Up Next For the Chics

July 19th, 2011 § 185 comments

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All four of us at Academichic have some pretty big life changes up ahead.

  • A. is about to begin a dissertation fellowship and is aiming to wrap up her degree in the next year.
  • E. is about to become a mom of two. But before that happens she’s also teaching a summer class and moving her family into a new home.
  • L. is embarking on her second year of teaching high school English with much more confidence in both her pedagogical abilities as well as her personal style.
  • S. is about to welcome her daughter into the world any day now, and then she, too, is aiming to complete her degree over the next academic year.

That’s what we see ahead for ourselves in the coming months. What we don’t see, though, is the perpetuation of Academichic. After much thought and a little bit of angst, we’ve decided that this project has run its course for us and we’ll be closing up shop at the end of July. We’ll have a much longer, reflective post at that time, but for now we wanted to let you know where we’re heading. We want to leave this site here as a useful archive for everyone who has ever googled “feminism and fashion” or “what to wear to an academic conference” (which is really how this whole project started). To that end, we’ll be launching a series of wrap-up posts, pointing to our favorite past outfits, most enduring resources, most useful DIY projects, and most compelling theoretical posts.

But before we part ways, what do you want to know? Is there still some burning unanswered question you want answered? Let us know. We can’t promise we’ll get to all of them, but we’ll give it a shot.

Finally, thank you. We’ll express our gratitude to you, our readers, in a more extended format later, but for now know that we have treasured your questions, insights, debates, and feedback. We really do think that we have the most thoughtful and thought-provoking commenters out there.

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§ 185 Responses to Up Next For the Chics"

  1. Starling says:

    Awww. We’ll all miss you (commenters and lurkers alike), but it’s completely understandable. I imagine this blog has taken up a lot of time for y’all. Good luck with your upcoming endeavors! I’m so glad you’ve given us as much time as you have. Academichic has been influential for me in the past couple of years as I found my own style as a grad student.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am so very sad to hear this news, but I’m sure you all are sad too! It’s been a pleasure following you for the last couple years. Please post occasional updates on your scholastic and personal journeys!

  3. Alex says:

    Aw, I wish you all the best! =D I was introduced to the blog in April and I’m sure that I will be looking at it next year when I (hopefully) go to graduate school. Thanks for keeping it up =D

  4. nicole says:

    i am so sad to this this end, but i absolutely understand. i know this is cheesy, but i remember the first day i came across this website and read each and every post in one sitting before running to tell my roommates.

    thank you for devoting so much of yourself to this project. i wish you all the best in in everyone’s next adventure in life.

    ps- please pop in once in a while as these milestones occur. we would love to celebrate with you as you complete your degrees, grow families, and triumph in the classroom!

  5. Jackie says:

    I will miss y’all so much! But I do understand your decisions to prioritize these other, very exciting ventures. Congrats on all of the milestones (current and upcoming) and I look forward to the next few weeks of wrap-up and celebration!

  6. em says:

    Too bad :(
    I am a late reader and I’m very sorry that I’ll only be able to read posts from the past.
    However, I totally understand that for you all it’s the time to end with this and move on to other projects, so I wish you the best!!

    Lastly, as I’m given the opportunity to ask something — I’m weighting the possibility of starting a style blog of my own but I’m afraid that my students or colleagues might find it somehow. Has it ever happened to any of you? If not, how have you managed to do so?

    Thank you for that ton of advice you’re leaving on this blog. I’m learning a lot from it.

    PS: Please forgive any error in my writing, I’m not an English native speaker.

  7. EvaNadine says:

    what i want to know is: where can i find you continuing to post?!

    kidding aside, you ladies will be missed in this community. you are respected, and frankly, loved by many.
    best wishes for your future endeavors, and, as a previous poster said, we do hope you check in a few times when some of these milestones occur!

  8. Hilary says:

    I’ll miss this blog dearly. Thank you so much for your insightful posts and for your assertion to grad students everywhere that being an academic doesn’t mean you have to forgo a personal style. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

  9. Elisabeth says:

    I will definitely miss this blog! It’s probably my all-time favorite. I wish you all the best and hope you know that you’ll be missed!

  10. Cara says:

    You all are truly an inspiration to me in so many ways. I wish you the best on all your ventures. You will be missed.

  11. Lisa J says:

    I’ll miss reading this blog and the many insights I’ve gained!

    Maybe one question for “the end” would be to address whether and how you felt your style changed as a result of contributing to this blog? Once you stop posting outfits, do you feel your style will change – and if yes, how so?

  12. Densie says:

    While I am sorry to see you all leave this wonderful blog and fashion resource, I completely understand why, especially those in the latter parts of their dissertation. I’m there right now and I’m not sure if I could juggle being a fashion guru and writing my dissertation. I hope you update us with major milestones, both in academia and life.

    I started reading this blog religiously over a year ago and it inspired me to become more fashionable. The fashion in my discipline ranges from khaki shorts and flip flops to three piece suits with graduate students never entirely sure what is appropriate. I credit this blog (along with some others) for guiding me during my journey into fashion. I have received a lot of praise from faculty, staff, other graduate students and even some somewhat inappropriate comments from my undergraduate students about how I dress.

    I do have one question. When your students comment on the way you dress how do you respond? I had a lot of my students last semester come up to me in class and during office hours just to say they liked the way I dress. I often just said thank you but secretly thought that they should be paying more attention to the lecture. I even had one student make some uncomfortable comments about my racial/ethnic background (she said I looked like a nordic queen- which may seem somewhat innocuous but then she continued to say I looked like the white queen from Narnia-I promise you, I don’t look that evil). As a woman, it makes me uncomfortable that my students think of me in this way. How do you deal with fashion fandom amongst your undergraduates?

    Anyway, thank you and you will all be missed in the fashion blogging world.

  13. Babett says:

    Thank you all so much for your advice and inspiration on this blog. Wishing you all the best for your endeavors and plans!

  14. Raquelita says:

    As someone who recently made a similar decision about leaving behind part of the blogosphere, I completely understand. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors!

  15. LatteLove says:

    I want to cry. but i understand…
    Thanks for being a wonderful resource and one of my favorite fashion blogs!

  16. Ecochic says:

    No, don’t leave! You four are wonderful inspirations on how to work with what you have (clothing and body wise) and have come up with some very clever ways to use both categories!

    Just when I’ve forwarded this blog to all my fellow academichic fashionistas here in the realm of physical geography you leave us. But you leave us well styled, optimistic and happy with our bodies.

    Thank you!

  17. Bummer….you will be missed. You were the start to my mornings. I would wake up before the kids and sit down with my tea and read your posts from the previous day and live vicariously thru you. You made me push myself to break out of my “uniform” of just an old tee shirt and jeans or shorts and make what I wore just a bit more special. I thank you for that. I guess my only burning question is where are you from…and what are your names!

  18. Kara says:

    I am so so sad. I love your blog and read it everyday. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better me.

  19. Abby says:

    Another recent discoverer of your blog here to say thanks and I’ll miss you very much. Thanks for making me think creatively when I get dressed in the mornings and for helping me realize that science grad student doesn’t necessarily equal fashion disaster. Best of luck in the upcoming year.

  20. Whitney says:

    I have truly enjoyed reading your blog since I discovered it. I am sad that you ladies are ending the blog, but I completely understand why. I look forward to your last few posts and I’m going to miss you!

    XO,
    Whitney

  21. Kendi says:

    No! You guys can not be leaving! If I start a petition, will that make you stay?? This makes me so sad, you all were some of the first girls I found on the style blog circuit. Your outfits and writings have been so inspirational. I will miss all of you dearly! (And I want to see pics of S’s and E’s babies! But that’s a selfish request more than anything.)

    Best of luck with everything. You will be very, very missed.

  22. busylizzy says:

    Oh! I understand completely, of course, but it’s saaaad! I wish you all the best!

  23. Jessica N says:

    I’ve been reading Academichic for about a year; your blog was my gateway to other fashion/style blogs (I think I had searched “what to wear in graduate school”) and even still it’s the first one I check each day. In the last year, I completed coursework, taught several classes on my own, attended my first national conference, and did all of these things much more stylishly and confidently than if I had not discovered you four lovely ladies! I’m sad to see you go, but I know you’re all off to do great things. Best wishes on all of your future endeavors!

  24. Erin says:

    I am totally bummed that you won’t be posting anymore but understand why. You were the start to my mornings and I am really going to miss my morning ritual of popping in to see what you ladies were wearing. I’ve taken many examples from you ladies and styled them into my daily wardrobe life so thank you for the inspiration! Like many others I am curious to see what you all do for your milestones when you reach them. And like Kendi I want to see the babies! :)

    Good luck Chics!

  25. Becky says:

    I’ll miss you all very much! I’ve enjoyed following your lives and insights.

    I’ve got a “one last question” for you, it was sparked (pardon the pun) about a month ago when I had to evacuate my suburban Florida apartment because of a brush fire. I was packing an overnight bag to stay at a friend’s house, my important documents (passport, car title and the like) and a couple other bags to tide me over in the event we couldn’t get into our apartment for a few days when I began to analyze the clothes I was packing. The overnight bag full of pajamas and office clothes for the next day was a no-brainer but the other bags were more troubling. Should I pack the everyday things I wear? Or my first date dress? Do I grab the interview suit? My question to you is, what would you have packed?

