What I Wore Today

It was a beautiful day for Major Madness.

I was motivated by comfort because I thought I might be running around a little, lugging stuff from my office to set up at this majors fair.  There was a little of that, but mostly I just talked to the awesome Linguistics majors who were helping out.

  • Sweater/tunic: Macy’s
  • Boots: Target
  • Leggings: Charlotte Russe
  • Earrings: The Icing
  • Bracelets: F21
  • Sunglasses: Greetings in Bloomington, IN

Photos by Monica on Dwinelle Plaza.

I wore this outfit just about six months ago, but as I look at it now it seems like the central casting version of a rock journalist in a 1996 TV movie.  I still really like it!  The Loverboy tee (the 1983 “Keep it Up” tour) is a fave.

  • Tee: thrifted in Indiana
  • Jeans: Alloy.com
  • Jacket: vintage Liz Claiborne, thrifted at Savers
  • Boots: Buffalo Exchange
  • Belt & necklace: Hot Topic
  • Bracelet: F21
  • Sunglasses: A’Gaci
  • Purse: Dillard’s

Photos by King in the Excelsior.

1999
I chose this picture from the archives because I initially thought it was taken around Valentine’s Day, with the chocolates and all, and that seemed timely.  It’s actually from my birthday.  The candy is because King understands that I love chocolate, and need it on every gift occasion, and the heart boxes make up for all the disappointments of my teen years.
And how ‘bout those Frankenstein boots!?!  Awesome, huh?  I still have them.  Actually I still have every item but the pants. OMG, the white lipstick.
Top: Custo Barcelona, from a store on Telegraph
Pants: Clobba on Bancroft
Boots: 9 and Co.
Princess purse & tiara: from King
Hoop earrings: Merry Go Round
Photo by King in our apartment in Oakland, July 1999.

1999

I chose this picture from the archives because I initially thought it was taken around Valentine’s Day, with the chocolates and all, and that seemed timely.  It’s actually from my birthday.  The candy is because King understands that I love chocolate, and need it on every gift occasion, and the heart boxes make up for all the disappointments of my teen years.

And how ‘bout those Frankenstein boots!?!  Awesome, huh?  I still have them.  Actually I still have every item but the pants. OMG, the white lipstick.

  • Top: Custo Barcelona, from a store on Telegraph
  • Pants: Clobba on Bancroft
  • Boots: 9 and Co.
  • Princess purse & tiara: from King
  • Hoop earrings: Merry Go Round

Photo by King in our apartment in Oakland, July 1999.

Wish I felt this smiley.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer.  (A student said that to me once—she didn’t want to talk to her friends about what she was going through because she didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer.  College culture is rough!)

I just have a cold, but, you know, getting tired of it.  Plus I’m out of recent unused outfit pics, so I’m going to have to visit the print archives soon.  This is an outfit I wore in late October.

I loved this hoodie the minute I spotted it.  It’s covered with bottles of awesome nail polish colors. Remember before the mid-90’s, when it was really hard to find these colors anywhere?  Grunge changed everything.

  • Hoodie: Macy’s
  • Tee & earrings: Kohl’s
  • Jeans: Alloy.com
  • Belt: dollar store down the street
  • Asics: Champs in the SF Centre
  • Purse: Lesportsac.com
  • Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant

Photos by King in the Excelsior.

I need some soup.

I’ve been at home with a cold for the last couple days.  The timing is awful—the semester started on Tuesday.

This outfit is from late November, on the way home from STL after Thanksgiving.

  • Soup leggings: blackmilkclothing.com
  • Poncho: Nordstrom (I know, I never shop there!  What can I say, it was a weak moment and a good saleswoman.)
  • Scarf & hat: Sears
  • Tee: H&M
  • Boots: Aldo
  • Stud bracelet: F21
  • Earrings: from Kate
  • Sunglasses: thrifted from the Goodwill in Bloomington, IN

Photos by King at the St. Louis Airport, Nov. 23.

A corset of flowers on a bed of zebra leopard.

Sometimes mass-production can be so complex.

  • Dress: Target
  • Boots: Alloy.com
  • Necklaces: red, from my mother-in-law; green, from an art fair in STL; purple, thrifted in Evansville
  • Bracelets: square, Aldo Accessories; round, thrifted
  • Earrings: F21
  • Tights: Sears
  • Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant

Photos by Alaisha in downtown Berkeley.

At the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, on our honeymoon in 1997.
Dress: vintage 60’s, from ThriftTown in the Mission
Sunglasses: Rite-Aid in South Bend, IN

At the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, on our honeymoon in 1997.

  • Dress: vintage 60’s, from ThriftTown in the Mission
  • Sunglasses: Rite-Aid in South Bend, IN

Your grandma’s big coats from that thrift shop down the road.

This post is in honor of Macklemore and his awesome song "Thrift Shop."  (Sorry for the cussin’.)

These coats are from thrift or vintage stores in San Francisco, St. Louis, and Bloomington, IN.  (I know vintage isn’t thrift, but they were all under $20, so that’s pretty thrifty.)

A New Shape

In that massive closet clean-out I did a few weeks ago, somehow these pieces found each other.  On its own, the dress has a defined waist, but I like the new silhouette the boxy jacket creates.

