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Nov 16, 2010, 3:28pm Top

What ARE you wearing? What do librarians and bibliophiles wear each day?

I've actually gotten late night anonymous phone calls with that question, but . . . I think librarians and bibliophiles dress creatively (another means to communicate, another way to express your institution's corporate culture).

What ARE you wearing?

Identify yourself as "public," "academic," "other," or "not a library" type of library.

I'll kick it off:

Academic (University) library: I'm wearing green khakis and a Chicago American Giants jersey (Negro League baseball team).

Nov 16, 2010, 5:11pm Top

Today, in a community public library, I wore a rugby shirt and jeans. Tomorrow, in a corporate business library, I will wear a pale coloured tunic shirt (with button cuffs and a plain collar) and dark chinos. Right now I am wearing pyjamas because I am about to watch TV at home in bed.

Nov 16, 2010, 5:36pm Top

Public high school library - I'm wearing a brightly colored print shirt with blue pants. Bright colors make me happy so I hope I can spread the cheer. I always try to follow the dress code so I don't wear skirts too short, spaghetti straps, torn jeans, T-shirts with beer commercials etc. (Like I'd be likely to otherwise.)

Nov 16, 2010, 6:09pm Top

Academic library (not in reference, but one of the hidden away back areas where we startle easily):

Today, I'm wearing a rainbow-striped hoodie, jeans, and this t-shirt. I am all about the serious business of working with books!

Nov 16, 2010, 6:12pm Top

Usually slacks and sweater/top. Occasionally jeans and school t-shirt, usually Fridays when there's a football game. Often a white t-shirt topped with an oversized shirt with library/reading/children themes embroidered on the pocket. I have several: red striped, blue striped, pink gingham, aqua gingham. I'm a sucker for them and and get a new one every year at the library convention.

Elementary school.

Nov 16, 2010, 6:18pm Top

Public library, in the teen room.

My typical outfit is:

a knee-length skirt, usually gray, black, or denim,

knee socks, usually black, gray or striped

a 3/4 sleeve button up shirt over a solid-colored t-shirt

all-black Converse All-Stars.

Looks professional, yet kinda, you know, young and edgy. I'm the "edgy" librarian they go to for all the fun stuff.

Nov 16, 2010, 9:37pm Top

Comfortable shoes. Always.

Nov 16, 2010, 10:03pm Top

Academic library - with regular reference shifts & instruction.

Today, Victoria's Secret trousers, but usually jeans (as frequently as I think I can get away with it)

Fitted long-sleeve v-neck T & cropped sweater.

Coordinating socks & Ariat mules (love them!)

Nothing that has to be ironed. Ever.

Colors? Soothing warms & neutrals. Bright colors - on me - make me edgy (not in a good way)

Funky earrings (I don't have to look at those!)

Nov 16, 2010, 10:39pm Top

academic library....today was black cotton slacks and polo type shirt, yesterday was jeans and a red long-sleeve shirt and Shakespeare tie, tomorrow will be docker slacks and a Hawaiian shirt.

Nov 16, 2010, 10:59pm Top

Special library.

Today: black trousers, black on white patterned blouse and fine grey merino crew-neck sweater.

I wear suits a couple of times a week and jeans on Fridays.

It's all about being appropriately dressed for the occasion.

Nov 17, 2010, 3:01am Top

OOh this is a cool thread!

Academic library, cataloguing and acquisitions dept (hidden from view in a basement)

Black combat trousers
Black long sleeve top
Black cardigan
Cherry red v neck men's sweater (it's cold)
Lidl trainers (black and red)

Ooh I'm scruffy today. But this is the usual look. I'm low-maintenance, I don't like to iron, I work from home too, and it's COLD.

Nov 17, 2010, 11:09am Top

Public library, adult readers' advisory department here!

Today, I'm pretty low-key. It's chilly and grey out, so I just have on charcoal trousers, a black shell with lace at the neckline, and a grey sweater with multi-colored diamond designs around the hem.

But I'm just as likely to be wearing something a bit wilder...on Monday, for example, I wore a fluorescent floral-patterned vintage 60s mod dress, with white tights, a white cropped sweater, and knee-high black boots.

Nov 17, 2010, 12:20pm Top

Special library - thankfully, they sequester me in a little-seen room so I can usually get away with a big, red Lululemon hoodie and 3/4 length pants ("knickerbockers," as I like to call them). I cycle to work and it's a huge relief not to have to switch from my riding grubbies to something grown-up - just change tshirt and underwear, and I'm good to go.

