Weekend Workshop: A Maternity Style Bibliography

February 5th, 2011 § 16 comments §

The following bibliography should serve as a starting point to anyone interested in a compilation of maternity style resources. I’ve found images of stylish expectant moms to be extremely inspiring during my pregnancy and so I’m hoping that this collection of fashionable mamas below will serve you well – dear expectant readers – in your quest to stay stylish while pregnant. If you have sources of your own to add, please list them in the comments section of this post! (And, no, you don’t have to follow the Chicago Style citation manual in order to contribute ;)  -S.

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Adams, Indiana. Maternity. Austin: Adored Austin, 2010.

Anna. Bump. Sydney: Rummey Bears, 2010.

Claudia. Knocked Up. Montreal: Aux Petits Oiseaux, 2011.

Dusty. Maternity Fashion Overview. Midwest: All Things G&D, 2010.

Esplin, Melissa. I still love fashion. USA: I still love fashion, 2011.

Goddard, Joanna. Maternity Wear. New York: A Cup of Joe, 2010.

Hunt, Megan. Maternity Fashion: Dressing When Pregnant. Omaha: Princess Lasertron, 2010.

Jen. Pregnancy Style Files. USA: Jenloveskev, 2010.

Jenny. Expression. Dakar: Free Spirit Jenny, 2007.

Jess. Pregnancy. California: The Doe or the Deer, 2010.

Lidström, Clara. Clara’s Outfits. Sweden: Underbaraclara, 2011.

Megan. Pregnant and Fabulous. Florida: The Frugalista Diaries, 2011.

Miss James. Baby Bird. California: Bluebird Vintage, 2010.

Nic. Maternity. Ohio: Domestic Sophisticate, 2010.

Nielson, Megan. Maternity. USA: Megan Nielson Design Diary, 2011.

Pregnancy Style. USA: Chai Love You, 2011.

Sandra. Pregnancy Style. USA: Madam Owl, 2007.

Shana. Style for Pregnant Moms. USA: Ain’t No Mom Jeans, 2011.

Category: Maternity Style, Resources, Weekend Workshops

Reader to Reader: Thrift Stores in Pittsburgh?

February 1st, 2011 § 25 comments §

We recently received a reader comment asking for recommendations on great thrift stores in Pittsburgh. We all love a good thrift store but none of us is familiar with the Pittsburgh shopping scene. So we’re asking you, dear readers, if you have any recommendations? Thank you! ~ Chics

Category: Q&A, Resources

Weekend Workshop: Maternity Style Muses

January 29th, 2011 § 17 comments §

I don’t know about you (fellow pregnant readers), but I haven’t picked up a single pregnancy magazine since finding out I was pregnant. I’ve flipped through a couple in the waiting room of my doctor’s office but I haven’t found them very helpful in rethinking how to approach my wardrobe. Instead, my inspiration has come from other ‘real’ people documenting their maternity style on blogs or on Flickr.

In the spirit of sharing resources, here are some of the pregnancy muses I’ve come to love and admire… a group of stylish and fabulous ladies making maternity look incredible. While they all have unique and varied styles, the one common factor is obvious: they all make pregnancy look fun, creative, and beautiful. They’re not hiding their changing bodies but rather embracing them and showing them off. Take a look for yourself…

Obviously the first thing I did, once I knew I was expecting, was to go back and dig through our ‘Maternity Style‘ archives to revisit how E. managed her pregnancy. At the time, I was so in awe of her style and elegance as E. always managed to look so chic and put together. I love how E. used accessories to spruce up a lot of basics, how she creatively layered, and how she used belting – below and above the bump – to create new shapes and silhouettes.

Next up is the lovely blogger behind Chai Love You, who I discovered on Flickr. Already the proud momma of one, this sassy blogger is balancing motherhood, a bourgeoning career in hair design, and pregnancy. I love her use of bold colors and fun patterns and her outfits that are stylish and fun yet could easily transition to playtime with a toddler. You can find all of her maternity style posts here.

Megan Hunt is the voice and creator behind the Princess Lasertron blog and company. She makes beautiful felt and vintage button bridal bouquets and accessories and used that same creative energy when putting together colorful and whimsical outfits throughout her pregnancy. (And don’t you just love those heart embellished pumps?) You can dig through her “Outfit” archives to find her maternity style posts, which are definitely worth the search!

I found Jess, of The Doe or the Deer, in Flickr’s Pregnancy Style group and was instantly intrigued by her by her use of color and bold pattern with a dash of rough (leather jackets, cowboy boots) thrown in. And she expertly layered dresses over jeans or leggings, which is a great way to transition too-short dresses into maternity tunics in those last months.