  • Jacket: Spiegel.com
  • Dress: ThriftTown in the Mission, homemade
  • Boots: Vintage, thrifted from the SA in Evansville
  • Tights: Sears
  • Earrings: from Roseanne
  • Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant

Photos by Roslyn at Valley Life Sciences Building.

Regrets

My first semester of college, my brother Peter went shopping with me and convinced me to buy a cream wool fisherman’s sweater from Block’s, or Macy’s, or whatever the May Co. dept. store in Bloomington was called 23 years ago.  It was on sale.  Because it was a man’s, it was really oversized, and I’d wear it with cream Forenza leggings from the Limited, and beige foldover boots.  I held onto it for years—he was right, it was a good buy.

WHY DID I GET RID OF IT????

This poor excuse that I wore yesterday is OK sometimes, but it’s only 60% wool, and that has some implications.

On a different note, I was thrilled to run into Prof. George Chang and his wife Abby during our shoot.  And I think that’s the Cal baseball team in the bottom pic.

  • Sweater: Eddie Bauer
  • Pants: Sears
  • Boots: Sole Desire
  • Earrings: Joan Rivers for QVC.con
  • Sunglasses: Lola Star on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Photos by Lauren around Dwinelle Hall.

"Apres-ski"

I ran into my friend Kate, who is a clothing encyclopedia, and she noted the apres-ski vibe of my outfit, once I mentioned I was thinking of Audrey Hepburn in Charade. I felt validated.

The outfit started, as most have these last few weeks, with the need for warmth—thus this sweater.  And then I remembered these black knit pants with the seam down the middle of the leg that makes them seem like vintage stirrup pants, or something else old and sporty.

And here’s some exciting news: I found out there’s a thermostat in my office and I can control it!  It was hidden in my supply cabinet, behind the boxes of ball point pens.  I cranked it to 75.

  • Sweater: YesStyle
  • Pants: Caché
  • Ankle boots: Merrill, from the Merrill store in Union Square
  • Earrings: Avril Lavigne for Kohl’s
  • Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry on Durant

Photos by Kate at Sproul Hall.

And I love this blog I discovered: www.thefashionofaudrey.tumblr.com

Posing

I LOVE this sweater, but it’s a challenge to wear—it’s short and bubble-shaped on me.  But the pattern and colors are just too beautiful to not wear.  Here’s how I wore it last year, which I wasn’t completely satisfied with.  This time, I ended up really liking how this looked in the pictures, but not really in real life.  I guess I underestimated the power of the pose.

  • Sweater: thrifted by Ben from Junkee Clothing Exchange in Reno
  • Shirt: New York & Co.
  • Jeans: Target
  • Boots: Vince Camuto from Heels.com
  • Belt: Gap, many years ago
  • Earrings: F21
  • Sunglasses: I’m so sick of these sunglasses!  I’ve been wearing them every day because I keep forgetting to grab a different pair.  I can’t even talk about them anymore.

Photos by Margo on College near Bancroft.

Brrrr.

Sorry I’ve been complaining so much about the cold recently, especially when by Midwestern standards, it’s not at all cold, but I live in Cali now so I’ve adapted.

I was thinking this outfit wasn’t particularly inspired, it was just about keeping warm, but then I dug a little deeper to ask myself my favorite question: why did I choose to buy this garment?  I think I was attracted to the thick weave, the bell shape and the semi-circle pockets, but especially the mottled smudginess that looks like a beautiful bruise.

  • Sweater: Spiegel.com
  • Jeans: Alloy.com
  • Boots: REI.com
  • Black sweater: TJ Maxx
  • Arm warmers: Bancroft Clothing Co.
  • Earrings: from Nepal, a gift from Bevin
  • Sunglasses: Rite-Aid in South Bend, IN
  • Hat: Sears

Photos by Michael at Dwinelle Annex.

Scotland

Sandy saw me and wanted a location that looked like Scotland, and maybe punk rock.  We couldn’t find both.  I’ve never been to Scotland, but I think this looks pretty good.

And speaking of Scotland and music, what would the Bay City Rollers look like if they were invented now?  They had some pretty awesome outfits.

  • Sweater: Sears
  • Pants & stud bracelets: F21
  • Boots, heart necklace & red stud bracelet: Hot Topic
  • Hat: Wal-Mart in Oxford, OH
  • Coat: Tommy Hilfiger from Overstock.com
  • Red chain bracelet: Macy’s
  • Leopard bracelet: thrifted
  • Earrings: from Kate
  • Sunglasses: Lola Star on the Coney Island Boardwalk

Photos by Sandy between Dwinelle Hall & the Chavez Center.

Class

I’m really fascinated by class.  I mean like your Max-Weber-social-class class.  And when I put on this outfit, with its plaid and pearls, I thought “classic,” so then I chose the handcuff earrings because that’s what I think about class.

  • Pants: Target
  • Sweater: H&M
  • Leopard socks: Urban
  • Pumps: Sam & LIbby from TJ Maxx
  • Pearls: JC Penney
  • Silver tassel: Charlotte Russe
  • Handcuff earrings: Chrismas present selected by Daisy, from Claire’s
  • Sunglasses: Rite-Aid in South Bend, IN

Photos by Donnie at Valley Life Sciences Building.