21 April 2011 – Pop

April 22nd, 2011 § 5 comments §

22 April 2011 - Pop


Tunic: Tucker for Target
Belt: thrifted
Jeans: Old Navy maternity
Wedges: Crown Royale Vintage, via DSW

End Notes:

It’s ended up being a crazy week in my household and while I opted for easy earlier this week, yesterday I’m went for can’t-help-but-smile.

When I was pregnant with little e., the first time that I belted below the bump was a big deal to me, both personally and stylistically. This time around, I’m more comfortable with my changing shape, and it’s time once again to embrace a silhouette that is preggers-specific.

22 April 2011 - Pop

22 April 2011 - Pop

And now, it’s time to hustle everyone off to the airport for a weekend visit to N.’s family for Easter…

PS. Here are a few other ways I’ve remixed this bright floral tunic.

I Passed! 14 November 2010 - Poppy 22 December 2010 - Flower Child Work With What You've Got

Category: Maternity Style, Pants Please, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual
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25 March 2011 – Dear Winter, I’m Ignoring You

March 25th, 2011 § 9 comments §

25 March 2011 – Dear Winter, I’m Ignoring You, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Tunic: Tucker for Target
  • Belt: Gap Outlet
  • Skirt: Anthropologie
  • Leggings: Gap
  • Wellies: Banana Republic

End Notes:

This wasn’t quite how I envisioned this outfit going. I was thinking bare legs and cognac boots, maybe tights and sandals if things went just right. But, alas, I woke up to snow this morning and so it was thick leggings and two-tone wellies in deference to winter’s lingering hold.

And this is how I feel about that:

For whatever reason, in the mirror I wasn’t getting so much of an angled, shirt tail hem with the tunic, and I’m not sure if I like it that much over the full but stiff-ish skirt below. But, I of course love the color pairing, and I can definitely imagine revising this outfit with the skirt over the tunic. That will have to wait, however, until I have a little less going on in front.

(Contrary to what yesterday’s photos suggest, the belly is still here.)

There’s something about patterned garments that make me feel emboldened to take more style risks over all, whether in proportions or color pairings or pattern mixing. So while I might not be in love with this remix overall, I have to admit that I’m proud of myself for wearing this tunic in three significantly different ways this week. And, to reader Sara, I believe that you’ll see this with my floaty white skirt in the near future…

25 March 2011 - Dear Winter, I'm Ignoring You 23 March 2011 - For Play 23 March 2011 - For Work

P.S. Did you see Tania and Kelsey offer up even more remixes a couple of days ago?

Category: Color Combinations, Maternity Style, Our Best Flatware, Skirting the Issue
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23 March 2011 – For Work and For Play

March 23rd, 2011 § 18 comments §

23 March 2011 – For Play, originally uploaded by academichic.

23 March 2011 – For Work, originally uploaded by academichic.


In both:

  • Dress/tunic: Tucker for Target
  • Riding pants: Target

For play:

  • Belt: Gap Outlet
  • Scarf: Target, gift from mother-in-law
  • Bag: Banana Republic, gift from mother-in-law
  • Riding pants: Target
  • Shoes: DSW

For work:

  • Tank: Target
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Shoes: Steve Madden

End Notes:

I, too, succumbed to the siren call that is this magenta Tucker for Target posy frock, among the dresses reissued a week and a half ago. I really think that approximately one-fifth of the style blogging world owns this dress now…but that’s all the more reason to remix it, right?

I’m uncertain how many precious inches of skirt length my pregnancy curves are taking up right now, but it’s quite possible that I will never quite manage to wear this as a “dress,” per se. Still, the bright colors, delightful print, easy shape, and full button up front make this a great piece to wear through pregnancy and into a post-partum fall, even though it may only ever exist as a tunic in my book.

Over the weekend, N., little e., my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and I all biked to a historic Italian neighborhood and spent the morning sampling bakery goods and poking our heads into cooking and soap shops. For our excursion, I chose warming pieces — a thin cardigan and scarf — that could easily be stripped off for biking and then put back on for meandering. These wallabee wedges provided a comfortable and sturdy base, and my new spacious green bag (thanks, mom-in-law!) carried the usual wallet, phone, and keys, plus little e.’s diaper changing paraphernalia, snacks, cup, and spare owl. (Yes, we keep a spare owl blanket around for little e.) The best thing is that I got to wear most of my favorite colors ALL AT ONCE. Whee!

I liked the color pairing of this top with the olive riding pants, so I decided to tweak things a bit to make it more appropriate for a teaching day. A navy tank served as a “vest” and I punched up the colors even more with turquoise suede pumps. In case you haven’t noticed, I sorely missed my colored pumps during the colder months and I’m so happy to have them back in outfit rotation.

I’m betting this tunic will make one more appearance during my self-imposed week of florals, and I welcome remixing or color palette suggestions. I’m thinking I could perhaps tuck it into a full skirt and have it serve as a blouse?