What I'm trying to say is, three university degrees and hundreds (if not thousands) of books later, I still look illiterate.

Nov 17, 2010, 1:00pm Top

public librarian...

dark trouser jeans, black long sleeve shirt with black scarf with silver sequins, black heels.

Always heels :)

Nov 17, 2010, 1:45pm Top

Public Library Administration: COSTCO/Kirkland blue jeans (relaxed fit ;); blue/white/yellow checked shirt, yellow Lands' End 50/50 Mohair/Wool knitted necktie, leather sneakers and med-weight Smartwool socks. Boxers. Prosthesis.

Nov 17, 2010, 4:10pm Top

Public librarian.

Today, I'm wearing my pajamas. I'm working from home.
But on a normal day, I wear dark pants and a blouse. Sometimes, leggings with boots. Rarely skirts, it gets some of the patrons too excited.

Nov 17, 2010, 5:36pm Top

Academic librarian, mostly instruction with reference

Black and white dress (below the knee--I almost always wear skirts or dresses, but prefer keeping my knees covered), hose, red peep-toe pumps, owl necklace, purple fitted cartigan. I go for put together and I walk that fine line between sexy and frumpy.

It is a bit of a joke in our library that you can tell when I'm not doing instruction, because I'll wear slacks.

Nov 18, 2010, 4:00pm Top

Public Library Assistant―and today, it's bright red button-down shirt, black work slacks.

Even if our dress code didn't prohibit jeans, I would just never bring myself to wear them.

Nov 18, 2010, 4:38pm Top

Working the ref desk tonight in a university library, wearing slacks and my poker playing dogs shirt (short sleeves with collar).

Nov 21, 2010, 12:21pm Top

Public reference Library, UK provincial city. Cold, dirty and worn out building. Wear -anything dark that does not show dust! Serious issue here, a lot of library staff look pretty scruffy - could be poverty. I do not see much sign of creative dressing - maybe a nice environment would encourage creative dressing. Should mention, employers are a bit stroppy in the dress rules department!

Nov 21, 2010, 3:41pm Top

Library consultant, not in a library.
Jeans and sweatshirts/sweaters. I work from home.

Nov 22, 2010, 3:17am Top

Public library, Australian outer-suburbs.

My bi-annual (appearance in a library) knee-length skirt (brown with light brown embroidery).

White dressy top.

Natural (off-white) cardigan (no pockets or buttons).

Black sling-back heels.

As my work regularly requires me to crawl under desk, fight cables in server rooms, move PCs and other equipment - skirts and white clothes are not the norm.

Normally I wear dark pants, dark top - I refuse to wear sensible shoes though. Otherwise it's to easy to for me to slip into looking like a stereotypical Librarian. (I wear glasses and often have my hair tyed back.)

Nov 22, 2010, 9:30pm Top

Academic librarian.

Cords and green top. And one of my favorite necklaces from South Africa.

Nov 23, 2010, 10:38am Top

Academic/Public Library
(Yup, we're a college library that is also part of the county's public library system.)

Today I dressed down more even than usual - I had an appointment and came in late and it's right before the holiday weekend, so it's kind of sparse around here:

Jeans (no holes, tears, etc. - nice looking dark ones)
Black shirt with white trim
red lanyard "Just Dewey It" - with staff ID
Lands End ducks (it's supposed to maybe rain today)

I mostly wear jeans or khakis - fairly casual pants - with a top...not usually a t-shirt, but every now and then, particularly on Fridays it's more casual.

Oh, I'm the Library Director - sometimes at the desk, sometimes hidden in an office....but this is an art college, so the students dress a lot more casually than I do! Plus, as department manager, I get to set the dress code for my area's employees....so I can pretty much (within reason) wear what I want to.

Nov 23, 2010, 3:11pm Top

Usually something from jcrew combined with a thrift store find and wrap it all up with a ribbon.

Nov 26, 2010, 6:16pm Top

Public library
It hardly matters what I’m wearing. I always have to cover it with something else because the temperature is usually freezing (winter, summer, spring and fall). Brrrrrrrr!

Nov 28, 2010, 11:13am Top

secondary school library
Today's Sunday, so I'm at home, but tomorrow - unless it snows inLondon and they shut the school - I'll be wearing a light brown skirt and jacket, with a purple jersey, green leaf necklace and brown knee high boots.

