12 May 2011 – Dress Pants

May 12th, 2011 § 4 comments §

12 May 2011 - Dress Pants


  • Dress: French Connection
  • Shirt (under): Splendid via Nordstrom Rack
  • Sweater: Banana Republic
  • Pants: Anne Taylor Loft
  • Shoes: Ciao Bella via DSW

I realize that this is extremely similar to the first way I styled this dress when I debuted it in London (it was a birthday gift from my fabulous sister). However, the addition of skinny black ponte pants underneath made the shorter hemline feel safer, and the shirt under and sweater over provided needed warmth.

12 May 2011 - Dress Pants cropped

The inspiration to tie the built-in belt from the dress on the outside of the cardigan is something that my co-bloggers have been perfecting for years. E. takes the ties on a solid color jersey dress to hold down a top layer consisting of an unbuttoned patterned shirt dress; S. takes a removable sash from a jersey dress to wrap around her outer layer; and A. uses the ties on a wrap dress to integrate her cardigan into her look. You can also use ties from blouses to hold down cardigans. If you want more ideas, check out A’s tutorial on how to use built in ties over cardigans.

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Category: Dresses for Day, Layers Upon Layers, Our Best Flatware, Pants Please, Teaching Outfits, Uncategorized
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21 March 2011 – Neon Butterflies

March 21st, 2011 § 14 comments §

Neon Butterflies


  • Jacket (below): Zara
  • Scarf (below): Burberry (grandmother’s)
  • Dress: French Connection
  • Shirt: Banana Republic
  • Tights: Target
  • Shoes: BR

One last post before I leave spring in London for the dregs of winter back on the East Coast. I did a little birthday shopping this weekend with my sister and this fabulous dress is one of the things that I nabbed while we were wandering around Selfridges. As you all know I love bright colors, but the neon trend was not something that I had embraced yet. Because of the range of neutrals also in this print, the fluorescent pink was just enough of a pop without becoming overwhelming, which at least for me, is the best way to start dipping your toes into new trends.

Neon Butterflies closeup

Because this was a night-time outfit (and hence the indoor pics, sorry!) I layered a long sleeved-T and tights under and finished off with my studded olive flats. For our walk to the pub I cozied up in my grandmother’s scarf and a khaki Zara jacket that I’ve had for ages.

Neon Butterflies with Coat

In case you’re in London any time soon – or are lucky enough to live here already – I wanted to include just a few of my favorite spots:

  • Le Boudin Blanc – 5 Trebeck St., Mayfair – Delicious French food at a good value. The mushroom risotto is to die for.
  • The Queens Arms -30 Queens Gate Mews, Kensington – Great pub atmosphere and adult crowd. I spent several hours drinking Guinness here with a friend on St. Patrick’s Day and met some interesting people.
  • The Courtauld Gallery – Somerset House, the Strand – Come visit Manet’s “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” and van Gogh’s self-portrait after he lost his ear.
  • The Wolseley – 160 Piccadilly – See and be seen taking afternoon tea here. Gorgeous location, yummy tiffin and tea fare, and the nicest waiters around. Plus you’re right next to the Ritz, but paying a lot less.
  • Enjoy!


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    S: Go for the Gold

    February 21st, 2011 § 6 comments §

    S: Go for the Gold, originally uploaded by academichic.

    I had so much fun playing dress-up with Banana Republic’s new Spring line. For this look, I opted for a tried and true classic: the printed wrap dress made of comfortable jersey. I own a few wrap dresses similar to this one and always feel great when pulling them on. My favorite go-to wrap dress is from Banana Republic a few years ago and it’s seen many combinations with many different color pairings. Yet I never tire of it.

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    Category: Dresses for Evening, Maternity Style, Reaching New Heights
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    20 September 2010 – Symposium Wear

    September 20th, 2010 § 11 comments §

    Symposium Wear, originally uploaded by academichic.


    • Dress: Banana Republic
    • Belt: Old Navy Outlet
    • Shoes: Banana Republic
    • Jade Necklace: my design
    • Silver Ring: gift
    • Jade Bracelet: gift

    End Notes:
    I purchased this dress last fall for a symposium in which I was a participant. This was my first graduate school foray into greater academe, and I bought this dress with the event in mind. I knew I wanted to look nice and certainly professional, but seeing as how the symposium was being held at a very forward thinking modern art museum, I figured that a suit was not the best way to go. As usual, Banana Republic had just what I needed.

    Symposium Wear, originally uploaded by academichic.

    The knee-length skirt, high neck, and cap sleeves of this dress all meant that I wasn’t showing too much skin, but the print kept the look fresh and steered well clear of the “polyester suits of yore” of which there were certainly a few on display.

    Neckline and Cap Sleeves, originally uploaded by academichic.

    The high waist also meant that this dress was made for wide belting! The bold black, purple, and cream print needed little embellishment, and I have been wearing this outfit with mostly black shoes and belts ever since. However, in the spirit of a new school year I decided to go way out on a limb and wear grey (can you tell I’m very sarcastic?). I had just bought these shoes with a 35% off coupon for Banana Republic that I had been holding on to for literally months.