Category: Color Combinations, Maternity Style, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Teaching Outfits, Weekend Wear
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25 February 2011 – Work With What You’ve Got

February 25th, 2011 § 17 comments §

Work With What You've Got


  • Cardigan: H&M, thrifted
  • Tunic: Tucker for Target
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Jeans: Old Navy
  • Wedges: Lauren by Ralph Lauren

End Notes:

I didn’t come up with this outfit on my own. I really should have. After all, both this tunic and cardigan were in my 30 for 30 capsule wardrobe. Thankfully, the one-that-got-away was reeled back in once I looked at my wardrobe with fresh eyes, having “shopped” for ideas elsewhere. (And yes, I just used a fishing metaphor. I’m not sure why since I have no real point of reference for that.)

For me, playing with Banana Republic’s spring line was like getting to play in someone else’s closet. Someone who gets to wear a lot of silk. In that closet, it was a no-brainer to top off this ruffled, red-orange print top with a structured military jacket while keeping things sleek and simple on the bottom with jeans and statement heels.

Ruffles In Command


What made the outfit for me was the combination of voluminous ruffles under military structure, and I immediately started thinking about how I could translate to the clothes already in my closet.

Now, let’s be honest. My own jeans, though cheaper, are doing my legs lots of favors. That’s why I own them. As for the top, I knew I didn’t own something with such peplum-like ruffles at the bottom. But, I wondered if I could tweak this Tucker for Target tunic to mimic the effect. A hidden belt and some strategic blousing let me adjust the length of the tunic to the optimal hip-mitigating length. I think the trick here was making sure that the “blousing line” of the tunic was noticeably higher than the bottom edge of the cardigan, creating a play with proportions rather than a heavy horizontal line. And that’s the best thing about re-interpreting outside inspiration for the garments you already own! You already know that your pieces fit and flatter you or you know how to use them to their best advantage. I love it when an outfit comes together as a mix of new inspiration and old favorites.

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Thanks for indulging our dress-up this week. It was a treat to take a little bit of a week off from daily photos and to show you some of our inspiration for the coming season.

Category: Academichic Product Review, Color Combinations, Pants Please, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual
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22 December 2010 – Flower Child

December 22nd, 2010 § 12 comments §

22 December 2010 – Flower Child, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Cardigan: Pretty Good, Marshalls
  • Tunic: Tucker for Target
  • Earrings: Target
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Jeans: Gap, swapped with A.
  • Wedges: thrifted

End Notes:

I promised a reader that I would remix this Tucker for Target tunic one more time before I left for the holidays. This is for you, Jessie!

I think I might still have some residual 30 for 30 in my system, since all of these items are pieces I’ve worn in the not too recent past. But, I love how the tunic’s print and the wide leg jeans both have a boho retro vibe, and how belting and blousing the tunic and cardigan give a new length and shape to everything.

My to-do list for our imminent departure to Houston and then Honolulu is still pretty hefty, but check back soon for a fun twist on a packing post. (Which, honestly, hinges on whether or not I can fit husband N., baby e., and myself into two carry-on bags again…)

Category: Office Hours, Pants Please, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual
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Pre and Post

December 1st, 2010 § 29 comments §

Pre-Defense, originally uploaded by academichic.

Post-Defense, originally uploaded by academichic.



  • Blazer: C&C
  • Eggplant top: Banana Republic Factory
  • Belt: thrifted
  • Skirt: Gap, old hand me down from SIL
  • Tights: Hue
  • Booties: Steve Madden Ollie
  • Mini brooches: Forever 21
  • Scarf: Chinatown NYC (below)
  • Coat: JCrew (below)


  • Tunic: Tucker for Target Electric Blooms
  • Gold belt: thrifted
  • Shorts: thrifted, chopped
  • Tights: Target
  • Bracelet: gift from A.
  • Oxfords: Civico 10 via DSW
  • Euphoria: self-made

End Notes:

Remember that big qualifying exam I took two weeks ago? Yesterday was my oral defense portion, followed by the scary moment when the professors ask you to leave the room while they deliberate your fate.

In an appropriate reflection of my anxious state of mind, yesterday was bitterly cold and gray. We snapped these pictures literally right before I left for campus, and you can tell that I was nervous and jittery. Let’s be frank: sometimes, not even a great outfit can overcome nerves.

But…after being thoroughly grilled for over an hour, I passed! Hallelujah! And this is how I felt about that:

Today’s outfit — in all its pattern mixing, wild colored, gold highlighted, ruffles and wool glory — is a fairly accurate representation of my thankfulness and excitement over clearing one more big academic hurdle. Today’s outfit is not about being pretty or flattering my body to its best advantage. Today’s outfit is about being exuberant and playful and not worrying about rules or requirements for just a little bit.

Category: Color Combinations, Mixing Patterns, Proportionally, Reaching New Heights, Research Casual, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits, The Short of It
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