Friday, April 30, 2010

Guest Post at Between Laundry Days

I did a little guest post over at Between Laundry Days for Clare's awesome series, "Fashion Is."

So hop on over there and check out my post, "Fashion is ... Academic." And while you're at it, you can admire Clare's thoughtful writing and amazing remixing skills.

Big hug to you, Clare, and thanks for having me!

In the Deep Dark Forest

In the Deep Dark Forest

Works Cited
skirt: anthro
belt: j crew
button-up: forever 21
wedges: fitzwell

In the Deep Dark Forest

I wasn't even sure I was going to post this today--it's kind of an off-day look and my main goal this morning was to seem extra-tall and professional on my last day of teaching for the semester (and, gulp!, the day I had to hand out evaluations!). This is about as power suit-esque as I get, even if it's a little dull, so I thought I'd show you anyway.

Hope you all have a terrific weekend (I'm going to be buried alive in grading and writing final papers eek!). xoxo.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

To The Rodeo and Beyond

To The Rodeo and Beyond

Works Cited
skirt: i made it
chambray shirt: old navy
red tank: old navy
belt: uo
flats: uo

To The Rodeo and Beyond

Thank you for all your sweet comments yesterday--they totally brightened my day! Since a few of you asked, the orange skirt yesterday was made of silk...or maybe polyester pretending to be silk. And yes, I totally copied this J. Crew skirt again, to great success (thanks, Elena!). I will put up a tutorial on how to do the covered elastic waist once finals week is over--but it's not hard and mostly I used Susan's pattern with a few alterations. I'm an inexperienced and generally lazy sewer, so I swear you can do it, too. Today I'm wearing the last of the three skirts I made the other weekend (see one and two).

To The Rodeo and Beyond

I'm feeling so-so about today's outfit even though I generally like the mix of chambray and flowers. I think the issue is this shirt looks great on the hanger but even though it's an XS, it is HUGE (Kendi, do you have the same issue?). If I don't wrap and tuck it in, I look like a mildly pregnant cowgirl. And surprisingly, this isn't as cute as it sounds.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Awkward Phase

The Awkward Phase
sorry I look so goofy in this first photo--Christopher was making me laugh!

Works Cited
skirt: i made it
belt: mommed
striped tee: gap
scarf: bought in SF for $5
boots: indigo
socks: target

The Awkward Phase

Sometimes this part of spring reminds me of the awkward phase in middle school, when your arms felt too long for your body and you had braces and you loped, rather than walked because your legs were so gangly. You were right in the awkward middle part of growing up, just like this awkward middle part of spring where it is 40 degrees in the morning and 70 degrees in the middle of the day.

The Awkward Phase

And I can never figure out what to wear in this awkward phase. I have to admit I'm getting sick of my tights, but I don't feel like wearing jeans. This morning I tried boots with bare legs (I figure it is halfway between having my legs covered and not). I think I like the way it turned out, actually and it's a pretty good in-between look for the combination freezing/sweltering weather pattern. Have you abandoned your winter things yet or are you still working tights and sweaters? Are you in this awkward phase, too?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism

Works Cited
jeans: gap
top: forever 21
cuff: forever 21
wedges: fitzwell via 6pm

T.S. Eliot (allegedly) once said "Mediocre writers borrow; great writers steal." I hope this means I'm great, since I'm plagiarizing wholesale from Katy at Kansas Couture today, who wore jeans and a light colored top with big shoes last week and looked so fabulous that I thought to myself "I must try to pull that off."

Plagiarism

Alas, though I love the look of jeans-with-flowy-top on other people, I don't think it's the most flattering on me because it camouflages the smallest part of me (waist) and highlights the biggest (hips). I guess this is karma for being a copycat?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Feeling Farouche

Feeling Farouche

Feeling Farouche

Works Cited
sweater: uo
dress: american apparel
belt: anthro (gift)
tights: we love colors
clogs: dansko
ring: gift

Today, I wish I felt a little more like Lady Gaga, and a little less like myself. Now if only I could find those glasses made of cigarettes, I might feel a little better...

Friday, April 23, 2010

Neutrals

Neutrals

Works Cited
dress: loft
gray tee: old navy
sweater: thrifted
belt: j crew
gray flats: urban outfitters
trench: old navy

After so many bright colors this week, I retreated to the comfort and beauty of neutrals for teaching. All I wanted this morning was soft dove-like colors, so I went for a pale gray tee layered under my blue-gray dress, with gray flats.

Neutrals

I've realized the hole in my closet for a few cardigans--I badly need some light-colored, well-fitted cotton sweaters for summer (this one bags and sags too much).

