Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Subtle Mixing: Polka {Puppy} Dots

Black and White Polka Dot Sweater and Black Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I see that pose in magazines and thought I’d give it a whirl, um, it feels as weird as it looks…

Black and White Polka Dot Sweater and Black Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Seriously, polka dots and Scottie pups, what’s not to love?

Black and White Polka Dot Sweater and Black Skirt {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I totally look like a librarian…

Y’all know I love myself some pattern mixing. I think it’s a fun way to mix up my clothes and add a little personality to my outfits. Usually when I mix my patterns I go for something bold and flashy but every now and then I like to take a walk on the subtle side, like with this outfit. By keeping everything in shades of black, the polka dots and the little Scottie pups take center stage without being too overwhelming.

Are you a pattern mixer? Do you prefer bold or subtle?

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Librarian Chic with Modcloth

Every so often I like to peruse the web and do some virtual window shopping, especially when the weather starts to change and all the fun new styles start to come out. But I’ve never been challenged to create an outfit and share it on my blog until now.

One of the ModStylists at Modcloth contacted me to see if I’d be interested in pulling together an Autumn look and sharing it with you all… At first, I was kind of hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I’m in the Modcloth demographic. I mean, I’m 42 years old. But once I started looking around, I found that there are pieces that I could easily incorporate into my current wardrobe without making me look like I’m trying too hard to be young.

Anyway, here’s an outfit that I’d wear on a typical day at work:

Autumn Look with Modcloth {Living Outside the Stacks}

A look at the individual pieces:

Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Navy {Modcloth}

Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Navy {Modcloth}

I chose this cardigan because, well, cardigan. And who doesn’t love a cozy cable knit cardigan? Especially when you’re working in a cold library. I also like the patch pockets and the big ol’ buttons. The deep rich navy color is just one of those shades that’ll go with any and everything.

Come Check It Out Tee {Modcloth}

Come Check It Out Tee {Modcloth}

During the rare times when I wear graphic tees to work, I like for them to be library related. I think it adds a bit of humor to my day and gives me the opportunity to highlight some library kitsch. I also find that “V” neck tees are particularly flattering on me. For the sake of modesty, I’d add a cardigan in a contrasting color

Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt in Stem Green {Modcloth}

Breathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt in Stem Green {Modcloth}

Because I’m “fluffy” in the middle and the hips, I prefer fuller skirts. You know, nothing that’s gonna grab or hug… I also like to balance out the top — everything above the waist is fitted so below the waist has to be a bit lose and flowy. I also think the bright green is a nice contrast to the neutral gray of the tee and the tights. And, seriously, how fab do green and navy look together?

Layer It On Tights in Light Gray {Modcloth}

Layer It On Tights in Light Gray {Modcloth}

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I LOVE TIGHTS. They can be patterned or solid, thick or thin, cabled or not. I just love them. I think they add a nice layer of warmth and they can either pop or ground an outfit. In this case, I’m using the gray to ground the outfit.

Cause for Collaboration Heel in Burgundy {Modcloth}

Cause for Collaboration Heel in Burgundy {Modcloth}

And now for the wild card: the shoes! Are these not the most fabulous looking oxfords ever? I like that the heel is high enough to give me a little lift but sensible enough for all day wear. The burgundy color is also fifteen shades of wonderful and all kinds of fun.

Do you ever window shop virtually? What pieces would you like to add to your wardrobe as we transition to cooler weather? Check out the wide selection of cute cardigans available at Modcloth.

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What I Wore: Bold Legs

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Confession time: I big puffy heart tights. I view them as an accessory and not just something to keep my legs warm. I wear my legs warm. I wear patterns, bold colors, subtle shades, neutral blacks, deep rich chocolates… I also like that they make a nice background for my morning coffee pictures.

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

As you can see, I’m still trying desperately to get that chambray shirt to work for me but I really don’t think it’s happening. At what point do you give up on trying to fit something into your wardrobe? I think if it were a darker wash I’d like it better. I don’t know… I guess that just proves that I never outgrew playing dress up.

 Citron Sweater Sequin Tank Denim Shirt Khaki Skirt and Burgundy Tights {Living Outside the Stacks}

Do you wear tights? Do you prefer for them to match or to stand out? Share your tips for how you incorporate tights into your wardrobe in the comments below.

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