- Striped Cardigan – J Crew, birthday gift from mom
- Long Black Tee – don’t remember
- Grey Long-sleeve Tee (not seen) – Gap
- Grey Cords – Banana Republic
- Brown Boots – Banana Republic, via ebay
- Scarf – China Town, NY
- Silver Hoops – Banana Republic
Online shopping has long been one of my favorite forms of procrastination. Now, this online shopping rarely actually results in purchasing, but I do love to make mental wish lists, get ideas for how to style items I already own, and be reminded that there are things deep in my closet that are suddenly in style again.
I often clip photos of ensembles I like or new styling ideas I want to try out. These images most often come from J Crew — I think they offer really creative styling that I wouldn’t think of myself, but can imagine recreating in some way.
Lately, I am also really liking Banana Republic styling too. I loved this warm cozy layered look and decided I could recreate it with items I already own. I swapped in my teal and grey floral scarf for the red plaid (although now I am pining for a large plaid scarf) and my brown boots for thee black (I wanted flats and my black boots have heels).
My cardigan is much thinner and shorter than the rather bulky sweater coat featured in the BR version and I discovered that my bootleg grey cords are a little too bulky for tucking into boots, so now I may be adding skinny-leg cords to my Christmas wish list.
Interestingly enough, the gendering of clothing has come up in several of the student papers I am grading this week. When attempting to do a visual analysis of a painting of an Italian nobleman, many students described his as effeminate because of the lace at his collar, the ring on his pinky, and the shinny black robe students misidentified as a dress. In my comments, I am reminding them that: 1) they should be careful about making essentialist generalizations about gender (their discussions went beyond the clothing) 2) they should remember that whether we consider clothing “masculine” or not is inextricably linked to culture, period, occupation, etc.
This reminded me of the great exercise reader N. uses in the classroom, in which she asks students to do a visual analysis of her clothing and then followed this with a discussion about interpreting clothing. I can’t wait to test this lesson out, but for now it’s back to grading for me.