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SIA interpretation: A dark and stormy skirt

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! This latest challenge was curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin chose this 1939 gouache painting titled “Angel Applicant” and created by artist Paul Klee. You can read more about the painting here on the Met’s site.

"Angel Applicant" by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

“Angel Applicant” by Paul Klee, 1939, is in the Public Domain

My interpretation:

The inspiration painting is mostly black and grey, but I also noted bits of pale pink in the creature’s nostrils and the cloudy bits in the background. I thought this outfit, with its “dark and stormy skirt” and berry cardigan fit in well with the inspiration painting. (Full disclosure — I wore this outfit before Erin chose the inspiration painting — but I do think it ties in well with the challenge.)

And this skirt is one that my friend and fellow librarian Stephanie actually picked for me to style! She also selected my grey-and-black snakeskin wedges to pair with the skirt — she knows how I love to pattern-mix. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

I got this skirt years ago when we lived in the UAE, and I was drawn to its stark and stormy floral print. It has double-box pleats on each side, in the front and in the back. This is one of the few items in my closet with box pleats, which can visually widen hips if the pleats spread out too far.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + snakeskin wedges closeup

If you don’t remember this box-pleat skirt, don’t worry — it’s been awhile since I’ve worn it or featured it on the blog. You can see it in action here and here, both posts from 2012. Interesting to note that I keep wearing this skirt with shades of purple… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Dark floral skirt + berry cardigan

Weather:  Clear fall day

Where:  Work that included a reference shift

What:

  • Pleated floral skirt:  Laura Ashley, bought in the UAE, old
  • Cowl-necked shell:  JCPenney, old
  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Snakeskin wedges:  Clarks, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, this past spring
  • Pearl stud earrings:  c/o Pearl & Clasp, this past winter

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Shop my outfit:

berry cardigan  //  very similar cowl-neck shell  //  black floral midi skirt  //  snakeskin wedges  //  similar black tote bag by same retailer

Librarian for Life + Style | Berry + black + floral outfit collage

There is still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate in SIA challenges. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin at looplooks@gmail.com, by Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on the 25th on her blog, Loop Looks.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!


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Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

I’ve mentioned that I’ll be working in the library during the summer, which I’m very excited about, as I haven’t been able to do that in years. (My faculty contract is a standard 9-month one, so summer work is separate.) And… that means more work outfits for the blog over the summer!

This outfit is a good example of a “summer work casual” kind of look for me. It’s professional because of the ankle pants and wedges and cardigan, but it’s fun and colorful with the mix of prints and bright colors. A win-win in my book! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Below is a closeup of mixing geometric prints. I felt a little wary at first about mixing these prints, as I tend to combine a larger-scale print with a smaller-scale print to balance things out visually — but these are two smaller-scale prints mixed together. But I think it works because navy is a unifying color between the two prints — and the navy cardigan helps “rest” the eye between the two prints. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Plus, I got quite a few compliments on this outfit the first time I wore it, from students calling it “fun” and “cheerful.” I guess I’ve already worn down my colleagues with my pattern-mixing — they’re used to it by now! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing patterns + color closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

And this kind of comfy work outfit lends itself perfectly to being comfy while chilling out after work. (Yes, we took these photos after work. And yes, that’s me, Jen, with a gin. Or to be more specific, a gin-and-soda infused with cucumber elixir. Perfect for a light summer drink!)

Cheers, y’all!

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Librarian for Life + Style | Summer work casual | Mixing patterns + color

Weather:  Sunny but not too warm

Where:  Work

What:

  • Print shell:  Thrifted, old
  • Cardigan:  LOFT, old
  • Print ankle pants:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein Sport via Macy’s, old
  • Silver circle earrings:  Lia Sophia, gift from husband, old

Shop my outfit:

very similar navy cardigan with 3/4 sleeves  //  similar print top  //  similar print ankle pants  //   //  similar silver circle earrings  //  very similar wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing geometric prints for a summer work casual outfit

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Never forget | Library tee remix

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

I wore this outfit twice, once for a book reading at a local library, and then a slight variation for the next work day. And I wore some of my library-themed gear, because OF COURSE. This card catalog tee is one that my husband picked up me for years ago at a writer’s conference, and it still elicits chuckles from people who see it — and not just from librarians! 🙂

Here are a few ways I’ve worn this tee over the years on the blog. Interesting to note that I obviously prefer pairing this tee with blazers + jeans! Uh, at least the blazers are of different colors? Yeah, let’s go with that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my library card catalog tee collage

left, 2014  //  middle, 2015  //  right, 2017

This go-round, I paired the tee with black skinny jeans and a taupe blazer and patent leather wedges. Everything neutral except for the pop of turquoise in the tee and the pop of yellow in the library card clutch.

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library-themed tee and clutch

NEVER FORGET. And many people like to share their personal (and usually fond) memories of using old library card catalogs. I join in those reminiscences, as I remember helping my mom convert from the old library card catalog to a computerized system!

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit

The backdrop is the Charlotte Mottet branch of the Tacoma Public Library system, one of the smaller branches in the system. But it’s in a very sweet, renovated brick building that’s had two additions on each side of the original central section. The entrance is my favorite part, with the iron scroll work and the brick design around the round doorway.