  26. Katharine says:

    It isn’t April Fool’s Day is it? No? Oh darn. I’m so sorry to see you all move on, because this site has been inspirational to me, although I never commented much. (Can’t claim to be one of the insightful commenters, alas…) I can’t think of another style blog with which I could identify so well, that feels like such a good fit for me and my developing fashion sense. (Developing in part because of you!)

    But that said, I can understand your decision and wish you all well as you journey on.

  27. Sarah says:

    I’ve been a lurker for months now but I’m sad to hear this. I’ll miss the site greatly! But best of luck to all of you in the future!

  28. Ash says:

    So sad to hear you’re leaving! I only just found your blog a few months ago and have been checking in most every day since then. Thank you all for giving me such great inspiration and teaching me how to wear things I had no idea what to do with previously! My personal style has improved tenfold since I’ve figured out belts, colored tights and how to wear more than one print at a time! Thanks so much, and best of luck to all of you in your future endeavors!

  29. Catherine says:

    I will miss your witty and incisive writing and your advice on belting and colour blocking. I bought a pair of riding boots within a week of discovering the site last winter; they really do go with everything! I foresee myself consulting the archives frequently in seasons to come. Best wishes to each of you in your future adventures, sartorial and otherwise.

  30. Carey says:

    Boo hoo!!!!! :( This blog has been a great source of outfit ideas for me; but I wish you all the best. I’ve really appreciated that you are ‘regular’ women (aka not being given tons of fab clothes for free from other sources, dressing for ‘real’ life – kids, jobs, etc.) that take a ‘standard’ closet of clothes and come up with tons of unique outfits! It’s been a big help to me – I’ll miss my daily visit to the chics.

  31. *gulp* Leaving us? I’m sad! I understand how it goes, but wow, I’m surprised. While I’m not in academia (yet? maybe someday ;-), your blog has been an inspiration & source of practical advice. The 4 different voices are all very real & diverse, less ‘cliche fashion mag’ than some daily outfit blogs. While your styles are all quite different than my own, I’ve still incorporated things like wearing more belts (thank you!) & scarves & playing with different shapes of garments.

    Thank you so much for doing this & best wishes in your future projects!

  32. Bettina says:

    Very sad times – but completely understandable, as so many of the previous commenters already said! Academichic has really become a staple in my daily dose of blog reading and I’ll miss it dearly (although perhaps it will make me more productive too, as I also enter the last stages of my dissertation project). Good luck to all of you, and keep up the awesomeness and the good dress!

  33. Kaylyn says:

    This certainly makes me sad. I love reading your blog and I’ll miss it dearly…but I’m in total admiration of you all doing what you need to do in order to live the lives you want. Good luck to you! I hope maybe we’ll get some updates someday. Thank you for all the inspiration over the years.

  34. Weathering says:

    I’ll miss all your posts and perspectives very much, but it’s great to hear about all the exciting things ahead of you all! Best of luck with everything; I’m sure you will all shine. I just want to conclude by saying that this blog has been a really great resource for me as I’ve been navigating issues of style, feminism, and professional dressing in the academy for myself.

  35. Kelly K says:

    I will miss the daily fashion inspiration of this site, but can understand how busy life gets. Maybe there will be a revival of the site at some point in the future. Good luck to you all!

  36. Aw, I will miss the chics! You guys have done a fabulous job making fashion seem doable and accessible for most people. Thank you so much and good luck on all of your journeys ahead!

  37. Emily says:

    I’m going to miss your posts, but I, like others here, am so grateful for the work each of you has done in providing a forum in which to discuss and contemplate feminism, fashion, and academia. This was the first style blog I came across, and it remains my favorite. As a PhD student myself, I’ve found academichic to be an incredibly helpful resource and source of inspiration. Best of luck to all of you!

  38. Ris says:

    Oh I’m so sad to hear this! I love reading your blog and look forward to the amazing outfits you come up with. I completely understand though and wish you all the best of luck in your new and continued endeavors!

  39. nerr says:

    oh no! gonna miss you guys so much. i’m sad already. Wishing all of you the best, though! and thanks so much for a lot of things. Don’t know how to put into words how much this website means to me :)

  40. Diana says:

    I’m sad to hear this, and I will miss you very much, but I do understand and wish you all the best. I’ve really enjoyed reading the blog and have learned a lot too.

    I too would really love to occasionally see updates on your lives and milestones, whether here or elsewhere. S, will you be continuing to post on your bike blog?

  41. xb says:

    A devoted reader delurking – finally! what took me so long! – to say THANK YOU for this site. It’s been bolstering to me every day to see fellow academics get gussied up and embracing their looks, style, and bodies. You are all fabulous breaths of fresh air. Best of luck for future ventures!

  42. tina matilde says:

    you will be sorrily missed but thank you for creating this space in which fashion and the academy could co-exist.

  43. Lizzy says:

    I’m sad to hear that you’ll be leaving the website, but excited for the different things ahead for all of you! One thing I’ve googled and searched for, but could not find, is fashion in the health career field. Do you know of helpful resources or blogs that post about fashion for physicians and nurse practitioners?

  44. Sophia says:

    I’m sad. :( You all are my favorite style bloggers, and I will miss your insights and humor.

    I’ve always wanted to ask your thoughts on makeup. What do you choose to wear? Why? How does this fit into your framework of feminist thought? (I stopped wearing makeup a few years ago, because I discovered I was beginning to feel that I wasn’t pretty enough without it, but I still feel insecure about this decision.) I’m curious about how makeup fits into your daily routine/sartorial choices, and how you think about it.

  45. Mariah says:

    Hi there, I am a daily reader (and first time commentor….). I have really enjoyed your blog and just wanted to wish you all the best of luck in the future! You have given me MANY daily outfit inspirations over the past year. Countless times I would check the blog while enjoying my morning coffee and see a lovely outfit on one of you and think…”Hmmm, I have some similar pieces, I could do something like that…” You have especially taught me about remixing existing pieces from my wardrobe into new combinations and using more belts, scarves, and colors in my outfits! I will miss you!

    PS: Who has on the gorgeous mint green knife pleated skirt in the above photo and where did you get it?? I love knife pleats/accordian pleats, they make me feel glamorous whenever I wear them!

  46. Sara says:

    It’s bittersweet, like everyone else is saying, but it’s means great things for your lives and that’s what’s really important :) Glad to have been a reader, that’s for sure!!!

  47. Mrs. K says:

    Tear*

  48. Jessica says:

    I love the blog and will be sad to see you go! But I’m happy for all of you and your endeavors! You ladies gave amazing advice and I’m glad to have read the blog.

  49. Anna Z. says:

    Thanks for the time and thoughtfulness you all have put into this blog during its life! I’ve checked in to the blog from time to time, and have always enjoyed it. But I have to admit that I have also felt somewhat ambivalent about aspects of it. As much as I’ve come to think of you all as people I could be friends with, and have admired your style and fashion sense (so impressive!), I’ve also always felt a little unsure about this attention to appearance and and the consumptive attitude that it fosters. I’ve been happy to see more thrifted stuff come up in recent months, but so much of “good fashion” still relies on supporting big box stores who treat the environment and their workers poorly, and who perpetuate this idea that style and appearance are the most important things in life. I know you all don’t buy into this in theory, but, in practice, sometimes it’s difficult to distance oneself from supporting those values, while continuing to shop at stores without much attention to their ethical/environmental practices. In any case, I certainly don’t intend to judge you guys for this, but would love to hear some closing thoughts on how you reconcile these issues, or how you continue to think about and ponder them in your own lives. But most importantly, thank you and we’ll miss you!

  50. Yolanda says:

    We’ll miss you! I’ve followed your blog for the last couple of years and have just enjoyed it so much – I love your different styles and your thoughtful blog posts. It’s given me so much inspiration and food for thought. Good luck to all of you in the exciting times ahead!

  51. Chelsea S. says:

    not to be melodramatic, but it’s (the beginning of) the end of an era! I recommend you gals to SO many friends and acquaintances. You are all relatable, gorgeous, ridiculously intelligent and driven, and also seem to have such wonderful love and friendship in your lives. Oh, AND you’ve each got amazing style that transfers over to plenty of professions, including academia and beyond.

    I will dearly miss your new posts, but cannot help but be extremely excited for you all on your future endeavors :)

    Also, thrilled that this isn’t it and we’ll get the best of the best for the next couple of weeks!

  52. poet says:

    Oh, that’s sad! Still, I understand. Good luck with your respective endeavors!

  53. Megan says:

    I’m sad to see you all disband! But it makes sense, with all the big changes in your lives. I know S. has another personal blog, but will any of you others also keep personal blogs? I’d still love to read about what’s happening in each of your lives.

  54. Lauren says:

    Here’s what I’ve always wanted to know! I’ve never been able to figure out exactly what each of you are/were studying! Or writing your dissertations on! I would love to know!

