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Black jacket + red gingham

This is an outfit I wore during an in-service day, a day that the weather finally started to break toward fall. Which meant LAYERS! 😀

I layered my black canvas moto-style jacket over a buttoned-up gingham shirt and trouser jeans. This combo felt professional yet also a bit casual, which feels like my sweet spot for work wear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silver hoop earrings + red gingham shirt + black canvas jacket

I thought it would be fun to mix feminine and masculine details. The moto-style jacket is all hard angles, which feels a bit masculine, as does the shirt that I buttoned all the way up (I didn’t want the shirt collar to fight with the jacket collar). The feminine details boils down to my retro-style silver hoop earrings, classic red lipstick, and the fun striped dress charm on my structured tote bag.

And I thought it would be a bit cheeky to wear trousers to contrast with the dress charm! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of purse charm

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

I was originally planning on wearing my classic black ballet flats, but at the last minute, I thought wearing my snakeskin flats with the red patent leather cap toe would be fun. It added one more pattern to my outfit — pattern-mixing, yessssss!!!! — plus it carried the color of red all throughout my outfit. And I got compliments from colleagues on these shoes all day long! Plus, it was fun to see my colleagues’ reactions when I told them I had scored these at the first estate sale I went to, which I detailed last year in this post. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of snakeskin flats with red cap toe

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black canvas jacket + red gingham shirt + snakeskin flats

Weather:  Cool with bouts of sunshine

Where:  Fall in-service day that included faculty meetings

What:

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Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

It feels like perfect timing to showcase a red, white + blue outfit as we head into Memorial Day weekend.

I have pinned several outfits similar to this red, white + blue stripes + polka dots combo, like this recent outfit of Victoria Beckham’s, or this casual outfit worn by Duchess Kate last year, or this stripes + scarf outfit from Sarah’s Real Life. Classic is as classic does, y’all.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

And y’all know I had no problem color-coordinating my (red) lipstick and (blue) earrings to my outfit, right? 😉

Also, this square scarf just keeps on truckin’ — it’s a scarf that I’ve literally had my entire life. I used to dress my dolls up in this scarf. Love comes in all forms, including scarves. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + polka dots in red, white, and blue

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library behind the scenes (no meetings or teaching), so I could go more casual

What:

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SIA interpretation: Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow

It’s time for my interpretation for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this one is really special. It is the last SIA challenge curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration:

Erin chose a really appropriate artwork for her lat time curating SIA. It’s called “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow,” a Chinese handscroll painted during the Ming dynasty, circa 1508.

"Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow," circa 1508, China

“Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow,” circa 1508, China

My interpretation:

This one wasn’t hard at all for me. The color palette is all neutrals — grey and black and beige with pops of red — and that’s what I’ve got in my outfit.

Grey in the leopard print infinity scarf
Black in the sweater shell, pointelle socks, flats
Beige in the blazer
The pop of red? My fingernails! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

I wore these pointelle socks — which are actually knee socks — because it was still pretty chilly. And it’s always colder in the mornings, which is when I travel to work by bus. Even though the main reason was practicality, I really liked the little extra texture the socks added to my outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

And I am a completist, so here’s the outfit without the blazer, so you can see this sweater shell in its own right (I got it on sale this past December, before I started my year-long, self-imposed shopping ban to buy new clothing).

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Blazer with trouser jeans + leopard infinity scarf

Weather:  Chilly but clear

Where:  Work day at the library that included a couple of meetings

What:

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There’s still time to particpate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by the end of tomorrow to be included in the round-up on her blog, Loop Looks.

Let’s give Erin a great SIA send-off, shall we? Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

Easy pattern-mixing | Pink stripes + denim trousers + geometric-print flats

I felt so good in this outfit, as it just felt so easy and light and simple — yet I’m still sneaking in some pattern-mixing. Because WHY NOT.

We took photos after work at these interesting stained-glass windows at a local church (which wasn’t holding services when we took pics, just FYI).

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Sam cracked me up when I came downstairs for coffee that morning, and he saw the top half with my pink-striped tee and denim trousers. He went, “Oh, you look cute!” — and THEN he looked down and spied my pink geometric-print canvas flats. He then exclaimed, “Oh, and that was BEFORE I saw your shoes! Look at you pattern-mixing!” 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Geometric-print canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braid for short bangs

I did another rope-braid for my pixie bangs, as an easy way to get my hair off my face — and a little rope braid is more interesting than just a bobby pin. And if you’re not sure what a “rope braid” is or how to do one, here’s a “rope braid for pixie cut” hair video tutorial.

I wanted to get in a selfie after I realized that we (accidentally) were color-coordinating. Sam’s grey chambray shirt coordinates with my denim trousers, and I love how the pink sides of his sunglasses echo my pink-striped shirt.

The couple that color-coordinates together… 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie, grey + pink

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink stripes + denim trousers

Weather:  Cool and clear

Where:  Work day

What:

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Shop my outfit:

pink striped long-sleeved tee  //  dark grey trousers  //  silver hoop earrings  //  patterned slip-on sneakers

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + trousers + slip-on sneakers outfit collage

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Wide silk headband with short hair | Pink + black + denim trousers

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), you know I love to experiment with my hair, no matter the length. So OF COURSE I changed it up with my new shorter ‘do, by wearing a wide silk headband I picked up ages ago during a Chicago trip. I really like wearing headbands and head scarves when I have shorter hair — maybe because they have more visual impact? I think wearing headbands, etc. when you have shorter hair also projects confidence in your hairstyle.

Librarian for Life + Style | Collage of new short hairstyle with wide headband

Librarian for Life + Style | New short hairstyle with wide headband

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

The rest of the outfit, which I wore on a behind-the-scenes kind of day — never-ending library instruction prep! — is a typical example of a work casual look for me. The combination is very basic:  top + cardigan + trousers + flats. Denim trousers, aka trouser jeans, are a great way to make an outfit more professional while still feeling as comfortable as jeans, and canvas flats are more professional while still feeling as comfortable as sneakers. I felt super comfy wearing this outfit, and work-appropriate enough for a “casual Friday.”

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

We took photos after work, along this tree-lined pedestrian path on Klickitat Street. Especially fitting since Portland author Beverly Cleary just celebrated her 100th birthday! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Outtake with pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + black + denim trousers

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