E.’s 15 for at Least 15: The List

May 22nd, 2011 § 9 comments §

Just 15 garments? They go faster than you think…

Tops: (5)

4 May 2011 - Dear Posh Spice 20 May 2011 - One of Fifteen (or so) 27 April 2011 - Diaphanous

  • Olive t-shirt (thrifted)
  • White button-down tunic (thrifted)
  • Coral tank (Target)
  • Gray tank (Old Navy Maternity)
  • Striped tank (Target)

6 July 2009 10 March 2011 - Where's Waldo or, Geek Chic

Pants and Shorts: (2)

Work With What You've Got

  • Straight leg jeans (Old Navy Maternity)
  • Navy shorts (consignment store)

Skirts: (3)

13 May 2011 - Book By Its Cover 14 May 2009 14 September 2009 - Dressing Up Jersey

  • Purple jersey skirt (thrifted as a dress)
  • Denim pencil skirt (Old Navy Maternity)
  • Navy jersey skirt (Old Navy)

Dresses: (2)

6 July 2010

  • Gray jersey dress (Ann Taylor Loft)
  • To-be-determined…

Toppers: (3)

Soft with Structure 11 May 2011 - Almost Not Quite 23 March 2009 - With Jacket

  • Mustard cropped cardigan (Target)
  • Coral cropped cardigan (Banana Republic Factory)
  • Cropped trench (Forever 21)

And we’re off…

Category: Wardrobe Challenge
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Weekend Workshop: A Capsule Wardrobe

May 21st, 2011 § 3 comments §


Sometimes the best moments of creativity come when you’re forced to make-do with limited resources. At various times the various contributors to academichic have experimented with capsule wardrobes.

And more loosely, we’ve outlined what we think to be our wardrobe essentials and our wardrobe workhorses:

There’s simply not a “right” way to create a capsule wardrobe and there are LOTS of Google-able resources out there for picking what you’ll need for various types of travel or for your lifestyle. Still, I (E.) think that there are a few considerations that are relevant no matter what your reason for living with a small closet.

  • Consider your lifestyle needs. For the next couple of months, before I begin teaching a summer course, I’ll be spending most days at home, either caring for little e. or writing a dissertation chapter. Thus, I don’t really need to worry about incorporating items like dress pants and multiple blazers into the mix.
  • Consider shape and silhouette. Things could get old fast if all select four skirts…that all happen to be pencil skirts. Try to include a range of silhouettes, not just the one that you love the most.
  • Consider color. Here I don’t necessarily mean that you should pick a color scheme (though you could). I do think, however, that it’s worth reconsidering that navy top if you’re already including navy shorts and a navy skirt. If one color is too dominant, you won’t have as much to mix.

Now I‘m embarking on a capsule wardrobe maternity challenge, making at least 15 outfits from 15 garments (not including shoes and accessories) in an effort to minimize “nothing fits anymore” closet angst and inspire creativity. Stay tuned for my list of 15 picks tomorrow…

Category: Wardrobe Challenge, Weekend Workshops
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30 September 2010 – Black and White Week, Day 4

September 30th, 2010 § 24 comments §

30 September 2010 – Black and White Week, Day 4, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Cardigan: (worn backwards) Banana Republic, free from swap
  • Skirt: thrifted
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Necklace: Target
  • Shoes: Steve Madden, via Macys

End Notes:

E.’s black and white week, day four. Party in the back.

I once saw someone on wardrobe_remix wear her cardigan backwards. Sadly, I no longer remember who that was, but the idea has stuck with me and the pearl buttons on this cardigan seemed like they would make such a reversal look intentional.

Pearl Buttons, originally uploaded by academichic.

30 September 2010 – Black and White Week, Day 4, originally uploaded by academichic.

Necklace detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Color Combinations, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits, Wardrobe Challenge
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25 October 2009 – Salzburg

October 27th, 2009 § 21 comments §

25 October 2009 – Salzburg, originally uploaded by academichic.

All remixed:

(Technical Side Note: I will now only link back to how I’ve ‘remixed’ items since being abroad so that you (and I) can better get a sense of how I’m trying to stay creative with a more limited capsule wardrobe.)


Ahh…Salzburg. My favorite city in the world. This past Sunday I spent the day revisiting my most favorite place on earth (I spent two years studying there as an undergraduate and first year MA student) and remembering why I loved it so much. I think my NaNoWriMo novel is going to be set in Salzburg so that I can vicariously live through my protagonist and walk those streets daily.

Salzburg, originally uploaded by academichic.

Since there was going to be a lot of walking, I stuck to flat boots and comfortable jeans. I always love a good white button down and find it the easiest thing to throw on when inspiration for anything more exciting fails. A cardi and scarf finish the look and I’m all set. The same pink pashmina scarf that was my opera cover-up shrug on Saturday night, served me well as a cozy neck scarf for Sunday’s day trip. And, not to be left out, Taygee wore her own pink neck scarf. With matching pink scarves we roamed the pastel colored streets of my favorite city ever. Perfection. S.

25 October 2009 – Salzburg, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Lab Friendly, Layers Upon Layers, Office Hours, Our Best Flatware, Pants Please, Research Casual, Sabbatical, Weekend Wear
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24 June 2009 – Diner Chic

June 24th, 2009 § 10 comments §

   24 June 2009 , originally uploaded by academichic.    


All remixed:

  • Fuschia tee – BR Outlet
  • Black walking shorts – Old Navy
  • Black sandals – Target
  • Orange scarf – thrifted in San Fran
  • Sunglasses – H&M
  • Purse – Garage sale find


Another day on the road called for another scarf outfit. As A. mentioned, sometimes you can feel like your wardrobe choices are limited and one way to mix up the monotony of a capsule wardrobe is by going for interesting color combos. Yesterday I decided to wear my fuschia tee and to add a bright orange scarf to it – a bold color mix but one I’ve always liked. (This color mix was actually a long standing color contender for my wedding colors). As with the last scarf-on-the-road outfit, I wanted to incorporate the scarf right into the outfit so that I could wear it around my neck while stationary and then quickly have it at hand to wrap around my hair while driving:

I also strategically wore black walking shorts (as chic as a light cotton skirt or white pants may be – not really ideal when most of your meals happen on your lap in a moving vehicle!) and my new garage sale find purse.
Although we were all geared up for a day of driving and sightseeing, yesterday was spent unexpectedly idling around rest stops and parking lots as we dealt with the plethora of car troubles suddenly plaguing our vehicles. The oldest car in our caravan is a 1958 MGA and so its no surprise that it was having some major engine problems after logging about 1000 miles from its starting point to our stop in Colorado. So we ended up scrapping all our sightseeing plans and accepting a day of grass-sitting and rapair-watching instead. But the one cool thing that I wanted to share with you from my sights yesterday is the very awesome diner on I-70 in Flagler, Colorado. 
The interior was wonderful decked out in 50s diner kitsch, neon lights and cow-spotted swivel chairs not withholding. In addition, the food was wonderful! This diner comes with friendly service, delicious food, a bubble gum pink corvette out front, and this ridiculous (my inner feminist was aghast) but wonderfully 50s bathroom sign:

Here are some more shots of this great establishment, definitely worth the stop if you’re ever on I-70 in Eastern Colorado! S. 


Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Our Best Flatware, Sabbatical, The Short of It
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