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Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

I did not originally plan to take photos of today’s outfit, an outfit I wore on the weekend out to an afternoon movie date with my husband. I wore leggings and the tunic for comfort, and I threw on this belt to help shape the waist as this tunic is quite voluminous. I then added this lightweight red cotton jacket as it was chilly and drizzly — and because I always get cold in movie theaters!

We ended up taking photos because as we were walking out of the movie, Sam said he thought I looked cute, and then I spied this interesting bit of red canopy railing outside the movie theater. And that was that. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of wide grey belt + red jacket

I don’t know if this belt has ever made it to the blog before, but I’ve had it for years. It originally came with a pair of capri shorts, which you have seen before here; I donated the shorts a few years ago, but I kept the belt. I quite like how the chunkiness of the belt and the studded details combine to give a little ’80s flair to this casual outfit.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

I bought this red cotton jacket years ago, and it’s turned out to be quite a versatile VIP item in my wardrobe. It’s heavy enough to be a jacket in-between seasonal transitions, and light enough to layer. And I love the special details that elevate this basic piece, details like the curved yoke across the back, the elastic seam in the middle to provide more shape, the ruching in the collar, and the sleeves that can be pinned up.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of red cotton jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + grey + black casual fall outfit

Weather:  Cool and drizzly

Where:  Weekend movie date

What:

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Red + black + patent leather circle bag

This past weekend, Sam and I enjoyed going out to a couple of local festivals, including Ethnic Fest at Wright Park and Glass Fest Northwest down by the harbor and Museum Row.

Here’s what I wore to the Glass Fest, with a circle bag that I picked up the day before at Ethnic Fest. It was a beautiful summer day by the harbor, and I felt cool and comfy in a sleeveless eyelet top, a cotton jersey skirt, strappy sandals, and this retro-inspired circle bag. I was feelin’ it. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Below is a closeup of this cool patent leather circle bag, which I picked up at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth at the Ethnic Fest. Although I’ve been on a general shopping ban these past six months, I don’t mind scouting out clothes or jewelry or accessories at local festivals, because I’m helping support local artists and small business owners.

The bag is covered in a collage of Michelle and Barack Obama magazine covers, and I just love every little thing about it, including the gold studs on one side. It’s retro-inspired and timeless at the same time. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

The purse also came with a matching wallet, seen below, and a crossbody strap (which you can spy in my Instagram post yesterday!), which made it really comfortable to wear while we walked around the festival — which included free day passes to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass! We took photos outside the Museum of Glass’s hot shop tower.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag and wallet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Weather: Quintessential summer day

Where: Local festival by the harbor

What:

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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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