"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