Here are the final two outfits from my first two weeks of classes. One of the difficult things about dressing for the beginning of the fall term here at IPF South is that we are still very much in the grip of summer — read: temperatures in the 90s/ high 30s. This will typically last into October. This means that some of the typical strategies for conveying authority in the classroom in the first few weeks become difficult. Namely, I find that sleeves can only lead to heat stroke. It’s tricky, then, to craft outfits that still convey the professionalism you might want, alongside things that are appropriate to the temperature. It DOES help that my students are experiencing the same temperatures, and so they’re dressing proportionally more casually as well (though I do teach on a campus where students where university branded t-shirts & athletic shorts all year so they’re always super casual).
I wore this on the first day of classes. This is the skirt that I’ve had for ages but, between this outfit and the one in the linked outfit, I’ve decided to cut it loose and it’s currently in my to-donate pile. I’m taking A-Dubs’ advice and looking for one that is neither too long nor so swingy.
Also, while I love the bursts of cognac in the shoes and necklace, the coral top and black skirt are reading a bit Hallowe’en to me here. But enough of what didn’t work well. It was a comfortable outfit for the first day — and I’d forgotten about these shoes (which photograph horribly) which are great stomping around the classroom heels.
Here’s another great pair of class-stomping shoes that I haven’t worn in ages. This semester both my classes are in the same building as my office, so it makes it much easier to teach in heels as I don’t need to traipse across campus with its ridiculously uneven pavement. So you’ll notice far more of my heels being trotted out over the next couple of weeks.
I had a different outfit in mind with this top — I wanted to pair it with a pencil skirt — but it turned out to be a little too much for the classroom. I’m slightly at a loss about what to pair it with now; I liked this pairing, but the proportions aren’t ideal. It will work nicely with jeans on the weekend or non-teaching days, but I’m not sure beyond dress pants what to pair it with for the classroom. That said, once it cools down enough to add a cardigan, I think the pencil skirt version of this outfit will work as it will seem less like I’m wearing a makeshift cocktail dress to class.
Anybody got some other suggestions for styling shirts with a peplum?