    New Grey Shoes!, originally uploaded by academichic.

    These shoes might look familiar as they are indeed the sister shoe to the blue suede shoes I’ve had my eye on (which they apparently don’t sell in stores!). The wool material makes this a cozy fall/winter shoe and the stacked wooden heel is exactly the right height for daywear. I’m in love. I decided to do some neutral mixing with this outfit and in addition to the grey accessories threw in some of my favorite stones.

    Jade and Silver, originally uploaded by academichic.

    I adore green and the color of jade can vary widely from deep mossy greens to bright jewel tones. This bracelet was a gift all the way from China and the ring is from Peru thanks to my sister, who is a fabulous traveler and always brings me the best presents! The necklace is a product of another hobby of mine: beading. I find it meditative and creative at the same time, and much of the jewelry I wear is my own. This outfit was certainly the right fit for the symposium I was at last year, and once again has hit the mark this time as a terrific teaching ensemble. How have you transitioned pieces that were purchased with a specific event in mind into your daily wardrobe?

    Category: Conference Wear, Dresses for Day, Office Hours, Reaching New Heights, Teaching Outfits
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    26 March 2010

    March 26th, 2010 § 7 comments §

    26 March 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


    • Navy blazer – J.Crew
    • Patterned dress – Banana Republic
    • Black woven belt – thrifted
    • Knee high socks – J.Crew
    • Boots – Banana Republic
    • Tote – Kenneth Cole, via TJMaxx
    • Scarf – thrifted


    When it comes to blazer and jackets, I find them easy enough to work in my everyday style but I noticed that I seem to often reach for pants or trousers when I do so. E.’s recent post, however, reminded me how well jackets work with skirts and even flowey jersey dresses and so I’m making a mental note to throw them on over a loose and casual dress more often. I think E’s right on the money with her supposition that the structured jacket is just the thing for a more flowey and unstructured dress – especially if you’re looking to hit that balance of casual yet still put together and somewhat professional.

    So taking a cue from my stylish co-bloggers, I’m wearing this structured navy jacket over a swingy comfortable jersey dress. I like how the sharp lines of the jacket and boots give the casual dress a more formal feel and I could see this outfit working well on campus, on teaching days as well as days spent in the library working. It’s a great mix of comfort and professionalism, so thanks for the reminder, E & A!

    26 March 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.
    Scarf accessory, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Category: Dresses for Day, It's in the Bag, Layers Upon Layers, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, Teaching Outfits
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    13 January 2010

    January 12th, 2010 § 36 comments §

    13 January 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


    • Patterned dress – Banana Republic
    • Gray tank – Filene’s Basement
    • (Another tank underneath not shown, but worn for warmth)
    • Woven belt – F21
    • Vest - little boy’s Tracht vest, thrifted in Bavaria
    • Gray sweater tights – drug store
    • Boots – Dillards
    • Necklace – Anthropologie


    The idea for this outfit actually came to me while running. Running is perfect for mentally exploring your closet or composing to-do lists. I was running though this very forest and something about this idyllic winter setting made me yearn for wool tights, a comfortable dress, sturdy boots and somewhat of a romantic aesthetic (to be later accessorized by a hot mug of tea and some great reading material).

    And since I knew I would be posting this on Braid Wednesday, up in Yulia Tymoshenko braids my hair went:

    13 January 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Now lest you think I walk around snowy forests wearing short sleeved dresses, I only did this for about the five minutes it took me to take these shots. The cold weather has made me efficient! I then bundled back up in my big fluffy coat, added a hat, scarf, and gloves and trudged back to my house. I just discovered this nearby forest while running and the snowy wonderland setting made it just too tempting for my post-run outfit pictures as well. And, because no one in their right mind was out there and off-pathing it, I was spared any curious looks from people passing by and seeing me model for the camera.

    I’m really curios – how do you other style bloggers do it? For those of you who take your own pictures (I have a feeling that’s a minority), how do you overcome the embarrassment of setting up your timer, running to the chosen spot, and posing while smiling at your pretend audience? Do you look for a spot where you’re almost guaranteed to be alone or do you brave and ignore the baffled stares from onlookers?

    Vest detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

    You’d think that after entire year of walking sneakily to secluded but well-lit areas to model my duds for the camera, I’d have it down to a cool and blasé art form, but no, no such thing. Still awkward and self-conscious about it. Maybe I’ll get better at it during Year Two of Academichic.

    Don’t forget to check back Friday for our first giveaway of Year Two! S.

    13 January 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Category: Dresses for Day, Layers Upon Layers, Reaching New Heights
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    21 December 2009

    December 21st, 2009 § 19 comments §

    21 December 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

    All remixed except newly thrifted purse:


    So I’m finally jumping on the red lipstick bandwagon. I’ve been seeing so many beautiful bloggers rockin’ the red lips lately that I finally broke down and admitted it to myself: I wanted in on it too! So I bought my first ever red lipstick this weekend and felt like such a grownup.

