30 for 30: Two Thirds of the Way

Today was the last of day of lecturing in my classes — I get final papers and wrap things up on Monday — and, for both my students and me, it’s getting hard to muster anything that even looks like enthusiasm. Now, if I was a more engaged instructor, this would be time to pep up my remixes but, like Rad, I’m getting up later and later and it’s all I can do to put together something reasonable. But the knowledge that I head home for the holidays in, basically, 10 days has lit a fire under me in terms of getting work done so hopefully that’ll carry over into my final week (or so) of remixes.
Here are this week’s outfits!
Top: Target
Cargos: Old Navy
Shoes: Chucks
Scarf: Gifted from my youngest sister


I really like this scarf against the purple and the way it ties in my black and white Chucks. It was a super comfortable outfit — these cargos are almost as comfortable as my house-leggings. That said, I’m getting a little sick of wearing them so frequently. One thing this 30×30 has shown me is that I need more casual pants.


Sweater: Joe
Undershirt: Hanes
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Chucks
Scarf: I can’t remember, some chain store in Canada




Turtleneck: Target
Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Chucks


Since these are both basically the same outfit, I’ll put them together. Both are also copycats of Anne and Rad who have mastered the art of cardigan wearing. I particularly like outfit 20. I really like the wider stripes under the coral–though I don’t love that you can see them through the cardigan (though that’s slightly less noticeable in person). These are both comfortable outfits for the end of term — if slightly more casual than I would typically teach in. My self-justifying theory is that students appreciate a gesture of stressed-out solidarity. Though, more likely, they don’t even notice things like what I’m wearing in the midst of their paper-writing, exam-preparing haze.
As La Historiadora de Moda noted, I’m finding it difficult to remember to photograph all of my outfits — especially my super-boring, bumming around the house ones. If it’s all right with y’all, I’m just going to describe outfits 21, 22, & 23.
21: Striped target turtleneck + Old Navy jeans + Purple Joe Flats
22: Grey & purple Old Navy cardigan + Hanes undershirt + Old Navy Jeans + Purple Joe Flats
23: Grey & purple Old Navy cardigan + Hanes undershirt + Old Navy Cargos + Purple Joe Flats
Other 30x30ers how are you feeling about this two-thirds of the way through? Amping up for the finish line? Style Nation, are you sick of these remixes or could you go another 30 days? (Note, you’re out of luck).


Also, make sure to check out the excellent announcement over at The Cohabitating Closet and Be Fabulous Daily. Fun things are afoot!

22 thoughts on “30 for 30: Two Thirds of the Way

  1. "Youse" is used in Atlantic Canada as well, and you wouldn't believe some of the sh*t they say where I'm from. Y'all would need a translator. Loving the Chucks. For a while I wore mine with everything. Also, I think I will start saying "house leggings".

  2. When the Olympic torch came through the town where I went to high school the mayor made a speech in which he remarked that he was "glad that youse guys [the torchbearers] could come through our town." I was mortified, though to be fair, it didn't take much to mortify me when I was a teenager.

  3. Rad: Totally. I've been meaning to do this all weekend but it just kept slipping my mind.Anne: I'm jealous that you'll be done by Wednesday — I've got a full week ahead. Glad you like the scarves — I've got to try & live up to your expertise with them!K.Bean & D-Med: Oh, small town life. Inculcating good grammar habits one child at a time. I don't remember hearing "youse" growing up but I did hear a lot of "alls I know" which mortifies me in similar ways.

  4. You look fantastic in everything. Relaxed and totally end of term.I got my cargos and am planning on wearing them tomorrow. I'm going to look at your post and try to inspire some top to go with them. I have a great cardi but it has a hole in it *sigh*. I'm sure I can dig something up that's suitable for a Wednesday.Great remixes!

  5. Rad: Totally. I've been meaning to do this all weekend but it just kept slipping my mind.Anne: I'm jealous that you'll be done by Wednesday — I've got a full week ahead. Glad you like the scarves — I've got to try & live up to your expertise with them!K.Bean & D-Med: Oh, small town life. Inculcating good grammar habits one child at a time. I don't remember hearing "youse" growing up but I did hear a lot of "alls I know" which mortifies me in similar ways.

  6. When the Olympic torch came through the town where I went to high school the mayor made a speech in which he remarked that he was "glad that youse guys [the torchbearers] could come through our town." I was mortified, though to be fair, it didn't take much to mortify me when I was a teenager.

  7. Did I already tell you that I have the black & white Target turtleneck? I wasn't sure I'd be able to wear it now that it's too cold for short sleeves, but your remixes are inspiring me. Perhaps a darker cardigan would eliminate the see-through stripes?I really like both of your scarves! They go a long way to liven up any outfit, which definitely helps with all the remixing!Wednesday is my last day of the challenge, and I am definitely ready for that.D-Med: I've heard "youse" used by folks around here who have super thick Chicago accents. As in "Hey youse guys, let's get some sassage and beers and go watch da Bears!"

