Regular People Wear Their Clothes

...in which two teachers attempt to be fashionable while wearing the clothes that are in their closets

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Skinny pants and heels

I got a lot of compliments on this outfit, mostly related to the skinny pants/kitten heel combination. I’ve never really worn it before, but based on the response I think I will be experimenting more with variations of this look during the spring and summer! 

Shirt: Anthropologie, ca. 2014

Pants: Anthropologie, ca. 2013

Shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction, ca. 2006

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Summer is Coming

I know that in Westeros, winter is coming. But I live in California, and here it’s like 80 degrees, which means it’s time for the summer dresses!

Dress: Anthropologie, ca. 2013

Cardigan: Gap Outlet, ca. 2012

Shoes: Butter, resale, ca. 2013

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Spring Break!

We’re on spring break so I’ve been separated from my photographer (Hi, Stefanie!), but here’s a glimpse into what I’ve been wearing.

It’s been a bit cold and rainy, so sweaters, scarves, jeans, and boots have been the uniform! 

Scarf: Handknit, ca. 2014 (Free Pattern: Nae)

Sweater: Anthropologie, ca. 2013

Jeans: Anthropologie, ca. 2013

Booties: Aerosoles, hand-me-down from Stefanie, ca. 2014

P.S. Please note that I DID MY HAIR.

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What I Learned from the Professional Challenge

Well, the professional challenge is officially over, and I made it! I didn’t end up posting as much as I would have liked, but I did not wear jeans to work during our third quarter. (With one exception: one day I left work at noon to fly to Washington DC, so I wore jeans that day to facilitate travel comfort. I felt like that was justified.)

Towards the the end of the challenge I was on BART with my class during morning commute hours, and I was doing my usual people watching and outfit analysis. (Ever since I’ve had this blog, I can’t stop noticing what everyone is wearing.) Here’s what I noticed: the people who I felt looked most professional and ready for their day were not necessarily wearing the fanciest outfits. It had more to do with how “put together” they looked—that is, their hair, jewelry, the coordination and care with which it appeared they had selected their outfit. Whether or not they were wearing jeans (or other casual clothes) had very little to do with it. 

So, this is what I’ve learned from my professional challenge:

1) It is important to have pants that fit.

2) I need to do my hair. (If this sounds familiar, it’s because I have posted about it many times before. And yet I still don’t do my hair.)

3) It doesn’t matter whether or not I wear jeans, it matters that I’m thoughtful about how I present myself.

Jeans: Red Engine, ca. 2012

Cardigan: Old Navy, gift, ca. 2013

Shirt: Ann Taylor Outlet, ca. 2013

Boots: Softwalk, ca. 2006

Necklace: Renegade Craft Fair, ca. 2012

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Breaking the rules

My number one fashion rule is “never wear anything you’re old enough to have pictures of yourself looking ridiculous in the first time it was in style.”

I am breaking that rule today by wearing leg warmers with pumps. I may not have actually worn leg warmers with pumps in the 80’s when it was popular, but that’s only because my mom wouldn’t buy me high heels. I definitely wore this look with flats a time or two.

Today’s fashion advice: Go ahead and wear it if you want to. Who cares about the rules.

Dress: Banana Republic, ca. 2013

Leggings: Target, ca. 2013

Leg warmers: Handknit, ca. 2014 (Pattern: Salander)

Shoes: Butter, resale, ca. 2013

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Denim & Dots

What’s better than a moto-style denim sweatshirt and polka dot dress?  If you think of something, let me know!

Sweatshirt/Jacket: Gap, ca. 2013

Dress: H&M, ca. 2013

Leggings: Target, ca. 2012

Boots: Jeffrey Campbell, ca. 2004

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You can do it!

That’s what I keep telling my boots each morning when I put them on.  They’re definitely on their last leg (or foot!), but I’m hoping they’ll last a few more months!

Jeans: Gap, ca. 2012

Top: Joe Fresh, ca. 2012

Jacket: Uniqlo, ca. 2013

Boots: Jeffrey Campbell, ca. 2004

Scarf: Boden, ca. 2014

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Cheat Day

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I was cheating a bit on my denim challenge today since this top isn’t exactly made of denim.  But, it does look denimish, so I went for it:)

Top: Gap, ca. 2014

Skirt: Old Navy, ca. 2013

Leggings: Target, ca. 2011

Boots: Jeffrey Campbell, ca. 2004

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Welcome Back, Trouser Jeans!

This denim challenge is encouraging me to wear perfectly good jeans that have just been sitting in my closet for a while.  It was a teeny bit warm (hurray for the high 60s!), so I was excited to wear sandals with my favorite trouser jeans.

Trouser Jeans: Gap, ca. 2008

Top: Gap, ca. 2013

Jacket: Uniqlo, ca. 2013

Scarf: Forever 21, ca. 2014

Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters, ca. 2011

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Hand-me-downs are the best!

I’m finally starting to wear booties—I know, I’m a year or too late for that trend, better late then never—but until the other day I only had one really old pair. (Were these also trendy 10 years ago? I think I only ever wore them under boot cut jeans back then.) I’ve been wearing the older ones a lot lately, but then Stefanie gave me this new pair that didn’t quite fit her. Thanks, Stefanie!

Also, like everyone else in the blog-o-sphere, I’m tired of my winter clothes and ready for spring and summer. So today I wore my dress of the summer with a long-sleeved shirt and skinny black pants to keep me warm.

Dress: Many Belles Down, ca. 2012

Pants: Gap, ca. 2013

White shirt: Gap, ca. 2003

Booties: Aerosoles, hand me down from Stefanie, ca. 2014