What a whirlwind of a week!
Kendall and Style Up notwithstanding, this week signaled my last at work, which means I had to assess portfolios, calculate extra credit, run a last-minute academic obstacle course to keep the VIPs happy, and input final grades, all the while fielding complaints/tears/cries of outrage from students who swear they did that missing assignment and couldn’t I excuse it just this one so they get that bump up? Please?!
Yeah, whoever said teaching was easy needs to get tarred, feathered, drawn, quartered then made to teach whiny sixteen-year-olds in the afterlife.
And thus ends my mini tantrum. I’m allowed some emotional excess, right? After all, I’ve been on a roller coaster of highs and lows all week and it’s understandable, if not excusable.
Anyhoo, back to clothes!
My Style Up photo pinged in my inbox just as I entered the final mark in my gradebook, but I waited all through the commute home before opening it as a present to myself. And what a fun present it is!
I was a bit concerned about today, it being Friday and therefore my allotted casual day and all. Not saying that the looks this week have been particularly posh, but I was really in the mood to dress down to match my winding down mood. Imagine my happiness when I saw the inspiration pic! Nothing says “dressing down” better than a white tee.
Unfortunately, white tees and I have not been on good terms in the past. You see, my friends, I have the unfortunate combination of a robust chest and wide, linebacker shoulders. Some would say this is a good thing, but when one’s aesthetic tends to run toward the boyish urban prince-ness of youlookfab’s Angie but one is blessed with Boticelli curves, the white tee becomes more foe than friend.
It’s usually a crew neck, so wearing it makes me feel uniboob-y. If I buy too big to minimize the chestage, it’s tent-like; if I buy just right, there’s a large possibility of muffin top. And of course, let’s not forget the dreaded white clothing problem of see-through-ness. Yeah, white tees are to me what jeans are to most women: impossible to find the magic one.
Thank Buddha for Old Navy! Not only do they offer tees in a more substantial cotton blend (diminishing the see-through issue), they also consistently put out tees in a variety of cuts and styles. My all-time fave is this breezy number. Not only does it have a wide neck and pleating to mitigate my body’s shortcomings, it also comes with an elastic waistband which allows me to blouse over the tee and camouflage muffin top.
The skirt was an easy choice only because I realized I had very few knee-length full skirts; my shorter pieces are pencil and my fuller pieces are maxis. I may have deviated with a pattern, but at least I kept it in the same color family. And the best part? Pockets!!!
I like these sandals because they’ve got interesting details like that jute that curves at the instep, the cunning grommets and the fun knotting of the vamp. The only problem with them is that they’re heavy. I feel like I get a lower body workout every time I wear them.
So my Style Up week draws to a successful close. It wasn’t as harrowing as I’d expected it to be, thanks in large part, of course, to Kendall’s forwarding me my inspiration pics early. And one fun fact? I’ve actually got the most views on average all this week than any other of my previous theme weeks. Huzzah for synergy!
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Wedges – MIA
Necklace – F21