The week in professor outfits, plus Christmas reading

The semester is over! Maybe a contemplative post about what the first semester is like as a new professor is coming your way. Once I have the words for it. For now, I’m just grateful for great students, colleagues who are friends, and the amount of potluck leftovers that have graced our break room this week. Here’s what I wore and read.

Cladwell gave me this suggestion and I was surprised by how much I liked it. Sometimes you just gotta trust the algorithm (do you have Cladwell yet? I use it to get dressed every morning by scheduling all my outfits at the beginning of the week).

I think head-to-toe in one color is my new quick outfit idea. I did all burgundy here and all white here. Turns out monochrome is sleek in colors beyond black.

  • Sweater: Brass
  • Skirt: Old Loft–actually my first deliberate purchase after I decided to capsule my closet!
  • Shoes: Frye
  • Belt: Old Target (similar)

You know when you find such a good deal at a thrift store you’re sort of nervous checking out? Like maybe the cashier will discover you’re spending $3 on a $200 shirt and will take it back? That’s me with this silk Equipment shirt. The man behind the counter at Buffalo Exchange got to hear the whole story of how amped I was to find it.

I feel like this is an outfit another blogger would say is “perfect for Christmas shopping” but here it meant “perfect for editing a final exam and staying warm in my cold office.” I am almost embarrassed by how much I’ve worn my Ponte Pants since I found them secondhand. They’re great for travel, working from home, and the office with a layer over the top. My shirt is old Madewell (similar) and my sweater is old J. Crew (similar–and any Brass linked here is $25 off with code REBECCA25 if ya want).

These boots deserve their own paragraph. They’re from Pikolinos and I found them at Nordstrom Rack. They are the softest leather and the minute I tried them on I knew they were a forever closet thing for me. I’ve had them for four years and I’ve gotten them reheeled twice so far (sidenote: the cobbler. who knew that was a place adults can go? genius).

This outfit felt so powerful to me! Wide leg pants! Block heel boots! The best combo. I just got the Brass Spring Top and it is just as good as I was promised–it’s so soft and the perfect crossover between a long sleeve tee and a sweater. Their All Day Pants have been an office MVP all semester. And these brown Everlane boots are still my fave. They felt like the Instagram item of the month in like September but they’re SO SOFT. It is very rare for me to find a blister-free shoe and these have yet to hurt me.

And here are some links for reading and to help with your upcoming Christmas leisure time:

  • A fun gift for the impending family time: A nice looking puzzle
  • The long read: Amateur internet investigators identified the Jane Doe in this case
  • Christmas cooking: The NYT top 50 recipes of the year plus some insider cooking tips. My routine at the end of every semester is to make this gnocchi. It’s a fun reminder to slow down.
  • Help: What color should I get in this sweater? I have a friend who loves them so much she has bought multiples.
  • How did we get so into foil balloons?

Hope you have a good weekend!

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