How the heck is it February already? Somehow we’re into the fourth week of the term here, meaning that the term is a quarter over already. For all the chaos that surrounds the beginning of the school year in September, I always find that the spring term feels link a non-stop sprint. The spring is conference season for me so all of a sudden all the ideas that seemed so exciting in September now need to actually have some sort of concrete plan behind them. I go up for tenure this summer/ fall, so I’m also in the midst of trying to put together anything and everything that can be sent out for a last minute CV boost.
I haven’t worn too many pencil skirt centred outfits this school year. Not entirely sure why. Partly it’s that my collection of pencil skirts don’t really fit that well anymore and I haven’t replaced them in the seemingly continuous shopping I do. Partly it’s that I’ve been really drawn to more neutral grounding pieces for my teaching outfits, so the bright colors aren’t always what I’m wanting first thing in the morning.
You guys sick of this blazer yet? ‘Cause I’m sure not. So I broke out the teaching denim in the second week of term this year. Craziness. I know many of you feel strongly about the not-wearing of denim in the classroom, and certainly not early in the term. But I’ve decided that I don’t. I mean, I did dress it up more than I might later — though the necklace was as much about covering up the lowness of the v-neck as it was about dressing up the denim. Students here are very attentive to authority (they ARE Southern) so it unexpectedly grants me a little flexibility in my performance of that authority.
Anyone else got any sartorial rules that they’ve decided they’re not actually concerned about?