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Feeling like fall | Argyle sweater + suede heels

I totally feel like I am channeling the fall season in today’s outfit. It’s full of texture and fall colors — and of course, layers! Fall, or autumn, is my favorite season, so I felt GREAT in this outfit! And I wore it during a long day, as I wore it to work and then out to dinner and a literary event afterward.

With the scarf layer:

First, a look at my outfit with all the layers, including a dark denim jacket and cozy rust-colored scarf that I fashion-swapped years ago. You can’t see all the patterns yet, but just wait!

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

With the denim jacket layer:

Removing the scarf reveals the argyle pattern on the front of my sweater. (And you can tell that I color-coordinated my scarf with the rust color in the argyle pattern! Hi, my name is Jen, and I love color-coordinating 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Accessories:

Directly below is a look at the “Librarian” pin a former student gifted me, which I revealed first on Instagram here.

And of course, a closer look at brown suede and navy tweed kitten heels! These were my first “grown-up” pair of heels I ever bought myself for work, right after I got my library science master’s degree. They’re Franco Sarto, and they are GLORIOUS — and comfortable! I first bought them in Texas, and I have kept them all these years, although I only get to wear them a few times a year up here in rainy PNW.

Librarian for Life + Style | Librarian pin

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of suede and tweed heels

With just one sweater layer:

And finally, my outfit without the extra layers. I love how this sweater pattern-mixes all on its own, with argyle in the front and stripes in the back. So fun!

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Argyle sweater + suede heels

Weather:  Chilly, dry autumn day

Where:  Work day that included reference desk shift + dinner and literary event after work

What:

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Inspired by Ocean’s Eight | Tweed vest + necktie

A quick reminder that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from October — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit is one I’ve actually worn twice, and it was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s wardrobe in the fiercely female film, Ocean’s 8, and you can read more about the hallmarks of her costumes here. I am no stranger to remixing menswear and menswear-inspired pieces, so I was immediately drawn to how Cate Blanchett’s character, Lou, effortlessly wears vests, suits, and skinny ties like necklaces.

So to capture that fierce AF spirit, I layered my racerback vest over a purple button-front and wide-leg trousers. I also added my patent leather burgundy brogues, for an extra menswear-inspired touch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

My favorite part about this look was the skinny tie that I borrowed from my husband. I loved how it peeked out of my shirt! I didn’t bother getting the tie “perfect,” as the unfussy and tousled look is part of Lou’s essence as a character.

I also layered on chunky wooden jewelry, as Lou also wears a lot of jewelry in Ocean’s 8. I love the play off gender roles by mixing chunky jewelry with a skinny tie! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

I am a completist, so here’s a look at the tan coat I wore for outerwear.

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Trench coat + purple + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + brown tweed

Weather:  Perfect fall day

Where:  Work day, included teaching

What:

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Remixing teal + tweed

I have definitely been enjoying remixing my new teal overcoat. And although this outfit is a bit old, it’s still chilly up here in the PNW!

I haven’t worn this tweed, pleated pencil skirt in quite a while — the last time it was featured on the blog was in 2013 (whaaaaa?!). I actually wasn’t sure it would still fit me (I’ve gained a few pounds the past couple of years), but it does! I do have to admit, however, that the skirt does fit tighter and sits higher on my waist now, but I’m glad to still be able to get some use out of this classic design.

I also liked how you still got a peek at the skirt pleats underneath my teal overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing teal + tweed

And below is a look at my outfit underneath the overcoat.

A note about my accessories. Last year, when I shared my necklace extender trick (courtesy of my blogger pal Erin @ Loop Looks), a reader shared a comment about how to turn a charm bracelet into a necklace by attaching it to a plain chain. So I took my mom’s silver charm bracelet and turned it into a necklace!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of my silver bracelet-necklace and cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed pencil skirt + black cable turtleneck

Weather: Cold and drizzly

Where:  Work day that included teaching

What:

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Black + tan | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat

Today’s outfit came from an outfit inspiration from myfavoritethings25 Instagram feed, which I saved, an outfit featuring a belted blanket scarf, skinny jeans, tall boots, and a floppy hat. The light bulb in my brain went off, saying, “I have a blanket scarf, and I could belt it that way!” (You can also see other ways that I’ve worn this blanket scarf, here and here.)

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you know that I never worry about exactly recreating an inspiration look. For example, I don’t own a floppy hat, so I just took one of Sam’s hats that’s slightly oversized on me and pulled it lower down in the back. Done! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat closeup

I wore this to the movies — Wakanda forever! — out along Point Ruston. We quickly took pics in a little corner out of the drizzle — and when we finished, a mom and her little girl happened to walk around the corner. This little girl — 5 or 6 years old? — was stylin‘ in patterned leggings, a tutu skirt, and a denim jacket. It was a sweet moment when our eyes met, we took in each other’s outfits, and then we smiled back at each other, like kindred spirits. Style, and love of style, transcends ages, y’all. ♥

And you’re NEVER too old to twirl. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Blanket scarf + turtleneck + tweed hat combo

Weather:  Drizzly and windy

Where:  Movie and brunch date on the weekend

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White Christmas style inspiration, take 2

As I mentioned earlier this week, I was inspired to recreate some of my favorite fashions in the classic 1954 musical, White Christmas. (It’s no longer the holiday season, but I can watch this movie any day of the year!)

In the previous post, I recreated a costume worn by Rosemary Clooney in this scene from the movie:

Screenshot from 'White Christmas' (1954)

Screenshot from ‘White Christmas’ (1954)

Today, I’m recreating… Bing Crosby’s costume in this same scene! The ladies don’t get all the sartorial fun in this movie; the men get to wear super stylish outfits, too, with layers of textures and patterns. And jaunty scarves! 😉

Here’s another look at Bing Crosby’s costume, when he goes outside and dons a fedora:

Screenshot from 'White Christmas' (1954)

Screenshot from ‘White Christmas’ (1954)

I’m no stranger to menswear-inspired style, but of course, my versions of Bing’s grey tweed blazer and trousers are more feminine in cut. I also flipped the navy in his outfit from his navy polo shirt to my navy trousers. And I added my husband’s grey fedora, as y’all know I also love to wear fedoras!

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

And OF COURSE I was excited about recreating the neck scarf. My only problem was which neck scarf to choose (!), as I have a few with blue tones in them. I finally chose a silk scarf I thrifted years ago in Portland, with bits of orange and an edging of bright blue.

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | White Christmas style inspiration, Bing Crosby outfit

Weather:  Sunny but chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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