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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! ūüėÄ

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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Sam’s style | Olive + black + grey

I didn’t realize until last week’s giveaway winners post that I had totally forgotten to post pics I took of another one¬†of Sam’s outfits this past spring. I didn’t meant to deprive y’all, dear readers! This outfit’s a couple of months old¬†— an oldie but goodie! ūüėČ

So last week you got to enjoy the outtake, this week you get to enjoy the entire outfit of olive + black + grey + tweed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Another of Sam’s trademark hats! This one is in a black and white tweed that he picked up during our 2009 trip to Vienna. I love how the hat connects to his tweed canvas shoes. PLUS more pattern-mixing with his olive button-front shirt, which has a subtle diamond¬†print when you look up close. (The cat hairs on his black waistcoat are NOT an intentional pattern. ūüėČ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Button-front: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Waistcoat: ¬†INC International Concepts via Macy’s, old
  • Hat: ¬†Shop in village town outside Vienna, 2009
  • Jeans: ¬†Gap, new
  • Canvas shoes: ¬†Payless, old
  • Coat: ¬†Gap?, old

Shop Sam’s outfit:

similar olive button-front  //  exact black vest  //  exact jeans  //  similar tweed hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + tweed

Sam’s style | Mixing brown + grey

A quick note that the poll is open to vote for your¬†favorite outfit of March — thanks in advance!

I’ve been highlighting Sam’s style more and more lately, because:

  1. He’s just so darn stylish
  2. He’s just so darn cute
  3. Y’all always seem to like it when I feature his¬†style ūüėÄ

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Today, he came down the stairs, all spiffy in his striped button-front shirt, tweed waistcoat, and weathered grey jeans. Here’s how our conversation went, which had us both¬†cracking up!

Me:  Wow! Why are you all dressed up?

Sam [with a cheeky grin on his face]:  You said you wanted to look pretty. Well, maybe I wanted to look pretty, too!

LOL!

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | My husband's style, mixing brown + grey

It’s a rarity that Sam’s not wearing a hat, but he always manages to wear something classic regardless. This time, it’s his grey tweed waistcoat, which looks super cool paired with the weathered grey tone of his new jeans.

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Jeans: ¬†Gap, new
  • Striped button-front shirt: ¬†Kohl’s?, old
  • Tweed waistcoat: ¬†?, old
  • Boots: ¬†Payless, old
  • Wood watch: ¬†c/o JORD, this winter

Shop Sam’s outfit:

similar striped button-front shirt  //  very similar tweed waistcoat  //  exact jeans from same brand  //  similar black boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's brown + grey outfit collage

The last time I featured Sam’s style, I asked if y’all wanted me to include details of his outfit. The response was positive, and one comment pointed out that¬†we often shop for the men in our lives. That totally makes sense, and therefore, I gave Sam his own outfit collage! ūüėÄ

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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Leo handsome

It’s been too long since I’ve featured the style of Sam, my husband. (He’s usually the one behind the camera.) So here’s an extra special treat for y’all today!

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

On Tuesday, I featured an outfit I wore on an afternoon lunch date with my husband. Today, I feature what Sam wore on our outing together. I loved his winter layers and textures, with his tweed vest and overcoat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tweed layers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Details:

At the end of our quick photo shoot, I wanted to also take a photo of the lion statue behind Sam. (We’re both Leos.) Sam had fun with the statue, putting his glasses on the statue.

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Librarian for Life + Style | Leo handsome

Two cool Leos!