Lisa Carlucci Thomas was deemed one of the most glamorous librarians by Dressed Her Days Vintage in their search during ALA Annual 2011. We thought we’d ask her about her style and any tips for other librarians.
Lisa is Digital Services Librarian, New Haven, CT and you can find her on Twitter as @lisacarlucci.
Photos used with permission.
Amy Giaquinto, Angela Ruotolo
Librarian Wardrobe: You were one of the winners of the DHD Most Glamorous Librarian. Could you explain your style?
Lisa Carlucci Thomas: My style is blend of classic and modern; I like to combine current favorites with unique items to create a style that’s always changing. This translates a few ways: first, it makes it easy to curate my wardrobe, selectively add new pieces, and have a range of styles readily available. It also means that I often don’t wear an outfit more than once or twice because I’m constantly mixing things up.
LW: What is your favorite piece or outfit in your wardrobe?
LCT: Ask me today and I’ll tell you it’s my black H&M scarf with silver stitching. Ask me tomorrow and I’ll tell you it’s the sparkly floral brooch from my grandmother’s estate. Next week, it will be the brown Anne Klein boots that a friend gave to me years ago. Actually, the boots are my favorite thing today.
LW: Do you have any style icons?
LCT: My friends are my style icons. I’m surrounded by smart, stylish, creative, passionate friends and colleagues. I admire how their styles reflect the amazing people they are and their enthusiasm for what they love. I talk style with them, I learn from them, and I swap trends and fashion ideas with them.
LW: Any tips for librarians who would like to look as pulled together as you are?
LCT: Own your style. Wear what you like. Like what you wear. Don’t waste money on any item you won’t put on right away. Style isn’t price tag or brand name. Style is fashion that demonstrates you.
LW: Any tips for librarians who aren’t sure what to wear to work parties or parties at professional events?
LCT: Poll your friends. Seek their expert advice on what to wear and what not to wear based on what they know about your style and wardrobe. If you’re at an event and see someone wearing something you like, strike up a conversation about it. If all else fails, go for the items that best fit you and the occasion. Fashion tells a story; what you’re wearing becomes part of the experience.
LW: You present a lot at conferences; do you dress differently for certain presentations versus others?
LCT: Style context varies depending on the city, season, event and theme, but the basic style elements are the same. I dress similarly for all conferences and presentations and generally pack the same kinds of items: business clothes, casual clothes, dress shoes, sensible shoes, cardigan.
LW: Any final thoughts or comments?
LCT: Read “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” by Ilene Beckerman. Write your own fashion memoir. Talk about your flair.