Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to School - Oxford Comma

I did say I would participate in the Fashionable Academics "Back to School Conference," but I felt guilty because I'm not going back to school in any way, shape or form. I haven't been a student in over 10 years!

However, this doesn't stop me from playing with a student-y academic theme this week:
I kind of threw everything but the kitchen sink into this. I'm not sure if it works, but I liked it.

I liked the mash-up of the menswear items (velvet vest, button-down, L's bright red tie) and the girlier things (brooch, necklace, bracelet), especially these shoes:
They're the ones I got in Paris in May, and I've only worn them once.

A shot of all the chestal business:
The necklace is a double-strand. I hooked one of the strands through the pin on the cross brooch to evoke a watch-fob and chain sort of vibe.

The stuff:
Funky shoes, eh? I liked all the different patterns and textures in this: the window-pane plaid pants, the deep black velvet vest, the grey striped shirt, the spotted and striped tie, and all the swirly patterns in the jewelry.

A close-up:
The little cross brooch is the other thing of Grandma W's that I took (from her memorial table). It's missing a little seed pearl, but I like the bright blue stone. It's not top-of-the-line quality, but it's a solid little piece and I love it.

Vest (Surrey Classics, consignment), shirt (Club Monaco, consignment), pants (Esprit), shoes (Belle Women), tie (L's, Tommy Hillfiger), necklace (Plum), bracelet (St. Paul's Cathedral), brooch (Grandma W's).


  1. I LOVE it! Menswear looks have always been my favorite. I love the blue oxfords and trousers.

  2. TOTALLY funky shoes...love me'...and all the jewelry too...you did great!

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  3. That looks very hip, but I would be extremely shocked to ever see a student looking that hip in these days of public pajama-wearing.

  4. Yay for academic themed week. I'm looking forward to it. Awesome shoes, of course, because you have the best shoes of anyone in the blogosphere!

  5. Fun outfit! (I like the "Conservative for Me" label).

  6. Those shoes are insanely awesome! I, for one, am very glad you're participating even though you're not actually returning to school yourself.

  7. those shoes are FIERCE!
    loving this whole look -- it may be inspiring me to piece together a totally over-the-top academia-inspired menswear look myself...

  8. What an AWESOME way to style up a vest!

  9. Ohmigod. Yer wonderful. And putting this academic to shame. I'm totally changing my plan for the conference based on your awesomeness.

    And I don't think it's too much business in the chestal region at all. It's perfection, especially with the bright (is it) pink tie!

  10. Loving this look - I've been trying to pluck up the courage to wear a tie to work - you may have just persuaded me to give it a whirl!

  11. An appealing combination of items. And menswear always looks good on attractive women.

  12. Thanks, Megan! I felt very daring.

    Collete, thanks.

    Thanks, Cynthia, I know...this is more of an idealized "student" fashion statement. :) Pajamas...shameful!

    Wendy, totally!

    SU, yes, yay! Aw, thank you! I do my best.

    Thanks, Kate, and thank you for commenting!

    Rebecca, thanks. Hee, I wasn't sure if anyone would notice that.

    LaHdM, thanks! I do enjoy a theme.

    EvaNadine, thanks! I'd love to see your look.

    Sal, thank you!

    A-Dubs, you are too sweet. Thank you! It's a red tie.

    Thanks, Cat!

    Tat, you should do it! Go for it!

    shybiker, thank you!

    Natasha, thanks!

  13. I like this... the tie and the chains are perfect.
    I have not worn a tie in ages, maybe I should.


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