Monday, July 11, 2011

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works cited: old navy tee; target skirt; thrifted belt; volcom sandals

Among Katherine's recent spree of killer outfits was this neutral monochrome look, which I mentally bookmarked for copy-pasting. Granted, mine is the impecunious grad student version of her more elegant ensemble, but I loved the idea of pairing this gray-green skirt with a similar color tee. It's simple, comfortable, and makes me feel put-together without being overdressed. Living in a small town (not a style mecca the way a city might be) means that I am always looking for outfits which make me feel stylish but not completely over-the-top. The truth is, while high fashion kind of fascinates me, I've always been much more interested in what is wearable for everyday life. What say you all? Do you follow Fashion with a capital "f" or do you mostly try to look just a little cuter than the average Joe on the street?

37 comments:

So Yeah So said...

I really don't care if I stand out in my small Midwestern city. Sometimes I go for simple but sometimes I love a more urban look.

Bridget said...

I love this look! The skirt's uber adorable. =]

Hannah said...

As a grad student I feel most comfortable in slightly understated outfits, considering most everyone else is just wearing jeans and a t-shirt. I guess that generally I am more on the side of "cuter than your average Joe," although I live in a pretty fashionable city so maybe I am less than or equal to the average Joe's cuteness, haha.

Laura Ann said...

I do like this outfit - it definitely is "wearable." As a college student, I don't have tons of money to spend on expensive fashion, but I like to look nice although sometimes I feel overdressed compared to others. An outfit like this would work well for me though.

Emily said...

I'm definitely aiming for cuter than the average Joe more than Fashionable. And that's mainly because I wouldn't feel like me in Fashionable outfits. I just wear what I like, which is almost always more average Joe and less fashionista.

www.academiasartorial.blogspot.com

Kelley said...

I had to go look up the meaning of "impecunious."

Here in California, people are really, really casual. Even just wearing a skirt will make you stand out. So although I would love to get super dressed up every day, it would just make me feel too self-conscious.

wildchild said...

i definitely just go for the simple, comfy, cute version. high fashion usually just bores me. i love the way this outfit turned out though! i would have never thought to wear all gray, but the brown belt obviously breaks it up well. it's flattering. i especially like those sandals.

AES said...

You Look Fab has an interesting post on the idea of not dressing too fashionably today - what a coincidence :)

Bri said...

I've got this skirt too and I like how you styled it. I think I'll have to save it for fall to wear again though because it's just too short for me and it is certainly not tights weather.

and yay for SAT level vocab!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

AES--thanks for the reading recommendation, i loved the post! "approachable" is just the word i was looking for and the article is on-point about attitude being the biggest part of looking approachable.

Cynthia said...

It's not hard to be more fashionable than the average Joe in a science department. If I were majorly fashion-y (super accessorized, high heels, whatever) I would stick out like a sore thumb. So I'm just shooting for "colorful, put together, and not wearing cargo shorts every day".

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Average Jane on the street! I follow it but I'm always looking to translate it to my regular life.

XO
Lenore

Eclectic Flair said...

I think I try to find a balance, I definitely go for more "wearable" than high fashion looks, but that's what I actually prefer. I'm usually a bit over dressed but I've learned to be okay with it! :D

Oh and thanks for introducing me to Katherine's blog a few weeks ago, I love it!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Penny said...
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Penny said...

I think I feel more comfortable in outfits- a-little-more-extravagant-than-normal but I must admit some times I remix a dress eg wearing it as a top and I feel proud inside my flat and then when I walk out I feel a little peculiar!

Irusja said...

I love the outfit! The dress is amazing!

http://inelegancewetrust.blogspot.com/

Jenn said...

I really like this outfit! I'd never thought of trying monochrome before, but it looks great. :)

I know exactly what you mean. High fashion doesn't feel very 'me', so I definitely go with cute and wearable.

Julie Del said...

I LOOVE this! I've been planning a grey monochrome look too (for my 30x30). And you just inspired me even more! =)

And I am definitely in the "wearable for everyday life" category. Especially since I spend 90% of my time around 4 year olds (preschool).

Julie Del @ J.Bird

Law Mama said...

