30 November 2010 – Three Firsts

November 30th, 2010 § 13 comments

Three Firsts, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Shirt Dress: American Apparel
  • Blue Dress (under): Even via Off 5th
  • Belt: Anthropologie
  • Scarf: gift
  • Shoes: Steve Madden via DSW

So many firsts in this post! First time remixing/layering dresses, first time tucking my scarf into my belt, and first picture in my classroom. Even though I’m not participating in Kendi’s 30 for 30 (as A. and E. are) this time around, I have been inspired by all the layering and remixing that my co-bloggers are doing. I’ve never tried the layering a dress over something longer, but I own a few cotton dresses that have shrunk and become short enough that I’m reluctant to wear them to school, and I thought they might work for just this experiment. I tried to ease myself into this by keeping to block colors and neutrals.

Three Firsts, originally uploaded by academichic.

The scarf-tucked-into-the-belt look is one that A sports frequently and I’ve attempted it before, but never with any success. The key for me was finding a scarf that was thin enough that it didn’t feel like it was adding a lot of bulk to my front.

Belted Scarf, originally uploaded by academichic.

Finally, as I’m sure you’ve noticed I took my pictures today in my classroom. A few of you commented last time I posted that you wished that I could take pictures in natural light, and believe me I wish for that too! I’m really torn about this right now – Like E., A., and S. have all discussed, I’ve kept my style blogging quiet. My family and close friends know, but it’s not general information that I give out. Especially since I’m just starting a new job with many time consuming commitments, I didn’t want people to think that blogging was taking up time that I should be grading or prepping or giving extra-help – and it doesn’t, generally. However, I also believe that when working in a boarding school (or really in any walk of life), one must make time for personal commitments and have outlets beyond the campus. For me at this moment style blogging is a respite from all school related stresses. I guess my reluctance also comes down to the fact that we’re not just talking about colleagues knowing about Academichic – there are students involved too, and I’m very apprehensive about them finding out and questioning my professionalism. Anyway, all this was to say I also wish I could take pictures in natural light, on the beautiful campus that surrounds me, in front of the fall foliage and ancient brick walls that form my new home. However, I’m not ready for my pupils to know about my leisure activity, and so I’ll be taking photos inside for a while longer. For other bloggers out there, do you have similar struggles about revealing your site to others?

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§ 13 Responses to 30 November 2010 – Three Firsts"

  1. m says:

    These photos are great. Thanks for being willing to take a chance on a new location. Not only do the colors of your outfit come across more clearly, but even your red hair seems more vibrant. Your concerns about wanting to seem professional are quite valid, especially since you probably interact with younger students. And based on some of your previous descriptions of your colleagues, they do not seem like a bunch who would be wholly enthusiastic about you being a style blogger. Nonetheless, your readership appreciates your endeavors, and I am glad this is a helpful creative outlet for you.

  2. I also feel confident that style blogging does not interfere with my academic work, and in fact serves as a very useful creative outlet that helps me to be a more balanced person. But I share your anxieties about the way it might be interpreted by others who don’t understand. When someone told my grad studies director about the blog I had sucked in a huge deep breath until she laughed and thought it was fun. Nonetheless, I don’t plan on sharing the URL with her anytime soon.

    I think you have every right to be careful about where you stage your shots, though. I think it’s important to your security that you not make it too obvious where you’re located, and taking pictures on public areas of your school’s property might lead others to conclude that you’re doing your blogwork during your working hours.

    Love this look on you, too. I’m always curious how people in real life respond to the dress layering look. I have a feeling that people would think it was weird if I did it, even though I often think it works on other peoples’ blog posts.

    • admin says:

      Hi Liz – I wanted to respond because the end of your comment made me chuckle! I was worried about the real world reaction as well. I definitely felt like a few people today noticed the dress layering and just thought I was nuts or forgot to take one off before putting on the other. No one actually said anything or asked, but I laughed at myself thinking that when I got up from the lunch table someone must have made a joke. If so, at least I was laughing with them in my head! All these firsts were things that I’d seen others do well too… not sure how well I did it, but it was kinda fun to be outside my comfort zone. I’m glad your DGS was a good sport about the blogging too!

  3. Allison says:

    At first I was shy about telling people about my blog, but it didn’t take me long to decide that I should be PROUD of my blog. So now I don’t really hesitate. But I also don’t talk about it much at work, it’s an out-of-work thing.
    I do agree about being careful not to take pictures in clearly recognizable areas.

  4. Rebekah says:

    Cute outfit, cute classroom. The colors are so well unified, it makes the quirky details (dress-layering, belted scarf) seem more professional… if that makes sense.

    I agree with m and Liz; not everyone will understand or respect your blogging. Once you are more established at your school, you may make friends with the faculty and feel comfortable sharing more of your life with them— or not! I keep my blog secret from certain family members who would find it offensive or use it against me.

  5. maryeb says:

    I really appreciate you sharing your style adventures. It’s opened up so many new possibilities for how to dress and style my own clothes. Every ‘new’ you tried today is something I still need to try. You look so great that I’m inspired to come up with a similar outfit for myself.

    As for fashion blogging, it’s something you do for yourself and I think you are very smart to be selective as to who you share it with.

    I’m glad you share it with all of us.

  6. MONKEYFACE says:

    We are totally riding on the same blogging wavelength today. I also sported a new belted scarf look I recently tried out, too!

    Man, I feel for you living on campus with your students. I would do the same as you in your situation! Glad to be a part of your discreet hobby! :)

  7. Beth Ellen says:

    No one knows about my blog! Only my 2 closest friends and an ex boyfriend. I’m just not ready to share it with anyone else, especially for fear of some of my students finding it. I understand that completely. I’m loving your blues/purples/greys mix here, and I like the double layering of the dress to make it longer.

  8. Melanie says:

    Hey! I was inspired by your cute look- you make this dress look so easy to wear- AA has these dresses on sale for half off. $17 bucks (plus the coupon code ‘dailycandy’) is quite a deal!

  9. Lisa says:

    I usually don’t comment, but I have to say, wow! I can tell that you went out on a limb today and tried something that was a little out of the box for you, and I think you did a fabulous job! It all looks very put together- the blue belt matching the under-skirt peeking out, and the gray part of the scarf echoing the outer dress… it all comes together in an adventurous and yet subtly sophisticated outfit. I think you should be daring more often, because the results are quite fun!

    (Also, P.S. I am so jealous of the weather where you are. I’ve been bundled up in tights and sweaters for a month or two already! Grrrr, Wisconsin winter!) :)

  10. Camille says:

    Great picture- great colors, and this outfit is so professional while still being FUN!

  11. Terri says:

    I like what you have written about blogging offering a balance with work commitments. I don’t tell students about my blogging, but many of my colleagues have gradually learned about it. I’ve had no negative impact at all, but perhaps I am more established in my career. And overworked!

    I think your experiment in dress over dress worked out quite well.

  12. Clare says:

    Yep, dress layering is great. I’ve found it to be such a great way to get more life out of some shorter dresses. And I love the pictures in the classroom!

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