I wore this last week when I was a member of the thesis committee at our school. It being a film school, a student’s thesis is either a feature-length screenplay or a short film, which they still have to present and defend it like any other thesis. It was pretty exciting – I’ve never been a full member of the thesis committee before, and this is the first graduating class that I’ve taught the full four years, and it was heartening to see that they all managed to graduate together (usually, in every class, there are a few students that have to graduate later because they don’t complete their thesis project in time.)
Obviously, I wanted to dress up, but I didn’t want to appear too stuffy or boring either (film school, remember), plus it was too hot, so this printed dress seems like a good compromise. I’m not so happy about the shoes – the dress has a vaguely 1940s vibe and I wanted a strappy shoe to go with it, but I have none at the moment, so these black heels would have to do. I tried to tell myself that they make the dress more modern and less like a costume, because honestly, I do not need an excuse to buy more shoes…
That post title sounds like a BuzzFeed quiz (I’m pretty sure it actually existed somewhere), but actually I was thinking of this post by Jen, in which she said Daenel once complimented her by saying that her personality is like polka dots, “fun, flirty, and classic”. That got me thinking, if I was a print or a pattern, what would I be? And I decided that I would be more of a stripe or plaid – utilitarian, versatile, and yes, classic. Which is why I think this outfit is so “me” – clean lines, neutral colors, and a pop of interest with the brooch. I would gladly dress like this every day.
This shirt is a little more sparkly (well, a lot more sparkly) than I usually wear, but it was on sale, so I thought I’d give it a try. The only two setbacks are 1) it’s hand-wash only due to the fragile sequins, and 2) if it’s sunny out, I would essentially turn into a walking disco ball and wreak havoc on any oncoming traffic. Still, I’m keeping it, because it’s fun, and apparently silver is one of the trends for this fall. When the weather is cooler, I can try pairing it with a blazer or my leather jacket, to tame the sparkle a bit.