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Red, white, and blue | Casual work outfit inspiration

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, here and abroad, and to all immigrants throughout our country’s past, present, and future. Together, we make this country better. ♥

I am no stranger to wearing red, white, and blue all year long, not just for Fourth of July. You can see that here different ways I have remixed red + white + blue for every season. It definitely does not take a national holiday to get me to wear this classic color combination!

I was recently inspired by this recent cover and photo shoot Zoe Saldana did for the May issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine. I was particularly inspired by Zoe’s striped obi-style belt. If you’re a longtime reader (thank you!), then you’ll know that I have a few striped obi-style belts I’ve made out of ties, and the one I selected is the one I made a how-to DIY post for.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can’t see it very well in these photos (it was more obvious in real life, I assure you), but I wore a red sports bra underneath my light blue striped button-front shirt, which you can see a peek of in the close-up illustration below. I had red running through the entire outfit, from my lipstick to the red under-layer and down to the red ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bits of red in red + white + blue inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

You can see the mini-stripes of my button-front shirt better in the photo below. So I was technically pattern-mixing in this outfit, as well, although it’s super subtle. But I’ll take pattern-mixing whenever I can! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue striped obi-style tie belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + white + blue stripes and inspiration

Weather:  Clear but breezy

Where:  Work day with student presentations and meetings (I wore this at the end of spring quarter)

What:

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Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

I felt really great in today’s outfit, my white-and-grey plaid shirtdress, which I’ve worn before here with my grey ankle boots. This time, I wore the shirtdress with grey heather tights, a textured silver metallic belt, and burgundy patent leather brogues. It’s such a classic silhouette, this fit-and-flare shirtdress, but the details of the brogues and the metallic belt provide some unexpected details up close.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Plaid shirtdress + wide silver belt closeup

A fit-and-flare dress practically begs to be twirled in, right?! Right.

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress

I wore my burgundy overcoat on this chilly fall day, which provided a fantastic pop of color to my outfit — and it also really does pop against the backdrop of orange-y fall foliage!

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues + plaid shirtdress + burgundy overcoat

And last but not least, this is the fourth and final post in my (informal) series of taking pics along East 34th Street Bridge, a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma. So here you go, fall foliage along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma! See here for winter picshere for spring pics, and here for summer pics along this same bridge.

Librarian for Life + Style | Fall foliage along East 34th Street Bridge in Tacoma

Weather:  Cold and clear

Where:  Teaching day at the library

What:

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Style inspiration | Blue stripes + black belt

I recently came across this article featuring Michelle Obama’s stylish combo of a high-lo striped button-front tunic, black skinny trousers, and wide black corset belt. I have long been a fan of Michelle Obama’s personal style, which has always felt so accessible even when she chooses edgy, fashion-forward pieces.

When I saw Obama’s outfit, I immediately thought, “Oh, I have an idea of what to wear!” So I immediately pinned her outfit for inspiration. I paired my thin-striped blue button-front shirt with black ankle pants and black patent leather heels. My wide black stretchy belt mimicked the corset belt of Obama’s inspiration outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

It’s so hard to photograph the thin stripes of this button-front shirt! The stripes are more obvious in person.

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

I felt a little mod in this outfit, with the ankle pants and wide belt. It was a very comfortable outfit to wear for work!

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Librarian for Life + Style | Blue button-front + black belt

Weather:  Sunny and warm

Where:  Work day

What:

  • Button-front:  H&M, old
  • Ankle pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan Fit” pants, thrifted
  • Wide belt:  Kohl’s, old
  • Patent leather pumps:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Target, new this winter
  • Hoop earrings:  Made in Oregon, old birthday gift

Shop my outfit:

very similar thin-striped button-front  //  exact style ankle pants by same brand  //  similar wide black belt  //  exact tote bag  //  very similar black patent leather pumps

Librarian for Life + Style | Striped button-front + black ankle pants outfit collage

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Equestrian-style remix

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Remixing the details

This outfit came about because I happened upon one of my earrrrrrrrrly outfits from the blog — as in third outfit EVER (!!!) on the blog — and thought about how I would rewear the equestrian vibe behind this 2012 outfit.

