Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How I wore it: who approved this lady's mortgage?

So today, after an - I have to admit - extremely unproductive day of dissertating (and I took yesterday off because my husband was home, but tomorrow is another day), I had to go to a building meeting. My husband couldn't come with me, so I was all alone representin' my apartment. I thought I'd make it memorable:

"I'm a responsible adult who pays all her fees on time! I also throw bitchin' parties! ... With the board's approval."

I knew that I wanted to make my yellow boots a focal point of the outfit. I also didn't want to try to hard because I knew that I'd probably be overdressed enough as it was. So I pulled on my tweedy skirt, one I got in the...hmmm...fall? Of 2005. Yup! I was TA (teaching assistant)-ing pretty hard-core that year, outside of my graduate departmental duties and I decided that I wanted to look more professional than usual, especially as I'm very approachable and informal as a teacher and I was only six years older than the youngest student (and about ten years younger than the oldest one!). [Side note: two of my students who were freshmen when I was their TA graduated from college in 2009 and we met up in Athens that summer! And I'm officially old.] Anyway, I'd always shied away from skirts before that because I went to an all-girls school from Kindergarten through 12th grade and had to wear a uniform which consisted of a skirt for many of those years. Well, since I wanted to be the cool, professional, and (dare I say it?) sexy graduate student TA, I decided that it was time to invest in some knee-length skirts and tall boots. I got two very professional skirts at H&M and comfy black leather boots at Aerosole's and basically created a bunch of teaching outfits with those elements. I still wear them to this day. It also helped mitigate the fact that my first day of TA-ing this particular class, I was wearing a Keith Richards t-shirt and maybe Ramones barrettes. 

So, yeah. With the choice of the skirt (I love its shape and movement!) and boots, the rest of the outfit - muted green/olive tones - came together quite organically and I went with it. Nice, safe, and with a pop of color. And the checkout lady at the supermarket complimented my boots, making me three-for-three so far with wearing these boots and having them commented upon! 

And for the record? I was totally overdressed and the only one in a skirt. But I was also, again, the only one in yellow boots.

Green cardigan: Lord and Taylor, remixed
Olive tube top (beneath the sweater): Express, remixed
Tweed skirt: H&M
Brown-grey tights: gift from sister-in-law by way of TJMaxx (?), remixed
Yellow boots: John Fluevog, remixed


  1. Ah, but you look ADORABLE, and I'd rather be OVER dressed any day!

    (Your glasses, they are my favorite. Color me jealous)

  2. Thank you so much! I've been reading your blog since practically the beginning and it means a lot to have you comment!

    And thanks for the kind words about my glasses: I basically haven't worn my contacts since getting these. :-)