28 May 2010

May 28th, 2010 § 6 comments

28 May 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources:

  • Knit blazer: C&C
  • Striped tank: Target
  • Skinnies: Ann Taylor
  • Oxfords: Civico10 from DSW

End Notes:

Whew. As A. mentioned yesterday, I started a summer course this week: an intensive French translation class. I’m still getting the hang of this new schedule and trying to figure out when snapping a picture can fit into my daily rhythm. But, between biking to and from campus every day this week and translating an excerpt of an article on a Jean Luc-Godard film, I’m feeling pretty good about my productivity levels.

I enjoy the fact that in the spring and summer my range of style references seems to expand as I apparently vacillate between full, billowy skirts and more “geek chic” looks, like this one. The skinnies and tank were easy to bike in, but once I arrived at my classroom I could throw on this knit blazer to stave off the dreaded summer air conditioning freeze-out and feel a little more put-together.

Is your style repertoire influenced by the seasons? I’m not talking about only wearing wool in winter, but do you perhaps find yourself to be a Katherine Hepburn trouser lady in the winter and a devoted dress lady in the summer? A spring hippie? An autumn prep?

I love the idea of having a personal style that allows for (and maybe even encourages?) these kinds of excursions into other style milieu. I think it starts to tap into some of the power that clothes have on both personal and social levels (however intertwined those two may be). So I shouldn’t feel schizophrenic for wearing vintage Hawaiian print one day, a retro-style dress the next or trying to edge-ify khaki, but instead embrace it as part of the creative potential (both aesthetic and generative) of getting dressed.

28 May 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 6 Responses to 28 May 2010"

  1. I always feel more dressed up and “together” in fall/winter and more casual and carefree in the spring/summer. I’m definitely a fall prep. The “back to school” feeling of fall (even though I’m several years removed from school) brings out my academic side.

  2. Diana says:

    I love that jacket!

    I think my style tends to become a bit more bohemian in the summer, and a bit more mod and classic in the winter.
    Being in Florida in the summer, all I want to wear are sundresses and flowy tops.

  3. Bronwyn says:

    I actually always feel like my style is much more constrained in summer than it is in fall and winter (and even spring). I feel like I create interest in the clothes I wear by layering, adding texture and variation with sweaters and shawls and hats and scarves. In the summer, though, it’s just too hot for most of my usual combinations, and so I feel terribly plain wearing just a skirt or capris and a lightweight top (usually a tank top). I even try to avoid chunky necklaces or wide belts, because if it doesn’t ‘breathe’ it’ll just get sweaty and uncomfortable!

    Any tips on mixing it up while still wearing little enough to get by in hot summer humidity? Either tips on lightweight layering or alternatives to layering would be appreciated!

  4. I love this look! I don’t feel that skinny jeans do much for me–but you are rockin’ them! This is classic and chic, and the stripes give you that Parisian vibe, very fitting since you are taking a French class :)

  5. Jen says:

    Ahh, c’est belle, la langue française! Love the oxford/skinny jeans combo, I’ve been looking for something to swap with my flats. I’m all about skirts in the summertime (in fact, I am wearing one right now!), of all colors and lengths, which I usually pair with a basic tank and fun sandals or wedges. When school starts my wardrobe will be a bit more tailored – skinny jeans, blazers, and flats (or perhaps an oxford!).

  6. rylee says:

    I am a sartorial tossed salad for the other three seasons, but Fall always has me longing for argyle and collared shirts, structured tweed, and the classic prep-school combo of maroon and grey. I think it might be a Pavlovian response to the timing of the new school year… Or possibly to the smell of dying leaves. Either way, I enjoy the heck out of it :)

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