Neutrals

Neutrals

The finishing neutral touch was throwing my khaki trench coat with my big purpley-gray flower pin on top of it all. As much as I've had fun with bright yellow and stripes this week, it was a relief to feel chic, put together, and sophisticated today. P.S. This last picture is in my office at school! I love the exposed brick walls (this one is right next to my desk!).

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Seeing Stripes

Seeing Stripes

Seeing Stripes

Works Cited
blue tee: gap (approx one million years old)
skirt: modcloth
black flats: urban outfitters

Seeing Stripes

As warm weather approaches, my inclination is to pare down my style bit by bit. I'm loving easy ensembles--tee shirts, skirts, flats or just a dress and sandals--in bright colors or interesting shapes.

Seeing Stripes

Today this bright number called out to me. I want to wear it with a deeper v-neck long sleeved shirt to balance out the extreme high-waisted-ness but this incredibly old tee was the only thing that sort of fit the bill (who knew I had so many crew-neck tees until this morning).

Seeing Stripes

There's a lot of leg in this, so I'll probably put on bike shorts under the skirt when I take my bicycle to school later. Just to be safe!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Inspired

Inspired

Works Cited
yellow skirt: i made it!
striped top: ll bean
tan belt: j crew
wedges: fitzwell (via 6pm's last chance sale)

Thanks for all your excellent suggestions on yesterday's not-quite-right outfit! How right you were--it needed some colorful shoes, I think. Today's ensemble was inspired by three things: this picture on the Sartorialist, this Kate Spade ad, and this J. Crew skirt which I knew I could replicate on my own.

Inspired

So this weekend I whipped up a couple skirts--I'm excited to show them to you as the mercury rises. I love this mustard yellow one! I used linen, which pressed beautifully, was easy to sew, and looks professional now that it's finished.

Inspired

And yes, I'm actually wearing heels today! Christopher helped me find these for $20 on 6pm's last chance clearance sale, because he thought they looked enough like these that I coveted earlier. Ordinarily, I'm mostly a flat-shoes-only kind of girl, not least because I have trouble walking in anything tall, but today, I felt so tall and glamorous in wedges! Plus, I could (more or less) walk in them. My roommate is super glamorous and wears heels all the time, but I wonder how many women wear heels regularly. Do you, or do you mostly stick to flats?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mix 'em Up

Mix 'em Up

Works Cited
black pants: gap
stripey tee: h&m
teal sweater: banana republic
scarf: thrifted
black flats: steve madden

To be honest, I'm not crazy about today's outfit. I was set on the black pants and the stripes but felt a writer's block about what else to put with it. I wanted to add a little excitement, so I settled on some easy pattern mixing--this blue and white floral scarf, which I love.

Mix 'em Up

I'm still not sure what I think of it all. Something is missing--some bangles? Big earrings? Bright shoes? What do you think?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Rapid Revisions

Rapid Revisions

Works Cited
yellow top: thrifted
belt: thrifted
jeans: gap
brogues: steve madden

Rapid Revisions

I am the first to admit that I can be a compulsive planner. But when things don't go as planned, I like to have an easy back-up plan on hand.

Rapid Revisions

Like this morning, for instance. I planned to wear this cool top I thrifted over a tank dress, but now it's going to be a little chilly today, so I opted for jeans instead. Now I'm glad for the spring chill, because I think the jeans and brogues work better than a dress would have. If only all rapid revisions (like the ones I'm going to make on an article soon) would go so smoothly...

Friday, April 16, 2010

April is the Cruellest Month...

April is the cruellest month

Works Cited
black skirt: thrifted
multicolored top: anthro (gift--thanks, Mom!)
black belt: j crew
black flats: urban outfitters
gold earrings: anthro

April is the cruellest month

As I posted to twitter this morning (this thing is so exciting!), I'm teaching T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land today. And given the poem's bleakness, I wanted to add a little bit of color to today's look. I actually love the way this has turned out--simple, clean, and a little bit exciting with the asymmetrical top. As cheerful as this looks, April is still the cruellest month. Or it will be, anyway, once I administer the quiz I've prepared!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. xoxo.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Twitter?

Okay, I've joined the 21st century and opened an account at twitter. I haven't a clue how to use it but you can find me here (my name or whatever you call it is WWANW because whatwouldanerdwear wouldn't fit!).
Shy request: can we follow each other? I need friends to make this twitter world feel more welcoming.
xoxo.

