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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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6 ways to look professional wearing an untucked shirt

I was going through my archives recently and noted how often I leave shirts untucked. Why? Mostly for reasons of comfort. (After all, being comfy is the first part of my personal style equation = comfy + classic + a bit of quirk). I tuck in my shirt sometimes, of course, but when I do, I’m always a bit worried that the shirt will come untucked, or look bunchy, and therefore end up looking sloppy. So that got me thinking about putting together a post featuring different ways to wear an untucked shirt at work.

Below are six ways, and links to past work looks, to illustrate how to look professional while wearing a shirt untucked.

Librarian for Life + Style | 6 ways to look professional untucking your shirt

1. Wear a top with special detailing

I prefer longer tops — so I don’t have to worry about my backside while bending down or over — and I have found myself gravitating toward tops with special detailing, like seaming, ruffles, rounded hems, or cut-outs along the hem. These kinds of tops are perfect for leaving untucked, as then you get to appreciate the special details!

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops with special detailing

Left to right:
Structured button-down with seaming + cuffed sleeves + curved hem {original post} // Sleeveless top with front ruffles {original post}  //  Glasses print tee with rounded hem {original post}  //  Boatneck tee with cut-outs at hem {original post}

2. Wear a peplum top

Peplum tops are made for wearing untucked! In fact, the peplum part would look bulky tucked in. Perfect for layering over tees or under cardigans or blazers.

Librarian for Life + Style | Peplum collage

Left to right:
Floral peplum top {original post}  //  Polka dot peplum top {original post}

3. Layer under a vest

I especially like to layer button-front shirts under vests, including sweater vests or lightweight shells, for a preppy and professional vibe.

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops under vests collage

Left to right:
Button-front layered purple sweater vest {original post} //  Button-front layered under brown shell {original post} //  Button-front layered over dress + under brown shell {original post} //  Button-front layered under menswear-style vest {original post}

4. Layer under a sweater

Another one of my favorite combos! I love the look of a top peeking out from underneath a sweater — or a buttoned-up cardigan that mimics a sweater. This is also IDEAL for subtle pattern-mixing!

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops under a sweater collage

Left to right:
Striped button-front under an argyle sweater {original post}  //  Gingham button-front under a striped sweater {original post}  //  Striped button-front under an argyle cardigan {original post}

5. Layer under a blazer or jacket

I often leave t-shirts or blouses untucked under a blazer, because it is both comfortable and professional. The blazer or cardigan do all the work for you in looking professional!

Librarian for Life + Style | Untucked tops under blazers collage

Left to right:
Striped tee under striped blazer {original post}  //  Tank top under tan blazer {original post} //  Tank top under belted denim jacket {original post}  //  Chambray button-front under grey blazer {original post}

6. Belt it

If the top is long enough, then adding a belt will add definition to your waist — and makes untucking your shirt look more intentional. This also works with tops that are a bit oversized.

Librarian for Life + Style | Belting untucked tops collage

Left to right:
Wide stretchy belt over a floral popover top {original post} //  Bow belt over a button-front top {original post}


Do you prefer to wear your tops tucked or untucked? Please leave a comment and share!


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Blue gingham + purple suede

Another day, another opportunity for jeans + Franco Sarto heels! Yesterday was skinny jeans and patent leather peep-toes; today is boot-cut jeans and suede slingbacks! 🙂

Today’s work outfit is classic preppy (sweater vest + a gingham button-down) with a bright color combination (blue + purple) and unexpected textures (suede slingback heels). I felt cute and comfortable in this casual work outfit. Sometimes, that’s all you need! 🙂

And we’re still experimenting with photo locations around our new house. Today, I posed outside the kitchen side door. One thing we learned? Next time, don’t wear dark shoes and pants against these dark, painted steps. (I had to lighten up the photos so you could see the purple suede heels.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

And speaking of my purple suede heels… happy sigh. I’ve had these Franco Sarto suede heels for over a decade, and even though suede is super impractical for the weather up here, I still love them even though I only get to wear them a few days out of the year.