Now I write it down, it sounds a bit of a cliche....

I have been known to wear a twinset.

Oh dear.

Nov 28, 2010, 4:40pm Top

For-profit technical college library:

Tomorrow to work I will be wearing a black pencil skirt, a 3/4-sleeved black top with a flower print on it, black tights, and black oxford heels.

Usually my clothing tends toward librarian cliche. I have black frame glasses that I wear on days when my eyes are tired of contacts. I really like most of the clothes associated with librarian chic, though--I love tights, cardigans, glasses. Our dress code does not allow for jeans, which I don't really mind. I enjoy dressing up for work a bit.

Nov 29, 2010, 11:01am Top

>28 Menshevixen:: I have noticed the librarian chic/geek chic trend and love it. I can dress in a way that is a play on stereotypes and still look fashionable (for once in my life). I'm embracing the look while it lasts, because I have no idea how long it'll last. I've been dressing like a stereotype since I was 12; it's about time I manage to look like I'm doing it on purpose!

Nov 29, 2010, 11:31am Top

This is definitely the least titillating "What are you wearing?" conversation on the internet...


Nov 29, 2010, 2:07pm Top

So, Tim, what are you wearing?

Nov 29, 2010, 2:35pm Top

No pants, that's for sure.

Nov 29, 2010, 2:58pm Top

>30 timspalding:.

The first time I saw this thread title, I assumed it was some sort of spammer with a librarian fetish . . .

Nov 29, 2010, 3:43pm Top

The uniform—LibraryThing tshirt! Also jeans, but the tshirt is the thing.

Nov 29, 2010, 5:20pm Top

>33 Katya0133:

Well, as the originator I guess I could be characterized as having a "librarian fetish" (though not a spammer). My fetish is so strong, I became a librarian!

Truth was I was bored at the Reference Desk and noticed what I was wearing (see initial post).

I'm currently playing the "which gender is the poster based on what they're wearing" game and when I picture the posted wear on various genders, the answer is almost always: can't tell.

Currently wearing pants.

Dec 1, 2010, 9:49pm Top

I'm a (retired) school librarian, and as such, I generally wear whatever I damn well please. Right now, pants, shirt, and jacket. Oh, yes, comfortable shoes.

Dec 5, 2010, 5:49pm Top

term's finished, so it's jeans (in term, black slacks, usually), white singlet top and loose shirt in blues, with reggae playing

Dec 5, 2010, 7:41pm Top

>35 fugitive: Golly, I hope you could tell which I was. Just in case, though, right now I'm wearing maternity slacks and a library oxford shirt.

Dec 6, 2010, 6:29am Top

#38: It depends upon if you are a seahorse or not.

Dec 6, 2010, 12:24pm Top

Public library.

Pajamas, mismatched multicolor striped socks, university sweatshirt.

Sick day. Otherwise, my socks would match. Got to have some standards :)

Dec 7, 2010, 6:41pm Top

I work at the circulation desk in a public library and usually wear jeans and a nice blouse. Now that it's cold I wear turtlenecks and nice sweaters

Dec 8, 2010, 8:10pm Top

Tan slacks and white long-sleeved dress shirt. Got soup on my shirt though at lunch :-(

Dec 23, 2010, 4:46pm Top

Public library: Turquoise t-shirt under a bright yellow v-neck sweater, khakis, four earrings that do not match each other, and neon green Converse shoes.

(I'm a children's/YA librarian--I can dress like Claudia Kishi if I want to.)

Dec 23, 2010, 5:13pm Top

>43 thelibrarina:: Love the blast from the past (which I admittedly had to Google, despite reading all the BSC books).

Feb 14, 2011, 11:21am Top

I'm just the shelver at our public library (though this is my third time working there and I've also been a library aide and processor at the same library). I'm amazed at all the libraries that allow jeans. Ours most strictly does not.

I generally wear:
A dress or skirt and shirt combination
Several layers of sweaters
Riding Boots or Uggs (yes, Uggs)
Also...I never match. I'm the youngest working there, so sometimes I like to see what I can get away with as far as the obscure and mismatching goes. Never inappropriate though!

Mar 14, 2011, 3:58pm Top

I work as a shelver at the public library, I'm usually at the circulation desk checking things in. I wear jeans, black pants, or a knee length skirt, purple converse or boots, and any bright colored or patterned tee shirt because over that goes a navy short sleeve oxford shirt with the library logo.

