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Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

I felt really great in today’s outfit, my white-and-grey plaid shirtdress, which I’ve worn before here with my grey ankle boots. This time, I wore the shirtdress with grey heather tights, a textured silver metallic belt, and burgundy patent leather brogues. It’s such a classic silhouette, this fit-and-flare shirtdress, but the details of the brogues and the metallic belt provide some unexpected details up close.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid shirtdress + wide silver belt closeup

A fit-and-flare dress practically begs to be twirled in, right?! Right.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

I wore my burgundy overcoat on this chilly fall day, which provided a fantastic pop of color to my outfit — and it also really does pop against the backdrop of orange-y fall foliage!

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

And last but not least, this is the fourth and final post in my (informal) series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, fall foliage along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter picshere for spring pics, and here for summer pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall foliage along East 34th Street Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

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Remixing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Earlier this year, I loooooooooved remixing my wrap dress as a long cardigan. Kezzie, a longtime reader of this style blog (thank you!) mentioned in a comment on that post about how she also has remixed shirtdresses as long cardigans or jackets. I cataloged that brilliant idea in my head — yes, I mentally picture my brain as a kind of library card catalog, complete with drawers and categories — and brought it back out again when I purchased my new-to-me floral shirtdress.

Here’s a quick side-by-side comparison of remixing this shirtdress, first as a tunic over leggings, seen at left, and this time as a long cardigan or jacket over ankle pants, seen at right below. And the shorter length of this shirtdress works particularly well for wearing it as a long cardigan!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my floral shirtdress

I loved wearing this outfit, y’all. So much I wore it twice! Once to work, and then again on the weekend to a reading discussion group. And since I layered the shirtdress-turned-long-cardigan over a sleeveless shell, it was totally wearable for a summer work outfit. I could have worn any number of shoes with this outfit, so if your work dress code doesn’t allow for open-toed shoes or sandals, you could easily pair this kind of look with pumps or flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of headband in my pixie cut

I pinned my bangs back on my new pixie cut and added a thin black headband to play a bit with it, and I fluffed up the back. And instead of big earrings or black metal hoops, I went with little turquoise drop earrings to pick up on the bits of turquoise in the floral print.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

And last but not least, this is the third in our series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, summertime and full-blooming, leafy trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter pics, and here for spring pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Wearing my floral shirtdress as a long cardigan

Weather:  sunny and mild

Where:  work day, then remixed for a reading discussion group on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress (worn as long cardigan):  Phillip Lim for Target 2013 collection, new via Poshmark
  • Ankle pants:  Tommy Hilfiger via Macy’s, old
  • Shell:  Dana Buchman for Kohl’s, old
  • T-strap sandals:  Payless, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral duster  //  similar white shell  //  very similar olive ankle pants  //  similar black t-strap sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral long cardigan/duster outfit collage

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SIA interpretation: On the road

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.

Inspiration to interpretation:

Salazar chose an animated GIF inspired by a flower seller in Vietnam from a series of illustrated, animated GIFs called “On the Road” by Chinese artist and illustrator Oamul.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA 'On the Road' inspiration collage

I thought my new-to-me floral shirtdress from the 2013 Phillip Lim for Target collection, as detailed in my monthly budget adventures post from last week, totally fit the inspiration bill! And there are lots of flowers, both in the print of my shirtdress, plus in the bright red rhododendron flower bush behind me. (There’s a clump of orangey-red flowers in the illustration.) And there are bits of black in the flower seller’s outfit, who is also wearing strappy flat sandals. 😀

It also felt fitting that the inspiration artist, Oamul, is Chinese, and my shirtdress was designed by Phillip Lim, an Asian-American artist of Chinese and Cambodian descent born in Thailand. Cheers to awesome Asian designers and artists!

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

It’s called a “shirtdress” but it is WAY too short for me to wear it as a dress. It also has an interesting and different cut on the back, which you can glimpse in the pics just above and below. So I just treated the dress as a tunic, layering it over black leggings. And HELLO perfect match with my tan-and-black colorblock tote!

This pattern is SO interesting, as is the cut of this dress/tunic, that I kept getting compliments on this outfit, both when I first wore it on the weekend and when I rewore it the next day to work. I felt cool and comfortable in this combo.

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

The backdrop for all the photos is the Fireman’s Park, located in downtown Tacoma across the old City Hall building. It’s this very sweet little park tucked away on the side; its location on the Metro Parks website is described as “carved into a hillside.” Downtown Tacoma is full of interesting public art and buildings and tiny little niches.