  55. Tanya Reader says:

    I am so sad, but I completely understand. I imagine, too, that this must have been a difficult decision for you all. You were on my morning internet rotation everyday for the past year and I’ve delved deep into the archives. Such great stuff here!

    You all have so many exciting things ahead but, wow, I’ll really miss you A., E., L., and S.

    Very best wishes in all your future endeavors. You women rock.

    T.

  56. Megan Williams says:

    This is so very, very sad. You guys will be very missed. I just recommended your blog to someone yesterday too. :(

  57. Miranda says:

    I’ve been following since the start — and it’s been so amazing! As a fellow academic, as a new midwesterner, as a feminist, I want to say thanks to all of you for reminding me daily that there is a community of women (and men!) out there who both think seriously about questions of self-presentation and identity performance, AND who can have fun with it.

  58. kimmie says:

    Aww… I’m sad you guys are closing up shop, but you guys had a good run. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration and insightful commentary. Your blog remains one of my favorites!

  59. Allison says:

    I don’t comment very often, but I felt this is a good time to do it. I just wanted to thank all you Chics. Although I’m not exactly in academia, I’m currently working on getting a teaching credential. But I faced the same problem as “grad” students; what the heck am I supposed to wear? I have received so much inspiration from your blog, which I’ve been reading now for over a year. As a fellow pear shape, A.’s style helped me hone my own, while E.’s posts on surrendering the waist gave me the courage to try my new summer silhouette (blousy shirt tucked into shorts). S. showed me that pairing turquoise and orange and green and pink can look beautiful, while L. has showed me how to not look like a student or a frumpy teacher. Thank you again for this blog. I sincerely wish you all the best.

  60. MONKEYFACE says:

    I first found your blog when I learned I was admitted to grad school and had no idea what to wear, so as difficult as it is to see an institution like this go, I am so happy to hear you’ll be leaving the site up for future googlers. My question is: DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE?! Seriously, I mean it. I hope you realize how much you’ve inspired other women, academic or not, to be conscious and confident about the clothes they wear. And for that, I hope you all walk away proud.

  61. Di says:

    Nooooooooo!

    OK, I do understand… but surely there are fashionable graduate students you can bequeath it to?

    The color theory, the exploration of sartorial implications, and the SHOES. I’m bereft. I choose to believe that you’ll magically come up with SOME way to keep something going. This is dreadful.

  62. Salazar says:

    As sad as I am to see you guys closing up shops, I’m glad that you decide to keep the site up. In the past four months since I discovered your blog, it has been so helpful and inspiring to me. I also hope that this is not a definite end for Academichic, and that you guys might return from time to time.

    So, it’s goodbye for now, and good luck with everything!

  63. Emily says:

    So sad to see you go! I’ll certainly miss y’all – you guys taught me SO much about how to properly dress myself! Many thanks for all your wonderful tips, suggestions, and gorgeous examples; you’ve helped a lot of us ladies find out way in fashion :). Best of luck on your future endeavors!

  64. Amanda says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for almost two and a half years now, and I just realized that I’ve never commented. I want to say thank you, though. The advice you have given us, and what I have personally taken away from it, has shaped my journey into academia more than you will ever know. I lost my confidence and my individuality in dressing, somewhere between the transition from being a student to a scholar. Your blog helped me to get that back.
    Please pop back in occasionally, if not for fashion, then just to let us know how you’re doing. You ladies have inspired me, and shaped both my fashion and my approach to academic life and scholarship.

  65. meg says:

    I’m really sad you guys are done! Just the other day I was thinking “I wonder if S. had her baby?” and then had to check myself with the realization that I’m thinking of a stranger, not a friend. This site always felt really friendly You really will be missed! Like others who have commented, I also hope you still find a way to share online every once and a while in some capacity. You’ve really done a great job with this site, combining all your different perspectives to offer something really unique. You should be proud.

    • Julia says:

      Meg, I too have been checking regularly to catch any potential updates on S’s baby!

      To A, E, S, and L, I also habitually chat to my husband about what you’re all wearing and what you’ve been up to. It’s like you’re an extended part of our life (in a totally not-creepy way!) Having found your blog within a month of its birth, I’ve been along for the whole ride and feel like I’m losing a friendship (even if none of you know who I am!).

      I will miss your insights into academe, fashion, feminism, and amazing footwear. Thank you and good luck as you continue to do amazing things.

  66. Em says:

    Good luck to each of you! I just want to say thank you. I have very much enjoyed reading and participating in the thoughtful discussions as well as having been inspired by your posts and photos.

  67. Emmilee says:

    I’m terribly sad to see this come to an end. Of all the fashion blogs out there, this one is the most well thought-out I’ve encountered. I really appreciate the professional bent as well, something lacking from the majority of personal style blogs.

  68. Trish says:

    Aww, this is so sad. I begun reading Academichic in 2009. Your posts on packing and dressing for a year abroad really helped out my sister who traveled to the States for a study year. You’ll be sorely missed.
    Thanks for the great job well done!!

  69. crisa says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading the site. Thanks for keeping it up as a resource…good luck in all of your lives and wherever the roads take you all :)

  70. Tracey says:

    I have almost 2 decades on you ladies & really not of the blogging generation so I am a bit discomfited at how saddened I am by your departure, though I knew one of these days it was bound to happen. I am a teaching academic who has been trying to figure out the right sartorial notes to hit in & out of the classroom for years. Your photos have been visually inspiring and your intellectual spin on things much appreciated.

    I have two requests. First before you go, could you point us to your sources of visual & stylistic inspiration? I find I need the visual input of real clothes on real people (not models & celebs dressed by professional stylists) otherwise clothes on hangers are impossible for me. There are lots of style blogs out there now and finding those which are complementary in style & circumstance can be a bit daunting.

    And . . . could you pop back in when the babies are born so we know everything went well (I imagine S will deliver before the end of July, but E., pretty please?)

    Best of luck to all four of you with your academic careers and your families.

  71. Jessica says:

    I have to add my voice to the crowd above – you will be sorely, sorely missed here in the blogosphere.

    This blog really has changed me. I’ve been reading nearly every day for over a year, and I’m a more confident and creative individual because of it. E., A., L., and S., thank you so much for sharing your voices and closets with us!

    I have to admit that, like one other reader said above, my only truly burning question is what your names are. I’ve wondered about it since the beginning. But, if you choose to preserve your anonymity, I respect that.

  72. Andrea says:

    I’m so very sad to see you go! I started reading Academichic during the first year of my PhD when I was trying to balance schoolwork and teaching while also figuring out what I should be wearing! Like so many others, it was the search term “what to wear to a conference” that brought me here, so I’m glad the website will still be here for me to reference.

    I’ve garnered so many great tips – I belt nearly everything now! – and come across so many great items – A.’s BR pencil skirt workhorse! – that I know I’ll be sad when I navigate here out of habit and don’t find new posts. :(

    But I’m so happy for all of you and for all of your followers who, like me, have had the chance to find inspiration in your individual styles over the years.

  73. Nadine says:

    Oh nooooooo! I LOVE you ladies! I’m gutted!

    I hope S keeps Simply Bike going. Don’t suppose you’re all up for Facebook-friendship?

    E: I will miss you especially. Your love of machine-washable colour (me too!) and your epically long torso (me too!) have meant you are a HUGE style inspiration to me!

    Oh my gosh, I actually do have a lump in my throat . .

  74. Licia says:

    Although I understand your decision. I am a little sad that you are closing shop. Isn’t there a new generation of feminist, fashionable academics that could take over the blog? Not to add more work to your already full plate, but doing a contest of sorts to assign a new group might be fun and it would continue something you started.
    I am now 35 and I finished my own PhD 6 years ago, but I regularly visit this blog because it provides something I didn’t have when I was in the midst of my studies. It’s a great resource. It teaches about fashion with relevance and in a way that celebrates women and their intellects. I would surely have benefited from reading this blog when I was in school and struggling to reconcile my love of fashion with my feminist views. I am now part of the corporate world but regularly visit this blog for fashion inspiration and my fix of smart, thoughtful women!
    Whatever you decide to do, I want to thank you for your dedication. The quality of the content and photos always amazed me, especially since I know you are very busy ladies!
    Best to each of you. xoxo

  75. Jeanni says:

    Aww, I’m gonna miss you ladies. Academichic is hands down one of my top five favorite blogs. I feel like I know all of you and reading this blog is one of the highlights of my day. I hope should any of you decide to blog again that you’ll let all of us know!

  76. Becky says:

    we’ll miss you! best of luck :)

  77. Becky says:

    we’ll miss you! good luck :)

  78. Jessica M says:

    To echo all the other commenters: you will be missed so much! I found the blog when I was in grad school (now I’m teaching at a community college) and it helped me step it up during school and feel more comfortable dressing for interviews. It shows that you have all put a lot of time into the blog, and I agree with another commenter who said they appreciate that you don’t have a wardrobe that is full of items that were free from companies or sponsors. Note: I know many full time bloggers worked hard to get to that point, but it sometimes makes it much harder to relate. So thank you for all the inspiration and please update us, maybe occasionally on Simplybike? Thanks!

