Introduction: Diane from Darling Darling
I don't think there is such a thing as a bad trend, but I have to be realistic. Ripped tights, leggings as pants, the Olsen Twins overdone bohemian look, pegged jeans. These are the trends looking back at my computer that I was not inspired by. Then I discovered Darling Darling, thanks to my Google Reader recommendations (have you tried it? I discover so many amazing blogs like this) and I discovered what is now one of my favorite blogs. Diane was donning peter pan collars, dresses with salmon colored flats, hoodies and plaid and to supplement her blog, she is a library student! We soon discovered she was a fan of my husband's work, we emailed, and swapped cd mixes, and we stay connected. Most of the readers are familiar with Diane, but I wanted to take the extra step to acquaint yourself with such a cool person. She blogs about fashion, typography, libraries, art, photography, it's all here.
Other bloggers, most definitely! I don't believe that every outfit I have is original - it's almost always a combination of different outfits I see on street style sites or blogs but taking these little bits of inspiration from here and there is ultimately what makes my outfit mine.
Gosh, this is a hard one! I think I fall back on autumn colors a lot; subtle earth tones like green and brown. However, this summer I'm more drawn to the mixing of neutrals and pastels. For example, I love to pair dark greys or blacks with lighter shades of blues and pinks. I'm quite fickle, though, so if you ask me on a different day, you'll probably get a completely different answer.
This happens to me practically everyday! A no fail outfit for me would be a loose top (or a t-shirt), belted high-waisted skirt, tights, and oxford flats. I have many variations of all these pieces so it's always super quick and simple to put together when I don't feel like thinking about my wardrobe!
I don't think I can really harmonize the two. I decided to become a librarian because of my love of books. Books and stories are a form of escape for me (and of course, many other people) and I see fashion in the same light. As dorky as this sounds, I feel like I'm creating characters when I construct outfits and it's become very natural for me to view literature and fashion as art forms. In this way, I think I harmonize books and fashion well, but harmonizing libraries and fashion is much more difficult because of the stereotypical stuffy-librarian image. I think it's funny that if you look at old film clips of libraries from the mid-20th century, librarians are wearing flowy button-up blouses with cute ascots, high-waist pleated skirts, and little heels. I suppose these were stuffy conservative outfits back then but if I wear these same outfits or vintage dresses at the library now, all of a sudden I'm some sort of hipster. So I guess in an ironic way, I can harmonize the stuffy-librarian image with fashion!