I’ve been staring at this screen for a while, trying to think of what to say about my favorite outfits from Academichic’s second year. These aren’t my most exciting outfits, most fashion-forward, most innovative, or necessarily most interesting. But I would wear each one again in a heartbeat, and I think each captures some aspect of whatever it is that comprises “E. style”: machine washable elegance.
Two things that I self-consciously set out to incorporate more into my wardrobe this year were pattern and new proportions. I think I’ve finally conquered my fear of stripes, and pattern mixing comes much more easily than it used to. I barely batted an eyelash before pulling on lace tights with a striped top. As for proportions, I’ve come to value the possibilities of a billowy top that is not being used as maternity wear! My gray fluttery top (in pictures #2 and #4) proved to be an outfit-maker whether tucked into high-waisted pants or belted loosely outside a pencil skirt. I also learned new ways to work with my long torso, wearing a tunic and skinny pants with a shorter jacket (#6) and high-waisted pleated shorts with a tucked in cardigan (#8).
Still, I think color remains the way that an outfit most encapsulates “me.” Some of my favorite color combinations are evidenced in these favorite outfits. Mustard and plum. Olive and navy. Maroon and navy. Gray and yellow. Orange, yellow-orange, and blue green.
Also, I had a really good shoe year, right?!
Due in part to dissertation research, I’ve thought and blogged a bit this year about embodied experience, about bodies that are never neutral and that bodies and clothes are inextricably tangled together in how others perceive us. It’s a train of thought that will certainly re-emerge in year three, likely also in regards to mothering.
This has been such a great creative outlet for me in the midst of a lot of other life and career crazinesses, and like the other Chics, I really treasure your support and encouragement over the past year! Thank you!
Do you have a favorite among these looks?