  79. Jenn says:

    :( could you guys post a list of other blogs that are similar to this one?

  80. Dear Chics,

    Ohhhh… this is very very (I wrote two very on purpose, because that is the way I feel) sad, although I respect your desicion. I want you to know that your blog was the first blog I was addicted to. Actually, I did not got very much sleep the first nights after been recommended to your blog. Over the last years I have got a lot of inspiration and fashion ideas from you. For example, I have learned that you can turn a dress into a skirt by hiding the top below under the belt, got inspired to buy an obi belt (so I could hide the top of my dress), and of course a lot of wonderful color combinations. I have enjoyed dropping by and I think I might have read every single post on you blog. Your blog was also the inspiration for me to start my blog – maybe not as thoughtful and succesful as yours (at least not yet) – but I am having fun, and it is my way to relax.

    Last, some advice to you how are finishing your dissertations from a person how have made it to the other side; try to enjoy the last year when you hopefully have the possibility to dig into your topic and express your own thoughts (at least within certain limits). I think the last year was the best year as a grad student (although it sometimes were stresful and demanding) and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! But if you feel stressed and blue some day think about and focus on the goal, it is rather fun to be on the other sider, like it is very nice to be called Dr., to get a better salary, the get the possibility to wear academic garments which looks very Hogwarths-like, and last but not least the possiblity to continue to work and develop in the weird but wonderful and inspiring academic world with things you are interested in – if you like to stay in academia.

    By this I want to say thank you for all the inspiration and wish you the very very (on purpose again) best!

    Kind Regards, Dr. Anna

  81. Liz says:

    I’m a lurker, but I’ll miss your posts! Good luck to all of you.

  82. Karen says:

    I want to say: but we just met! It’s like a summer romance, ending too soon. You guys won’t secretly move and show up at my university in the fall, will you? Like Grease? No? Bummer.

    Since I’m a relative new-comer to the party here, I have a question that maybe everyone else already knows the answer to (or knows why you prefer not to answer it, which might also be interesting to hear…) — what do A., E., L., and S. stand for?? I both love and can’t stand that I don’t know your real names. Will you do a big reveal before the end?

    Seriously, thank you for all your posting and thoughtfulness and photographs. There are enough difficult things you have to figure out when becoming a grad student — you made the clothing part less of a hassle and more of a creative activity. When I started grad school this year, your blog helped me make important decisions about representing myself and being creative, not to mention turned the stress of getting dressed each day into an adventure. And when I injured myself playing sports in January and had to adjust my whole concept of myself from being an athlete to being a sedentary… something else, or someone else, it was your intellectual and philosophical take on style that got me re-energized about personal identity and making meaningful choices about the direction my life was taking. Even when I couldn’t walk, I still had to get dressed. :)

    You ladies are an inspiration, and this blog is a treasure. So long, and godspeed.

  83. Debbie says:

    Oh, this is a bit disappointing. I do love your posts. Congratulations to all of you on these exciting changes and next phases of life!

  84. Emily says:

    What a bummer! I have so enjoyed following your posts since I was referred your way in the last year. Your adventures and insight into fashion for ladies in academia will be so missed! As far as questions go, I would like to echo what Anna Z. asked around the politics of shopping and fashion. As a feminist working in academia who loves style and fashion, I have struggled more and more with the issue of shopping on a (very) limited budget and not wanting to support the political actions of what are often the most affordable options for fashionable new clothing (Target, urban outfitters, etc.). Have you all struggled with this issue? Thoughts? Most of all, thank you so much for your contribution to the personal style blog-world!

  85. Dee says:

    Ah, that’s too bad but I completely understand that you have so many competing priorities. I’ve really enjoyed your blog as a grad student and post-grad. The 4 of you are truly an inspiration, not only in fashion but juggling motherhood, sports, traveling, conferencing, in addition to being insightful, intelligent and beautiful women! I’ll miss you!

  86. I will surely miss you. You were one of the first blogs that I ever visited and followed. :) Good luck on the new ventures!

  87. Eleanorjane says:

    Sad for us, but obviously the right move for you all. Thanks so much for the inspiration and enjoyment you’ve given us all. It has been so nice to see smart, thoughtful, beautiful woman sharing their ideas.

  88. Stephanie says:

    I have been a follower for a couple years and your blog was one of my favorite fashion blogs. I always knew that the outfits would translate appropriately to my closet and whatever academic endeavor was on my plate for the day (i.e., teaching, class, clients, conference, meetings). Thanks for letting us into your lives and your closets, I will miss reading and will miss feeling vicariously connected to you all as graduate students.

    Best of luck and thank you :)

  89. Cyn says:

    I’ll miss you all dearly. I was so pleased to find a group of women who showed that intelligent ladies can be fashionable and be taken seriously. That you can be pregnant, have a kid, and still work and learn. And A., the way you gradually tipped people off that you were a lesbian was just as it should be. I also felt honored when you shared your wedding with all of us.

    It’s been fun, educational, and inspiring. You are lovely ladies and I thank you all for sharing your thoughts and lives with us.

    Oh yeah- and your clothes are pretty fab too.

  90. Kelly says:

    Awww. I will miss this blog! There is not many academically focused blogs out there (fashionable academics closed shop earlier this year) & it was nice to have ‘some partners in crime’, so to speak. I look forward to seeing your recap though …

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  91. Jannell says:

    I’ve commented rarely, but please know that I’ve followed you all every day and that you’ve always brought a smile to my face. You’ve been an inspiration to me as I began my first year of grad school in a new state on my own. My teaching wardrobe (and, heck, my “fun” wardrobe too!) has been largely inspired by you ladies. You amaze me with your abilities to run, teach, mother, etc. etc. etc., and always make me feel like I can handle everything on my plate, because dear lord I’m pretty sure you each have twice as much on yours! ;) Thanks for the journey. Au revoir.

  92. Sarah says:

    I will miss you, your savvy fashion, and your thought-provoking perspectives dearly, Chics. Thank you and best of luck in your future endeavors!

  93. Amanda says:

    I am incredibly sad about this, I have to say. I am an non-traditionally aged undergraduate, so while I’m not having to deal with your specific issues when it comes to appropriate attire for academia, I’ve used you guys for inspiration for how I dress for school. I’m in my early 30s and went back to school in my late 20s after a career/lifestyle change. I had such trouble trying to find a good balance of cute, yet appropriate things to wear for school. That sounds absurdly easy, but I was in the work force for nearly a decade when I went back to school and I didn’t know what to wear. My old life wardrobe consisted of a bit more formal stuff that business casual (slacks, heels, button ups, the occasional jacket) and my causal life was full of jeans, t-shirts (I’m fond of shirts with wacky sayings), or “going out” shirts that aren’t really appropriate for school. Due to my age, I didn’t want to show up in classes in my business attire, in case my peers decided to avoid me (it’s happened), but donning my t-shirts/jeans combo every day made me feel like I was trying too hard to be younger (not the case, but perceptions are important). It didn’t help that I look much younger than I am, so I wanted to look cute and trendy, but still age appropriate and your blog helped me so much to accomplish that!

    All that said, I respect the decision to move on and I appreciate the heads up that you’re giving your readers. Not many blogs do that, so props to you. I’ve loved reading your blog over the past couple of years and will continue to reference it for inspiration. However, I do have a request, if you don’t mind. Are there any blogs you would recommend that have the same ‘feel’ as yours, as far as fashion goes? I read quite a few that are on your blog list, but none that quite have the same mix of styles that yours does.

    In any case, I want you wish each of you the best of luck in your new lives! I hope you are all incredibly successful with your future accomplishments! Although, I do have one more request, if you don’t mind. I’d adore seeing baby pics from E and S! It would kind of complete the journey, I think! Lots of love!

  94. Leah says:

    I just want to leave a note to say thanks for all that you’ve done. I am glad you’re going to leave the site up! I am a teacher, and I am working hard at developing some sense of style. While I’m not to your level yet, I definitely have gleaned insight and inspiration from your site. I am sure I will visit the archives frequently :-)

  95. I’m really going to miss checking in on your outfits every day, and hearing updates about your work and your families. But, once again, you are writing about the reality of life in academia, and sometimes that means shifting your priorities around so you can get everything done. Congratulations on all the big changes and exciting opportunities on your horizon!

    I know I have said this before, but you have all been such an inspiration to me in my own academic fashion journey. When I found your blog in 2008 (and was briefly living in the same town as you all), I was just a recent college grad with dreams of a serious adult wardrobe. You all helped me try new things so I could have a fun, stylish closet on a budget. You also showed me that there are happy, well-rounded, family-oriented, smart, stylish women in academia, giving me hope that one day I can be one too. Thank you such for sharing your lives and style with us over the past few years. Blessings and best of luck in the future.

    PS As for burning questions, this came up around S’s wedding, but I would love to see what E’s wedding dress looked like back in the day. Baby pictures would be great too!

