Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dressing for the home office; Dressing my best

I'm following La Historiadora de Moda's advice of dressing up a bit even when you're working from home. I haven't been working at home without major errands or meetings during the school week for a while now, so this gave me a chance to wear a skirt that I've decided is a bit too tight for teaching, but perfect for casual settings. It is helping with productivity. This outfit is also late following up to Eyeliah of Style Symmetry's challenge to wear 100% vintage for one week. I was challenging myself to go 100% thrifted/second hand just once, and it was really hard. Here, my glasses aren't thrifted but everything else is. Ooh, I am also "faking" a necklace by wearing a chain from my defunct fruit basket (we replaced them with better chain links) around my neck to fake the "chain link" design on the tunic.

I am smiling (which I tend not to do in outfit posts) to express my happiness with the the body I have, in the spirit of the Academichic's upcoming "Dress your Best Week." Here are my (for now) my five favorite things about my body (and then I will "dress" to play up these part during the week of May 10-14):

1) Legs
2) Cheekbones
3) Wrists
4) Skin tone (that’s weird, but I like my skin color)
5) Hips

I wanted to include but my big big head with holds my big brain, which I helps me think about big problems like explaining the structural causes of Global South debt to my students, but I think this exercise is supposed to maintain mind-body dualism.*

If you're a blogger, I'd encourage you to participate, and if not, I'd love to hear what your top five might be!

Tunic (as top), H&M, swap/gifted
Skirt: Uniqlo, thrifted
Wedges: Aerosole, thrifted
Belt: thrifted
"chain" link necklace: off a defunct hanging fruit basket

*Some folks who study philosophy taught me this. I'm definitely not a professor of philosophy, not matter what the degree says.


  1. Wow, you look amazing in that photo, your legs look soooo long!

    I like the thought of "dress your best" - I might just do that for the rest of the week! Thanks for sharing the challenge.

  2. Love this! You definitely have hot legs. So jealous. I don't know what my top five are.. I'll have to think about that and get back to you later!

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  3. You look great, and I love that color on you! :)

  4. You look stunning in this photo!! I love the origins of your necklace, too. I was actually wondering where you got it before I scrolled down.

  5. You look very professional. I also like the chain. Brilliant! I do also sometimes dress up just to have an enough tension to focus on work at home. Do you teach finance? -Hyunju

  6. Thanks for all the lovely compliments, kind bloggy buddies. I'm hoping to hear your top five sometime too.
    Hyunju: I teach international relations and the politics of globalization to mostly uninterested undergraduates. But I have some star students who are so awesome that it's worth it. I'll stay up late to make class good for them! What about you? Do you teach econ?


    (well, you know what i mean)

  8. (Um I should probably point out to other commenters that Rad and I are friends in real life -- I'm not just a creepy cyber stalker.)

  9. LOVE that smile! Woo hoo! And you look fantastically sexy in this ensemble, lady.

  10. First, WOW.

    Second, is it bad that I have trouble coming up with five things? Here are three:
    1. calves
    2. hands, especially my fingernails
    3. back

    I'll go away and have a think about more.

  11. I love the print on your top and that is awesome that you are wearing a basket chain!

  12. Haha, I love your impromptu necklace!

    Interesting idea, dressing your best to get more done... maybe my sweats are the reason that I'm so unproductive working from home!

  13. Hahaha! I'm not sure anyone should be taking my advice right now, as I'm now suffering from insomnia (fucking dissertation) and possibly don't know what the hell I'm talking about - except I do know exactly what I'm talking about when I say you look super hot in this outfit!

  14. Ditto, or ibid, or whatever means I second what everyone else has said about this brilliant home-office ensemble. Also, only a uniquely big-brained fashionista looks at a fruit basket chain and thinks, "I can rock that." Nicely played, your doctoral smartness. Nicely played.

  15. Woohoo, that is a HOT shot, and a killer outfit! You look absolutely fantastic in long shorts. WOW. I had no idea they were supposed to look like that. SO GREAT.

  16. I teach marketing and consumer behavior. International mkt is my favorite chapter to teach in marketing class. I show this video clip before I move on to the chapter content for undergrad students. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY. Time to put things together for my summer class. I am a ph.d student yet;) -Hyunju