What stayed the same? The scarf, the cognac bow belt, and a grey cardigan (although I replaced my older grey cardigan a couple of years ago with the same cardigan in the same color from the same brand).

What changed? I switched out the boot-cut jeans for a dress (worn as a skirt) and leggings. And I switched out my brown loafer heels for cognac flat-heeled boots. Finally, the equestrian vibe makes more sense with riding boots!

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian vibe outfit remix

2012 outfit:  Equestrian vibe

Also different? My haircut and glasses. My photos are also better now — and the camera angles more flattering! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

I tied this equestrian-print scarf a different way this time. I modified my “scarf necklace” trick, seen here and here, as a way to tuck in the ends of the scarf, but I left the scarf loose in the front so you could see more of the print. A couple of colleagues did notice the scarf trick and asked how I did it! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

Librarian for Life + Style | Scarf necklace trick

I felt the current remix worked better than the older combo because I now have cognac boots, which make more sense with the cognac belt and better overall with the equestrian theme. It also helped to bring in a bright color, like this blue dress, to liven things up a bit. It was a super comfortable outfit to wear to work, and I liked the challenge of remixing an outfit I wore early on at the start of this style blog.

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix

Weather:  Sunny and chilly

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

  • Cardigan:  August Silk via Macy’s, old
  • Dress (worn as skirt):  Old Navy, old
  • Scarf:  Brought back from UAE, old
  • Boots:  Marc fisher via Macy’s, old
  • Leggings (worn as tights):  Spanx via Kohl’s, old

Shop my outfit:

similar grey cardigan  //  very similar equestrian-print scarf  //  very similar blue knit dress  //  similar brown leggings by same brand  //  cognac double-buckle belt  //  similar cognac riding boots

Librarian for Life + Style | Equestrian-style remix outfit collage

Do you like the equestrian-style remix? Would you try out this variation on the “scarf necklace” trick? Please leave a comment and share! 😀

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SIA interpretation: Monmon Cats

Two quick reminders:

SIA inspiration:

Now it’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar picked the “weird and wonderful” Monmon Cats (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo. As a cat lady, she couldn’t pass this up! 😀 As a fellow cat lady, I approve. 😉

Below is a detail from the print. Click the image below to view the full print, or see this print and more from the artist on the Bored Panda site here or on the artist’s site here.

Detail of 'Monmon Cats' by Kazuaki Horitomo

Detail of ‘Monmon Cats’ by Kazuaki Horitomo

My interpretation:

I went for a combination of greys and blacks with pops of red and a bit of blue, to match the tones of the inspiration artwork. My grey dress and grey-and-black houndstooth tights came first. And then my new black gingham shirt came in the mail just in time, and the final piece clicked into place in my mind… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

The belt is actually a piece of embroidered ribbon my husband recently thrifted for me, thinking I could make something out of it. I haven’t had time to make it into a belt — and I think I have enough left over for a headband! — but I thought it was perfect for this week’s SIA challenge, because it brought in the bits of red flowers and blue colors from the inspiration artwork into my outfit. So I just wrapped the ribbon around me and pinned it on the side for a makeshift belt!
I revealed this wardrobe secret to a student worker at my library — the same student worker who was agog at my recent mint-and-navy cardigan and scarf outfit combo — and her reaction was so sweet. (She said she loved how creative I was with what I wore and that she always looked forward to what I would be wearing!) It’s so rare in real life that I have the chance to reveal just how detailed (and nerdy and thought-out) my style choices are. That’s what’s so great about having a style blogging outlet! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral ribbon belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

I *did* manage to get a cat in my pics, just in a different way with the “Meow” tote bag my mom gifted me this past Christmas. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag and houndstooth tights closeup

And now time for your daily recommended allowance of twirling…

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, new
  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Ribbon (worn as belt):  Recently thrifted
  • Houndstooth tights:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Lapis lazuli stud earrings:  Gift from my mom?, old
  • Tote bag:  ModCloth, recent Christmas gift

Shop my outfit

exact black gingham top from same brand  //  exact tote bag from same brand  //  similar grey dress  //  very similar houndstooth tights  //  similar red floral belt  //  very similar black flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, April 10th. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to curate the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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