  96. elsie says:

    for color charts and packing tips
    thoughts on belts, hats and hips,
    for shoe musings and shiny pics…
    a simple and heartfelt thanks.

    all the best with all that lies ahead!!

  97. admin says:

    You all are making me get teary-eyed and blushy and I don’t think it’s just because of the pregnancy hormones! I will definitely post an update once baby 2.0 arrives; it means a lot to me that so many of you want to share that joyful moment with me. And I will think about posting a picture of my wedding dress from oh so many years ago…

    Really, you all are too kind, and we are so grateful for you.

    - E

  98. Dannie says:

    Wow! I’m a long-time reader of this blog and this makes me so darned sad! This blog is responsible for getting me out of trousers and button-downs and into a whole new ‘me’. I wish you ALL the absolute best in your adventures to come though!

    -Dannie

  99. Laura says:

    I’m sad to see you all go, but totally understand–I’ve often thought, “How do they have time to do all this?!’ especially for the complicated color-theory posts. I’ve been a reader almost from the beginning, and I’ve loved this blog. I’ve enjoyed the “how to pack for a…” posts best and will definitely refer to them in the future.

    I’ve also loved the maternity style posts! While I’m not expecting yet, I’m hoping to be within a few months. I had always just kind of assumed that “maternity” and “style” were just not meant to go together and I’d have to give up my love of stylish clothes while pregnant, but E and S showed me that is NOT the case at all! So thanks for that inspiration too!

    Best of luck with your new endeavors!

  100. Caroline says:

    This makes me extremely sad! I am still an undergrad, and will be for the next year and a half, but all of you are my role models for dressing after graduation. You have all managed to dress stylishly, intelligently, and cheaply, and I thank you for sharing your style with the whole world. I wish you would stay, but your lives are far more important. I echo others in saying please update periodically so we know how you’re doing!

    I, too, would love a big reveal. However, I was thinking that it would be really awesome if all of you did some sort of style transformation post, chronicling your style changes over your lives. Of course, if it is too time-consuming don’t do it (especially for S. if she has a newborn) but it would still be great to see all of you in your teens or early 20s! Also, E., how did you end up moving to the mainland?

    Best of luck!!!

  101. Anie says:

    Ah, this is sad! Your blog is the first fashion blog I ever read, and I was so happy to find it. It’s unique to me in a number of ways—the beautiful photography, the fact that you all have your own styles (instead of looking like fashion plates), the steady awareness of the deeper implications of how we dress ourselves, and the wonderful little bits of your lives that we’ve been given the privilege to peek into. I’m sorry to see it go.

    (I have to forty-second many of the above posters: Do keep us updated occasionally on your lives!)

  102. Jen says:

    I’ve been mostly a lurker from the beginning, but I love all of your styles. You will be greatly missed. I think I googled you when looking for grad student style, although my style was much more casual than most of yours because I worked at a preschool and got an M.A. in early childhood education. As a plus-size woman, yours is one of the few straight-sized style blogs I read. Things I would love to know: your real first names, what you’ve been studying (I assume some sort of art history for S., A., and E., and English for L. from hints you’ve dropped), baby pictures of the new little ones, and occasional updates, pretty please! Also, I think you’ve mentioned shopping habits but I’d love to know more about your process. When do you decide to buy? What are your favorite silohouttes or colors? Also, I thrift a lot because my “work clothes” are liable to get paint, playdoh, or bodily fluids on them (sad but true). I’d love a post or two on your thrifting tips.

  103. SH says:

    Even though you didn’t know it, you were my dissertation writing support group! I will miss you all, your posts and your growing families! Good luck everyone.

  104. Alice says:

    I’m sad to hear you’ve decided to end the blog, but I definitely support your decision as what’s best for all of you. In fact, I consistently marveled at how you were all able to find the time to put together such thoughtful, interesting post while raising families and enduring the gauntlet of grad school. How *did* you do it??

    In the meantime, this is less of a question and more of a request, but perhaps you can spotlight a few of your peers in the blogging world so as to point us to other academic/fashion blogs that might fill the void you leave a bit. And yes, I see the “colleagues” link, but I’m a short-on-time grad student too looking for the equivalent of “got the powerpoint slides from someone” as opposed to “I sat in class and took the notes myself.” ;)

    I’ve really enjoyed following you over the year(s?) and wish you continued happiness and success in all you do.

  105. Allison says:

    This news basically ruined my morning! I love your posts and seeing how all of you style things, plus the information you provided about color combos, etc was excellent.
    I wish you would reconsider :(

  106. ajr says:

    Another very sad follower here! You are one of my favorite blogs, and you will be truly missed! Of course, we all understand that life must take priority over the internets, but clearly, I am not the only one who is sad to hear this news!

    E., you in particular are so similar to my own style, and I really have been inspired by the way you use color, and, oh, your fabulous shoes! Not to play favorites, you are just the closest to my own style, so thank you for sharing your style with us!

    All of you, I’ve really enjoyed the stimulating topics along with the fluffy fashion. You are really unique as a style blog. Thanks for your contribution, and best of luck with all your life changes!

  107. MeganS says:

    I’ll miss this blog, but I completely understand the decision and remain so pleased to have learned so much from (and alongside) you all–this was the first style blog I ever found, and it’s been my favorite since! You ladies are so thoughtful, and the Internet’s all the better for you sharing your style and your journeys. Thank you, and the best of luck to all of you!!

  108. Jess says:

    I am quite sad to hear Academichic is shutting its doors, but it is definitely wise for you all–you have a lot going on, every one of you! Academichic was the first style blog I came across; a friend recommended it after I moved into a more responsible position at work (not in academia, but a related field). E. especially has been an incredible inspiration & some of my personal greatest hits have been thanks to her suggestions on surrendering the waist and embracing height. If she’s 5’10 and can wear those wild platform wedges, so can I! Thank you all for being such a supportive, wise and stylish group of women. You all should be very proud of the site you have created, the community you have nurtured and the many people–academics or not–you have inspired. You rock.

    Ps. Totally jumping on E.’s wedding dress bandwagon. DO IT, E.!

  109. Amy B says:

    I want to thank you for putting yourselves and your wardrobes out there for us to learn from. As a lonely girl in a male-dominated graduate department, I didn’t really have any examples around me of appropriate academic-wear until a friend pointed me to this blog. Your tutorials and posts have been inspirational. You’ve all helped me learn to work with my limited wardrobe and look polished without sacrificing my femininity or professional appearance. It may seem silly to some, but what one wears can be an important message of who you are and who you want to be. My teaching actually improved after I started taking some of what I learned here from you and applied it to my own closet – put-together outfits made me feel mature and confident in the classroom. I can’t thank you enough for all that I’ve learned.

  110. Melissa says:

    Another occasional commenter who will be sad to see the end of this blog. Only two days ago I was packing for a three day research trip followed by a two day train ride and almost four weeks at home. The first place I came was here to look at your wardrobe basics and packing posts. You’ve inspired me to do a capsule wardrobe — far less than a 30 for 30, but based on the concept and thought through with your wardrobe basics in mind.

    Two months ago, you helped me pack for my first major conference. While the invitation to contribute a book chapter that resulted was no doubt the result of the research I presented, having your advice behind me about what to expect and how to dress confidently helped a very nervous me get that information across.

    I’ve been following this blog since starting the graduate school path, which is shortly after this blog began, and for the longest time, this is the only blog that I followed. Best of luck to the four of you for everything that is to come in your lives. Thank you for sharing your thoughtful and well-thought posts. This is a blog about more than just how to dress. It’s about growing into yourself during gras school, an academic apprenticeship where guidance is needed for more than just how to research! You’ve helped fill a part of that gap.

    Thank you.

  111. Jessie says:

    I can’t imagine the fashion blogging world without you ladies! I’m not a blogger myself but you guys have had a huge impact on my style. I found your blog in the midst of a huge style transition for me and your tips and looks have helped me find my taste. I remember going through all of your posts tagged as “skirting the issue” because that was the inspiration I needed. Ya’ll delivered! I hope you guys will pop in occasionally for random updates, personal or fashion related. I’m very happy for you all, that’s for sure. But you’ll be missed!

  112. Kim says:

    Another sad reader over here… as a senior grad student working on my dissertation I totally understand where you are coming from!! I can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said quite eloquently but I want you to know I’m another reader who has really enjoyed and been inspired by your blog, both the fashions and the interesting discussion. Best wishes to all of you.

  113. Rachel says:

    Oh no! I will miss this site very, very much, though I can definitely understand that it takes up a lot of time in very busy lives! I loved seeing a great range of different styles which are so different from mine (I’m basically colour phobic, hate belting and rarely accessorize) and I loved the thought that went into each most. A friend recommended me this site and I found it really useful when I was trying to figure out to wear for my first academic conference (OK, I was really over-dressed, but that’s besides the point) and I’ve been following it ever since. I love how thoughtful, practical and thrifty your posts and outfits were while not sacrificing any fun with fashion. It’s thanks to you ladies that I bought 3 cropped short-sleeved cardigans to wear buttoned-up with a camisole underneath and pencil skirts in colours like bright red! I would never have thought to put together an outfit like that without your inspiration. Even if you can’t continue style posts, I’d love to hear updates on E. and S.’s little ones and on your degrees. Thank you for sharing your lives with us for all this time. I’m likely to be going to grad school in the next year or two and am sure I will be coming back to re-read old posts again.

