Libraries are chic. You heard it here first. When I was a little girl I lived in the library. My father would drop me and my sisters off to be babysat by books (great parenting technique I might add) and we’d spend hours reading. I remember our neighborhood library being a pretty magical place. It’s where I met Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, became a member of the Bernstein Bears family and the Babysitter’s Club and fell in love with words.
As a child raised on reading, I’ve always been studious and one of my favorite places to spend time to this day is the library. No it’s not 1OAK on a Friday night but there’s a majesty and quiet in being surrounded by books.
While I’m not a library snob (party snob yes), the New York Public Library pretty much annihilates any branch I’ve seen. The enormous stacks, the arched ceilings and giant columns and the ferocious lions out front taking guard. I imagine when the clock strikes midnight they get up from their post and gallop around the city. It’s more a castle of books than a library really.
So what does my gratuitous love of books have to do with style? It seems my taste in clothing is starting to take a page from the studious girl style book. Readers are serious, non? Librarians always seem a bit repressed what with their tight sweaters and cat-eye glasses (am I the only one who lives in a bad 1950s movie?).
Case in point: Take a high waist trouser. Nothing says I read lots of books like a high waist. And a buttoned-up Peter Pan collar; it doesn’t get any more
stiff studious than that. While reading is mostly a solitary endeavor, visiting a library is not. And why not show your intellectual (and cheeky) side with a pearl eyeglass chain? You never know, you could meet a handsome fellow in the murder mysteries who can help you navigate the Dewey Decimal system. Love in between the lines.
Ahhhhhh, who am I kidding? Let me stop daydreaming and go read a book.
And Now The Deets: Forever 21 Top • American Apparel High-Waist Trousers • Vintage Bracelet • Nine West Wedges • Drugstore Pearl Eyeglass Chain
Photos by Ray Spaddy