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Librarian for Life + Style | Old favorites in new guises | New-to-me floral shirtdress + leggings

Weather:  Sunny with a chilly breeze

Where:  To a farmer’s market and literary reading on the weekend; To work during the week

What:

  • Shirtdress:  Phillip Lim for Target, old, via Poshmark
  • Leggings:  Spanx for Macy’s, this fall
  • Strappy sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, Christmas gift, old
  • Colorblock tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, old

Shop my outfit:

similar floral shirtdress  //  exact black leggings  //  very similar black flat sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress + leggings 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. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, July 5.

Can’t wait to see what all y’all are inspired to wear — let’s all get on the road! 😀


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SIA interpretation: Greetings from Sonoma

Woot, time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks chose an awesome street mural for SIA, a “Greetings from Sonoma” mural, that is a combination of bright colors and patterns and vistas. It’s so appropriate as we transition to the summer season — and it’s appropriate, travel-wise, as Erin is on a trip to Sonoma herself! 😀

The mural is at the Fremont Diner, and you can see more pics of the diner and the full mural here and here.

Inspiration to interpretation, Sonoma to Tacoma:

Hey, that rhymes! 😉 I’ve been wanting to take pics against this mural for awhile, so this SIA challenge was the perfect opportunity.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sonoma to Tacoma SIA collage

The starting point for me for the challenge — besides the mural backdrop — was the red-and-blue colors in the “Greetings” part of the inspiration mural. That led me straight to my red-white-and-blue striped canvas flats. The corrugated backdrop of the mural reminded me of stripes, which led me to my striped shirtdress, plus the light blue color of the dress matched up with the light blue in the Sonoma letters. My vintage wicker bag just seemed to fit the breezy, summer-y vibe of the mural, plus it allowed me to get a bit of orange in the outfit. (There are orange flowers all along the bottom of the Sonoma mural.) I added in bits of additional red, through my lipstick and sports bra (yep, trotting out the layering-with-sports-bras trick again).

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Below are some larger pics of the “East Tacoma” mural, which is on the side of the Earth Wise Architectural Salvage building. Earth Wise is an AWESOME place to browse through — we will definitely have to get more pics there this summer!

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | East Tacoma mural

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Gotta admit, I loved how this look came together. I felt casual and cool and ready for summer! 😀

Below is a closeup of the vintage wicker bag I thrifted years ago in Chicago. It’s definitely one of my favorite go-to bags for summer.

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage wicker bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats

Weather:  Dry and sunny

Where:  Ice cream treat on the weekend

What:

  • Shirtdress:  Gap, old
  • Fedora:  Stetson, vintage, Amsterdam trip
  • Striped flats:  Payless, gift from my mom, old
  • Wicker bag:  Vintage, antiques fair during Chicago trip years ago

Shop my outfit:

similar shirtdress with contrasting stripes  //  similar fedora with navy band  //  similar red-white-and-blue striped flats  //  wicker bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirtdress + striped flats 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, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, on Wednesday, June 21, so get pics in to her by tomorrow, June 20.

Be sure to visit Loop Looks on Wednesday to see the SIA round-up. Next Monday will be Salazar’s turn to curate the next SIA challenge.


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6 ways to wear shirtdresses

I love the versatility of shirtdresses, and I have added a few different ones to my wardrobe over the last few years, including retro-inspired ones and others in purple, black denim, chambray, striped cotton, and plaid.

Going through my archives, I’ve noted at least 6 different ways to wear shirtdresses:

Librarian for Life + Style | 6 ways to wear shirtdresses collage

1. Accessorize with a bright belt or scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Shirtdresses with bright belts or scarves

Original posts, left to right:  SIA interpretation: Bear in Boat  //  Shirtdressy

2. Pair a classic shirtdress with modern booties

Librarian for Life + Style | Shirtdress + ankle boots

Original post:  Mixing classic + modern | Shirtdress + ankle boots

3. Cinch your waist with a wide belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of shirtdresses with wide belts

Original posts, left to right:  Inspiration Monday: Polka dot pretty  //  Chambray shirtdress + cognac belt  //  Mixing shades of brown

4. Pair a retro-inspired shirtdress with retro-inspired shoes

Librarian for Life + Style | Retro-inspired shirtdress + shoes

Original post:  Retro-inspired polka dots

5. Layer a cargo vest over the shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped shirt dress + cargo vest

Original post:  Falling into… summer?

6. Layer over a turtleneck

Obviously, this last tip won’t be that useful for me again until fall, but I just wanted to add it here to round out different ways to wear shirtdresses. Plus, this last tip might be useful for some of my international readers in the southern hemisphere!

Librarian for Life + Stye | Layering a shirtdress over a turtleneck

Original post:  Autumn leaves and layering

Do you have many shirtdresses in your wardrobe? Please leave a comment and share! 🙂

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