Welcome to my first (only?) edition of Fashion Fridays, which will be a wear-to-work focused post. Lots of blogs catch up on the latest fashion trends and share their styles on Fridays, and since I've been in a bit of a blog-topic-slump, I thought I would do the same. If this makes you groan, don't worry - it won't be a regular feature. I'm not the most fashionable person in the planet, and there is simply no way I could come up with new finds every single week. I'm lucky if I find one new thing per season that I like. My fashion sense is 40% what my sister-in-law tells me (she works in the biz!), 40% what I see at Ross/Marshall's (I have a tight budget!), and 30% what I see on Pintrest. Read: no creativity.
That being said, I've started to feel the need to step up my professional dress. The first few years of graduate school, I spent most of my time in an office that was fairly casual or in class, where jeans/t-shirts were totally appropriate. Now, I'm frequently teaching undergraduates (and trying to convince them that I'm not 18 years old) and treating cancer patients, so I have been wanting to dress up a bit more, but I'm kind of tired of my clothes (which consist of approximately 17 dresses, 3 skirts, and 3 work appropriate shirts). My new favorite look? The pencil skirt and a tucked in shirt!
(Both from NY & Company)
...Except I don't particularly think I'd look good in either of those shirts, but, you get the idea. Yes... I know this is not earth-shattering, brand-new fashion... but it's not something I normally wear, so it's new to me! So last weekend I attempted a shopping trip. Let me tell you, shopping is hard work! I think I learned my lesson - I need to go with a buddy. Shopping on my own just leads to despair: nothing comes in my size, or things don't fit right, or I catastrophize over spending too much money on clothing. Despite these hurdles, I managed to buy TWO skirts and TWO tops last weekend.
The one on the left is from New York & Company; the one on the right is from Macy's. I am not 100% sold on the bandage look of the skirt on the right, but I realllly wanted a khaki colored skirt and was having a lot of trouble finding one!
It took me a ridiculously long time to find a white blouse that wasn't see-through, but hooray, I found it (at New York and Company). The shirt on the right is from Target and it's not all that dressy, but I think it still is nice enough for work/clinic. While I was out, I also was really tempted to buy anything/everything in kelly green / "emerald isle" green.
I'm not 100% sure if I look good in this color, but I reallllly like it. It makes me smile. Not even sure why. I also was very tempted by skinny jeans in bright blue and bright red. Is that still a thing? Can I wear it even though I'm not 20 years old? I spend a lot of time with undergrads so sometimes I get confused about what's age appropriate dress. Anyway, I might have to make a second shopping trip to pick up some of these green items.
So, I'm trying to diversify my wardrobe by having skirts/tops - rather than just dresses. But don't worry, I still have lots of room in my heart/closet for dresses, even if my wallet can't handle some of my current favorites (AKA I'll watch for them at Ross):
Lastly, I need some cardigans.... because although the weather stays nice 8-9 months per year, every building I go to is heavily air conditioned. I would love to introduce some bright colored cardigans into my wardrobe, but I decided to get some basics first so I could envision what kind of cardigan might look good.
So, what are your new favorite fashion items? Any suggestions for me on good places to shops or things you think I would like?