It’s the final push toward the first day of school next Monday here at IPF South. I’m back after a lovely break in Montreal where my youngest sister picked out a wedding dress in 45 minutes and my other sister found our bridesmaid dresses for more than 50% off online. In other words, Best. Wedding. Shopping. EVER. But now back to school is at the front of my mind.
I actually wanted to touch on the Chronicle article A-Dubs linked to yesterday and that’s been making the blogosphere rounds (I second A-Dub’s suggestion that you check out La Historiadora de Moda’s take on it over at Fashionable Academics and the thoughtful responses to her post). It’s enraging for both what it leaves out and the assumptions it’s reliant on. I’m not going to repeat what others have said. However, it’s (and all of your responses) helped put into focus some of the things I’ve been thinking about recently about the beginning of term.
This fall I’m teaching my first graduate seminar. I’m really excited to get a chance to work through my research with graduate students (I’m basically teaching my dissertation to hopefully re-invigorate my labored revisions of the manuscript) and to be thinking through ideas that are important to me (the cosmopolitan novel as political intervention, the aesthetics of politics, etc.) with graduate students. However, I’m also feeling somewhat apprehensive about how to project authority in this new-to-me situation. I was lucky to get a tenure-track job right out of my Ph.D. so I’m not a ton older than an average graduate student. Irritatingly, older faculty often confuse me for a graduate student. I think, enraging as it was, the Chronicle piece reflects a lot of the circulating assumptions about style in (and out of) the academy — perhaps particularly for young-looking female professors.
All of this is my long-winded way of saying that I’m feeling a bit anxious about what to wear on my first day of school so you can anticipate some test outfits in the coming days. The outfit below is one I wore to meet with a graduate student who’s committee I’m on. This is a much more casual outfit than I would wear for the first day of school (I’d probably wear it a few weeks in, though) but it was hot and, frankly, I needed to do laundry and this was what was available.
Top: Old Navy
Cami: Hanes Old Man undershirt
Necklace: The Bay (God, how I miss the Bay and their “It’s always a fire sale” mentality.)
I’d forgotten how much I love this skirt, though, as I’ve had it for years but hadn’t worn it in over a year. One reason I don’t wear it much is that it’s really full and it blows up at even the hint of a breeze. Any tips on how to prevent this?
Shoes: Nine West, courtesy of the Macy’s End of
Season Sale which is better than the Bay
Also, here’s the mini-FR, looking adorbs.
Got any suggestions about what would automatically convey authority in 100+/ 30+ weather? (Ie. there’s no way I’ll be wearing a blazer or anything long-sleeved)