11 June 2009

June 12th, 2009 § 10 comments §

11 June 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Grey  Cami – Old Navy
  • Green Jersey Dress- Old Navy, remixed
  • Necklace – remixed Earring
  • Sandals – H & M, remixed a lot

Yesterday, my only plans for the day were a late morning meeting with E. and maybe a walk to the coffee shop with the pup.  I thought about just throwing on a pair of shorts  and a tank (another hot and humid day) but decided E. deserved a little better!

This is still a breezy comfortable outfit, but just up one notch form the shorts.  It felt a little boring when I put it on – it’s an old jersey dress that I have worn a million times and the grey cami makes for a less-than-exciting color combination.  It needed at least some what of a statement piece.  When  I couldn’t find the right necklace,  I grabbed one of my favorite large earrings and put it on a chain from another necklace (a trick I have used before).  This was a much easier and faster DIY than fixing that skirt and I think gave the outfit the special touch it needed!  A

Earring as necklace, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Dresses for Day, Independent Study (DIY), Our Best Flatware, Research Casual
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17 May 2009

May 17th, 2009 § 9 comments §

17 May 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Ruffle-Front Shirt Dress – Banana Republic
  • Scarf as Belt – Gift from Kimberly!!
  • Teal Shoes – Seychelles, via solestruck
  • Earrings – Anthropologie


This weekend my sister received her MA, so I took  a whirl wind trip to Washington, DC for two days.   While there I didn’t look at blogs or even check my email but I did spend my  plane rides preparing for the summer course I start teaching this week.

The graduation was in the morning and followed by a celebratory brunch.   I bought this dress because I loved the raisin color, the cut, and the ruffles  and have since worn it to a number of showers and other dressy day events.  I wanted to change the look up a bit for this special event (also my family has seen me in this dress many times).  Scarf-queen Kimberly sent me this beautiful flowered scarf a few weeks back and I have been saving it for when I could really let it be the star of the ensemble.  I am always amazed how  much you can change an outfit  with accessories and think all the touches of turquoise worked really well.   I’m sure I will wear this dress a few more times this summer and early fall to show you just what I mean.

Scarf, originally uploaded by
These rather high heels also seemed the perfect way to end the week before attempting a week in all flats!

17 May 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Dresses for Day, Reaching New Heights
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13 May 2009

May 13th, 2009 § 14 comments §

13 May 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Purple Cardigan – Gap Outlet, remixed
  • Skirt – Anthropologie, remixed
  • Brown Tee – H & M, remixed
  • Brown Sandals – Steve Madden
  • Brown Woven Belt – F21, remixed
  • Amber Jewelry – gifts


This outfit is very much inspired by the lovely Bella over on w-r who sported two great purple and brown combos this week!

I think of both purple and brown, and especially as a pair, as more fall colors but loved seeing Bella rock the color combo with walking shorts on a sunny day by the water. I’ve gone with a lightweight skirt, heeled sandals, and a woven belt to keep this look springy and fresh.

I am quite happy to have a belt back too, so I thought I would share one of my belt tricks with you. With this woven belt, I use a brown bobby pin to secure the hanging excess to the bottom layer of belt. It holds quite well on this light weight woven material and helps create a less bulky look than just tucking the end in, as I often do.

Yay for Belts!, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Layers Upon Layers, Office Hours, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue
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3 April 2009

April 3rd, 2009 § 10 comments §

3 April 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.
  • Black dress – Banana Republic, remixed 
  • Purple top – Target 
  • Red-orange cardi – Zara, remixed 
  • Black woven belt – thrifted, remixed 
  • Grey wedges – Report “Calico”, via Solestruck.com


A. and E. are experts at layering and I often draw inspiration from their outfits. Something that I’ve just started doing is layering dresses over dresses (to add length, warmth, etc) or to wear dresses underneath tops to turn them into skirts essentially. 

As is the case with this outfit: I layered this black dress underneath the purple top to turn it into a skirt, and I’m wearing it backwards to create a higher neckline for the layer underneath the V-neck. What are some of your unique layering tricks?



Layering detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

I love learning these little tricks, because they really make your wardrobe stretch so much further! I’m somewhat obsessed with this idea – how to create a seemingly large wardrobe with few items – since I keep thinking of my upcoming sojourn abroad, and how I don’t want to look like I’m wearing the same three shirts and two skirts for an entire nine months. I was rather bad at this the last time around and ended up packing a lot of things to, paradoxically, end up looking like I was only wearing the same three outfits over and over. 

One item I’m thinking I will definitely have to pack are these shoes! I just got them from Solestruck.com and am in love with them! I’ve been wanting a not-too-high wedge that I can comfortably walk in all day, that are cute and versatile, and that go with pants, skirts, and pretty much any color outfit. And I think these just about fit the bill! What do you think – are they year abroad pack worthy? S.



New Shoes!, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, Layers Upon Layers, Office Hours, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits
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28 March 2009 – My Rainy Saturday

March 28th, 2009 § 2 comments §

28 March 2009 – My Rainy Saturday, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Flower Umbrella – Gap
  • Rain Coat – Nine West
  • Scarf- NY China Town
  • Jeans – Gap Outlet
  • Boots – BR, via ebay


I should have spent my rainy Saturday at the library, like S., but instead I spent it running errands -  coffee shop, Target, and Lowes Garden Store – in that order!

It’s fun to have a bright rain jacket and umbrella on such grey days.  These were actually both birthday gifts from my mom.  Funny that both my mom and S’s mom chose to buy us rain gear for our birthdays – at least they both have great taste!

Check out the fun lining – pattern mixing even in the rain!

