OOTD :: of expectations, trends, and denim-on-denim




The other day, I was told that some of my former juniors (now seniors) cited this blog as one of their favorite reading choices. When asked why, they said it was because I was funny.

Ha! Moi? Funny? I know I’m wry, but funny – that’s taking it to a whole new level.

I feel simultaneously flattered and uneasy by that statement. It means several things, after all. One: my students have found the “other side” of me which is worrisome, because let’s face it – fashion still has that sort of shallow, superficial stigma attached to it. I don’t ever want this blog to undermine my authority or clout in the classroom.

Two: it means I now have a new audience to consider, and it’s an audience that may or may not peruse this blog with the same purposes as my regular readers. Coming up with copy for my pics becomes that much more pressure-riddled.

Three: I don’t think I can complain about my job anymore for fear of the rumor mill and inadvertent hurt feelings.

Four: I have to live up to that very intimidating expectation of being “funny”.


Maybe this is a sign that I need to start thinking about wrapping up this blog and this phase of my life. I’d been flirting with the idea ever since I noticed my limit for uploads nearing its max capacity, and I’d pretty much decided I didn’t need/want to throw any more money at what is essentially only a hobby. Sure, I got some freebies along the way, but not enough to justify any more extra expenses.

That said, let’s just enjoy our remaining time together and cross that bridge when we get to it. This week is Honey/Service/Loyalty over at Spy Girl’s 52 Pick-me-up linkup, and the OOTD I chose to represent this with ye ol’ tried and true denim. Next to black, it’s my go-to choice when inspiration hits a wall, and it’s served loyally (see what I did there?) every time I’m in a pinch. All those outfits that suffered from “too fussy” or “tto contrived” or “too much color” were always ultimately saved by a judicious application of denim.

Because this is me we’re talking about, though, I just can’t stand to leave well enough alone. I’ve just gotta put a twist on things, even classic things like denim. So I’m trying out the denim-on-denim trend.

I love the 70s vibe of both the fabric and the cut of both the crop top and the gauchos combined. And I love the fact that I’ve been doing this style blogger gig long enough that I don’t feel a bit ashamed or age-inappropriate that I’m following a trend.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Gauchos – eBay
Sandals – Macy’s

:: Linking ::
52 Pick Me Up @ Spy Girl

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Blank Space by Taylor Swift


6 thoughts on “OOTD :: of expectations, trends, and denim-on-denim

  1. It makes me so sad to think that you might be leaving our little style blogging community…even though we haven’t crossed that bridge yet. You are one of my favorite blogging friends to visit and I will miss you so much! But of course I support you in whatever you decide is best for you!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, don’t count me out yet. I wrote this post in the throes of post-summer blues and I was feeling a bit fatalistic at the thought of going back to work. The irony is that it’s work that keeps this blog going. Because otherwise, I’d be slumming it in sweats and tees every day and would have no reason to blog, right?

  2. rebeccamtalley says:

    I LOVE those pants!!! Such a great look! (And yay for getting rid of the idea that teachers don’t know how to dress/ wear sweaters with applique rulers! haha) ❤


    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I’m always on the front lines of educators’ sartorial splendor. If only more of them would join me so I won’t feel so shallow and superficial. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. chessakat says:

    Totally groovy, man! That necklace is the perfect accessory to your 70’s vibe, I love it!

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