  114. Carrie says:

    Thank you. For showing me how to belt, mix patterns, and incorporate fun pumps into daily life. For helping me remember that smart and attractive need not be dichotomies. For encouraging me to find my own style mojo in the early years as an assistant professor in the humanities.

    I’d love to see you address a sensitive, volatile topic but one that has caused me much angst in my 2 years as a professor: I love to dress in figure-flattering ways, and I am happy with the way my body looks in clothes, but about 18 months ago I taught a class in which two male undergrads ogled my body consistently. Since I am a non-confrontational person, and since I was so uncomfortable with the visual scrutiny, my less-than-satisfactory solution was to start wearing baggier, less-fitted clothing. As a result I feel wayyyy frumpier than I used to on teaching days. Have you dealt with unwanted visual attention in the classroom, from either gender, that made you reconsider how to dress?

    I know this is a tough one and is highly personal. You also may have already touched on it elsewhere–if so, my apologies!

    Thank you for everything. I am truly bummed out to hear that the ride is coming to an end. It’s going to be an emotional moment when I take your URL off of my Delicious “fashion blog” list–because clicking on it every day (as I do now) will only make me sad that you’re not posting anymore!

  115. Caroline says:

    This is my favorite blog! I learned so much from each of you, and I really enjoyed reading your posts each day. I’m so sorry that this will be the end of the blog, however, I do understand that it must be a lot of work for you. Best wishes in your dissertations, careers, and families. You’ll be missed!

  116. Jayashree Jayaraman says:

    Undoubtedly i would miss all of you guys..But i do understand that you guys need to priortise and honestly i think it is the right thing for all you guys..All the best CHICS with whatever you guys end up doing..Hope someday we all again meet up in this huge world called internet

  117. Zenacleo says:

    I’m broken-hearted to hear this news, but like the rest of your devoted fans, totally understand. As a middle-aged mom of 4, full-time employee and full-time philosophy grad student, I empathize with the changes you all are going through and the excitement it will bring to your lives. You’ve been a great resource, an inspiration, and just plain fun to read. All the best to each of you!

  118. Demelza says:

    Sad to hear this as love the blog, but completely understand where you’re coming from – I’ve just had to ‘prune’ several things from my life that I was once passionate about in order to get my dissertation done, and that’s even without babies, house moves added to the mix as well! Really glad to hear you’ll be keeping the site up for archive trawling inspiration! Thanks to all of you for the time and heart you’ve put into this.

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  120. Oh! I will be very sad to see you ladies leave the blogosphere – when I talk about the things that drew me to blogging, the thing I come back to again and again is this strange and wonderful community of smart, funny, stylish and deeply feminist women, and reading Academichic has been a big part of creating that intellectual space for me. I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming ventures, both academic and personal (‘though I know ‘luck’ won’t really be needed) – you will be most missed!

  121. Nicola says:

    I will miss you all – I’ve loved all the posts you’ve published and garnered plenty of inspiration and pause for thought from them. Well done and thank you for having produced such a wonderful blog! Good luck for all your future endeavours.

  122. Barbara says:

    I am devastated! Yours is my favorite style blog – it’s led me to many others, but in my opinion, none can hold a candle to the Chics! However, I do understand the tremendous time commitment it has taken and that you all do have separate lives besides showing us the many great ways to wear a scarf! :) Best of luck to everyone and know that I’ll be trolling around the archives when I need my Academichic “fix”!!

  123. Barbara says:

    Just thought of a question – do you know of any fashion blog which is similar to yours? That way we’d at least have a small consolation prize!

  124. sg says:

    Thank you so much for all the time and effort you all put in to this beautiful, helpful blog. And thank you for introducing color – COLOR! – into my academic wardrobe. Once a dedicated wearer of black-grey-brown, I now rock the rainbow daily because of you. We’ll miss you, but best of luck! Cheers!

  125. sa says:

    Thank you all so much for the wonderful posts over the last few years. Y’all rock, and I’ll miss reading academichic!

  126. Jenny says:

    You ladies will all be greatly missed, there are so many blogs out there but it’s hard to find ones that strike the right tone of educated, interesting, humorous, and helpful. Yours did it all, so thank you and best of luck as you take the next steps in your lives!

  127. Rebecca says:

    This makes me sad in a purely selfish way. I can definitely see why you can’t all keep on making these daily posts indefinitely, especially as you move into new and different phases of your lives. This blog has been more aspirational for me than anything else related to fashion that I’ve ever come across, and not because of clothing or lifestyle, but because of the insight, courage, and sense of self that you bring to every post. In particular, I loved reading about A’s mentoring of LGBT youth, E’s acceptance of her asymmetrical face, and S’s comment that she would not remove her wedding ring for a job interview or in any other way conceal her commitment to family from an employer. I started reading because of the colour wheel challengse, and kept reading because of the writing.

  128. Ruth says:

    Very sad this blog is ending – it’s taken me through the first two years of my Ph.D, and it was always a delight to check in daily. I feel like I’ve gotten to know you a little bit and will definitely miss your thought-provoking posts. All the best in finishing up your degrees and embarking on new adventures in parenting and teaching and everything else – and of course, in exploring new style horizons!

  129. maryeb says:

    I want to add my thanks to this long list of comments. I’ve enjoyed your blog immensely and have learned so much from you on how to fearlessly express my style. I’ve admired your courage in sharing so much of yourselves with us, and really appreciate the amount of time and energy you’ve put into this blog.

    I’m so glad you will keep it active. Your blog offers a wealth of information and encouragement. I often go back to read old posts and love that you are allowing me to continue to do so.

    I don’t really know any of you, but still feel like I’m losing some old friends. I wish the very best for every one of you.

  130. Mia says:

    I’m only a new reader, so I haven’t been along for the full ride like so many of the other commenters here, but I will miss this blog as well. I’m glad I’ll have the archives to go through, though! I’m so glad that I was lucky enough to become aware of and participate in Dress Your Best this year. That experience will really stand out for me as special. If I make the decision to go to grad school for Lit–something I’ve been will-I-won’t-I about recently–I’ll happily think of you four and be grateful to have the resources you’ve provided! Best of luck in all your endeavors, A., E., S., and L.!

  131. Jennifer says:

    I just want to say congratulations on the big things that are coming up for you all! As someone who finished her PhD 5 years ago, it is a big accomplishment, and it’s super exciting that several of you are close to that! Best of luck with the home stretch!

    I’m also a fairly new reader of this blog, and will continue to enjoy going back through the archive. Will it stay up for a while? I hope so!

    I’m also at week 15 in my first pregnancy, and must say that I’ve really enjoyed the posts on pregnant bodies in these most recent months.

    All the best wishes to you all.

  132. Grace says:

    Aww…sad to hear it is coming to an end, but to echo the sentiments of so many others, thanks so much for the time and personality all of you have put into the blog. Even though I am an undergrad and not at the same place as many of you are academically or professionally I have found this blog to be hugely inspiring and informative. I don’t think there is another blog quite like this one…I love the way you managed to take getting dressed and turn it into almost a science of sorts by giving explanations on how and why things look good when paired together or worn a certain way. It’s almost like a self-help style book (which the four of you could totally write if you wanted to) that has helped me truly enjoy playing with clothing without taking fashion too seriously and without the pressure that the media and fashion industry impose with their body ideals, etc. I don’t think there is really any style situation you guys haven’t covered…traveling, weddings, cycle chic, date outfits, classroom/professional/teaching/interview attire as well as casual dress and forays into trends (like S’s fabulous tweed shorts she wore while studying abroad!) which sets you apart from any other blog I’ve read. I will miss the posts but will certainly continue to visit for refresher courses and style tips. Best of luck with everything! I am looking forward to seeing baby pictures and final tips from everyone. Thanks again!

    I agree with others too that if you all occasionally popped in to say hello that would be great too!

    PS: you guys could go the Beatles route and all have solo blogs…S has already started. ;)

  133. Sharon says:

    Thanks so much for all the time you put into this blog! I really enjoyed reading about how to make an outfit “your own” and you’ve helped change how I view my body, as not just as a hanger for clothes but as a functioning tool that I put through its paces every day. Thanks also for introducing me to Tom Bihn products! Best of luck with all you do, especially to E. and S. this year with their babies!

  134. Ellen says:

    Thanks for all the effort you have put into this project! I understand and respect your decision. I’ve been inspired by your style and unique voices. One of the concerns that has kept me on the sidelines of the blogging community is how to blog authentically, yet not disrupt my professional life. So I would enjoy hearing more about how you have addressed (or avoided) these concerns in your careers. Some “lessons learned” would also be appreciated! All the best!

