The Librarian

I felt a bit like a dad in a Norman Rockwell painting in this outfit. Or maybe an old-fashioned newspaper editor. All I’m missing is a pipe, LOL. I don’t know why. It must be the combination of the striped shirt, the waistcoat, and the tie. This is the first non-floral tie I bought, and of course I got it because of the book print. So maybe I felt a bit like a librarian as well. I’m still figuring out how to mix-and-match my ties with the rest of my outfits; right now, I’m just buying them because the colors or patterns catch my eyes, but I think I’m going to be a bit more thoughtful and selective from now on. One in a solid color might work too, since I have so many patterned pieces in my closet.


We’re having a weird summer. Usually, by this time, we would’ve already sweated our way through at least one heatwave and could look forward to at least another two to three months of intense heat, yet this year… nothing. Sure, it’s been warm and muggy, but the temperature barely reaches above 90F (32C), and we’re even getting a cold snap! The last time I remember a May this cool was when I was in 8th or 9th grade. So I’m enjoying the cooler weather and making the most of it by wearing things like this sweater (which I thought I would have to save until October, at least), but at the same time, I’m not trusting it. It doesn’t feel right.

Summer Layering

When the weather warms up, one of the things I always struggle with is how to make my outfits more interesting. During the cooler months, I can always rely on layering to play around with colors and textures, but that’s not so feasible in the summer. This year, however, with my newly purchased waistcoat, I have a summer layering item that doesn’t add too much bulk or weight. Of course, it only works with a lightweight waistcoat like this one, and only when it’s under 35 degrees Celsius (about 95F). Anything higher than that and I’m not even venturing outdoors, let alone worrying about having an interesting outfit.

Shrinking Violet

I bought this skirt way back last fall, but haven’t been able to find a top to pair with it – I didn’t realize that gray and blue would be such a tough combo to match! Any color I pair with this skirt would either not look right or seem too much, so I was happy to discover this blue sweater, which matches the blue of the skirt exactly. I also added a flower brooch (some violets, hence the post title) to make it more spring-appropriate. Usually, I would try to avoid “one-trick ponies” (items that can only be pair with one other item) and matchy-matchy looks like this though, so I’m going to have to find some new ways to wear this skirt before next winter.

Simultaneous Dress

We’re still working from home, so I’m strictly in a T-shirt-and-pajama-bottom capsule wardrobe these days (with the occasional button-up when I have an online class to teach). As you can imagine, this puts a damper on my options for SIA outfits. Luckily, while looking through my backlogged posts, I found this outfit. It’s not an exact match to this week’s inspiration, Sonia Delaunay’s “Simultaneous Dresses“, the colorful plaid is a good nod to the colors and graphic patterns in the painting, and my blue oxford shoes are a good match to the blue background as well. So all in all, I’m happy with it.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this painting!