In Bloom

In Bloom

Works Cited
pink button-up: thrifted
floral skirt: liberty of london, girls' section
tan belt: j crew
mary janes: dankso
shades: urban outfitters

In Bloom

Even though I'm spending the day reading and writing for my final papers, I still wanted to look sharp. I think dressing for success works just as well when you're all by yourself as when you're trying to impress others. And today, I'm trying to impress myself right into writing my seminar papers. Do you ever "dress for success" just to please yourself?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Funny Face

Funny Face

Works Cited
dress: urban outfitters
navy sweater: mommed
belt: thrifted
flats: urban outfitters

Yesterday, Elaine at clothed much posted the most adorable photo of her making a face, which got me thinking about style bloggers' photo outtakes. I have to scrap SO MANY outfit pictures because I am accidentally making weird faces in them. A lot of the time it is because I am chatting with Christopher, and he catches me mid-word (whoops! maybe I should learn to be quiet for two minutes). Or I am squinting or fidgeting or laughing or rumpling my clothes. Sigh.

Funny Face

But I kind of love seeing all the life in these funny pictures. And they feel more real because I am not always looking serene and composed. If you ran into me in the street, I'd more likely be making one of these squinty funny faces.

Funny Face

P.S. I just re-found this dress in my closet. For some reason, I had filed it away in my mind as "wear to Sunday brunch dress," which is weird because not only do I never go to Sunday brunch, but why should I listen to this voice that tells me this dress is only good for one thing? So I rebelled and wore it to class (with a sweater, of course). Do you have this voice in your head, too, that tells you "Oh no, you can only wear those shoes with this dress" or "These pants are only teaching pants"?

I Covet You, Bizarre Outfit

I can't get my mind off these two sweet pieces, neither of which I can even remotely afford. But wouldn't they look cute paired together?

This funny lobster dress:

(My mom is from Maine and we still go back there summers, so we have a family penchant for anything to do with lobsters).

And these reddish wedges:

They'd make your legs look long. Plus, you might even be able to walk in them (I barely ever wear heels because I feel super wobbly in them, like some gangly foal).

Anyone want to spot me (eeps!) $300? Or at least say a little prayer that the lobster dress goes on sale?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Remix-y

Remix-y

Works Cited
chambray skirt: DIY
white tank: old navy
belt: mommed
sandals: old navy
bag: vintage dooney & burke, thrifted

Inspired by all your suggestions for what to wear with this skirt, I decided to break it out again today. One of you asked last time if I made the skirt. I did! And it was easy--I'm not very good at sewing. I used this extremely wonderful, simple pattern and it only took me a few hours. The chambray was on sale for under $3 a yard, so it was an inexpensive way to try on this denim trend, and I think this skirt is going to be a summer work horse.

Remix-y

Today is going to be extra toasty (in the 80's hallelujah!), so I'm wearing my first tank top of the season. I got this on sale four years ago for about $7--I love the beading at the neckline because it makes me feel fancy. And these sandals are some of my favorites (also on sale for about $12, purchased a few years back).

Remix-y

I'm pretty pleased that this whole outfit (okay, minus the bag) only cost about $20!

P.S. I love this skirt so much and it was so easy to make, I'm thinking of sewing another (or two). Is that crazy?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lecture Ready

Lecture Ready

Works Cited
dress: courtesy of shabby apple
navy sweater: j crew outlet
black belt: j crew
flats: steve madden
virginia woolf doll: unemployed philosopher's guild

My darlings, thank you so much for your comments this weekend wishing me good luck on the big lecture I had to give today! Christopher took these (nervous looking) pictures just minutes before I had to speak, but I had nothing to be nervous for--the lecture went extremely well! Who knew that having a captive audience while you speak about your favorite author could be so invigorating? Special thanks to Rad in Brooklyn, who gave terrific advice (it saved me at the end!).

Lecture Ready

I wore my Shabby Apple dress because I feel comfortable and professional in it, but the bright turquoise color makes it kind of fun. Lest my students think modernism is dull, I wanted to wear something bright to remind them that both I and my lecture material can be exciting. Oh, and this is my Virginia Woolf doll. She came with me to the lecture, of course. If you want to see other ways to wear this dress, La Historiadora de Moda has styled it five different but equally terrific ways here. Now that the lecture is over, I feel a great weight lifted from my shoulders! I'm going to enjoy this gorgeous spring day--just look at these tulips growing just down the street!

Tulips

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Weekend Wear

Weekend Wear

Weekend Wear

Works Cited
gray tee: american apparel
yellow sweater: j crew
denim skirt: DIY
belt: anthro
shoes: thrifted
sunnies: claire's

Welcome to an unusually rare weekend post. I spent part of the afternoon biking around looking for new photo locations, which was inspired by two things: 1. it's gorgeous outside. 2. I have to write a lecture on Virginia Woolf which I'll give to 150 people on Monday, and I'd do just about anything to procrastinate writing it (I'm nervous about it!).

Weekend Wear

I love this skirt but still feel strange about how to wear this new denim trend without feeling like I'm back in grade school or the nineties, especially because the rest of my style usually isn't tough enough to balance out the sweetness of a chambray skirt.

How would you wear this?? Let me plagiarize please!