  135. Alexandra says:

    I’ve been reading Academichic for about two years now, with enormous enjoyment. Your excellent style advice saw me through graduate school and through work as a course instructor–while hugely pregnant. Thanks to your blog, your colour modules (THANK YOU for introducing these concepts so accessibly to someone who could only pair solid colours with black before!), and your splendid outfit examples, I have done my work in style and with confidence in my own appearance. Thank you so much. I really, really enjoyed reading your blog, and I will peruse the archives happily for more inspiration.

  136. Joanna says:

    I’m an elementary school teacher and I have been following your blog for a little while now. I have also spent time reading through the archives. Your posts have given me a new way to think about clothing. I have always had certain pieces that “went together”, but now I am constantly looking for ways to remix my clothing. Because of your blog, I now see many more outfit possibilities in my closet without having bought anything! I see colour combinations differently too. I love your weekend workshops, and I’ve found that packing for trips has become much easier! Thank you for all your time and advice. I will miss you and will surely be checking the archives regularly.

  137. Rosalía says:

    I just want to say thank you.

    You have meant a lot for me in my first year of teaching, this blog has been an open window to topics that (quite in a stupid way) you are not supposed to discuss in the academic world.

    You helped me a lot when I was lost and had nobody to ask how to dress for a conference or a class.

    GRACIAS DE CORAZÓN

  138. grace says:

    I am extremely sad to hear this news. I love this blog and will miss you all terribly.

  139. Allison says:

    I know I already commented thanking you guys, but I realized that I do have a question: How do you layer shirts over dresses and make it look so good? In particular I’m thinking of the outfit A. wore during J.’s graduation. My shirts always seem to be too long to have this technique actually work. So how do you manage it?

  140. Secret Squirrel says:

    Oh wow, I don’t check my blogs for one day… And then this happens?!!

    Thank you so much to all the Chics, I’m very sorry to see you go, but you are all definitely occupied with other things. I’ve been reading along, and commenting a bit, for just over 1.5 years. Thank you for inspiring me with new outfits, giving me the courage to try new things out and for being such excellent role models.

    I’ll miss you x

  141. Amy says:

    You will all be missed but your archives will be a great resource when I enter grad school next moth with a suitcase and a cat. I’d like to add my voice to those who would like to see you again in guest post form on S.’s blog. Wishing you all the best.

  142. m says:

    You all have exciting things ahead of you, so your moving on makes perfect sense. Still, I am a little sad. This blog has certainly inspired me, and I am grateful for you putting yourselves out on the web. You have all challenged my thinking and sartorial choices more than I imagined. Thanks for helping me raise my standards!

  143. Daria says:

    I am very sad to see this beautiful journey ending. I have been a faithful reader from almost the beginning. I want to thank all of you not only for teaching me how to dress, but also for sharing your thoughts and allowing a glimpse into your life. Like many others, I feel like I am parting ways with some very dear friends.

    It’s funny how each of your distinct styles has been, at times, my favourite. I have learnt something from all of you, and not only sartorially, but in terms of trying to achieve a balance between work, life, academic career and simple pleasures.

    I wish you all the best, and I would love to hear back from you in the future (of course, I would love to see photos of the babies)! I suggest that you write a book together (after you are done with your dissertations) and summarize the thoughts you have expressed on this site.

  144. MelanieS says:

    Upon arriving home last night, I said to my husband, I feel like I’m losing friends (albeit friends with whom I never uttered a word in person!). Thank you for your thoughtful writing, for sharing yourselves with us, and for your presence in my life. I wish you all the best of luck and much happiness.

  145. Cat says:

    I’m so sad to see you go but wish you the best of luck in the future!

    One of my favorite things about this site is inspiration on how to re-purpose or alter items that you didn’t wear often. Changing a dress into a skirt, adding shape to a dress by adding a belt, making a top more fun by adding some decorative trim — I’d love a round up of these and also any other last minute ideas and suggestions!!

  146. Allie says:

    I too am sad to see you go, I have been a reader for years. I do understand, for life takes precedence. I wish you all much success and happiness in your future endeavors and will be referencing the archives quite often!

  147. tasty moog says:

    as a former liberal arts academic (and always a feminist) who now works in the design field (which is still dominated by men despite women comprising the majority of professional architecture students), i will miss this space of like-minded individuals. this blog did not exist when i was in grad school, but it was still a great community for me over the past few years, post-academia.

  148. Kitty says:

    Oh, wow! I will miss this blog greatly – it has greatly helped me prepare for dressing for my academic workplace. Perhaps instead of leaving the blog-world entirely, there are some fellow chics to whom you could pass the academichic mantle?

    I do hope that you continue to post (if irregularly) and keep all of us up-to-date on your lives! Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another!

  149. m. says:

    thanks so much for your inspiring posts– i found you when googling what to wear for an academic conference, so, it seems things came full circle. you all balanced thought and joy on this site so well, have made me much braver in my own style choices in academia– thanks for empowering.

    all the best for your next steps!

  150. Terri says:

    Oh, I’ll be sorry to see you go. AcademicChic was one of my early favorites and inspiration. Best wishes to you all.

  151. Kate K says:

    While I understand completely and know there’s always a time to say goodbye, I still feel so sad that I won’t get to see your beautiful faces and your beautifully chosen outfits and read your wise words every week! I can’t remember how I found this site but it’s absolutely changed my life. Sure, many of those changes were superficial–embracing belts and dresses and boots and skinny jeans–but those surface changes lead to a better understanding of my body and your “Dress Your Best” helped me look at myself in a different and better way.

    Good luck to you wonderful women! We will miss you!

  152. Jules says:

    Thank you! For so much, including introducing me to belts, re-igniting my love of dresses, and giving me an insight into upcoming trends (I’m in the southern hemisphere so a season behind).

    But most of all, thank you for your positivity. As a PhD student, it can be very easy to become bogged down in the day to day drudgery of getting through everything, and until I started reading your blog, clothing and presenting myself in a positive way were the last things on my mind. Through your blog I’ve come to appreciate that clothing can influence mood, and vice versa, and actively dress in a mood-elevating way :) I’m definitely looking forward to wearing some yellow next summer!

    I have a question and a request: how far in advance do you plan your outfits? Days in advance? The night before? Or each morning? And I would love to see what you all wear to your PhD graduation ceremonies. I think there’s a fine line between dressing appropriately for those voluminous gowns, and letting your personality shine (through clothing) on a joyous day.

    Thanks again, and best wishes to you all.

  153. Rita says:

    This news is a bit of a shock really. I was travelling back home today and with all the preparations yesterday and so much work I didn’t do my usual checks so just got to read this now. Together with EuroNews, New Zealand Herald, my gmail account and uni account, this is the site I open first thing in the morning. It’s always such a good motivator! I don’t need to leave the house that often these days (my funding doesn’t require me to teach, and I meet my supervisor once a week on busy times, less often during slower times) but I really have learnt quite a bit with you girls! So thank you very much for sharing your experiences!! I was happy to find other PhD students who did not think that an university hoody, chucks and a backpack was what any PhD student should wear! I am glad you intend to keep the site online. It would be a shame to loose such a good source! On the other hand, you are my main source of procrastination so maybe it’s not such a bad thing! Just trying to see the bright side here… Goodbye! Take care and all the best for the four of you!! :)

  154. for some reason in my move craze, i missed this post. i am so sad to hear that you all are leaving, though i understand the sentiment (and one day, the closing-up-shop will probably come for WWANW, too) and the need to focus on other important things, like family and dissertations.
    i want to echo what so many people have already said–you are inspirations in a range of ways, sartorially, academically, in your blog format and the consistent thoughtfulness of your posts, and personally. you all were the first blog i started following and the biggest inspiration for me to start one of my own.
    and you will be hugely missed in my google reader. i hope you all know that if you’re ever in DC (or wherever the world takes me and christopher) you always have a place to stay and a friend!

  155. Pia says:

    gosh i am so gonna miss this blog with all your informative posts and you ladies too. was actually looking forward to share the new phases in your lives but i guess all good things must come to an end :((
    but having said here’s to wishing the very best to all of you. you ladies have been inspiring and i’m sure will continue to do so :) Farewell from Singapore..

  156. Diana says:

    I’m sorry to see you guys go. This was one of the first style blogs I read when I was starting out with my blog. Still, I understand that life happens and things change. Good luck with all your endeavors!

  157. Liz says:

    As a young woman about to start graduate school, I cannot tell you what a boon your site has been over the past year as I struggled with issues of feminism and self-presentation in the classroom, at interviews, and in considering my life path. I have had no peers going through the same experience, and no female mentors close in age (all of the 1st year grad students in my field at my undergrad university were male, and it’s a field that tends to skew male). It was so, so helpful to have a source of reading material that not only helped me figure out how to dress and present myself as I applied to grad school and planned for attending this upcoming year, but also engaged with a number of the questions I had been considering about feminism in academia, being female in academia, and balancing life as a woman and as an academic. Your thoughtful writing will be very much missed, and I wish all of you the best!

  158. Kara says:

    Thank you all so much for your courage, candor, and amazing consistency! The devotion that you have had to this blog is awesome in the most core meaning of that word. You opened my eyes to whole new perspectives, both your individual takes and as a collective, and inspired me to explore what has turned out to be very deep and important aspects of myself.