  8. @E-Jo: They Blokester and I snort up globalization talk for leisure and thus discussing it is both a research and personal interest of mine. Perhaps we can chat about your book sometime? Send me a message…

  9. D-Med: Dude, I grew up out west. Y'all is not an entirely foreign word to me. Cynthia: Ya'll seems like a misspelling to me too. Living out west and now in the south-central US, I hear y'all a lot and find it pretty charming — though I mostly use it for effect.LHdM: That's a sad story about your Chucks. Also, I didn't know about the ya'll variation — this is particularly useful given my location!Allison: I was pretty excited to see your use of "chestal arena" yesterday so use "house leggings" in good health! Though I think they might really just be a synonym for your holiday eatin' pants!Charlotte: Yeah, the Chucks are not good for the feet particularly — they lack anything resembling arch support. I probably need to put insoles in. "Yinz" is a great term.K.Bean: VERY important observation on why "y'all" needs to exist. I too have a pretty limited sense of casual pants options. I guess part of the problem here is that I only have 2 casual bottoms in my 30 items so any day I'm not teaching I'm wearing them–which is getting a little (read: a lot) boring.Rad: What a great way of thinking about y'all. And, ha! The globalization of your story. If only I could find some way to work that into my book (which is on globalization and blah blah blah)…Liz: I'm pretty tempted to buy a pair in another color as well. Though I probably don't need another pair — I'm wearing them constantly right now but normally they're on a much more infrequent rotation. Good luck with the end of term for you too. I've blocked that time of the term in grad school from my mind.A-Dubs: The scarf is a blown-up, screened houndstooth print on some pretty thin cotton. My sister got it for me in China. I think the sneaks & jeans combo is pretty dependent on the sneaks in question. I don't like sneakers with anything other than pants (on me — I think there are lots of people who pull that look off and are awesome. I am not one of them) and since 90% of my casual pants are jeans…

  10. OK, I think I/we need a close-up of that first scarf. Is it a giant tweed? What kind of fabric are we talking here? When can this happen?Also, once again, you've provided a selection of cool, relaxed ensembles that make me want new pants, cargos and jeans. And I'm with all others ont he Chucks. Like Kelly, I've moved away from the sneaks with jeans. But you are making me rethink it (again – D-Med's sneakers from France already made me rethink it once). Hmmph. And finally, ha! I'm making the A-Dubs-Hubs read this comments section! He took me to task for "misspelling" ya'll, too. And now he shall be schooled.

  11. Oh I am bummed that I was beaten to sharing "yinz" because, let me tell you, every time I hear it I think that "y'all" is like, so sophisticated. : )Growing up in the northwest I always said "you guys" though I prefer y'all. Now every time I hear myself say "you guys" I imagine that it sounds to other people like Sloth from Goonies (filmed in my home state) saying HEY! YOU! GUYYYYYYYS! Rad, in German it's ihr or ihr alle, right? At least in the informal version. I like the bag lazy's adoption of "you," though. : )I also love the Chucks, and since purchasing white ones last year, I have been tempted to buy them in every other color. And I admire the perseverance of photo taking… I didn't sign on for the 30 for 30 a) because I couldn't bear to plan ahead and b) I couldn't imagine photographing myself daily.Good luck with the end of term, E-Jo!-Liz

  12. I also the first outfit's scarves and shoes are a good match! And I am on team Chucks- the other two outfits are taken up a notch with the addition of the Chucks, and they are so comfortable looking, but in a chic way.As for the plural "you"- in the Northeast, many working class accents had a "yuhs guys" type construction as well (I believe that a key character in Miller's "A View from the Bridge", perhaps he was called Eddie?) Anyway, I like "y'all" and I picked up during my brief time in Naked Army (because there a loads of southern types in the military). It's a lovely, gender neutral phrase, that rolls of the tongue like magic. Then again, I never did meet a regional accent I didn't like. As for the old English of yore plural you, I imagine it was related to old German? My buddies in Frankfurt have a local crazy bag lady who likes to sit at the bus stop at 3 AM and scream "F*ck you alle!" which is probably how she engages in the plural you construction.

  13. Scarves! Cardigans! Yay! I hear you on the need for more casual pants, but all I ever wind up with is jeans and the occasional pair of cords. What else is there, other than khakis? I am inspired by your Chucks. I've moved away from sneakers for casual wear because they make me feel too frumpy-mommy, but you're making me rethink that. Hmmmm.Without y'all / ya'll, you can't say "fuck all y'all," so it's really a necessity. In other words, I agree that English needs a grammatically correct plural "you." D-Med, what was the plural form of you back in days or yore?

  14. Your Chucks are cute. I can't wear them–they're too flat or something. In western PA they use yinz instead of y'all. It started out as you'uns, I think, but the dialect elided it. Y'all and yinz and youse. English really does need a plural you.

  15. "Youse" is used in Atlantic Canada as well, and you wouldn't believe some of the sh*t they say where I'm from. Y'all would need a translator. Loving the Chucks. For a while I wore mine with everything. Also, I think I will start saying "house leggings".

  16. English Canada also has a second-person plural in "youse" (or is this a strictly a southern Ontario thing?). It is considered very rural, however, to put it politely, and very, very incorrect. Here's something I hate from a paper that is right in front of me right now: "hadn't of taken". I just circled it and wrote "NO." Too harsh?

  17. @Cynthia, actually many Texans (myself included) spell y'all ya'll and there is also the phrase all ya'll. E-Jo, you are making me so sad that some idiot (ok it was me) left my Chucks on the back porch for several weeks and they got ruined.

  18. Whoa, I've never seen anyone misspell y'all before. Must be a Canadian or something. :)Since I moved south, y'all has grown on me. If you think about it, y'all is a perfectly legitimate part of speech with broad precedent in the Indo-European world. I learned both a romance language and a sanskrit-derived language in my younger days, and they both have and actively use the you-plural. Y'all is just Southern for "vosotros".

  19. "Ya'll"? You are playing fast and loose with your Canadian citizenship Dr Jo. I've recently decided I am the boss of that (says the blogger whose Canadian passport has expired).I love the stripes with the coral cardigan a lot. And the Chuck Taylors with everything. If I didn't already own several pairs of sneakers I would totally copy cat you. And TG Allison, who also rocks the CTs, those new "slimline" ones. So many shoes I shouldn't buy, so little money (says the blogger who just bought boots on eBay)…

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