Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

What I Wore: Shortie Kimono, Velvet Dress and Boots

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Hey, how are ya? Things are going pretty well over here. I mean, like most of the U.S., we’re having wacky weather. One day it’s super hot, the next it’s cold. It’s hard to figure out what to wear, ya know? So I’ve just started dressing how I feel and preparing to bump up the heat or blast the air.

On this particular day, the weather was actually fairly warm. I think it was in the low seventies and slightly overcast. So, it was comfortable. I knew I wanted to wear this kimono, but I wasn’t sure what to wear with it.

Jeans are an obvious choice, but I wanted to do something different. And that’s where this cute little velvet sheath dress came in. Let me pause to say that I LOVE VELVET. It is hands down my favorite fabric ever and I’m so happy that velvet is on trend right now, so it’s fairly easy to find in a variety of shapes and colors.

I wasn’t sure about the color of the dress with the kimono, but I think it works. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m not a matchy-matchy kinda person. As long as one color works, I call it golden and keep it going. Because the kimono has bold colors tempered with earth tones, the jewel tone of the dress works without clashing too much.


While my jewelry looks rather bold, my pieces are really pretty neutral. Everything is earth toned, so it just kinda goes with while adding a bit of pop.



I wore this outfit to work at the library. Most of my day was spent in Zoom meetings, so all the color made for a happy square.

People always wonder how I wear boho to the office. This is it. I pair a boho piece {the kimono} with a more traditional piece {the velvet dress}. And ground everything with a pair of neutral colored but funky shoes {my lace back boots}.

Another option would be to pair the kimono with a silky cami and a pair of black flare leg slacks.


Kimono – Similar | Velvet Dress – Similar | Boots – Similar

Sizing: I’m 5’4″ and a dress size 10 to 12 {M,L}. I wear a size 9.5 shoe

About the hair cut: I was trying to strip the burgundy color out of my hair and damaged it so badly that I had no choice but to cut it all off. I’m hoping that history repeats itself and my hair grows back quickly, because I’m so not a fan of my buzz cut.

I know I’ve cut it short before, but I really liked having long curly hair…

Have you ever ruined your hair? How’d you deal?


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Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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