What I Wore Today

Houndstooth & Herringbone

I like dressing in green on St. Patrick’s Day because it narrows down a sometimes overwhelming decision-making process.  Maybe I should just have a color chart where I spin the wheel every day.

This dress was from a few years ago when The Limited revisited their Forenza line, which made me kind of nostalgic for shaker knit sweaters over paisley shirts over stirrup-pants.  With flats.

Dress: The Limited; Tights: JCP; Mary Janes: Hot Topic; Bracelet: F21; Earrings: Avril Lavigne for Kohl’s; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.

Photos by Linda at McLaughlin Hall. 3/17/14.

Not actually as happy as I look.

But I like this outfit.

Shirt: Lazarus in Evansville, early 90’s; Jeans: TJ Maxx; Pumps: Via Spiga from Loehman’s; Earrings: Macy’s; Bracelets: mall store.

Photos by Kathy near Evans Hall, 3/14/14.

The Brand with the Stripes

I found this lurex sweater and these Silver Streak Adidas at the Goodwill at the same time.  I had to wear them together.

Vintage 80’s sweater & Adidas: Excelsior Goodwill; Leggings: Caché; Earrings: consignment store in Evansville.

Photos by Elise at Bancroft Library, 3/13/14.

Varsity…

Book Club member.

I started my book club 17 years ago, so I think I’ve reached the varsity level by now.  Last night was Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, an exposé of elite women’s gymnastics and ice-skating.  I loved it because ohmygod how could you not?  It was so juicy.  I wore this pendant that resembled a gold medal.  I threatened to wear a leotard but refrained.

Top: Bloom; Skirt & belt: Goodwill; Scarf: Payless; Boots: Frye, from Astrid’s Rabat; Zipper earrings: Claire’s; Pendant: consignment store in Evansville.

Photos by Sandy at Berkeley Public Library, 3/10/14.

Chameleon

Even though this feels like the brightest outfit in the history of the world, it somehow manages to blend.

Dress: desigual; Leopard rainbow tights: Hot Topic; Black tights (underneath): DKNY from DSW; Earrings: ABC Trading Co.; Shoes: Dillards; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.

Photos by Sharon in the Bechtel courtyard, 7/7/14.

Preppy

Jacket: Rainbow Fashions; V-neck: Izod, from the San Bruno Goodwill; Skirt: from the same Goodwill, homemade; Oxford-cloth: Macy’s Boys; Clogs: Born, REI.com; Tights: Capezios, from SF Dancewear; Sunglasses: Tsering Jewelry; Tiny skull earings: Hot Topic.

Last worn here, two years ago as a tribute to Middlesex.

Photos by Wendy at Bechtel, 3/6/14.

Volume

The big shapes, the fullness.  I wanted volume.

Sweater: speigel.com; Pants: Express; Necklace & cuff: Goodwill; Earrrings: Nepal, from Bevin; Hat: Claire’s (?); Shoes: Lela Rose for Payless; Tee: H&M; Sunglasses: left in the Linguistics dept.

Photos by Kathy at the Perimeter bus stop, 3/5/14.

So happy about these awesome leggings.

Even though I know about Mondrian’s design philosophy, which could be the reason this look endures, it still reminds me of L’Oreal hair products from the 80’s.

Leggings: blackmilkclothing.com; Sweater & boots: H&M; Earrings: The Icing; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.

Photos by Tasha at Bechtel Hall, 3/4/14.

This is how we dressed in the 90’s.

Lots of jeans this color or lighter, white tees, and black jackets.  The jackets were bigger and were called “boyfriend jackets,” which seems funny given that now we have boyfriend jeans.  And why is this look all over street style blogs? That’s kind of rhetorical, I mean I know about the fashion cycle, etc., but seriously I wish street style meant a little edgier and subversive than this old look.

I added the hat because I thought oh yeah that makes it fun and above average.  And then I remembered midway through the day that my friend Maryanne gave me the hat, and I had left her a note the day before about how much I missed her lately.  So there she is in my outfit, and I didn’t even do it on purpose.

Hat: vintage, from Maryanne; Jacket: Banana; Jeans: Alloy.com; Belt: Gap, 20 yrs ago; Shoes: Sheikh; Earrings: from Emily.

Photos by Laura at McLaughlin Hall, 3/3/14.

Underused Capacity

At last night’s Oscar party, when I told my friend Laura that this outfit was one of several options I got at a thrift shop long ago just in case, she said there’s a business term for that called “underused capacity.”  I’m all about the underused capacity.

Dress: Nicole Miller from Community Thrift; Tights: White House Black Market; Pumps: 9 West; Gloves: street vendor in Saigon; Necklace: F21; Purse: Goodwill; Hat: Material Plane in Bloomington, IN; Earrings: Walgreen’s.

Photos by King in San Francisco and Emeryville, 3/2/14.

Steel-toed Swoosh

Dress: factory2U in the Mission; Shoes: gift from Sylvia; Earrings: Macy’s; Bracelets: thrifted, yard sale, Marshall’s; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.

Photos by Elise at Bechtel Hall, 2/27/14.

Brooch

I love the brooch-like adornment on the dress, so I tried to echo its decorative vibe with lots of old bracelets and some gargantuan earrings.

Dress: Ambiance in Noe Valley; Tights: gift from Belen; Earrings: gift from my kids; Pumps: Sheikh; Bracelets: thrifted, street fairs, gifts, mall stores.
Photos by Sharon at Hearst Mining Building, 2/26/14.

I like how the red looks a little like Warhol daisies.

Here’s the last time I wore these pants, where you can see it’s more of a scarf print.

Pants & shoes: Target; Shirt: Burlington Coat Factory; Earrings: F21; Beads: Community Thrift; Sunglasses: ?

Photos by Laura at Latimer Hall, 2/24/14.

Love the hologram pants!

Pants: H&M; Sweater: Goodwill; Shirt: my husband’s; Boots: Doc Marten store; Earrings: ABC Trading Co.; Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange.

Photos by Elise near LeConte Hall, 2/24/14.

Not Really Professional…
Just kinda.  Actually, I don’t think there’s any way that leopard stretch-lace leggings can be construed as professional.
Jacket: Banana; Sweater: Isaac Mizrahi for Target; Skirt: Hot Topic; Leggings: F21; Pumps: Pour La Victoire from DSW; Earrings: Joan Rivers for QVC.com; Sunglasses: Lola Star on Coney Island.
Photos by Kate outside the Engineering library, 2/21/14.

Not Really Professional…

Just kinda.  Actually, I don’t think there’s any way that leopard stretch-lace leggings can be construed as professional.

Jacket: Banana; Sweater: Isaac Mizrahi for Target; Skirt: Hot Topic; Leggings: F21; Pumps: Pour La Victoire from DSW; Earrings: Joan Rivers for QVC.com; Sunglasses: Lola Star on Coney Island.

Photos by Kate outside the Engineering library, 2/21/14.