Today, I'm looking a bit worse for the wear. I woke up at 4AM with itchy, watery eyes (thanks fall weather!) and I may look a bit like someone with a recreational drug habit today. And my hair won't go out of "modified Carol Brady" lately, but that's OK. Buster still likes me.
I tried to incorporate your great thoughts about wearing a jeans based outfit in the classroom. Today, my students are watching a film so and having a discussion (we learn about the Spanish American war as a case study, and then we use that "historical data" to analyze theories of war. Since many have woeful memories of high school history, this serves as a catch up). Since I'll be sitting most of the day, I thought the 3" oxford, inspired by Ephemera, would be appropriate.
Some folks asked really great questions about how I may be perceived by fellow faculty members, and E-Jo made a great comment about how junior faculty do cutting edge research, and likewise can probably get away with pushing boundaries in the classroom. I like that idea a lot. While I won't be showing up in anything inappropriate, skin wise, I think that clothing norms at both my school and my department are very broad and diverse (like our students!). And I have very high regard of my fellow department members and I believe them to be fair, open-minded and nonjudgmental. I mean, my research is quite non-mainstream but they liked it.
Edit: I belted it and took a quick picture. Which is better: loose or belted?