Friday, October 21, 2011

How I wore it: making nice

Today was the first day of what my workplace has "playfully" named The Biggest Weekend Ever. That's because it's Parents Weekend!! What that means is that parents get to come to all of their cherubs' classes today (Friday) and they get to set up one-on-one interviews with all of their cherubs' teachers both today and tomorrow. So I had about seven interviews today, most of them concentrated into the one free block I had. Tomorrow I have eleven, starting at 8:30 AM. And while I usually do end up leaving lesson-planning for Sunday, this coming Sunday will be both lesson-planning AND rest day, so... yeah. Awesome. Maybe I'll just treat tomorrow as a work day and plan my lessons and then sleep all day on Sunday. We'll see.

Anyway, since today I was going to be both meeting parents one-on-one (although my tough interviews will be tomorrow) AND teaching in front of them, I decided to wear a dress that I bought way back at the end of the summer, but hadn't worn yet:

Since this dress has such rich, autumnal tones, I decided to let it shine by wearing my cognac boots (again!) with it and keeping the jewelry gold- (and garnet-) based and simple. I was a big fan of the dress, but I really wish I'd worn it with tights or leggings or what have you. This morning, I asked my husband if I could pull it off without tights (because, frankly? I'd prefer not to wear them. I get really hot and sweaty now and I don't like having things folded below my belly that I can't really control). He said that I absolutely could and that I looked great. 


I'm never trusting that man again with this kind of decision because he obviously has an agenda. And while I'm thrilled that he still finds me desirable and attractive while I lumber about with all the grace and sexiness of a baby elephant, I should've trusted my instincts and worn tights. I was so self-conscious about my legs/thighs and hem all day long. This is a faux-wrap dress, people. Imagine how nervous some poor students or parents must've been when there was a slight breeze outdoors. It was okay, though. Apart from the times I was outdoors at work (which were relatively few) and a sketchy five-minute walk from the subway station to my house, I was perfectly safe from indecency. I was just nervous. And yanky and tuggy. Yeah, next time, there WILL BE TIGHTS.

Sheesh. At least I know what my personal comfort level is, right?

Dress: A Pea in the Pod
Modesty top (barely visible): Express, remixed
Boots: Steve Madden, remixed


  1. I love it! The colors are definitely very fall-like. The wind over the last week was definitely not very skirt-friendly, though. I wore one to work and didn't want to leave because I didn't know how to get to my car and open it while using both hands to hold down the skirt.

  2. This is a cute dress, and it looks great on you! I always feel uncomfortable showing much leg past my knee if I'm not wearing tights, so I can definitely understand. What about leggings instead of tights? One of my girlfriends was a huge fan of maternity leggings while she was pregnant (and teaching no less!).

  3. Cassy, I know, right? My walks to my classrooms were marked by me holding one hand over my skirt and using the other to, I don't know, CARRY MY STUFF. Damn wind.

    Thanks, Anne! I think I'll definitely go down the maternity leggings route. My sister-in-law swore by them!