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31 January 2011 @ 01:46 pm
getting dressed in winter is like reverse archaeology.  
I'm having a very "I'm Chandler, could I be wearing any more clothes?" kind of day today. I'm wearing:

1 pair navy blue tights, under
1 pair black leggings, under
1 pair white knee-high socks, under
1 pair tall brown boots. (You can see the white socks peeking out over the tops. This is about as trendy as I get. I am also wearing)
1 gray cotton racerback tank dress, which only looks normal when I layer things over it, so I am also wearing
1 dark gray scoopneck shirt with 3/4 sleeves, under
1 black cardigan with 3/4 sleeves.

And sometimes a bright berry-colored scarf. (North Face calls this sort of color "loganberry," which I only know because I recently bought a new winter hat from them, and it turns out that it matches this scarf almost exactly.) During the evening's talk, I may have to break out my dark gray arm warmers, because I wouldn't want to leave that little bit of skin between my sweater cuffs and my wrists exposed. (I get really, really cold during talks in the English department building. It's kind of ridiculous.)

I ran into a classmate in the hallway--well, I say "ran into"; what actually happened was that she called out to me specifically to exclaim "You're wearing a skirt! In all the years I've known you, I don't think I've ever seen that." Hee. She missed last semester's skirt renaissance, so her statement is undoubtedly true.

But it's not snowing today, and there are fewer deep slushy puddles around (at least until tomorrow, when the cycle starts again, hooray), so this was my one chance to sneak in an outfit that wasn't just sweater + jeans tucked into snow boots.
cschellscschells on January 31st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
I would totally wear that outfit! I have such trouble figuring out how to wear skirts and dresses in the winter here in southern California, because it's too chilly for sandals most days, but not quite cold enough to pull off tights and boots, IMO. I went out in a long skirt, bare legs and wool-lined clogs the other day, and wore a shapeless long wool cardigan over my t-shirt to complete the frumpy earth-mother look. I was hoping I could pull it off as some kind of ironic commentary on the post-modern suburban faux homesteader movement or something... I probably just looked dumpy, but it was very comfortable.
tempestsarekind: corset pouttempestsarekind on January 31st, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, comfort is my first criterion for getting dressed! Also, I am usually cold enough for tights and boots, so that makes it easier. :)
clean all the things!!!: fashionthepresidentrix on February 1st, 2011 08:35 am (UTC)

Btw, about the sock trend:

I read fashion blogs when I am feeling insecure - which I shouldn't, because in general they only make me feel more insecure. All the women are so pressed and chic and have J Crew whatnots in beautiful colors that fit perfectly and which they typically, even-more-irritatingly, thrifted. Which they can do because they wear normal sizes, and nice stuff in their size actually shows up in thrift shops. And they give advice about how you should stop buying cheap stuff that wears out and only keep the items in your wardrobe that satisfy an enormously long list of criteria (fit, quality, condition, usefulness for multiple different outfits, adherence to your Total Style Vision), and it makes me want to yank my hair out, because *nothing* in my wardrobe is all those things at once; I use imperfect clothes as imperfect solutions to fix other imperfect clothes, and the handful of pieces I can count on to make me happy absolutely every time I put them on are the ones that sort of insist on being worn exactly the same way EVERY TIME. I mean, they go with *nothing else. And I just think, 'Egad, if these fancy women with their fancy stuff and their apparently fancy - but still somehow oh-so-sensible? - budgets saw me, they'd be, like, ew, what a poseur, why can't she be more like us! With our myriad fashion options taken for granted?!

Anyhoo. *heh*

(Disgruntled much?)

But on one of the blogs in question, the blogger had the awesomest solution for perfecting that cuff-of-sock-above boot look: she chops the tops off of socks and just arranges the resulting tubes over her leggings at exactly the right height! In fact, I believe she said her example sock-tubes were discarded socks of her sons', which had developed holes in the toes, so she stole them!

That's my kind of 'fashion.' :o)

Edited at 2011-02-01 08:48 am (UTC)
tempestsarekind: i love freema's bunny facetempestsarekind on February 1st, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
You don't go commando in another man's fatigues!

Sometimes I look at academic fashion blogs because it's nice to get some ideas for things one could wear for teaching that aren't cut blazers or suits, but I know what you mean. Somehow they have these perfect wardrobes, and friends who buy them presents from Anthropologie for the really expensive stuff, and their other friends give them amazing "hand-me-down" sweaters and such. I have a closet full of old T-shirts that I can't get rid of because then I'd have nothing to wear, and can't afford to replace.

And yeah--it would be nice to be able to buy the expensive quality items, but I don't live in Stylebloglandia, where somehow a grad student stipend can provide you with a luxurious lifestyle.

That is an awesome solution, though! I basically wore the socks because, ooh, an extra layer of fabric to keep out the cold! But if I were going for style, that would have been a good way to go about it. (Actually, I just found these socks when I went home for winter break--I used to have a collection of white, navy blue, and "forest green" knee socks because of my high-school uniform, only I never wore them because they wouldn't stay up. Clearly, I should have been wearing them over my tights all that time.)