Tuesday eve is such a pleasant time in a term of Tuesday/Thursday teaching. It’s a brief bit of respite in the weekly struggle to balance teaching with research and committee/service responsibilities. And as this week comes into focus, it’s feeling almost as crazy as last, deadline and grant-writing-wise.
Fortunately, I had the weekend away to recharge while visiting the indomitable, sharp-witted, and ever-so-stylish janey_em, of It’s So Involved Being Me. It was high time for us to reconvene, as we have once or twice a year for the last near-decade of friendship. It was also high time for an Em/Dubs shopping excursion, but more on that later (in another post).
For now, rejoice with me that the ever-profesh Ms. Em has agreed to do an IPF Guest Lecture on suit styling. And as soon as I get the following photos off my camera, we’ll get Ms. Em’s lecture up and running.
Let’s get these cleared away, then, shall we?
1. I taught in this last week. It’s meant to be the winter version of an earlier ensemble, but the warmer weather version worked better, I think. In fact, I’m only posting this because of how thin the camera angle – in concert with some strategic body contortion – is making me look. (Seriously. It’s like I’m a paper cutout. This is NOT an accurate image of anything except photo-magic.)
Everything’s the same as this outfit, except for the following:
Cuff: from cousin’s store
Poly-knit skirt: Nine West
I don’t love this look with the boots, in particular. But I have to teach in winter boots as my classroom’s a 15-minute trek away from my office and It. Is. Snowy. Here. Later, I switched out the boots for these black shoes; but really, the damage was already done.
2. I got talked into this weirdness by janey_em and an attentive sales associate. There’s a very good chance I’m either not cool enough, or not granola enough to wear this skirt/skort thingy. I gave it a go yesterday; but not for teaching. Perhaps never for teaching.
(FYI, this is an action shot. As in, my head is moving. That’s why my neck looks weirdly oily, or wet, or whatever. I’m neither a talented photographer nor a patient photographic subject.)
Top: Anne Klein (remixed)
Belt: Mexx (remixed ad nauseum)
Skirt/skort thingy: Melow par Melissa Bolduc (hurrah for a Canadian designer!)
Trouser socks: Calvin Klein (via Winners)
Shoes: Clarks Artisan (remixed)
Your thoughts, StyleNation? Weird win? Also, I could use some styling ideas. After this look, I’m kind of done.
Everything’s the same as the birthday suit, except for the following:
Embellished T: Joe Fresh
Patent leather belt: Buffalo (via Winners)
Hegemony boots: Feet First (remixed)
Then, when I got back from the teaching trek, I switched into these boingy shoes, which were stored on the rack under my desk:
Shoes: Moda (remixed)
These shoes, with their increasingly elastic slingback, are excellent items in which to sit down. Or to walk across expanses of bare floor (but not stairs). Probably it’s time to replace them.