Fun Lining, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Mixing Patterns, Our Best Flatware, Pants Please, Research Casual, Weekend Wear
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Color Symposium: The Color Modules put into Practice by You

March 23rd, 2009 § 4 comments §

A couple weeks back we asked readers to submit examples of outfits they created using the Fashion 101 color modules. We received some great submissions and have definitely been inspired by all of your great color combinations!

Here are some of our favorites:

Kayla paired a bright pink henley with a more subdued blue cardigan for a great Two-Thirds ensemble. We love it with the plaid pants!

Kayla detail

Another great Two-Thirds look came from the lovely Bella with her mix of bright green with purple. Once again we were quite inspired by the addition of a pattern to this color combination.

Our favorite monochromatic ensemble comes from Jess, who kept it simple and elegant in shades of grey. Plus we are all impressed that she designed and made this great dress herself!

Kayla also sent us the best complete Triad color combination. We love the way she makes red, yellow, and blue look so sophisticated.
Kayla triad

Last, but certainly not least, Courtney put together a fantastic “neutrals with a pop” look. She paired this lovely orangey-red with shades of black and brown as part of her “Farewell to Winter Tour.”


Thanks again for all the great submissions. We had so much fun seeing how all of you have been experimenting with color and found ourselves truly inspired!

Check back soon for the next CFP on playing with pattern!

Category: Calls for Papers, Color Combinations
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9 March 2009

March 9th, 2009 § 2 comments §

9 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Grey Cardigan – H & M
  • Grey Tee – Banana Republic
  • Orange-Red Tank – Anthropologie
  • Pink and Orange Striped Scarf – Gap
  • Jean Skirt – Gap
  • Boots – Banana Republic, via ebay


While I agree with S. and E. on their frustrations with the fickle weather, I love this in-between temperature. Skirts with boots and boot socks, crop-sleeved cardigans and light-weight scarves, and of course the beloved blazer (not pictured here) are my favorites and can only be worn for a fleeting few weeks in the Fall and in the Spring – at least here in the crazy Midwest! -A

Layering Detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Pink and Orange, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Layers Upon Layers, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, Skirting the Issue
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8 March 2009

March 8th, 2009 § 4 comments §


8 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Purple paisley scarf – World Market, remixed 
  • Green polo – Banana Republic, remixed 
  • Dark green cami – Banana Republic, remixed 
  • Jeans – Banana Republic, thrifted 
  • Clogs – Dankso, remixed 
  • Flower pendant – Big Lots, remixed


I’m becoming a big fan of purple and green together. I combined these colors last weekend, and thought I’d pull out this purple cardi again and layer it once more over a bright green top. A. inspired me a while ago with her great combination of purple and green and I’ve been smitten with this color combo ever since. 

This harks back to our first color module, in which we explored the two-thirds rule (wearing two-thirds of a triad) – a combination that tends to appeal to all three of us. 

On another note – it’s Spring Break! I am so happy to have a week to work from home and to catch up on research and projects that have been on the back-burner for a while. But I’m giving myself this weekend off and enjoying a visit to the Art Museum and dinner out with T. today. Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday too! S.


Scarf and layers details, originally uploaded by academichic.


8 March 2009 – Without scarf, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Layers Upon Layers, Night Without Grading, Our Best Flatware, Pants Please, Research Casual, Weekend Wear
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5 March 2009

March 5th, 2009 § 2 comments §

5 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Black Jersey Dress – BR Outlet
  • Cardigan – Gap
  • Green Flats – BR
  • Yellow Bangles – Gap Outlet
  • Green Necklace – Faces


The outfit I had been planning to wear needed ironing and there just wasn’t time for that today! So, this is a quick go-to outfit or me – jersey dress and a cardigan.  However, because of our color challenges I have included some accessories I wouldn’t have considered before.  I am wearing a  swath of analogous colors – blue-green, green, yellow-green, yellow (in color-wheel order). A

Greensish, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, Our Best Flatware, Teaching Outfits
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Fashion 101: How To Combine Colors: Monochrome and Split Complementaries

February 22nd, 2009 § 31 comments §

Module 4: Monochrome and Split Complementaries

We enjoyed playing with multi-colored ensembles so much last week we decided to give it another go…but we’ll also try out more subdued monochromatic looks. Week 4 of our Fashion 101 on Colors again explores two different color schemes: split complementaries and monochromatic colors. There are not many examples of either of these schemes in our archive of outfits, and the split complementaries will likely be a challenge on par with triads. It even sounds a little bit complicated.


Monochromatic color schemes use multiple shades of the same tone. Rather than dressing head-to-toe in a single tone of blue, for example, you can mix a pure hue with lighter and darker tints. This simple combination can be quite subtle and sophisticatedly understated. But, because shades of the same color can risk looking rather boring, this is also a good opportunity to play with pattern and texture.

Monochrome, originally uploaded by academichic.

E. and A. both sported black and grey for monochromatic looks but not with out a pop of color in at least their accessories.

Split Complementaries:

Split complementary color schemes are a bit more complicated – they are a variation of the complementary color scheme covered in Module 1. In the split version you pair one color with the two colors adjacent to its complementary. Examples include yellow with blue-violet and red-violet (adjacent to purple) and (dark) blue with red-orange and yellow-orange (adjacent to orange). The best way to figure out a split complementary scheme is probably to pull out the old color wheel, draw a line straight across to determine a complementary pair, and then look to to the immediate right and left of the complement.

Split Complementaries, originally uploaded by academichic.

Only S. has worn a split complementary when she wore salmon (orange-red) with blue and green (adjacent to blue-green).


This week we will be challenging ourselves to master the split complementary and try out monochromatic schemes beyond black and grey. If you do too, drop us a comment and let us know!

If you missed Modules 1, 2, 3 click here for background on our color project!

Category: Color Combinations, Fashion 101
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