It's freaking hot in Brooklyn, with a high of 87. It's not that I can't handle heat, but it was cold early this week, so the sudden shift in temperature is disorienting. In addition, I don't know how to dress cute for heat. I've heard other bloggers discuss this. In cooler weather, I rely on tights, jackets, cardigans, scarves, and other cool kinds of layering to add interest to my outfit, but in heat, I don't want anything but the bare minimum amount of fabric to cover my body. I put on Blokey's denim shirt to go buy apples but I was forced to take it off and suffered with sweat. Oh well. Maybe this blog will encourage me to consider summer jewelry, because my extensive collection of summery dresses may not be enough.
As for my "summer boots" wear, this outfit borrows from the "young people" I've seen folding down their lace up boots on the subways (and in my classroom):
So what does the Rad prof do during unseasonably nice weather? Work on revisions for a paper, of course! My desk has been overtaken by drafts, other papers, and my mind full of thoughts on how to be more brilliant. In the academic publishing world, R&R means revise and resubmit, and I've been sitting on one since our wedding. Oops. I was lucky to get approached by a journal to submit a conference paper, and they gave pretty good guidelines for the changes, but I had to get some distance from my work for a bit. Now I am refreshed (somewhat) and inspired. I'd like to submit this before the end of finals. No rest and relaxation for now.
But yesterday, I did attend a May Day event. Since I've been heavy on the politics here lately, I'll spare you the details. But I did get a good shot of tourists gawking at us:
As you can see, this thrifted (early 90s?) dress is short. I am comfortable showing a certain amount of leg (not while teaching, of course, and I remain reticent about showing bony shoulders), but I need modesty strategies. (If the weather were in the 70s, I'd throw on some leggings). It's windy and stuff here. Too many times, I've unwittingly reproduced "Some Like it Hot" in a less sexy manner with fuller skirts. Damn you, omnipresent subway grates. I'm intrigued by the Pettipants, which Audi and Erin have raved about, but haven't gotten on the ball with ordering a pair. I've read about other bloggers using bloomers, so here I am wearing a pair of very short bike shorts. I am also considering getting some lace ones (maybe making some?) that would peek out. (Here are some options or inspirations: Boscov's, NY&Co (I'd trim these), Top shop, Sears, ebay)Hemlines have been pretty high for a few seasons. What are you summertime dress/skirt modesty?
Dress: "Vintage Blues" (such a 90s brand) via Brown Elephant Resale (Chicago)
Denim Western Shirt: early 2000s Gap, borrowed from Blokey