23 August 2010 – Rainy Days and Mondays

August 23rd, 2010 § 18 comments §

23 August 2010 – Rainy Days and Mondays, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • T-shirt: American Apparel
  • Skirt: Calvin Klein Outlet
  • Belt: Old Navy Outlet
  • Shoes: Madden Girl via DSW

One final post regarding our color wheel challenge. Since I had been putting this outfit together in my head for days, I wanted to share my monochrome blue-green ensemble. This outfit is very simple, but with the addition of a belt and heeled shoes it manages to look polished despite the easy T and skirt combo. This is another one of my super girl-y feeling skirts because it moves so well. It is surprisingly heavy since the pleating hides where several panels of material are added and you can’t see the many inner layers that help give it such a swishing motion. I was determined to get a picture of this skirt in mid-twirl, and I seriously almost fell over from dizziness at the end of this photo series! Oh, the things we do for Academichic.

23 August 2010 – Twirl!, originally uploaded by academichic.

23 August 2010 – Twirl!, originally uploaded by academichic.

23 August 2010 – Twirl!, originally uploaded by academichic.

The belt you might recognize as the same as E’s and A’s (although hers is teal) and it is one of the workhorses of my wardrobe. I wear a lot of grey and grey goes with everything, so the purchase of a stretchy grey belt was a necessity for me. I used to be very wary of mixing neutrals including metallics, so the brass buckle made me a little anxious. However, thanks to my co-bloggers I’ve realized that things like that don’t matter very much and I can still wear silver jewelry despite the color of my buckle. These shoes were also a major addition to my wardrobe this year and have proven very useful. I like the small heel because they are comfy enough that I can wear them all day, but give me a little height and my legs a little length.

23 August 2010 – Grey, originally uploaded by academichic.

It has taken some adjustment, but I’m getting used to how delightfully cool the weather can be in New England even in summer – I’ve taken to carrying a light cardigan with me and don’t have to wear tanks all the time. Lately it’s not only been cool, but also quite rainy, which somewhat inspired this marine blue pairing. If I’d had my whole wardrobe at my disposal, I would have tossed on my grey cardi or my navy blazer from Ann Taylor Loft (not the same as A’s, but similar!). As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve just moved into my new apartment, but I’m still bouncing around New England visiting relatives and friends, and hence, I don’t have access to my whole closet all the time. I have really enjoyed color wheeling for the last four weeks, and I do think it will make me think more about my options when it comes to colors and combinations. However, I’m looking forward to school starting so I can share my daily teaching outfits with you all. This week I’ll be deciding what to wear for my first day of faculty meetings – exciting!

Category: Color Combinations, Fashion 101, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits
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15 April 2010

April 16th, 2010 § 12 comments §

15 April 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Green Dress – Banana Republic
  • Teal Belt – Old Navy
  • Brown Wedges – Kenneth Cole Reaction, via DSW
  • Wooden Bangel – Gift from S.
  • Wooden Earrings – Island Souvenir
  • Earring as Necklace – NY & Co


I seem to be having some trouble with my photography skills lately, so the below image is a much better representation of the beautiful analogous color combination than either of the full body shots.

Green on Green, originally uploaded by academichic.

I bought this dress on super markdown (it had a couple stains) at Banana Republic a couple years ago, but have rarely worn it.  I was so excited about the dress because I love the color and the cut.  Unfortunately, while I love the color on me, there is something about the cut that just isn’t right, so I haven’t ventured to wear it too much.  But, once again a belt has swooped in to save the day!  I spent some time looking at myself in this dress in the mirror trying to figure out what wasn’t working and I realized it was that the faux-wrap part of the dress hit me too high.  I often have issues with proportions in dresses because I have both long legs and a long torso so things are often too short and the seems often hit me in the wrong places. My small waist and large butt/hips/thighs don’t help matters.  I added this wide belt to visually lower the placement of the wrap.  The belt slightly overlaps the wrap making it look much wider.  The belt also adds a fun pop of color, making this an all over more exciting ensemble.

New Shoes!, originally uploaded by academichic.

I ran a half-marathon last weekend and then decided to do a total toning course a couple days later, so my legs are sore and my toes need special attention.  I assumed flats would be the most comfortable option, but for some reason of all my shoes (besides maybe my thick soled flip flops) these wedges proved the best option.  I wasn’t convinced they worked that well with my green and teal color combo, so I added wooden accessories to tie them in.

Earrings, originally uploaded by academichic.

Turns out, I am in love with this dress again – it’s fun and professional and is appropriate for both the classroom and my walk across campus in 80+ degree weather.  Plus, during a busy week, there is something to be said for an outfit primarily comprised of one piece!

15 April 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Color Combinations, Dresses for Day, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Teaching Outfits
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29 September 2009

September 29th, 2009 § 11 comments §

29 September 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Gray jeans: thrifted, skinnied by me
  • Cardi: Marshalls
  • Teal nursing tank: Old Navy
  • Wedges: thrifted

End Notes:

Ohhh, ankle length pants. So fraught. And yet, weirdly, so tempting for me. While preggers, no less.

