End of the semester outfits!

Hello from the end of the semester, where I am dressing for comfort and comfort only! If you see me in ponte pants 12 times, no you didn’t! Here is what I have been wearing to give some exams, grade, and have a bunch of last minute meetings!

I started the finals season in the biggest sweater I could find, which of course, is from the thrift store. I swapped the fabric-covered buttons out for tortoise ones I found at Joann’s for a simple update.

You’re about to see these ponte pants about 80 times but that’s finals life. Also, visible socks! They’re a thing now. Try it out. Feel dorky chic.

I did get dressed-dressed one day this month. For what, I now can’t really remember, but I felt Scandinavian chic. This thrifted blazer is from Theory, my go-to brand I search for blazers online. I find they run true to your Madewell/Old Navy/etc size!

Sweater (similar)

Pants (get 20% off with code PHDINCLOTHES)


On this day of thesis defenses I went with a cozy pleather shirt–adds a nice layer against office chill. I rented mine from Rent the Runway, which has been helping me try out statement styles monthly without committing to forever with an item.

Shirt (rented–get 40% off a month of Rent the Runway here)

Tote (currently 40% off!)


No thoughts, just coziness and trying to style this sweater vest, which I like but am still often confused about how to wear. Some pieces just make me overthink!

Sweater vest


Boots (on sale finally!)

Ok, I did get dressed one more day. And this was the day I learned the magic about camel/tan: you can combine it, and even if it doesn’t look like it will match, it somehow gels together and just does. Try it!

I couldn’t decide which topper to wear–leather or long shacket. What would you pick?

Plaid Shacket (similar)

Pleather shacket (similar)




Happy grading and writing time to grads and profs! We got this!

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