shape also played off the circular U-shape of the tunic neckline.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + bronze hoop earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

And judging by the deep creases in these wide-legged trousers, it’s pretty obvious that we took these outfit photos at the END of the work day. That’s why I prefer to take outfit photos at the beginning of the work day, if possible — but I really don’t mind that much, as this just goes to show that I really do wear my outfits in real life!

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Librarian for Life + Style | Tunic + trousers outfit formula for work

Weather:  Sunny spring day

Where:  Teaching day at work

What:

  • Tunic:  Thrifted at local resale shop, last fall
  • Trousers:  Worthington’s, UAE, old
  • Sandals:  Target, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Kohl’s?, old

Shop my outfit:

similar paisley tunic  //  similar wide-legged trousers  //  very similar T-strap sandals  //  bronze hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley tunic + tan trousers outfit collage

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Camel camel | What I wore to the Tacoma zoo

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know my husband and I like to go to zoos. And today’s outfit post documents what I wore to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, which is located in the Point Defiance Park on the north tip of Tacoma. It’s a smaller zoo, but they definitely make the most out of what they have.

I didn’t realize the zoo had camels — and a camel ride! — when I picked out my camel tee to wear to the zoo. Style synergy! And yes, the zoo handlers with the camels went gaga over my camel tee! As did Sinbad the camel. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

It was unusually hot that day, and I knew we would be walking a lot, so that’s the reason for wearing the most comfortable sandals I own plus the fedora to help shade the sun. The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium also has an interactive children’s area as well as a carousel.

And yes, Sam and I are “fedorable” together! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing our fedoras at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Octopus art above Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium sign

Librarian for Life + Style | At the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel closeup

The rest of the photos in this post features a mural on the side of what used to the be the local food co-op (sadly closed a few weeks ago) along 6th Avenue. The mural showcases a nature and mountain scene of what I am assuming is Mount Rainier.

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Librarian for Life + Style | Mountain mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Hats off to summer! Next week, our fall term begins!

Librarian for Life + Style | Camel camel

Weather:  Heat-advisory hot and sunny

Where:  Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and clothes shopping afterwards (you’ll see the fitting room pics tomorrow!)

What I wore:

  • Camel tee:  Kohl’s, birthday gift from my mom a few years ago
  • Ankle pants:  Style&Co. for Macy’s, old
  • Metallic sandals:  Naturalizer via DSW, a couple of summers ago
  • Fedora:  Stetson, vintage, bought at vintage hat store in Amsterdam
  • Hoop earrings:  InPink, c/o giveaway, old

elephant print tee // similar ankle pants // large bamboo hoop earrings // similar metallic sandals by same brand // similar straw fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Novelty animal tee + fedora collage

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