Stylin’ in the Stacks

By , February 17, 2012 9:26 am

by Kristine Lloyd

My fascination with all things sartorial was born in the playground that was my mother’s closet. Many hours of my childhood were wiled away in her walk-in, throwing myself a fashion party and donning her fabulous rags. I have a picture of myself when I was six, garbed in bohemian layers, opera gloves and puka shell necklace.

My fashion obsession is fueled by websites featuring photos of creatively clad people on the street. The Sartorialist and Street Peeper are among my favorites. I could die a happy woman if my photograph was ever posted on one of these sites. I’m way too matchy-matchy and yes, conservative, for that dream to ever come to fruition. More likely, my fear that I show up as a Glamour Don’t will be realized. Might be because of that sister-wife dress I scored at the thrift store.

As an aspiring fashionista, I am sometimes dismayed at the vestimentary inclinations of my fellow librarians. Vapid though I may be, I could not get through the keynote speech at the annual meeting in New Orleans without counting the split ends on the knee-grazing hair of the lady in front of me. It worked for Crystal Gayle, but come on, a haircut once a decade is a good idea, even if you have to get out the pinking shears and whack it yourself. The exhibit hall overflowed with what looked like Hawaiian tourists from the 80s. Way too many fanny packs, muumuus and sensible shoes. Let’s just say I take it as a compliment when people comment that I don’t look like a librarian.

Turns out I’m not the only one obsessed with fashion and frustrated with the frumpy librarian stereotype. I came across this awesome website, the Librarian Wardrobe, cataloging stacks shots of stylish librarians. My favorite recent post is the librarian in plaid tights, a girl after my own heart. I think we need a designated photographer to snap photos at our LLOPS events and show off the stylin’ librarians of the Northwest. Or maybe you are laughing at my thinly-veiled attempt at a fashionable photo opp. Just don’t nominate me for What Not to Wear.

One Response to “Stylin’ in the Stacks”

  1. Brenna says:

    So, now that we are beyond the “Dress for Success”-bowtie white blouse decade, what shall we wear? How about a meeting discussing organizational/vocational culture and sartorial styles? :}

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