Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Our Man in Havana

Our Man in Havana

Works Cited
skirt: anthro
shirt: thrifted
brogues: steve madden
bag: uo
book: our man in havana

Our Man in Havana

I loved reading all your comments yesterday about what goes into a first-day-with-new-students outfit. (Plus it was fun to hear that Jill and Natalya have the same dress!). Spoozyliciouzz (who always looks fantastic) was right on the mark--for the first time in a new classroom, you want your outfit to be blank enough to keep them guessing. Even though this is my fourth year teaching, I still get the first day jitters!

Our Man in Havana

This skirt has always been a little bit too big (see here or here or here), so I finally dragged myself to the tailor and for a mere $6, got it taken in to fit just perfectly.

Our Man in Havana

Today's outfit feels very back-to-school, even though I spent the day mostly off campus doing my own research. I just finished my PhD coursework in the spring, so I'm starting a new stage of lots of solitary research and reading. So far it's wonderful, but I hope I can keep up the snazzy outfits during the days I'm holed up in my study reading :)

33 comments:

Lauren said...

I like it! It looks like the perfect "researching for my thesis" outfit :) Love the oxfords with skirt!

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Mary said...

You're right -- Christopher did a gorgeous job with these pics! Your outfit also looks adorable, as always.

MONKEYFACE said...

Well that's what we are here for, to help keep you fashionably accountable! ;) Looks like it's working so far...

KT said...

I love this first picture and the way the sun is streaming in. Lovely. - Katy

Nicola said...

That first photo is amazing, I love it! :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

thank you! i know--my photographer really went above and beyond today :)

Cara said...

I always hate when I put off doing alterations and they make all the difference!

So what is your area of research?

Kyrie said...

question: i just bought a 1963 schwinn that i will be restoring, and im on a quest to find a brown leather seat (much like yours). did you find it at a chain store or more local to you? or did you buy your bike miraculously looking that way? (its adorable by the way)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

cara--i study modern british lit.
kyrie--it's actually a brooks saddle, which was a gift from christopher (you can find them online). they are pretty pricy, so you might be able to find alternatives at local bike shops/local places that do up vintage bikes.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

this post reminds me i have a few things i should have tailored as well! you look beautiful! is the weather nice in your part of IL? it's been hot, but today was beautiful!

Rosiecat said...

Yes! I'm happy to hear you took your skirt to a tailor. I started taking clothes to a fantastic seamstress when I was in graduate school, and it made such a big difference. I'm very short, so pants are always too long for me. But with a little professional help, nobody ever has to know :-)

One more thing: I'm sending lots of good research vibes your way.

TSquared said...

GREAT book choice, too! That's one of my favorite novels.

eek said...

love the top with the skirt with the brogues. i guess i love the whole shebang :)

chai am woman said...

didn't get a chance to comment on yesterday's post but i could relate... i taught two years of high school (9th grade - yeesh... why did i do that???) and the first day outfit was a toughie both years. i like the comment on leaving it "blank enough." i kept it blank for a good week or two before showing a little more personality through accessories. or maybe it was just that the first days back are so tiring. ;)

love your outfit today! i have a bazillion skirts that i need to bite the bullet on and take to the tailor.

Justine said...

you go girl! PhD!

rlutz said...

your hair looks amazing today!

Anna-Lisa said...

Cute bike, love the shoes, and that skirt is the perfect length - short enough to wear with flats but long enough to feel comfortable in. I kind of want it.

Dea said...

What a perfect oufit- I adore the navy full skirt with the plaid top. Oh and the bicycle, love love love!

five foot something said...

This outfit is so pretty. Entirely something I would love to wear. I was going to say especially the skirt. But then I thought more and I've decided that I want absolutely every element and worn in the same way.

- Patricia
fivefootsomething.blogspot.com

gee said...

i LOVE this outfit. it is so pretty and you are so pretty! :) i have those shoes and i really need to wear them more often after seeing this!!! xoox

Larysse Tavares said...

SO good to see your brogues again :) Gotta agree with Mary: C. did a wonderful job today-- doesn't he think about trying photography?-- and he has such a beautiful model :) I loved everything! I wish everything goes well for you this semester. Kiss kiss :*

Jasmine said...

that first photo is fantastic!! i love this outfit--such a great outfit to teach in!

Chaucee said...

Love these pictures! That's so awesome you're working on your PhD!

megannielsen said...

Oh my gosh I think this might be my favourite outfit & photoshoot. You look amazing!! I totally want some brogues now...

spoozyliciouzz said...

Two much praise for me, Tania (nevertheless, thx a lot! :).
As for today´s outfit, i´m in love with the colours. I am no one who says "matching colours means trying to hard", personally i think that working colour combos are one of the most important things you want to look for when getting dressed. And you did very well today! (shoes matching your bag and the bike saddle, e.g.).
Great!

Shhh said...

Such a cute outfit, I love everything about it! I wish I looked as good while working on my thesis, usually I stay in in my jammies.

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

Awesome photos! I love the lighting. And I like your outfit too.

Emily Kennedy said...

Huzzah to the phase of research. Go you! Go you!

What About Lunch said...

I really like that button down. This whole outfit, actually.

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Yeay for being ABD! I actually found myself itching to audit classes my fourth year of G-school, and my friends had force me to drop my "fun" classes (German literature, guitar, weightlifting, and a geography seminar). I strongly recommend "Writing your dissertation in 15 minutes a day," if you ever get stuck.
And way to look amazing while writing/researching/thinking/pondering.

Venn said...

i lovee the oxfordd matchy" with the bag n skirt!!

xoxo

Malicious Mallory said...

This is a great outfit. Very classic and scholarly. The shots with the bicycle and the brick go perfectly too!
Isn't this skirt navy though? It looks gray in these photos...

Danielle said...

Mhhh, nice brouges

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