I definitely try to reinterpret fashion for a normal lifestyle. I can't wear heels and short skirts every day because it's just not compatible with my life right now. I've always tried to keep up with the trends, but in a casual and relaxed way. If I'm too "fashiony" I just don't feel like myself.

Elizabeth. said...

I go for looking and feeling put together; I notice I get much more done when I'm comfortable, wearing what I want to be and satisfied with my outfit. I'd say I don't go as much for High fashion, I just try to express my own style using old/new or a combination of items.

I also tend to like blogs of that nature, that are more about using what one has and wearing things in different ways to create an ensemble, while adding to ones collection now and then. You wrote a post on how you like smaller/mid sized blogs and I think I agree for similar reasons as I like to express my own style but regularly looking like I've walked out of a fashion show rather than my house is not practical for my life. Blogs that express personal 'cuter then average joe' style and are about using what you have (both clothing and physical features) have a realistic feel which I like. Yours being one of them :) Thank you for sharing.

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AM said...

I agree with everyone here -- I'd much rather have timeless staples in my wardrobe that I can mix and match for new looks to keep myself feeling stylish than going after all the trends and being over-the-top with how I dress.
I love your skirt, it's similar to one I was just looking at in jcrew's sale(extra 30% off now, woohoo!) :)

Ann Marie
http://www.stellafinds.com

Sidewalk Chic said...

I love that grey lace skirt -- it's a nice neutral color and I feel like it's easier to work into a wardrobe than other lace looks, ya know?

I like looking put together, and I kind of have some artsy whims every once in a while (floral crowns, for instance). But being on the street, I'm usually not too overdone.

Sidewalk Chic said...

Girl, congrats on your sketch from Lauren! She's the best :)

Anonymous said...

lovely monochrome combination, great skirt! I think that a thin belt would make it all look more elegant and chic, but you're so beautiful and elegant anyway!

Monica Whitney said...

For some reason I always steer clear from the monochromatic look (unless it is all black) but i LOVE this look. I may just have to give it a shot one day.

Ask the Duplex

Kelly said...

Cute version of average joe. Sometimes I think I am kidding myself with the name of my blog & it should be "Something Academic", because I ain't nowhere near elegant most days ...

Kelly @
Elegantly Academic

girl in the poodle shoes said...

that skirt is so cute! I love target, I'm in dire need of a trip there!!!

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Girl in the Poodle Shoes
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Laceface said...

that skirts so cute

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What Would a Nerd Wear said...

anonymous--thank you! i think maybe you are right about the skinny belt--sometimes i like the extra coverage of a thick belt with such a fitted skirt but i am with you that a skinny belt would look more elegant. i'm tucking that tip away for next time :)

becoming teacher misty said...

I definitely stick out compared to the average Joe in my town. But not on purpose. I'm just staying true to myself and how I like to dress. :)

The Fashionista's said...

You look SO good in neutrals!

I used to follow trends but have found that dressing for my body type works so much better for me. I may have some things in my closet that are reminisent of some trends (accessories etc.) but mostly I stick to what I know suits me.

I am interested in high fashion as an artform but am WAY too lazy to put in the time and effort it takes to maintain that kind of style!

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caroline said...

oh, i LOVE this!!!

i like following fashion trends, but i like to keep it "me" and wearable for everyday. i like looking at high fashion, but i'd never wear it!

caroline - pictures & words

Michelle Lee said...

love your sandals :)

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Genny said...

This is EXCELLENT commentary. Living in a small town, I wish I could do more "F"ashion, but the looks I get wearing heels and dresses everyday are already too much sometimes ... I love how you take "F"ashion and work it into fashion for everyday life!!!

See Kate run. said...

This looks great. I never would have ventured to this side of monochrome, but you look hip, svelte, and your legs appear longer than usual. Win/win/win. <3

Becky said...

As a transplant from Chicago to a mid-sized Florida coast town, I sympathize. I find my sleek skinny jeans and pencil skirts look woefully out of place among the capris and tennis shoes assaulting my retinas. I like the thought that while my outfits may garner a second look in the grocery line, they are perfectly at home here on the internets. :)

Healthy and Homemade said...

I love that your belt sits lower than the waist of the skirt =)

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