Lots of fellow bloggers have had great luck mixing patterns, like Elaine of Clothed Much and A. of Academichic (just to name a few). I am so timid about patterns in general. This is as close as I've gotten thus far. Patterned black tights with a patterned jersey dress. It's an example of one of my "fast fall back outfits" for teaching (or anything): jersey dress, cardigan, tights, and boots/booties (with a belt if I'm feeling adventurous or want to be more tailored).
I never thought twice about the appropriateness of this outfit for work, where there are lots of young men aged 18-24. But today, I was walking by a table of dudes who were hanging, and one of them shouted out, "Professor!" I know him, said, hello, and I heard one of his friends say, "Damn, is that a professor?" I looked in the mirror and tried to figure out if the outfit is too "sexy." I am covering up all the major parts, other than that elusive collarbone (the dress isn't too short, the jersey isn't too tight), so I decided that maybe I just look good today. Nothing wrong with that, professor or not.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to my Irish and Irish-at-heart friends. And thank you for all the lovely congrats and well wishes on our wedding. Getting back to normal life has been harder than I thought, but the teaching week is thankfully almost over.
Dress: H&M (3 seasons ago), sale ($15)