Monday, January 31, 2011

Labors of the Mind

Labors of the Mind

Labors of the Mind

Labors of the Mind

Works Cited
skirt: anthro
button-up: thrifted
cardigan, tights: j crew
shoes: target

Lately, I feel like outfits have been on a far, far back burner of my mind as I study for my exams. Consequently, I am drawn toward really simple colors and combinations, not too many adornment or accessories and no-fuss hair. In some ways, my return to vanilla may be a little boring to read (sorry!!) but it's also indicative of the ups and downs that anyone's wardrobe goes through as life happens--when other things demand my interest, clothes tend to gravitate toward the back of my brain and I find myself dressing for simplicity so I can put my focus elsewhere: new classes to teach, lots of books to read before March (acks!) and a dissertation project to plan. My outfits disguise me as a duck--calm on the outside, and paddling like crazy underneath :)

42 comments:

Between Laundry Days said...

I've been having a similar trend toward the comfortable and vanilla lately, and things have been nothing short of break-neck busy here, too. I think it's partly a comfort thing, but also a bit of a honing of my style. There are cycles of experimentation, and then cycles of returning to the comfortable, that slowly whittle down my sense of personal style.

Anyway, I really love this outfit. Perfect for a cold winter day.

Mary (How To Not Be...) said...

I actually really really love this outfit...particularly the blue shoes with the grey tights. My "vanilla" days are much more boring.

Becca said...

You call this vanilla, I call it perfection. Very classic and nearly nautical. :)

BiblioMOMia said...

My mom used to tell me to "be a duck" all the time!

If this is you being vanilla, then I'm jealous. Right now, my vanilla consists of lounge pants.

angie said...

I also like your grey tights.Sometimes real world calls and i juggle like crazy.real life always wins!!!

Job and Rachael said...

Oh but I adore this outfit! I wish I could capture your vanilla everyday :)

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

There's nothing wrong with vanilla. We can't be chocolate java chip everyday.

kelsey said...

You look fabulous. I love the color palette. Are you doing the 30 for 30 this time??

Futurelint said...

I think this mix of neutrals looks very classic and sophisticated! Not vanilla at all!

Vanessa said...

Haha, love the simile. I find myself really trying to define my style lately - it's a pretty interesting process. I'm starting to realize that just because I love the way an outfit looks on someone else, it doesn't mean it suits me or is something I feel like "myself" in when wearing.

Erica said...

I don't think simple outfits are vanilla at all! They are some of my favorites, and this outfit is beautiful.

goldenmeans said...

I don't think this outfit is vanilla or boring at all! The way that your skirt and shirt and shoes coordinate across those neutrals sort of gets me all fluttery. I love it :)

Lori said...

I think you look very put together and pretty. I think I would have paired it with cream tights instead of grey but that's just me :)
Is this your last year of school? I remember mine being very stressful, right down to then end when i had to re-format my thesis.
Good luck!!!

Sofia said...

I think your vanilla is adorable. Sometimes simple can be so refreshing.

monster cakes said...

Girl I think you've been on fire with your outfits! Love this soft color palette.

Eclectic Flair said...

You still look so pretty! Although, I think it would be even better if you added that amazing Sephora lipstick. It's such a fun color and looks amazing on you. Plus it's anything BUT vanilla!

Lauren said...

I loove your simple dressing because it is done with such elegance and amazing color combinations, like the examples above!! Soooo gorgeous!

Elaine said...

I like it!! It's simple but classy and sophisticated. Hope exams are going well!

Melanie said...

The simple grays and blues are ultimately really chic. Keep it up!

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christa @ enSTYLEpedia said...

i've enjoyed all the navy/blues/neutrals lately. and you're right, everyone goes through a simplicity stage...i like it. you should be concentrating on your exams anyway! ;) good luck.

Law Mama said...

I think for a boring outfit, this is awfully lovely! Your boring is my inspired. ;)

e. of academichic said...

I felt much the same way as my exams were approaching! Doing the 30 for 30 helped me have be more creative and "be a duck" whilst in the midst of exam-taking. I'm sure this next round will do the same for you and be full of winning style combinations!

Stef / Diversions said...

You look lovely. I am not usually a big accessorizer either but this cute little outfit doesn't need any additions! :)

Heather said...

I love the simplicity of this outfit. You look gorgeous! :)

Rosiecat said...

Aw, I love your duck analogy. The next few months may look daunting, but I bet you will rock them.

And I really like this outfit too! I've been wondering what a navy skirt would look like with a light blue button-down, and voila! Here it is. See how helpful you are? :-)

Savannah said...

Neutrals always look great & classic. Your sweater is beautiful!

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Lexie, Little Boat said...

the grey tights really make this look interesting. your fashion sense is clearly innate -- you don't have to even think about it to look good! :)

the other emily said...

I think you're hardly giving yourself enough credit here - I really like this mix of blues and light neutrals, and you've got enough details going on (the belt, the ruffles, the layered cuffs) to keep things interesting without going over the top.

(On a side note, thanks again for the book recommendations - I've got an eight hour train ride tomorrow, and have got White Teeth and Atonement all loaded up on the Kindle to keep me occupied!)
the other emily

My Heart Blogged said...

I really like blue because like you said it's calming. Sometimes wearing purple and yellow gives even me a headache.
My Heart Blogged

Merissa said...

The colors in these photos are so streamlined! The color of your skin, the cardigan, and the belt. The color of the sky, the houses in the background and your shirt. The color of the trees, the salty asphalt and your tights. Lovely.

Mrs. Marcus said...

You may call it simple, but I call it classic.

Meow & Mwah

Allison said...

I actually love this outfit. The color palette is muted but I do not think it is boring! In fact I am tagging this for future inspiration :)

Ashley Hasty said...

You look fab, as always. I really love the colors in this outfit.

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falbala said...

I love this outfit. It's simple, but it's classy and timeless. Perfekt :)

Libby, Vintage Aplomb said...

Love the look...especially the grey tights!

MONKEYFACE said...

Oh wow, are you getting ready for your comps?? GOODLUCK! Seriously you do not give yourself enough style credit. I don't think you could have boring outfits if you tried, your taste is just too good! :)

Nicola said...

I really love it. The colours are kind of calming. There was a cardigan like that on sale in H&M and I didn't buy it, I wish I had now. I think I'll go back!

The module convener on a module I was teaching on once told me that young academics are like swans: serene on the surface, but flapping around frantically underneath. I liked it.

Kat said...

I love this outfit - it's simple and flattering and lets you shine through - remember, vanilla is one of the most complex flavors there is!
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Violet said...

Good luck on your exams. I take mine in May! Eee.

You look great in cool, silvery colors! Love your street photos.

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mluhman said...

as someone who just finished my major comps i can unreservedly say that your version of "distracted" fashion is way, way better than mine! 9 out of 10 days i resort to jeans and a sweater! :) but, you have inspired me to be more adventurous regarding skirts and dresses. best of luck studying!

Violet said...

Love the silvery tones of this! I am studying for exams too--the snow definitely helps! Good luck,

Violet
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Pixie in Pumps said...

I love the mutedness of this! The steely blues and grays. This looks wonderful

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