While trying to come to terms with the fact that I really, really, REALLY wanted to wear these newly skinnied, thrifted jeans as ankle-length pants, I turned to the always helpful Angie at You Look Fab for enlightenment. Re-reading that post on The Horror of Ankle Length Pants, I did note that a special dispensation is granted to skinny pants, particularly if worn with heels. And I’m all about taking advantage of special dispensations.

At the beginning of a new fashion season, it’s worth looking again at relatively recent posts by both Angie and Sal (of Already Pretty) on taking “figure flattery guidelines” with a grain of salt. I like these skinny ankle-length jeans on me. I can’t honestly tell you that they are the most “flattering” pants that I own, nor can I rave that my legs look so long in them. But for whatever reason, this appeals to me on some aesthetic level and I’m ready to rock it.

Is there a figure-flattery “don’t” that you’ve grown attached to? Or a style “rule” that you’re planning to defy this fall?

29 September 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Office Hours, Pants Please, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual
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24 August 2009

August 24th, 2009 § 9 comments §

24 August 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

All remixed again and again.

  • Cream Cardigan – J Crew
  • Teal Tank – BR Outlet
  • Turquoise Necklace – Limited
  • Grey Skirt – Old Navy
  • Brown Wedges – Kenneth Cole Reaction, via DSW
  • Bag – China Town, NYC


As E. said, today was the meet and greet brunch for our department.  For me however, this was followed by a TA meeting, lunch with new graduate students, a workshop on managing stress (I just managed to feel more stressed about my stress) and finally to work a table at the graduate student resource fair.   It’s been a long day – hence the nighttime photo!

I knew I wanted to wear something I would be physically comfortable in all day, but also something that would make me feel confident and most like myself.  Today I was once again asking quite a bit of my outfit,  wanting it to covey my commitment to my studies and teaching, approachability, preparedness, and a sense of fun.

Teal on Teal, originally uploaded by academichic.

As I got dressed this morning and traveled to school, I found myself thinking about all of your great comments on Friday’s post.  Many of you commented that you feel you are always dressing for a number of people and are constantly aware that you are being judged on your appearance, but many of you all expressed that fashion and style can be freeing, empowering, and influential.  While I will continue to think about these ideas, and hope to continue this discussion here, today I did try to remember that ultimately, I am dressing for myself.  However, I do think that by feeling that I looked approachable likely made me exude an approachability to those around me and similarly, by feeling that I looked prepared and committed I was probably more confident in my various meetings.

I was very intrigued by reader N. who claimed that some of her undergraduate professors were “AWARE of their self-presentation and use it as a tool in the classroom (to discuss identity, class, gender, etc. ).”  I love the idea of this and have been thinking quite a bit about how I might put this into practice.  Any ideas on this?

I also loved the idea expressed by reader Krissie about wanting to be “the best, most fully rounded people we can be.” Academia can often be very insular (and isolating) – there is a strange disconnect from the outside world, which I find particularly problematic for the humanities.  I do think my interest in fashion and personal style is one of the many things that makes me a more well rounded individual and thus a better scholar.  This blog is an important creative outlet for me but also a form of field study!

Please keep all your great thoughts coming!  A.

New Shoes!, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Office Hours, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits, Theoretical
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19 August 2009 – Monochromatic Teal

August 19th, 2009 § 9 comments §

19 August 2009 – Monochromatic Teal, originally uploaded by academichic.
All endlessly remixed
  • Teal Tee – F21
  • Light Teal Tank – Gap
  • Denim Pencil Skirt – Gap
  • Brown Wedges – Kenneth Cole Reaction, via DSW


While I am no stranger to monochromatic neutrals, I find putting a monochromatic non-neutral-color outfit together rather challenging.  Part of this is that I just don’t have the clothes in my closet for a head to toe of any non-neutral color because I don’t have much in the way of colorful bottoms  (I used my one brightly colored skirt to create a monochromatic blue ensemble in the winter).  The other issue is that one of my new favorite tricks is to add color with my shoes but I hate matching my shoes to my outfit (unless they are a neutral).

However, even when I gave into a neutral bottom half and focused on the top, I still found this a difficult look to put together.  I decided to pick one of my favorite colors because it gave me numerous pieces to choose from.  Once I had decided on teal I just stared pulling everything teal out and found that this tank was pretty close to just being a lighter shade than the tee.

The real stretch for me came with the accessories.  My instinct was to either add a pop of another color or to break the teal up with a neutral.  I never would have thought of putting these turquoise beads with this top but I am actually really pleased with the result.

Teal on Teal, originally uploaded by academichic.
Jewelry Detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Layers Upon Layers, Office Hours, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue
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13 August 2009 – ThisClose

August 13th, 2009 § 18 comments §

13 August 2009 – ThisClose, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Blue green nursing tank: Old Navy
  • Cream cotton skirt: BR Outlet, remixed
  • Green scarf: thrifted
  • Silver slippers: some store in Queens

End Notes:

I think I am finding a new love for very tight analogous color combinations. One of my favorite winter outfits from this past year was a tight analogous pairing of yellow and yellow-orange, yet I seem to forget that these next door neighbor pairings work so well until reminded by our handy color wheel.