Bonus, one of my new co-workers recognized my shoes as Franco Sartos! She used to have this same style of heels in another color and wore them until the soles wore out. LOVE. It was a nice moment, to reminisce over shoes.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple suede heels closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue gingham + purple suede

Weather:  Clear and crisp fall day

Where:  Behind-the-scenes day at work

What:

  • Top:  Old Navy, old
  • Sweater vest:  ?, old
  • Jeans:  Old Navy, old
  • Suede heels:  Franco Sarto, over a decade
  • Earrings:  c/o Greg Michaels, old

similar gingham button-front shirt  //  similar purple cable knit sweater vest  //  almost exact jeans from same brand  //  purple suede heels  //  similar crystal drop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | blue gingham + purple suede collage

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Winterizing a summer dress

Before getting to today’s outfit, two things:  (1) My Valentine’s Day jewelry giveaway with Greg Michaels is still open – click here to enter to win, and (2) there’s still time to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from January. Thanks in advance!

Once again, here’s an outfit that I didn’t really plan on taking pictures of… which I feel like I’m saying quite often these days. Winter is the hardest season to get motivated when it comes to taking pictures, due to the cold temps and shorter days. #bloggerproblems 😉

It really surprised me that I got quite a few compliments on this outfit — one fellow faculty member even said “I looked sharp.” I’ll take it! And Stephanie (who also took these pics, thanks so much!) liked how I winterized this striped cotton summer dress. Winterize = layers.

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

Details:  Striped cotton dress:  Gap {similar}  /  Brown shell:  Walmart?, old {very similar}  /  Blue leggings:  Spanx via Macy’s {almost exact from same brand in “Indigo”}  /  Cognac riding boots:  Marc Fisher via Macy’s {almost exact from same brand}  /  Bracelet:  c/o Greg Michaels {exact}  /  Square rose gold earring stud:  Old Navy {similar shape with crystal accents}  /  Ceramic square pendant necklace:  Craft boutique on Granville Island, Vancouver BC {gold-and-black bar pendant necklace} {customizable bar pendant necklace in different colors}

It’s also the first time these blue leggings have made the blog, although I bought them last November. So I’m glad I got pics of this outfit after all! Stephanie’s favorite detail, by the way, was the ceramic square pendant necklace, as seen in the closeup below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Ceramic pendant closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

Also, because y’all know I like the details, all the jewelry I chose today had a similar theme — they all had square- or rectangle-shaped pieces. Yes, I think about things like that. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Jewelry closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Winterizing a summer dress

So all I did to “winterize” this summer dress was to layer it over leggings and then layer a simple brown shell over the dress. This dress has a drawstring waist and can be worn either gathered up or as a drop-waist. For this look, I gathered it up and tied the waist, but then threaded the ends of the drawstring through the button placket to let it hang down the inside of the dress. It helped reduce the bulkiness of a tied drawstring waist. The shorter skirt also then flared a little underneath the shell top, which I liked the effect of.

Finally, here’s a look at how I’ve worn this striped cotton dress through summer and winter seasons:

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing a striped cotton dress

click here for summer outfit post


Linking up with these lovely ladies!

Newsy

For yet another heavy teaching day, I went for another comfortable layered look. I layered a brown sweater vest over my blue gingham shirt, and added my a-line denim skirt and flat riding boots. The one thing that brought an unexpected spark to this look was the bright blue tights.

Librarian for Life + style | Newsy

Details:

Librarian for Life + style | Newsy

Librarian for Life + style | Newsy

And is it just me, or do the branches above my head remind me of those carnival crane games, the ones with the toys, and you lower the claw hand to try and grab one? Now that I see it in these pics, I can’t unsee it. 😉

Librarian for Life + style | Newsy

Librarian for Life + style | Newsy

As it’s getting colder, I’ve also been donning this thrifted newsboy cap, last seen here. With the rolled-up sleeves, sweater vest, and cap, I felt like I could be an extra in Newsies!

Librarian for Life + style | Newsy outtakes

Have a happy Friday, guv’nor! 😉

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