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Berry + Burberry | Maxidress + tie belt

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know I have frequently worn tie belts. I have made ties into obi-style belts, but I’ve also used single ties as belts, as seen in the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidresses + tie belts collage

left (2012 outfit)  //  middle (2013 outfit)  //  right (2017 outfit, this post)

So on a work day that was cooler and overcast — and knowing I would be in a library with amped-up air-conditioning — I thought a longer-sleeved maxidress would be a good choice.

And hey, I wore a tie to work! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

If you’re thinking you haven’t seen this particular tie before, you’re right! My husband recently thrifted this tie on a visit to a local Value Village, and y’all, it’s a Burberry tie. Score! The pattern is a fun plaid with purple, white, orange, and teal stripes, and the Burberry logo —  a knight upon a horse, i.e. the “Equestrian Knight” — is scattered throughout.

So yes, I *literally* borrowed from the boys today. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Burberry tie

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

It’s a dressier look for work — literally — but so comfy! And a maxidress made out of soft t-shirt material? #Winning

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry maxidress + tie used as a belt

Weather:  Cooler and overcast

Where:  Work

What:

  • Maxidress:  Old Navy, old
  • Tie (worn as belt):  Burberry, thrifted, new
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Earrings:  Local farmer’s market in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

berry sleeveless maxidress  //  pink short-sleeve maxidress  //  tie-inspired belt  //  similar champagne flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Maxidress + tie belt outfit collage

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Raspberry velvet, if you please

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

Like I mentioned in my most recent clothing budget post, I snagged this AWESOME velvet fedora at the iconic local men’s clothing store, Mr. Mac’s. When I got the hat home, I realized that it exactly matched my self-made obi-style belt made out of vintage ties. And that my new raspberry gingham shirt fit the color story coming together in my head… 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

I will most likely rewear this combo in the fall, but it’s been a very cold and rainy spring thus far. And it was a VERY comfortable outfit to wear, with my burgundy brogues.

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

This velvet (or velveteen?) fedora really does catch the light, doesn’t it? And yes, it was pouring down rain when we took these photos. (That explains the random spots all over the button-front shirt!) I also got quite a few compliments and questions about my tie belt during the day — it is a statement piece, isn’t it? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + brown work outfit, with tie belt + new velvet fedora

Weather: Raaaaaaaaainy and cool

Where:  Work day with meetings

What:

  • Fedora:  New, local men’s store
  • Gingham button-front shirt:  Lands’ End, new
  • Tie belt:  Made from two of my dad’s vintage ties, old
  • Wide-leg trousers:  White House Black Market, last fall
  • Brogues:  Clarks, last spring
  • Bead earrings:  Made by my paternal grandmother, vintage
  • Wood watch:  c/o JORD, couple of years ago

Shop my outfit:

very similar gingham button-front shirt  //  very similar velvet hat  //  similar tweed wide-leg trousers  //  similar obi-style belt  //  very similar wood watch  //  very similar burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + velvet outfit collage

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Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

Continuing the red, white, and blue SIA theme for this week… this time, I indulged (again) my color-coordinating streak by wearing the belt and headband I made from leftover fabric from a dress I hemmed a couple of summers ago.

As my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie pointed out, the width of the belt was a perfect fit for the waistband of my red knit dress. (Also, thanks to Stephanie for taking these pics!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

Details:  Red knit dress, eShakti {similar}  //  Navy cardigan, LOFT Outlet {similar}  //  Striped canvas flats, Target, old {similar}  //  Navy trench coat, Jason Wu for Target, old {cute polka-dotted trench}  //  Pearl drop earrings, old {very similar}  //  Fabric belt and headband, self-made

Librarian for Life + Style | Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

I felt so comfortable in this outfit, with the knit dress — which comes with pockets! — and canvas flats. I wore this on yet another heavy teaching day, so I needed to feel comfortable and fuss-free.

The matching belt and headband also give off a slight ’60s vibe, too, right?

Librarian for Life + Style | Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Matchy-matchy with self-made belt + headband

By the way, you can see how I sewed the headband here in this post, and how I sewed the fabric belt here in this post.

Linking up with these lovely ladies!

Wise words

A quick reminder that it’s time to vote for your favorite outfit from February — thanks in advance!

On the day I wore this outfit last week, I was giving a personal presentation as part of my college’s In-House Speaker Series. Asking my friend Stephanie what I should wear, she responded, “Wear what you feel great in.” So I took her advice. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Wise words

If you’re a longtime reader, then you will recognize each of these pieces. I’ve remixed this denim jacket, obi tie belt (yes, it’s made from two men’s ties), and navy dress several times before, but never in quite this combination. Essentially, this outfit is a mash-up of this look and this look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tie belt over denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Wise words

Details:  Navy dress:  Macy’s, this summer  /  Denim jacket:  Kohl’s, old  /  Obi tie belt:  Chicago art fair, 2007  /  Navy tights:  American Apparel, two springs ago  /  Navy wedges:  Macy’s, this winter  /  Pearl silver hoop earrings:  Abu Dhabi, gift from my husband, 2010

Librarian for Life + Style | Wise words

And Stephanie, who also took these photos after a long work day, was right! I did feel great in these pieces — comfortable and classy — and my presentation went really well. Hooray for friends! And for easy-to-remix items in one’s wardrobe. 😀

Link ups:  Three-fer Thursdays  /  Spotlight Weekly  /  What I Wore to Work  /  Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday  /  All Things Thursday  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Fab Favorites Friday  /  Sunday Style  /  Trend Spin Linkup

Tied to the max

As promised at the start of this week, here is my entry in Marionberry Style’s “Trend of the Month” challenge, with maxis as this month’s theme. I turned my blue maxidress into a maxiskirt by employing one of my favorite tricks and layering a shirt over the dress. I cinched my waist with one of my dad’s vintage ties.

I wore this on the last day of spring term. As I mentioned on Sunday, I’m off contract for the summer, except for a specially funded project that will require a few meetings and a few weeks in my office. Therefore, there will be much fewer work outfits featured for awhile on this blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tied to the max

Librarian for Life + Style | Tied to the max

Details:  Maxidress:  Boutique store in Texas, old  /  Black button-down:  H&M, last winter  /   Tie (used as belt):  My dad’s, vintage  /  Black sandals:  Payless, gift from my mom last summer /  Black pearl hoops:  Gift from my husband, Abu Dhabi

Librarian for Life + Style | Tied to the max

And yes, twirling IS required when wearing a flowy dress or skirt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tied to the max

I ended up really liking the mixture of feminine and masculine pieces, and it was a very comfortable outfit to wear! Three cheers for maxis!!! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Tied to the max

And for some different ways I’ve styled this “Jane Austen-style” maxidress, see here, here, and here.

Link ups:  Marionberry Style Trend of the Month  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  /  What I Wore Wednesdays  /  Whatever Works Wednesday  /  Dress for the Day  /  Friday Favorites Remix