It took me longer than usual getting dressed today, because this outfit needs to project some degree of competence. Our program of study at work is getting evaluated by folks from the outside, and part of the evaluation is a dinner. I like meeting strangers and chatting about stuff. One of my students said, "You spend a lot of time schmoozing." I guess I do, although one wouldn't think of the professoriate as a job that requires a lot of socializing. (C'mon, we're nerds! Give us our windowless rooms with books).
I wanted to go jeans and a blazer, but I also wanted to wear my new spectators (purchased for the wedding. They can only be justifed if they make it into everyday wear). I have a good black blazer but only vintage brown ones, and they just didn't match with my jeans. Maybe I need some higher waisted, trouser style jeans. So I went with an old faithful. Thrifted vintage double knit polyester A line skirt, the swapped cardigan, and swapped short scarf. I think this outfit has kind of a 50s vibe, with the spectators. I tried to be daring with the weird nude print tights, which might just be too daring for mixed company.
Close up of shoes/tights
Cardigan: JCrew, swapped
Skirt, probably handmade, thrifted (Minneapolis)
Tights: Kmart (I had to go there to get a slip)
Shoes: Tahari, via Ebay