    Red, originally uploaded by academichic.

    It took me a long while to decide on a color but then I came home and saw this post on The Rockstar Diaries, in which the gorgeous Naomi, who rocks the red lips as part of her signature look, tells which brands and hues she likes most. Hmph, should have seen this one sooner. But there it is for any of you hesitantly approaching the red lipstick makeup aisle.

    Purse, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Other things I’m loving right now: red nails, Heidi braids, pattern mixing, layered jewelry, and owls. Yes, I know, owls. How cliche. Everyone loves a good owl these days, but how can you not?

    How about you? What are your recent likes? What looks or finds are you embracing?

    21 December 2009 , originally uploaded by academichic.

    PS: Congratulations to our Friday Giveaway Winner! If you didn’t win, don’t be sad. Check out Winona’s amazing giveaway over at Daddy Likey! Remember how I told you about getting her book for my birthday? Well, she’s giving away five signed copies along with a multitude of other wonderful gifts, so be sure to check it out and enter. Good luck! S.

    Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, It's in the Bag, Layers Upon Layers, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits
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    27 November 2009

    November 28th, 2009 § 17 comments §

    27 November 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

    All remixed except newly found vintage purse:


    Yesterday’s outfit was an exercise in layering and staying comfortable and warm. While you can add layers for warmth in a way that doesn’t reveal all the different items you have on, I always find it more fun to play with layers that show themselves. Experimenting with different necklines is one of the easiest ways to add warmth while also producing striking visual interest.

    Layering detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Yesterday’s outfit looked far more visually complex than it was, since it was really just neutrals (brown and white) with a pop of color (purple). But the interest came from the mix of pattern (in the dress) with textures (the ruffle in the top, the woven belt). While mixing patterns can seem a bit scary,  I find that mixing textures in a simpler and far less intimidating approach to achieving visual interest in one’s outfit.

    27 November 2009 , originally uploaded by academichic.

    My favorite part of the ensemble was this newly acquired red leather clutch, which I came across at the Munich Oxfam for only 6 Euros. I want to say it’s vintage but I’m never quite sure about these things. I just know that it appears old, I couldn’t find the brand when I searched for it online, and it came with a little key for the lock, which I only found hidden in one of its pockets after I had arrived home.

    Vintage bag , originally uploaded by academichic.

    I now leave you with a couple more shots from the Munich Christmas Market at Marienplatz. If you ever visit Austria or Germany and can time it to coincide with the Christmas Market season (mid November – December), I promise you will not regret it! S.

    Munich Christmas Market, originally uploaded by academichic.
    Glühwein, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Category: Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, Layers Upon Layers, Mixing Patterns, Night Without Grading, Reaching New Heights, Sabbatical
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    11 July 2009 – Saturday Night Wedding

    July 12th, 2009 § 3 comments §

    11 July 2009 – Saturday Night Wedding, originally uploaded by academichic.
    • Dress – BR Outlet
    • Shoes – Liz Claiborne, via DSW
    • Clutch – my grandmothers
    • Earrings – Anthropologie
    • Bracelet – gift from S.


    About five summers ago I seemed to reach that magic age when I had at least three weddings a summer to attend.  Usually, at least one of the weddings has a guest list with no overlaps from any of the other weddings, which means, there is at least one dress repeat!  I can also usually get away with wearing a dress form a previous year’s wedding to at least one.  When I do go out a buy a dress specifically for a wedding, I try to pick something I could imagine wearing to other events: maybe a bridal shower, a baby shower, or a a graduation party.

    I have two more weddings to attend this season and one very special wedding, which I will be standing up in!  I am definitely planing to splurge on an ensemble for the latter.

    For last nights wedding, I wore a dress my fashionable sister L. bought for me.  I have worn this as a day dress with flat sandals and an artsy necklace.  To dress it up a bit I paired it with high heels, my grandmother’s old patent clutch, and silver jewelry.

    11 July 2009 – Saturday Night Wedding, originally uploaded by academichic.

    Category: Dresses for Evening, Night Without Grading, Reaching New Heights, Weekend Wear
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    13 June 2009 – Garage Sale Saturday

    June 13th, 2009 § 8 comments §

    13 June 2009 – Garage Sale-ing, originally uploaded by academichic.
    • Dress – F21, thrifted, remixed 
    • Blue and White tote – Target Dollar Spot 
    • Black sandals – Target, remixed many a times


    One of the things I love about summer weekends is the chance to go treasure hunting at the local garage sales. T. and I both love a good bargain, so we print out a list with all the sales, grab our coffees and go exploring. Today I took my handy little basket tote along to stash my finds. I got this basket tote in an unabashed attempt to copy A., who uses a cute red basket for her trips to the farmer’s market. This blue and white checkered number will be my hold-all for market trips and garage sale adventures this summer (and was a steal for $2.50 at the Target Dollar Spot).

    Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, Our Best Flatware, Weekend Wear
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