Mottet branch library, Tacoma Public Library system

It started raining when we were taking pics, so we took the opportunity to take some photos under some trees, beside a lamp post. So it’s raining, there’s a lamp post… can y’all guess what I started doing???

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Sam guessed right away:  “Are you doing the scene from Singin’ in the Rain?!”

My response? “Yessssssssssss.” 😀 😀 😀

#MovieMusicalFan #LibrarianNerd #NoRegrets

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

Weather:  Off and on rainy and chilly, on and on and on and on

Where:  To a book reading on my day off

What:

  • Library tee:  Unshelved via a writer’s conference, gift from Sam, old
  • Blazer:  The Limited, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last year {but still available!}
  • Wedges:  Payless, old
  • Clutch:  Out of Print Clothing, gift from my mom, old

Shop my outfit

very similar beige blazer  //  blue librarian-themed tee  //  exact skinny jeans  //  library card tote bag  //  similar taupe wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Library tee outfit collage

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Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

🍀 🍀 🍀 I’m wearing green on my blog for St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀 🍀 🍀

I knew I wanted to pair this colorblock-trim cardigan with my navy dress, a riff off when I wore this cardigan over my navy dotted skirt. That morning as I was getting dressed, I happened to look over at my scarf bins in our closet… and realized that one of the vintage scarves I thrifted in the fall had the EXACT colors of this cardigan. EXACT. (I can neither confirm nor deny a happy dance commencing after that revelation.)

The front of my cardigan is distinctive with a row of navy trim down the front with brass buttons as well as navy-trimmed pockets, so I didn’t want to detract from those details with my scarf. I could have doubled up the scarf to wear it more like a neckerchief, but then another light bulb… I could wear my scarf with the ends hanging down the back!

I am a fashion rebel, y’all. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan, closeup

The mint-and-navy scarf I thrifted last fall is a Vera Neumann scarf, and it is so pretttttttty. I was looking at posts, like here and here, about how you could date the scarf, and most of the clues go back to the signature. The signature on my scarf with its taller and more curved “V” looks like the signature that began in the late 60s and in the 80s. Based on the more streamlined, preppy-type pattern, I’m going to guess the early ’80s, rather than the ’60s, when her scarves had more graphic and geometric prints.

Below is a closeup of my scarf’s signature, plus how well it matches the trim of my cardigan. Y’all know how I love color-coordinating, so this discovery had me over the moon!

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of thrifted Vera Neumann scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Looking over these pics, I really should have used either my steamer or my wrinkle releaser spray on my outfit… on the plus side, these wrinkles serve to highlight everyday use. Just another example of how I really do wear these outfits in real life! 😉

Also, it was super fun and sweet when a student worker in our library that day stopped short, all wide-eyed, and asked, “Did that scarf come with that cardigan? How does it attach?” And then she was amazed that I had bought each piece separately, even years apart! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy | Color-coordinating a scarf + cardigan

Weather: Chilly and a bit drizzly

Where:  Work day with meetings (what else is new?!)

What:

  • Cardigan:  Target, years ago
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Macy’s, old
  • Scarf:  Vera Neumann, thrifted, vintage
  • Tights:  American Apparel, old
  • Wedges:  Anne Klein via Macy’s, old
  • Hoop earrings:  Birthday gift, old

Shop my outfit:

mint trim cardigan  //  very similar navy fit-and-flare dress  //  mint scarf  //  almost exact navy wedges by same brand

Librarian for Life + Style | Mint + navy outfit collage

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Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

The poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from November. Thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by Jennie @ A Pocketful of Dots, who recently paired a leopard-print cardigan with a wine-colored top and suede heels. I instantly thought, “Hey, I can do something similar!” Thanks, Jennie, for the inspiration. 🙂

There was a very low percentage for rain that work day, and that’s usually when I take the opportunity to wear some of my more adventurous shoes. So I went in for a bit of animal print pattern-mixing by pairing my snakeskin wedges with my leopard cardigan. Two species mixing! No worries, they got along fine. 😉 Even though they were two different patterns and textures, they go together — at least in my mind — because they are in complementary grey tones.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

I kept adjusting my cardigan throughout our quickie photo shoot on our front steps. The pics in the collage below are two separate — but almost mirror-identical! — shots. I didn’t just flip one photo and put them together (you can tell by the part in my hair) — it’s just funny to me to see them side-by-side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Sam joked that in the pics below, I was making myself “look small” (like our calico cat Brontë does sometimes), but I quite liked how the pics came out. It’s fun to mix up the poses sometimes. Plus, this way, you get to see the two animal prints closer together. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Librarian for Life + Style | Animal pattern-mixing | Leopard + snakeskin

Weather:  Chilly fall day with a low-chance percentage of rain

Where:  Low-key Friday work day

What:

  • Cardigan:  c/o giveaway, old
  • Long-sleeved tee:  Gap?, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last spring
  • Wedges:  Clark’s, old
  • Coin necklace:  My mom’s, vintage

very similar leopard-print cardigan  //  exact skinny jeans  //  similar purple long-sleeved tee  //  snakeskin ankle-strap pumps  //  similar coin pendant necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Leopard print + snakeskin collage

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