The Swedish Clara is someone I’ve followed for a while now over on Underbaraclara, a swedish blog of which I don’t understand a word! But I keep returning for her beautiful photography and amazing home decor. (I’m also fascinated by her ever-changing hair style and color). Clara’s pregnancy look is characterized by that Swedish mix of minimalism yet high elegance. She’s now got me sold on the high-waisted black maternity mini!

And there’s the lovely Jen of Jenloveskev, who rocked some gorgeous outfits throughout her entire pregnancy. One of my favorites was the yellow floral Megan Nielson dress that would look gorgeous cinched with a wide leather belt post-maternity too, no? You can also check out Jen’s Teacher Style Files for her non-maternity style.

How about you? Where did you find maternity style inspiration?

I’m curating a maternity style bibliography that will feature these and a few other bloggers, so I’d love any suggestions of other stylish mamas for me to include in that. Stay tuned for the Maternity Style Bibliography during the next Weekend Workshop! ~S.

Category: Maternity Style, Resources

Interview Week: A Word on Suiting

October 4th, 2010 § 38 comments §

Some musings from E.:

Far and away, the most popular advice for interviewees on the academic job market is:

Business suit in dark neutral color + colorful blouse or scarf or not-too-glitzy necklace + sensible shoes = Interview Outfit.

This makes sense to me. I adore a great blazer; I feel super confident in a structured jacket. So when I go on the job market “for real,” you had better believe that I am going to go and buy a charcoal gray or navy suit, and I’ll be looking for one that has a pant and skirt option, to boot.

A couple of years ago, pre-baby and pre-blog, I went on a (severely budget-restrained) suit shopping expedition before my first academic conference. I ended up buying a suit jacket from an Ann Taylor clearance rack: the mini tweed blazer I’ve worn on this site before. It’s served me well for what it is, but it’s also taught me some things that I do and do not like in suit jackets. So when my big suit shopping moment comes…

I’ll probably look for:

  • Softer neutrals, like navy or charcoal gray. A little less corporate than all black and arguably more versatile for being broken up in later outfits. No tweed. No plaid. I worry that brown might look dated in a few years. But I might be open to a subtle herringbone.
  • A one or two button jacket with a lower stance. The stance is where the top button falls on your torso. My three button Ann Taylor blazer has a higher stance which I’ve since realized isn’t my most flattering look. A lower stance would look a little less boxy on my not-busty frame and would help break up my long torso. I hear that the opposite might be true for women with bigger chests.
  • A jacket that comes in a Tall size. Fit is key, and I was lazy and cheap with the first blazer I bought. It works fine with skirts and dresses where I visually raise my waist, but with pants it’s obvious that the jacket isn’t quite long enough. I need a Tall size to accomodate my long torso.
  • A jacket with shorter sleeves. I am a really bad sleeve fidgeter, and I would rather have a slightly less formal suit with three-quarter or bracelet sleeves (or even rolled cuffs) than be an annoying fidgeter. Seriously, I would probably even take a suit jacket to a tailor to have the sleeves shortened.

In the meantime, I’ll be thinking about…

Why are suits de rigueur interview attire, even in industries where suits are not regular workday attire? How have tailored suits for women evolved in their appearance and their affect? Why do I feel more confident in a skirt + jacket combo than a pantsuit and can I reclaim traditionally feminine dressing like Sally discussed a few days ago? And (though I might need some wine for this thought excursion) what are the gender, race, and class politics of socially-acceptable “professional” attire, courtesy of the very smart ladies at Threadbared?

And I’d love for you tell me…

What are your tips for finding a great suit? What has served you well? What have you found to be most flattering for your body and why? Do you have a preference for a skirt suit versus a pant suit and why? How do you personalize a suit? I’m so excited to have a reserve of resources and advice at my finger tips, so bring on your tips, suggestions, and misgivings.

Category: Interview Attire, Resources, Theoretical

17 June 2010 – Suggested Readings

June 17th, 2010 § 15 comments §

17 June 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Plaid tunic button down – Zara
  • Gray tank – Hanes
  • Skinnies – S.Oliver
  • Orange sandals – American Eagle
  • Scarf – Echo Design
  • Silver cuff – gift from dad


So here’s another incarnation of my ‘uniform’ look that I last wrote about. Except I’ve switched out the flats for orange sandals. This for two reasons: I like how the orange sandals pick up the shades of orange in the plaid button down tunic without being too matchy-matchy, and my much worn Palladium flats have finally been retired after four years of faithful service and many many miles together. They tore at last and I’m putting them to rest in Europe, where we have shared many a pleasant trip together. Thank you, Palladium flats, you were a wise purchase indeed.

