So I happily bring the uncomfortableness of the feminine to the party. (Blokey gives a thumbs up, which I appreciate as he'll have to stand with me). Last year, I wore something shorter (but with leggings. I got asked politely if I was the secretary by some folks, and I don't care if this happens again). I know it's hardly a big act to dress the way you want to a social event, but this outfit is one tiny act in a larger attempt for me to boldly accept and express myself, without shame or fear. I figure it's good for folks to meet a young looking woman professor who dresses like a young woman.
What are your thoughts? Are you concerned about censoring your sexuality around co-workers, even at social events? Do you think I've picked foolishly (there's still time for me to change the outfit) and damn it, I should add a few inches? Or do think that PhD should be open minded enough to recognize that hemlines are just inches and folks should be free to dress as they please?
Edit: It's chillier outside than I thought so I will likely add grey tights to this outfit, which I think changes the modesty balance a lot.
Without the jacket, I think there is probably too much skin. I think upper arms are more intimate that legs, though.
Blazer: Banana Republic
Dress: Mir 101 (?) from Cliche (it came with a hoodie and I cut it out)
Belt: Not Just Vintage
Camisole: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Aerosoles, thrifted