16 February 2011 – Speak Softly and Wear a Bright Skirt

February 16th, 2011 § 19 comments §

16 February 2011 – Disappear Here, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Ruffle neck top: Banana Republic, from clothing swap
  • Purple cardigan: Old Navy
  • Belt: Old Navy
  • Coral skirt: thrifted
  • Tights: Target
  • Wedges: MIA, via DSW

End Notes:

(Will you please excuse my skirt pucker? I kept messing with my pocket.)

While the upsurge of bright opaque tights over the last few years has meant that colorful gams can function as THE focal point of an outfit, the opposite use can an effective style choice as well. It’s simple, really. Tights + shoes in the same color = long leg line. While black is the easiest option for this kind of blending, not-black can work, too. For example, Jess of What I Wore has worn blue-green shoes and tights together with eye-catching results.

I have yet to land on the perfect chunky bright shoe and matching tights combination, but I have figured out a softer alternative to all black: gray tights and gray wedges. Since this thrifted coral pencil skirt lands just below the knee, I knew I wanted to extend my leg line as much as possible and the gray on gray does just that. To keep things coherent, I also wore a gray belt, with a lighter gray top peeking out from a rich purple cardigan.

Here, the tights are a workhorse, not the star, but that’s just fine. They are very good at what they do. And besides, sometimes you’ve just got to be okay with day-glo coral stealing the spotlight.

Category: Color Combinations, Layers Upon Layers, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits
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On the Move

December 28th, 2010 § 16 comments §

On the Move, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Scarf: gift from SIL, Chinatown
  • Cardigan: Old Navy
  • Tank: Old Navy
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Skirt: Banana Republic Factory
  • Tights: Hue
  • Shoes: Mia from DSW

On baby e.:

  • Cardigan: Anthropologie, gift from a sweet friend
  • Pants: Target
  • Shoes: Target

End Notes:

All of the chics are still off enjoying time with family, but I thought I’d check in briefly to let you all know that I’ve enjoyed looking at your outfit suggestions created from my limited packing list and they’ve helped to keep me clothed in non-boring outfits since we’ve been in Houston! Thanks!

My days have been filled with cooking (and eating) delicious food, playing “telephone pictionary,” laughing and telling stories, and watching baby e. learn how to slide backwards down carpeted stairs. We’ll be back in the swing of things soon. In the meantime, I hope that many of you have been able to spend equally delightful time with those you love.

Category: Color Combinations, Sabbatical, Skirting the Issue
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10 February 2009 – Purple Pop

February 10th, 2009 § 2 comments §

10 February 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Navy dress, gray wedges, and purple cardigan: Gap Outlet
  • Earrings: Phoenix Rising

End Notes:

I’m returning my first round of graded quizzes to my students today, and I needed a look that says, “I graded fairly and I am not a pushover.” A neutral with a pop of color seemed to fit the bill. I’m taking a cue from A.’s striking pairing of purple and cobalt blue and translating it for our neutrals week challenge, using this rich violet cardigan to add a splash of color to a simple, navy jersey dress. An added bonus? Tying the open cardigan in place with this sash distracts from my increasingly-protruding but not-yet-obviously-pregnant belly.

Layering Detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, Layers Upon Layers, Maternity Style, Teaching Outfits
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Bump Watch

February 7th, 2009 § 2 comments §


Bump Watch, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Sweater dress – Banana Republic, gift from mother-in-law
  • Tights – Target
  • Wedges – Gap Outlet, well-loved
  • Belt – Target
  • Earrings worn as mini-brooches: my grandmother’s jewelry box

End Notes:

Now that I’m four months pregnant and none of my pants fit, I’m waiting for my baby bump to make itself known, more as a bump and less as a “Wow, she really overdid it at the buffet line.” My rapidly changing body sometimes frustrates me, often fascinates me, and consistently surprises me when I get dressed. A lot of my style “rules,” my unwritten set of guidelines for highlighting my best favorite parts and helping out in my less gifted areas (read, “chest”), no longer apply. Outfits that I used to love just don’t work anymore, and proportions that I was previously uncertain about now seem to work.

All that to say, I’m a bit incredulous as to how my wardrobe can still effectively hide my burgeoning belly. And there really is something there. To wit:

Now you see it (when I’m pulling my dress tight)…now you don’t (when I’m just standing there). It’s a little surreal, but also an interesting wardrobe challenge.

Little Leaves, originally uploaded by academichic.


Belt Detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Dresses for Evening, Maternity Style, Night Without Grading, Pregnancy in Academia, Reaching New Heights, Weekend Wear
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6 February 2009

February 6th, 2009 § 1 comment §


6 February 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Purple tunic: Forever 21
  • Orange cardigan: Forever 21
  • Skinnies: Gap Outlet
  • Gray wedges: Gap Outlet
  • Cork bracelet: Wet Seal

End Notes:

Three reasons for today’s outfit:

  1. The purple-and-orange combination fit this week’s color challenge as they comprise two-thirds of a triad.
  2. The bright colors reflect how ecstatic I am about this amazing warm weather. Oh, Midwest weather systems, how you jerk my heart around.
  3. The purple tunic is long and snug around my middle and let’s people wonder if I’m either pregnant or have been overdoing it with pizza. Tomorrow I’ll be 17 weeks pregnant, and it’s amazing how this little bump can seem so huge and noticeable to me sometimes… and be completely hidden at others. I’ll demonstrate its magical disappearing ability in my next post…

6 February 2009 – About to Lift Off, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Layers Upon Layers, Maternity Style, Pants Please, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual
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21 January 2009

January 21st, 2009 § 0 comments §


21 January 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

  • Black wool dress – Banana Republic
  • Long gray cardigan – remixed
  • Layered tights — gray and microfishnets — Target
  • Favorite gray suede pumps – remixed
  • Necklace – Chinatown, NY
End Notes:
Today is my first day teaching my discussion sections, and, to be honest, I had a hard time getting dressed this morning. The little black dress may seem like a cop-out, but you can’t argue with a go-to classic when you’re having a wardrobe crisis. Though my impulse was to belt everything, I wanted to play with the softness of the sweater against the tailored lines of the dress. So, I pinned the cardigan into more of a cocoon shape and left it open. If my students were metaphorically inclined, perhaps they will think that I am structured-but-compassionate, firm-but-flexible. Or maybe that’s asking too much.   – e.

Pleats and Pendant, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Dresses for Day, Maternity Style, Reaching New Heights, Teaching Outfits
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