So it was in this comfy reiteration of the same look I’ve been sporting for a while now that I enjoyed yesterday’s day despite the rain and clouds.I took cover in one of my favorite bookshops in Munich – the five floored Hugendubel on Marienplatz – and cozied up in their top floor cafe with a hot mint tea, a good cycling book, and some intermittent people watching on the square below…

Cycle Readings, originally uploaded by academichic.
Rainy days in Munich, originally uploaded by academichic.

The second challenge for the LGRAB Summer Games included reading a book on cycling, so I began that task with Mark Beaumont’s The Man Who Cycled The World. Beaumont writes about his adventures riding over 18,000 miles on his bike in 194 days and 17 hours (making him the new world record holder). This book is his personal account of that incredible and often painful yet undoubtedly amazing journey on his bike.

I love reading books about the sports I enjoy, such as running and now cycling. (So the girls over at Let’s Go Ride a Bike didn’t really need to twist my arm with this one). But I’ve never been one to get all technical and read about the mechanics of said sport. Rather, I really love a good adventure memoir that focuses on the thrill, excitement, and discovery resulting from engaging in a given activity. I also like historical or theoretical readings on the development of a sport, which trace the social response to and understanding of said activity. Some of my favorite reads on these topics are:


McDougall, Christopher. Born to Run. A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen. Knopf, 2009.

(This one made me seriously think that I should be running ultras. It just made me fall in love with the art of running all over again.)

Murakami, Haruki. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Knopf, 2008.

(I put it down and vowed to also run one marathon a year for the rest of my life. So I’m not really going to be able to do that, but I still think the book is beautiful and brilliant).


Mackintosh, Philip Gordon and Glen Norcliffe. “Men, Women and the Bicycle: Gender and Social Geography of Cycling in the Late Nineteenth-Century.” Cycling and Society. Eds. Dave Horton, Paul Rosen and Peter Cox. Burlington: Ashgate, 2007. 153-177.

Oddy, Nicholas. “Bicycles.” The Gendered Object. Ed. Pat Kirkham. New York: Manchester University Press, 1996. 60-69.

Simpson, Clare S. “Capitalising on Curiosity: Women’s Professional Cycle Racing in the Late-Nineteenth Century.” Cycling and Society. Eds. Dave Horton, Paul Rosen and Peter Cox. Burlington: Ashgate, 2007. 47-65.

(All really great and accessible articles on the social development of cycling and the gendered aspects of said activity, especially in the early stages on bicycle development).

Aesthetics and Sport in General:

Gumbrecht, Hans Ullrich. In Praise of Althletic Beauty. Harvard University Press, 2006.

(A beautiful and moving book on the aesthetics of athletics. I read this for a class on aesthetics a few years back and have since reread it for pleasure. Gumbrecht is a professor at Stanford University and I had the pleasure of meeting him shortly before coming to Germany. I had him autograph my book. Yes, I’m an academic groupie).

Do you have any great adventure memoirs you’d recommend? What are some of the books (aesthetics or athletics related) that have moved you? I’d love to get your reading tips! S.

17 June 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Layers Upon Layers, Our Best Flatware, Pants Please, Research Casual, Resources, Vélocouture
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Spring Reading List: Fashion History and Clothing as Discourse

March 10th, 2010 § 29 comments §

We have received several reader comments asking for book recommendations on the history of fashion or fashion theory writings. We all have varying experiences with these topics, from working with writings on clothing, performativity, and self-representation in our gender and feminist studies readings to researching drag or the semiotics of clothing for course papers or our dissertation work. The spectrum is broad and the contributions to this domain vast. In response to your questions, we have compiled some of our favorite  readings on these topics in the bibliography below.

As always, please add any sources or reading recommendations of your own in the comments section of this post.


Arnold, Rebecca. “Fashion.” Feminist Visual Culture. Ed. Fiona Carson and Claire Pajaczkowska. New York: Routledge, 2001. 207-22.

Ash, Juliet. “The tie: presence and absence.” The Gendered Object. Ed. Pat Kirkham. New York: Manchester University Press, 1996. 162-171.

Barthes, Roland. The Fashion System. Trans. Matthew Ward and Richard Howard. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.

Boydell, Christine. “The training shoe: ‘pump up the power’” The Gendered Object. Ed. Pat Kirkham. New York: Manchester University Press, 1996. 121-132

Crane, Diane. Fashion and Its Social Agendas. Class, Gender, and Identity in Clothing. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Davis, Fred. Fashion, Culture, and Identity. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Hanson, Karen. “Dressing Down Dressing Up: The Philosophic Fear of Fashion.” Aesthetics in Feminist Perspective. Ed. Hilde Hein and Carolyn Korsmeyer. Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1993.

