The lovely and fashionable women over at Scholar Style Guide have declared this week Wardrobe Workhorse Week — which I am taking part in. The beginning of term has had me thinking about what clothing items & accessories I can’t live without, which ones I should wearmore/ remix more adventurously, and, finally, what things can be gotten rid of. My items for today are a mix of old and new workhorses.
This is a skirt I’ve had for ages and haven’t worn for a while (except, of course, when I posted with it a few weeks ago). I was inspired to bring it out by A-Dubs’ styling of a similar skirt — this particular outfit is a direct attempt to imitate A-Dubs. I’m particularly enamored of pairing the khaki green skirt with stripes but I think it also looks great with bright color. This particular use of the skirt uses a fairly muted color palette but I could easily switch that up as the term goes on. The main thing is that I have to talk myself out of wearing it every day which I think confirms its workhorse nature.
Black t-shirt: Target
Striped tank: Old Navy
Purple necklace: gifted from my soon to be brother-in-law (though I suspect my sister might have had something to do with picking it out).
Last year before I bought a car, I walked nearly 2 miles to work everyday. This was stupid. It’s way too hot here to do this and there are literally no sidewalks in the town I live in. Plus, it led to way too many conversations with senior faculty about my carlessness which made me feel like a child rather than a colleague (to be clear, this was not my colleagues’ intention but how I responded to it). Anyhow, I digress. Because the walk was fairly lengthy, I wore sensible walking shoes to and from campus everyday — shoes that I did not want to teach in.
Fortunately, I have amassed a relatively large collection of colorful flat shoes that were easy to transport because they weren’t bulky and which decidedly livened up my teaching wardrobe. Most of them now live in my office. I find these shoes to be comfortable teaching shoes (for the most part — they were all ludicrously cheap and so not always all that great to wear long-term). While I drive to work now and therefore have some more options in teaching footwear, I continue to make a lot of use of my office flats for when I don’t want to wear heels.
Purple Flats: Joe (I wore these flats with the outfit above)
Pink flats: Gap
What items in your closet have you rediscovered recently?
Unrelated to this post: A great blog has just been started up by some Canadian female academics (including a former advisor of mine!) that looks like it will be fantastic and of interest to many of you. You can find it here.