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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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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.

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Father’s Day ties

Here’s to a happy Father’s Day to all past, present, and future fathers!

And here’s a little sneak preview of the post I’ve got set for Wednesday. (Why am I waiting until Wednesday? To participate in Marionberry Style’s “Trend of the Month” challenge — and there’s still time to participate!) To honor Father’s Day, I wore one of my father’s ties on my last day of work for Spring term.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tie used as belt

So you’ll see more pics of this awesome vintage tie, and the whole outfit, on Wednesday. Stay tuned! 🙂

By the way, those wide ’70s ties are the BEST for wearing as sashes, or obi-style tie belts. I have stitched together two ties of my dad’s before, as seen below. A fun — and simple — project, and you can find great vintage ties at almost every thrift store.

Librarian for Life + Style | Handmade tie belt from two scarves

As I wrap up my first academic year as a faculty librarian at my community college, this is a heads-up that my outfit posts on my style blog this summer will definitely be more casual in nature. Because of my faculty contract, I’m off for the summer!!! 😀 I still will be in and out of the library because of a summer project I’ve secured with external funding, and I will be attending a national library conference at the end of this month. And my husband and I are looking forward to exploring more parts of our beloved Portland, so y’all can look forward to more varied background locations throughout the summer.

Happy Sunday!