Today all it took was wrapping this thrifted, soft green scarf around my waist to add something a little extra to an otherwise plain tank-and-skirt combination. The scarf is long and narrow with a tiny beaded fringe, and I just tied a square knot in the back and let the ends hang.

13 August 2009 – ThisClose, originally uploaded by academichic.

It was the perfect, simple outfit for a walk with baby e.  in his stroller to run an errand. He’s not participating in our color review, but I think he looks quite fetching in this two-thirds combination of orange and green:

baby e, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Color Combinations, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, Skirting the Issue
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10 July 2009

July 10th, 2009 § 7 comments §

10 July 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


All remixed except flower pin

  • Teal Tee – F21
  • Lace Cami – BR
  • Skirt - American Eagle
  • Sandals – F21
  • Bag – Gap
  • Flower -Blue Onion Marketplace


Today I am just running a few errands and studying at a coffee shop.  I have had this skirt for years and  love it.  The problem is, I struggle with what to pair it with.  I have worn it a few times this spring and summer with a brown tee.  I tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to my few patterned pieces and i just repeat the same ensemble.  I have no problem mixing and matching solids, but prints still scare me a bit. I’, attempting to mix it up today with this teal tee but I think the bag really steals the look today!

Do you share a similar anxiety over pattern? How do you cope?  What would you pair with this print?

Print detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

Check out my fabulous fabric flower sent to us from Blue Onion Market Place!

Vintage looking fabric flowers have been all over the J. Crew catalogues for a while now, but my latest trip to the mall, I also spotted them attached to tanks and cardigans at Gap, H & M, and the like.  For my tastes, this particular flower is a bit large for the shoulder (though I know S. could pull it off beautifully), so instead I have attached the pin to my favorite old straw bag.   I think it really gives this bag new life and makes it a bit more special.

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Bag with flower, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, It's in the Bag, Mixing Patterns, Our Best Flatware, Skirting the Issue
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8 July 2009

July 8th, 2009 § 19 comments §

8 July 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


All remixed except new skirt and new shoes!

  • Teal Tank – BR Outlet
  • Grey Skirt – Old Navy
  • Wedges – Kenneth Cole, via DSW
  • Cardigan – J Crew Outlet
  • Necklace- Hawaii
  • Bracelet – Gift from S.


When I wear a new article of clothing, A2 calls it a “premier.”  I love this term!  It makes wearing my new item all the more exciting.  I think I have E. premiering her new clothes now too.   Today I premiered the skirt and the shoes!

New Shoes!, originally uploaded by academichic.

I purchased this grey chino pencil skirt last week at Old Navy to alternate with my go-to denim pencil skirt.  I never have any buyer’s guilt over practical items like this.  It’s a neutral, it’s three season, it’s a shape I know I love, and it was cheap.  The shoes felt like a bit more of a splurge!  I bought them while on vacation this weekend so I immediately questioned my purchase upon arriving home and unpacking them.  They were a great deal (marked down to $25), they are a neutral, and are, as it turns out, extremely comfortable!  But still the tinge of consumer remorse remains.  Do you suffer from buyer’s guilt?  Do you feel the need to keep the tags on new items for a few days?  Do you need someone to convince you your purchases where good ones?

8 July 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue
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21 April 2009

April 21st, 2009 § 11 comments §


21 April 2009 , originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Teal jersey dress – BR Outlet 
  • Green cami – BR Outlet, remixed 
  • Navy jacket – Forever 21, remixed 
  • Black belt – thrifted, remixed 
  • Velvet flats – J. Vincent, remixed 
  • Statement necklace – From Kimberly’s giveaway! 

This week we’re experimenting with style trends and how we adapt them to fit our wardrobes. One Spring 2009 trend that is showing up everywhere is the statement necklace. Kimberly rocks the statement jewelry quite often and lucky for me, I won her statement necklace giveaway, scoring this fabulous piece that I am wearing today! Thank you, Kimberly! 


Statement Necklace, originally uploaded by academichic.

I love the color of this necklace and, incidentally, I just found this jersey dress at the Banana Republic Outlet that matches the necklace color perfectly. I think this would make for a killer evening look; the necklace, the dress, a great pair of heels, and perhaps a pashmina draped over the shoulders.

But alas, it’s the end of the semester and all I’m seeing these evenings is the screen of my computer and the pages of my books.  I still wanted to adapt this look to fit my life right now and so I styled it for a day of teaching and meetings on campus. By adding a flat shoe (this is also by necessity since it’s only day two post-marathon) and a fitted jacket, the statement necklace and dress combo become  business-casual and day-wear ready!  S.


21 April 2009 – Day wear ready, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Dresses for Day, Dresses for Evening, Office Hours, Our Best Flatware, Teaching Outfits
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