Hollander, Anne. Seeing through Clothes. NewYork: Viking Press, 1978.

Luck, Kate. “Trousers: feminism in nineteenth-century America.” The Gendered Object. Ed. Pat Kirkham. New York: Manchester University Press, 1996. 141-152.

Perrot, Philippe. Fashioning the Bourgeoisie. A History of Clothing in the Nineteenth Century. Trans. Richard Bienvenu. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Stern, Radu. Against Fashion: Clothing as Art, 1850-1930. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004.

Summers, Leigh. Bound to Please: A History of the Victorian Corset. New York: Berg, 2001.

Wright, Lee. “The suit: a common bond or defeated purpose?” The Gendered Object. Ed. Pat Kirkham. New York: Manchester University Press, 1996. 153-161.

Category: Resources, Theoretical

Scarf Tying Bibliography

February 15th, 2010 § 31 comments §

We’re compiling a bibliography of links on scarf tying. If you have an addition to make, send us an e-mail or leave a comment! We’ll be updating this list throughout the month and placing a permalink on our Fashion 101 page!

Selected Bibliography

(A. & E.’s Chicago Manual of Style trumped S.’s MLA)

Audi.  A video on scarf tying. San Francisco: Fashion for Nerds, 2010.

Ascot Wrap Scarf How-To. Greatest Look, 2010.

Bellasugar. How-To: Sassy One-Minute Braid. San Francisco: Bellasugar, 2008.

Brown, Casey. Scarf Tricks c. 1944. Casey’s Elegant Musings, 2010.

Diana. Scarves and Necklaces, Part I. Florida: Smiles Go With Everything, 2009.

—–. Scarves and Necklaces, Part II. Florida: Smiles Go With Everything, 2009.

Elaine. The Scarf Belt. Clothed Much, 2009.

Goltz, Baroness Belle von der. How to Tie a Scarf: French Twist. 2009.

—–. How to Tie a Scarf: The Halter Top. 2009.

Hermes. Playtime with Your Scarf (PDF). Paris: Hermes, 2009.

Kasmira. Scarf Week. Cincinnati: What I Wore Today, 2008.

Liz. Twisted Pashmina Tie. Vancouver: Lizzy Punch, 2010.

McGraw, Sally. Befriending scarves. Minneapolis: Already Pretty, 2009.

O’Boyle, Julie. Video How-To on Scarf Tying. Boston: Orchid Grey, 2009.

Wear, What a Nerd Would. Lesson Plan: Different Ways to Tie Scarves. 2010.

Category: Resources

Preliminary Bibliography: Flat Shoes

May 28th, 2009 § 3 comments §

Between last week and this week’s challenges we’ve been thinking a lot about flat shoes. While I, E., remain a devotee of the wedge heel and have gotten a couple of pairs this year, I realized that I haven’t actually added a new flat to my shoe closet in quite some time.

In academia, before you launch into a big project it’s important to be able to articulate the “state of the field.” What research has already been done on your topic of choice? Can you trace some kind of trajectory or development of scholarship? Do you even know what’s out there? So it’s no surprise that when I set out to make a shoe purchase I begin by assessing the state of the field. There are a couple of go-to discount retailers that I immediately visit, but on this round of shoe research I added a new source: Mod Cloth.

I’ve been browsing Mod Cloth semi-regularly for a few months now, but for some reason I had never looked at their shoes. While many of them don’t quite fit my style, I feel like there was something (affordable!) for almost everyone.

Spectrum Flats. I think this little striped red and orange flat is adorable. It’s retro but not costumey, and I can imagine them adding a fun twist to otherwise simple separates. The little toe point is a surprising twist to an otherwise athletic shoe stripe aesthetic.


Lemon Spritzer Flats. This shoe wouldn’t work for our lab colleagues, of course, but I have been looking for a yellow shoe and this peep-toe is just so tempting! It’s so sunshiney and the geometric cut-outs are so sweet. I’m not sure about the patent finish, though. That seems like an awful lot of brightness.

Ballet School Flats. Finally, this shoe just made me smile. I could never pull this off, yet I think that I would really, really like a person who wore them:

So the next step in research is fieldwork. Has anyone bought shoes from Mod Cloth before? Have you found them to be cute in person and comfortable for walking? Do share.

-  E.

Category: Our Best Flatware, Q&A, Resources, Skirting the Issue
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