Posts Categorized: reader requests

Reader Request: Adjusting Style to an Academic Workplace

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Mary had this request:

Not sure if this is a good suggestion but I am switching careers from a creative industry to a serious academic/historian setting. My fun, twee printed dresses won’t really fly in this new setting. Easy ideas how to look more professional would be very welcome. Sounds cheesy but tweed items would really fit in! Really wish the the Academichic ladies were still around!

This is one of those questions that I totally want to address, but know that I will ruffle some feathers if I do so. What with the not working in academia myself and the knowing that working in academia has all sorts of tricky-to-navigate unwritten rules and norms that you can’t really understand unless you’ve experienced them personally. So I’ll get the ball rolling with a few suggestions and then ask you readers who are working or have worked in academic settings to weigh in.

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Reader Request: How to Style Grey Boots

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Reader Paula emailed me this query:

Here’s my question, and it’s something I’ve been talking about with some other people, and we’re all a little stumped.. I recently bought a beautiful pair of grey Dansko short boots. They are lovely! But nothing I wear really seems right with them, and I’d love (if you think it would be useful to other people) to hear how to wear boots that are grey or other non-standard color. I never can quite know if I am choosing the right leggings or tights, and it always feels a little off to me. It might be because I am used to wearing darker shoes?

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Reader Request: Jeans for Apple-shaped Figures

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Several readers have reached out to request recommendations for jeans that suit a figure with a fuller midsection, slim legs and a small butt. And I know exactly why these gals are frustrated and seeking help: Designers and manufacturers of women’s jeans are yet to fully acknowledge the “apple” figure. They’ve always offered styles that suit slim figures with minimal curves. They heard us when we complained about waistband gapping – something that happens when your hips and butt are fuller than your midsection – and created “curvy” styles that nip at the waist. But women with full midsections and slim legs are offered relatively few viable options. Jeans that fit in the waist billow around the legs, and jeans that fit in the legs are too tight in the waist. BOO.

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