All remixed again and again.
- Cream Cardigan – J Crew
- Teal Tank – BR Outlet
- Turquoise Necklace – Limited
- Grey Skirt – Old Navy
- Brown Wedges – Kenneth Cole Reaction, via DSW
- Bag – China Town, NYC
As E. said, today was the meet and greet brunch for our department. For me however, this was followed by a TA meeting, lunch with new graduate students, a workshop on managing stress (I just managed to feel more stressed about my stress) and finally to work a table at the graduate student resource fair. It’s been a long day – hence the nighttime photo!
I knew I wanted to wear something I would be physically comfortable in all day, but also something that would make me feel confident and most like myself. Today I was once again asking quite a bit of my outfit, wanting it to covey my commitment to my studies and teaching, approachability, preparedness, and a sense of fun.
As I got dressed this morning and traveled to school, I found myself thinking about all of your great comments on Friday’s post. Many of you commented that you feel you are always dressing for a number of people and are constantly aware that you are being judged on your appearance, but many of you all expressed that fashion and style can be freeing, empowering, and influential. While I will continue to think about these ideas, and hope to continue this discussion here, today I did try to remember that ultimately, I am dressing for myself. However, I do think that by feeling that I looked approachable likely made me exude an approachability to those around me and similarly, by feeling that I looked prepared and committed I was probably more confident in my various meetings.
I was very intrigued by reader N. who claimed that some of her undergraduate professors were “AWARE of their self-presentation and use it as a tool in the classroom (to discuss identity, class, gender, etc. ).” I love the idea of this and have been thinking quite a bit about how I might put this into practice. Any ideas on this?
I also loved the idea expressed by reader Krissie about wanting to be “the best, most fully rounded people we can be.” Academia can often be very insular (and isolating) – there is a strange disconnect from the outside world, which I find particularly problematic for the humanities. I do think my interest in fashion and personal style is one of the many things that makes me a more well rounded individual and thus a better scholar. This blog is an important creative outlet for me but also a form of field study!
Please keep all your great thoughts coming! A.