StyleNation, What. Is. Up? I hope it’s sunny and awesome where you are, at least. Here at In Professorial Fashion, Northern Division, it’s been crap for days.
Academic things at IPF North continue apace, with today marking the first of the two smaller deadlines noted in my last post. That paper proposal needs one more read-through to cut 30 words, then it’s off. As a reward for this good work, I’m granting myself a lunch-time blogging session.
After this sweet interlude with you, StyleNation, I must resume working through the To Do list, which has been augmented significantly by a positive response to the grant application I submitted in January. I’m not complaining, of course – this is the first time this particular granting agency has shown me any love. But this means the summer’s work will involve much more research travel, so The Project That Will Not End MUST end asap. Moreover, ALL pending deadlines MUST be prepped for before July gets here and starts really kicking my buttocks.
In other news, the A-Dubs-Hubs and I bought a house, which we take possession of August 1st, and move into in early September. Excited as I am to (finally) become a homeowner, academics in the crowd will note that the September move-in date sucketh as it corresponds with the commencement of the new term. Such is the life of an academic, I’m told: anything non-academic can start to seem like it’s getting in the way of one’s life’s work. But life must extend beyond academia, and this is one step for me in that direction! Hurrah!
Clothing-wise, I’ve not been enjoying the shoulder season, and my sartorial choices reflect this lack of engagement. I thus include a series of recent outfits each of which has one lovely element, and many others that I think suck.
#1: Double Denim (meh)
Shirt: Smart Set
Necklace: craft show (remixed)
Lacey gold cuff: cousin’s shop (remixed)
Trouser jeans: Joe Fresh (remixed)
Nude wedges: Nine West (remixed)
Outside of yogawear and pyjamas, it doesn’t get much more comfortable than a slightly-too-big, soft denim shirt untucked over worked in trouser jeans, with platform shoes made of buttery-soft leather and cork. Really, the denim shirt needs to be lighter, and the bottom half here needs to be slimmer. Also, there’s a chance neither ensemble is particularly profesh.
Comfort factor aside, the only winning elements of this ensemble, for me, are the shoes. As previously noted, they are wicked comfortable. Like they’re made of butter and awesomeness. Welcome back, sweet nude platform wedges!
#2: More Pants (yawn)
Striped jersey T, Coral Cardigan, and Necklace: (all remixed from here)
Cotton-linen blend gray trousers: Melanie Lyne
Invisible pointy-toed flats: Fugitive de Francesco Rossi (remixed)
Aside from some work with an iron, the fix here is, I think, a bigger shoe. But I just couldn’t face buckles or heels that day. Side note: those pants are so comfortable they should be illegal.
#3: Black Stuff, No Student Meetings
Polyester jersey dress: Chapter One (via Winners)
Polka dot cotton cardigan: Topshop (purchased while visiting D-Med in England ages ago)
Cotton cami: H&M
Silver cuff: The Bay (remixed)
Summer-weight leggings: ?? (I cut out the tag. It was scratchy)
Black ballet flats: I forget. I’ll update when I get home.
I don’t mind this outfit as is. But the shoes from the next outfit would make it a bit more grown-up, don’t you think?
#4: Black Stuff, Student Meetings
Black cotton dress: Mexx
Printed leather belt: Winners
Shoes: Fly London Yayas
Obvy, the best part of this ensemble is the shoe part. These sweet babies are replacing my cork-heeled Clarks wedges, and they’re buttery soft and wicked comfortable (especially since they stopped pinching off circulation to my baby toes – this took 4 wearings).
As is generally the case for me when it comes to tailored dresses, the top of this dress fits perfectly, but the bottom is too big in all areas except the part that crosses my hips. Even when I iron it, the dress hangs a bit like a bag, pulls awkwardly at the hips, and the stupid belt loops are way too big. I keep thinking the right accessories will make it better. ‘Thoughts? ‘Suggestions? Perhaps it’s time to let it go?