- Purple Floral Tee – Old Navy
- Grey Skirt – Old Navy
- Purple Belt - Gap
- Purple Cardigan – Gap
- Black Flats – Urban Outfitters
- Necklace – Gift from S.
- Earrings- Gift from E.
Why I wore what I wore:
Being rather pleased with yesterday’s outcome, I decided to try another monochromatic non-neutral with a neutral base – purple, purple, purple! The necklace is one of the earrings S. gave me for being her “best woman” worn as a pendant. This is a remixed trick that lets me wear my favorite jewelry more often.
What I thought about as I wore it:
Last night I caught up with my childhood best friend, which was wonderful! She had heard through the family grapevine that I had a blog and had checked it out. While she was very complimentary, I have to admit my first instinct was to be embarrassed and that initial feeling has had me thinking all night and all day. My family knows about the blog, increasingly more friends know about it, and because it’s on the world wide web, more people with random connections to my non-blog life are discovering us. Yet, no one from my academic life (outside of S. and E. of course) know about the blog. Why? Because fashion and style are considered frivolous. We are suppose to be concerned with much more important things and I guess I assume professors and even colleagues would consider this a silly waste of time. Threadbared recently wrote a thoughtful and stimulating post on this very topic in which they also address the gendered and sexist aspects of academia’s fraught relationship with fashion.
I think as a feminist, my love of fashion might be further seen as contradictory. We begin to address this in our State of the Field and it is a topic the three of us continue to discuss amongst ourselves, but I would love to open this issue up to our always insightful readers.
My active involvement in the LGBT political and academic communities adds an extra layer of tension to self-styling. I find there are expectations for how I should physically present myself and often incorrect assumptions are made based on my appearance.
On our post on male academic style reader H. left a thought provoking comment about the gendered concerns of wearing an engagement ring in academia. What does our clothing and jewelry say to our colleagues and superiors about our commitment to our work, our politics, etc. While I don’t have an engagement ring, I would like to say that in regards to all of the above, I have tried to make it my policy that I will wear what makes me feel most comfortable and confidant, yet I have to admit I do often find myself wondering what my clothing says about me and hoping that the message I set out with is the one conveyed.
Do you feel pressure to look a certain way because of your job, your political leanings, your commitments to family or a particular community?
Do you find that colleagues or strangers make unfair or incorrect assumptions about you based on your style?