Mar 14, 2011, 5:41pm Top

I work circulation at a public library. Today I wore my boring outfit (black work pants, white shirt. I looked vaguely like a waitress.) Tomorrow, I'll wear my favorite 'day of the dead' skirt (sugar skulls!), knee socks, and hot pink shirt with my black mary janes.

Mar 15, 2011, 12:19pm Top

I'm an SLA, and having had to come to work directly from a funeral, I'm wearing a suit and tie.

Customers are going straight to me every time, like I'm the boss or something, just bacause I'm not wearing my normal black jeans, T-shirt and jacket ensemble.

Mar 31, 2011, 10:26am Top

Public librarian in a very small community. Always wear tan slacks and then several layers because in winter it gets pretty cold. I always try to color coordinate my tee shirt with my collared shirt. tho being pretty color blind . . . . . .... eek

Apr 11, 2011, 7:57pm Top

Public library manager:Tweedy Coldwater Creek jacket with 3/4 length sleeves, black T-shirt, necklace and bracelet I made to go with the jacket, hematite earrings, Victoria's secret undies and brown cowboy boots. Enjoying jeans today, because we are only allowed to wear them when we donate to charity, and it's fundraising time.

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Apr 11, 2011, 11:14pm Top

I wore jeans and a blue sweater top today. I'm all about comfort. :)

Public library

Apr 11, 2011, 11:30pm Top

Academic library - my night to work the evening shift. Cruel Girl jeans, brown Sketchers, black long-sleeve T and a tan cardigan/vest sweater that hits mid thigh. Dangly turquoise earrings.

Jul 29, 2011, 6:26pm Top

I too am amazed that so many of you get to wear jeans! That would be nice. I work at a public library in youth services.

Right now I am wearing cords (as close as I can get to jeans) and a long sleeve yellow and grey striped fitted shirt. I always have to wear long sleeves because of my tattoos. Out policy doesn't strictly state there can be no visible tattoos, but I worked in a smaller town (pop. 35,000) that tends to be conservative. You know how some parents can be about there children. So to avoid glares, conflict, and questions I just wear long sleeves. I really wish I didn't have to!

I'd like to dress in more of my natural style, but I have limitations on what I can wear because I have tattoos on my chest, shoulder blades and upper and lower arms, which limits me to certain necklines as well.

Anyone else have tattoos? What is your library's stance on it?

Aug 2, 2011, 2:23am Top

public library....Dress for comfort, lots of walking around and thwarting the occasional fight (were not located in the best of areas) Several of us have tattoos, including a childrens librarian. Were tough cookies!

Aug 2, 2011, 10:38am Top

we don't have a dress code at all. I'm a children's librarian and as long as my clothes aren't too revealing anything goes.
I have a tattoo on my lower arm, but I can wear t-shirts and stuff, so no policy there

Aug 2, 2011, 10:59am Top

I'd rather my clothes speak for me rather than my skin. I have a great camp shirt with the alphabet sprawled all over it. The kids love it.

Aug 2, 2011, 11:04am Top

I have worked in a large public library for more than 30 years, no jeans allowed but nobody turns a hair at tats, I have some on my hands or my eyebrow ring. The patrons ask questions but mostly positive ones.

Aug 2, 2011, 5:17pm Top

Artsy acting clothes.

Aug 4, 2011, 6:00pm Top

Manager, Public Library

Today is a long day (10+ hours) so black sandals, greeny-greyish jean-cut cotton slacks, grey undershirt, and a grey button-up blouse that looks like it was attacked by manic Chinese calligraphy students.

No earrings, no jewelery.

Bright blue toe and fingernails. Bright blue eyeshadow, normal lipstick. Blue streak in hair.

Tattoo on lower back - not a problem with my workplace. I have co-workers with visible tats on wrists, necks, shoulders, and ankles, so mine's pretty concealed in comparison. I usually wear undershirts because it's cold in here. I'd be surprised if all of my co-workers even know I have it.

Dress code here is pretty laid-back. Tats are ok, weird makeup is ok, funky hair colors are ok. Even jeans are mostly ok - I have a few pairs of dressy-style pants made from dark jeans material, as well as jean-cut khakis and lots of not-blue jeans, and wear them all often, but actual normal wash "blue jeans" are limited to Fridays or heavy-work days.

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