**Probably you will want to check out my “Friday Top 10 Links” post over at Shoe-A-Day. I’m just saying.**
Also, for the first time in ages (if we understand ages to mean “2 weeks”), In Professorial Fashion is getting in on Katy of Modly Chic’s “Friend Friday” discussion. This week, Katy asks us about mixing and matching clothes. Katy’s questions appear in bold below, with my answers in regular type directly after.
1. What’s your most versatile piece of clothing? How do you wear it?
I find shoes to be the most versatile pieces, especially in summer. My most versatile shoes this summer are a recent summer-sale purchase: nude Nine West platform wedges. When I picked them up two weeks ago, I mixed ’em with this “play” skirt (yes, I fiddled too much with the exposure here & in some images below. And now I can’t undo it):
Green cami: Esprit (remixed)
Brown print cotton skirt: H&M
Nude platform wedges: Nine West
Then, for my first day of New Faculty Orientation, I remixed them with my brown linen shirtdress and this thrifted printed silk scarf-as-a-belt. (Wow. Scarves as belts are high maintenance items. By 9am, I wished I’d stapled that thing in place):
I’ve got MANY more plans for these foot hugs. They are like butter, like slippers made of butter and awesomeness. In fact, I did some more remixing, which I’ll show you in a minute. . . .
2. What one piece should every woman own?
A go-to super-nuclear-awesome dress for work that doesn’t need to be ironed, skims and drapes in all the right spots, can be thrown on with heels or flats, looks great with or without accessories, and makes dressing easy on bleak mornings. I have one for winter. I continue in my quest for a summer version. I wish it were this one:
Silk print dress: Anthropologie
White leather belt: Winners
Nude Platform Wedges: You know.
But the print of this dress makes it a bit too memorable, so it can’t be worn as often as the desired dress must be. Also, it requires a strapless bra, an addition that makes things bleaker, not easier.
3. What Summer trends do you love because of their versatility?
See above re: nude platform wedges.
4. What’s the most creative combination you’ve put together from your closet?
Whether or not it actually works, I’d say this man-shirt neutrals ensemble is my most creative to date – or at least, it’s the one I like most right now:
(He is not amused. Also, the shirt’s a large. Maybe I need my own man-shirt.)
Grey cotton shorts: Smart Set
Disco belt: remixed
Plastic bangle: gifted (from D-Med)
Nude Platform Wedges: you know
To be frank, however, this outfit is mostly inspired-by-Style-Underdog’s-man-shirt-&-neutrals ensemble, so it’s not really a product of my own creativity. . . . Crap. Maybe the mixed stripes with my grocery store trouser jeans?
5. If you had the guts, what items would you pair and then wear out in public?
Frankly, I’m still kind of excited about the man-shirt ensemble. If I’d had time the morning I put it on, I probably would have changed because I wasn’t sure if I’d hit the right note. But I had New Faculty Orientation Day #2 to attend and there was no time.
Sidenote update re: new friends pulled from pool of new hires: So far, so good. ‘Got some contact info for potential new buds. No one even remotely close to my field of study, but I’ll be emailing all of them anyway. ‘Will just wait a requisite couple of days so I don’t seem too needy or desperate.