A Little Catch-Up

November 29th, 2010 § 13 comments

Slouchy Day, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Dolman sleeve cardigan: Ann Taylor, gift from MIL
  • Scarf: China Town NYC, gift from SIL
  • Sweater: Forever 21
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Skinnies: Ann Taylor
  • Boots: Steve Madden, via eBay

End Notes:

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are not the Steve Madden boots with which I started out this 30 for 30. They are still Steve Madden boots and they were still scored on eBay, but when my mother-in-law was here over Thanksgiving she kidnapped my older, tan pair and took them to a cobbler for some much needed TLC. Re-soling and leather conditioning is not bound by the 30 for 30, apparently.

As for the outfit itself: it’s warm and snuggly and just right for staying cozy as the temperatures drop.

Fall Wedding, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources (Part II):

  • Sweater dress: Ann Taylor
  • Necklace: Target
  • Tights: Banana Republic Factory
  • Booties: Steve Madden Ollie

End Notes (Part II):

This past weekend I also had the joy of witnessing the wedding of one of my dear friends. It was a late afternoon, fairly casual wedding with lots of unorthodox touches that reflected the vibrant, carefree personality of the bride. I tried to walk the line of dressy and casual with a sweater dress glammed up a bit with jewelry, booties, and the rich color pairing of aubergine and navy.

I felt a little bit like I was cheating social mores by wearing something as comfortable and cozy as a sweater dress to a “fancy” event like a wedding. I’m curious how our culture has developed this tendency to equate comfortable clothes with casualness and uncomfortable garments with more formal occasions. Why is that? How did that happen? Any fashion historians want to offer an explanation? And who wants to help me make a deliciously warm and comfortable fleece pencil skirt?

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§ 13 Responses to A Little Catch-Up"

  1. Lindsey P. says:

    I love the scarf! And I’m going to take inspiration from you to mix similar shades (purple tights and the cranberry dress). I haven’t been brave enough to attempt it yet.

  2. Nadine says:

    Love the scarf and the dress – beautiful outfits!

  3. Amelia says:

    I think you must have the best in-laws in the world. i’m getting jealous!

  4. Angeline says:

    Love the slouchy sweater and that gorgeous sweater dress!

  5. Ashley J says:

    I love how the first outfit is so flowy at the top and then tapers off with your skinnies and boots!! Very figure flattering…


  6. I think it would be fine if you switch the booties to a pair of heels for a wedding to decrease the casual look!

  7. Clare says:

    Wow, these are both supremely cool. You’ve been just killing it with your outfits lately. I love the colors and cozy snuggliness of that first outfit especially.

  8. [...] outfit is so similar to number 16 that I almost feel like I’m cheating. Plus, I’m mostly covering everything up with a [...]

  9. [...] Remember how my mother-in-law kidnapped my boots and sent them to the cobbler? I picked them up yesterday and, you guys, I’m in love. They’ve been reheeled and conditioned, and they look and feel fantastic: soft and supple with their pretty cognac shine back and noticeably more comfortable to walk in now that the heels have been replaced. It only cost $25, which, considering the amount of wear I’ve gotten out of these boots, is a great investment. Have you had experience having your shoes resoled, altered, or colored at a cobbler? What else can these magical people do? How do you decide if a shoe or boot is worth getting resoled? [...]

  10. Sara says:

    HAH, it’s funny you say that about “cheating” because I always think that when I’m wearing something really comfortable (such as a sweater dress) at work, and someone makes a comment about how nice I look. Laughing to myself, “Haha, little do they know, I am as comfy as wearing PJs!” Too bad men don’t get to experience such wonderfulness, they have to wear pants. Suckers! ;P

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