    What a gift you have freely offered. I am deeply grateful. It was an honor to watch your processes both in fashion and in life. Sending you off with best wish and the hope that each of you finds richness and joy in your next chapters. XO

  159. Amy says:

    I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of those who will miss reading your posts on a daily basis. I completely understand your decision, with so many busy life changes, but am sad to see one of my very favorite blogs go. I’m finishing up my master’s thesis and I know how busy it’s made me! I’ll miss seeing your fun and inspiring outfits (you’ve definitely challenged me to dress my best, especially in color mixing!), your thoughtful approach to feminism and academia, and reading about your lives. Hopefully we’ll get to see baby S and little E2 make a guest appearance. And I agree with one comment above about your names, I’m sure we are all curious!

    Congrats on all your next steps, and thanks so much for all your work and dedication to the site. Good luck with everything and take care!

  160. Amy says:

    I’ve lurked for a while and never commented but I want to now! I found your site about 5 months ago and was instantly hooked. As a gal with brains and an advanced education your blog is exactly what I was looking for. It inspired me to take a closer look at my own wardrobe and style and to dress my best! Thanks so much, good luck, and best wishes for the future!

    <3 Amy

  161. calgirl says:

    O no! Just delurking to say that you ladies are awesome. I actually came to this blog (reference from a friend) prepared to truly hate it – women i say, should have better things to do and blog about than fashion. But you have made me a convert. I will miss your witty and surprisingly feminist posts.

  162. Kat says:

    Let me echo and add to the above comments to express my thanks to each of you for creative styling, inspiring fashion, and thoughtful and compelling discussions. A friend sent me the link to your site, because I’m a graduate student (finally dissertating!), a feminist, always up for a good style blog–and Academichic quickly became a daily read in my blogroll. I realize it’s odd to thank you all for virtual “friendship,” as I have mostly lurked rather than commenting regularly, but I have appreciated the work each of you has put into making this small corner of the interwebs a beautiful, conscious, friendly, and thought-provoking community. Looking forward to your final posts…and I’ll join the other commenters in saying that I hope we get updates at some point. ;-) Best wishes for finishing the dissertations, teaching next year, enjoying mothering and babysitting, terrific fall style finds, and all of the wonderful things ahead for each of you!

  163. Petra says:

    Thank you so much for all the time and effort that has been put in this project.

    As a mother-to-be who’s working as a post-doc I would like to ask you for some more tips about how to convert non-maternity items into maternity-items, about how to keep some style whyle beeing a mother (and not becoming all lazy and living in jeans and a T) and most of all: how do you manage it all?

  164. Lorrie says:

    I am so sorry to read that you are clsoing up shop as I have only just discovered you. At least the site will remain up so I’ll go through your tutorials and backposts as I was wanting. Best wishes to you ALL for your upcoming seasonal changes. If we were wanting to follow y’all and give you the freedom to post without the pressure of maintaining a blog …Do any of you participate on other fashion forums?

  165. Georgina says:

    Thank you all for all the style inspiration you have brought me in the year that I’ve been following your blog. Your thoughtful and well-written posts have been a joy to read and stand out amongst the many style blogs out there.
    E. – I would like to thank you in particular for inspiring me to try some new and daring combinations, particularly lacy tights layered with bright pink ones, paired with a striped t-shirt! I think we must share a similar taste as I’ve loved so many of your outfits and taken much inspiration from your posts.
    It’s been a pleasure and an honour to have such an insight into all of your lives, as well as your style choices, and I will miss my daily dose of Academichic very much. I wish you all the best of luck for your futures and thank you for sharing so much with your readers.
    Georgina

  166. Stefka says:

    Just chiming in to say that each of you has been inspiring in your own way, and your advice and discussion topics have been thoughtful and practical! Thanks for sharing, and best wishes for your future endeavors!

  167. I know that I’m sort of late to post up here, but I wanted to add my voice to this chorus of appreciation and love being sent your way. I found your site by searching “what do I wear as a graduate student teaching English?” and have been so glad ever since that I did. I know I’m not alone in saying that I will miss your presence in my life.

    But I also want to keep alive some of the amazing community that has taken root here and so, to that end, I would like to propose a resource for all the other academic blogs out there so that we could be linked together and easy to find for interested readers. I’ve put up a page on my blog (http://thelifeacademic.wordpress.com/blogging-academia/) dedicated to just this idea. My plan is to set up a blogroll on that page for anyone who writes an academically themed blog and wants to link up. I made a button, too, so that bloggers who link up can be connected and we can create some kind of community here.

    If anyone is interested in being a part of this little adventure, let me know, either by commenting on this new page or, if you’d like, emailing me at martinalynneslifeacademic@gmail.com. And if you have any thoughts, edits, pointers, etc., I’m all ears; I really mean what I say about this being a community!

  168. kenny says:

    Aww thats a bit sad. We’ll miss you all. I loved the scientific way you talked about clothes & fashion – as a dowdy academic intimidated by fashion talk, it was refreshing to read all of you. love and hugs from India.

  169. Monica says:

    Thanks & good luck!

  170. Tamara says:

    It seems I just found your site a few months ago and now you are all heading off to new and wonderful adventures. I have been recommending your blog to all my female academic friends. Congratulations to each of you and my sincerest thanks for all you have done. The field of academia is challenging but immensely rewarding and it has always made me feel more at ease and confident when I know I look good while I’m at it. Your posts have given me so much inspiration and a feeling of comradery. Thank you again and best wishes for your future endeavors.

  171. Desiree says:

    I must say that, while I am so excited for you all and your next stages in life, I am so sad to see you leave. I just finished my PhD and was logging on for some tips when I saw that you are closing shop–I have been a reader for at least 2 years, and will miss waking up to the site with my morning coffee. Best wishes and thanks for all you’ve done!

  172. Anjali says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog these many months! You all will be missed, and I wish you best of luck in all your future endeavors! Like everyone else here, I’d love an update every now and then! :)

    Do you have any parting advice on your thrifting strategies? And also if you don’t mind, I’d love to know which thrift stores you visit in this city where you all went to graduate school and where I still live! Thanks!

  173. talley says:

    Being a first-year grad student who was just partially shoved out into the real world (ish), this is by far my favorite blog. You’ve definitely taught me how to dress like a “big girl.” I’m going to miss you, Chics.

  174. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for your inspiring blog. I have enjoyed it immensely.

    I am curious to know what your closets look like, as I try to find more efficient ways of storing my collection of scarves, shoes, belts, jewelry, camis, sweaters, etc. that help me achieve the style I want. I am visual and need to have items available and in front of me to select them and to envision possible combinations. I wonder if anyone has suggestions on ways to keep closets organized.

    • s says:

      I second the comment above! Would love to see your closets!

      I also wanted to say thank you for having a fun blog to read. I don’t remember how I found you but it wasn’t too long after you started the blog, so it’s been a great 2+ years reading! Best of luck to you all!

  175. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for the time, energy, and thought you’ve each put into Academichic! I only recently discovered your blog (in May) and have been a regular visitor since. In that time, you’ve inspired me to be myself and express myself through my clothes. As silly as it sounds, it’s all too easy to become wrapped up in the societal norms and to feel like there’s something you’re “supposed” to wear.
    As I enter my second year at an independent high school, I am certain I will frequently come back to visit and look for inspiration. (I cannot thank you enough for your plans to retain your old posts!)
    As several other commenters have said, I hope you do pop back in now and again to update us! Wishing all the best for each of you!

  176. Maria says:

    I’m really sad you’re closing up shop. :( Would you please consider doing random posts? Maybe some of you at some point will have a random urge to post what you’re wearing on some days?

  177. Vix says:

    The polite part of me wishes you all well with your new endeavors, and thanks you so much for the emotional, intellectual, artistic, and physical energy you’ve invested in the blog over the last several years.

    The larger, selfish part will miss not only the style eye candy but your posts on color, style, fashion, feminism, friendship, gender, academia and so much more. [And the comments/discussion that your posts generated.]

    I do love me some analysis, and you all provided it (unapologetically!).

    Obviously I am not alone in having to absorb this news, but truly — best wishes for what lies ahead!

  178. Jessica says:

    Hi ladies! I truly wish all of you the best things life can bring you. I’m perhaps ridiculously sad that you four won’t be posting anymore. Academichic is my favorite style blog, and I’ve been reading for a couple years. Thank you for being so honest and open, and sharing all your tutorials and philosophical thoughts on fashion, style, and the many other questions the topics inspire. I’ve learned a lot from you. If it’s not too much, will you share pictures of the new babies? :)

    Love love,
    Jessica

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  180. Angeline says:

    Wow…a little late to the news, but congratulations and best of luck on the changes ahead! You will be dearly missed…academichic was one of the first fashion blogs I ever came across and I’ve enjoyed following along.

  181. Stacey says:

    This makes me incredibly sad. I did not realize the impact your blog had on me until I started reading this post. I really appreciate the connection of feminism and fashion. All of you have been great examples and inspire many of us. As a grad student and mother to a 1 year old I understand the changes and time commitments. Please know we appreciate all of your hard work. Thank you.

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