Friday, January 7, 2011

How I wore it: teach-y!

Today was supposed to be cold and blustery and I had to go out to tutor my French students. For some reason, I went with a look that I'd never really put together before. I really wanted to wear a particular sweater that I don't wear that often (and had only worn once or twice in the last couple of years) and while I originally thought of pairing it with jeans, I went with another look:

This sweater is the only thing I own from Old Navy.

The quickly-becoming-ubiquitous navy pants! As much as I still like this pinky sweater, it's rather cropped, which is problematic for me because it creates midriff with most of my pants, and it adds some extra bulk, as you can see from the picture. The midriff issue I solved with a layering top beneath. You're gonna have to believe me on the fake bulk issue. Despite the fact that I rarely wear this sweater, it has a few elements I really love about it: the scooped neckline, front and back (like most women, I like my collarbones), the buttons on the neck, and...

... brown suede-y elbow patches (that weirdly match the other top)! Like most academics, I can't really resist a good elbow patch. Yay! Now I look all professorial (despite the fact that I giggled about Eurovision with my twelve-year-old tutees)!

So while I kind of surprised myself by picking out today's outfit, I felt very comfortable and mobile the whole day - I didn't even change into PJs upon coming home! I don't know - I just felt good, y'know? Like I had a good self-esteem day. And it's Friday!

... I love it when that happens.

Sweater: Old Navy
Layering top: Express, remixed (?)
Navy pants: Gap, remixed
Grey booties: Aldo, remixed


  1. Those elbow pads are to die for. In fact, I think I need to sew a few onto my existing sweaters.

  2. LOVE the elbow patches. Good self-esteems days are great, eh?

  3. First, elbow patches are absolutely necessary. Second, how can you not giggle at Eurovision? Third, I really love the buttons on your sweater. So simple, but such a sweet detail.

  4. Wow, look at all the elbow patch love! But come on - who doesn't love elbow patches, right? Thanks, ladies!

    And Katie, I love the buttons too - it always astounds me that such a small detail should pack so much of a punch.

  5. Elbow patches!! They are love of mine. I made a promise to myself that when I get my PhD I will get the "classic" (aka tacky) brown tweed blazer with elbow patches.

    Lord, we are on odd bunch of people.

  6. Oh, Miss B, same here! I too long for that blazer.

  7. Oh, the elbow patches! They just make my nerd heart go all wonky with happiness. I want to steal that sweater and wear it every day for a year...or, okay, every day for the rest of winter. So cozy and awesome!

  8. Aww, thanks! But, um, please don't steal my sweater ... until I have a chance to root through your closet.

  9. This came together nicely. I'm an academic, but don't have a single elbow patch.

  10. But elbow patches are awesome! And, since I'm gonna overshare now, they actually help me because my elbows are super-pointy and they make leaning on hard surfaces easier for me. Um, anyone else have this problem?