Friday, March 30, 2012

Winter Favorites

Here are some winter favorites. Winter in the midwest was absolutely freezing and it was difficult not to succumb to wearing fleece leggings every day. But I'm proud of figuring out that wool skirts and tights feel a lot warmer than jeans (at least for me) and introducing some color into my winter wardrobe. Again, I haven't linked back to the original posts, but feel free to leave questions in the comments. This is the last of my favorite outfit farewell tour and my last post here--thanks for sticking around for the wrap up and thank you especially for the many overwhelmingly kind comments on the goodbye post. I can't tell you how much they meant. A big and final XO.

Fall Favorites


Fall is most people's favorite season, and I am no exception. I love sweaters, scarves, layers, and the feeling of going back to school. I didn't link back to the original posts, but feel free to leave questions if you have them and I'll answer them in the comments!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Summer Favorites

Here are some summer favorites. Summer is a season I didn't actually grow up with in the Bay Area, so I think I'm most proud of this season's outfits, because I finally figured out how to dress for the heat. Unsurprisingly, I also really love how summer encourages dressing really simply. I didn't link back to the original posts, but feel free to leave questions if you have them and I'll answer them in the comments!

Spring Favorites

Here are some spring favorites. I love seeing the trees come back to life and I've loved spring in DC, which has been far longer than the 9 seconds of spring we used to get in the midwest. I didn't link back to the original posts, but feel free to leave questions if you have them and I'll answer them in the comments!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's time for me to hang up my hat.

Dear friends, family, readers, lurkers, and others,

It's been a fantastic two and a half years writing this blog. When I started, I always thought this would be a six-months-to-a-year project. I never anticipated that I'd love it so much, that it would grow to the size it did, or that I'd ever mix patterns :) Most of all, I could not have imagined what an incredible community of other bloggers, grad students, cancer survivors, bibliophiles, and friends this blog would expose me to.

After much thought and some heartache, I've decided it's time for me to hang up my hat here at What Would a Nerd Wear and give myself the time and space to pursue other projects. This blog began when I was immersed in a grad school community and I needed a little creative balance. It was a moment of transition between college and graduate school when I was exploring how to dress more professionally as a graduate student and graduate instructor. This space has been pivotal in helping me explore and practice how to address the sartorial challenges of being a woman, a learner, and a teacher in graduate school. It has been a lot of fun to do things I never anticipated I would: run a website, learn html, wear heels and lipstick for the first time in my adult life, and finally pack a suitcase I can lift. However, I no longer need this blog in the way I once did--I have many creative outlets in DC, I feel more confident in front of my closet, and I am finding myself increasingly craving extra time for my intellectual passions.

I am so grateful for the inspiration so many of you provided and for the kind and encouraging feedback many of you have given along the way. I have kept blogging far longer than I originally planned because of the warmth and kindness of this community, which has been the most rewarding and wonderful part of the past few years. If you'd like, I hope you'll stay in touch via email, twitter, or instagram (whatwouldanerdwear)--a girl can't cut herself off from the internet completely, after all. During this last week, I'll post past seasonal favorites to wrap up and secretly to give my future self a set of Clif's notes for whenever I'm stuck in front of my closet in the morning.

Thank you again for being a wonderful and supportive community! It's been such a fun ride and although I am looking forward to having more time for my dissertation, my friends, and my Christopher, I suspect I will miss this hugely.

Love and many thanks,

Monday, March 26, 2012

Girl (last) Friday

girl friday

girl friday

girl friday
works cited: j. crew factory tee; thrifted skirt; UO flats and belt; RIP sunglasses which I stepped on later during the weekend

In the name of honesty, this outfit is actually from last Friday, a day where bright colors and mixed patterns seemed to celebrate the warmth and weekend ahead. Christopher, his brother, and I spent the afternoon on the roof of a building in our neighborhood, soaking up the sunshine and a few Fat Tires. Fittingly, for a Monday spent camped out at a coffee shop soaking up americanos, I am wearing all grey today :)

P.S. Skirt previously:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Once More

yellow take two

yellow take two
works cited: emersonmade skirt; gap shirt; breda watch; target flats; bag for free back at school

I poached this outfit from my pinterest board--nothing prettier than denim and a yellow skirt. Today I'm finishing up revisions on a chapter and I'm going to try to visit the cherry blossoms once more before they leave us for the season--they're so pretty, I can't help but to try to ride my bike out there every day until they're gone.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Viva la Spring!



 works cited: emersonmade skirt (at wholesale); target flats; etsy necklace; gap tee and jacket; thrifted bag; hand-me-down watch

I am glad to see spring arrive, even after the winter that wasn't. It's great to have bare legs, trees budding, sunshine until 7:30, dinner on the plentiful roof decks of the District of Columbia, books and drum circles in the park, long bicycle rides without mittens, yellow skirts, the return of homemade popsicle experiments in my freezer, and as many trips as I can squeeze in to the capitol to see the cherry blossoms as they're blooming. Welcome spring, I hope you stay awhile!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Repetition Compulsion


works cited: j. crew factory skirt; UO striped top; target flats; thrifted bag; lanyapi necklace; breda watch

One of my friends who is visiting this week, Caitlin, is super-stylish and has a funny habit when it comes to getting dressed. She goes through phases with her clothes where she'll love one piece and wear it--over and over again in a bunch of different ways--for several weeks, before moving on to the next item. Over the years, she's done this with her favorite embellished white tee, a printed skirt, high-heeled clogs, a black coat with an oversized collar, a vintage red silk dress, and once during sophomore year of college, I swear she wore a green and white tank printed tank top for three weeks straight. She always looks fabulous and if you're lucky enough to get in the way when she's cleaning out her closet, you'll come home with amazing stuff. Anyway, whenever I wear the same thing several days in the row, I think I'm picking up Caitlin's habit of repeating the same piece over and over--and if I'm lucky, I'll look half as good as she always does :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Picnic Weather


works cited: j crew factory skirt; five bamboo tee; h&m sweater; lanyapi necklace a gift from christopher (from nana's in DC); steve madden flats; nutcase helmet (from bicycle space in DC); my bicycle is a vintage raleigh triumph that christopher restored for me; his is an 80's trek that he found on craigslist and restored himself

This weekend, when Christopher and I both returned from our trips, we took our bicycles out for an afternoon picnic under the cherry blossoms on the potomac. I've gotten cabin fever this winter, working indoors so often and living in an apartment without any kind of outdoor space, so I was dying to be outside in the sunshine this weekend. The day was perfect--sunny and breezy and smelling like spring--and I kept wishing I could bottle it (as the old adage goes, those who cannot bottle, photograph). This week I have an embarrassment of riches--two of my best friends from college are visiting and so is Christopher's twin brother--but I promise to keep posting (if only for you, Mama!). XO.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another Trip, Same Tiny Suitcase

It's been a busy month traveling! This week I'm out west on a "working vacation," one of my family's favorites, where you pack your laptop and books and head somewhere beautiful. Christopher is traveling for work, so I decided to skip out on the city for a week and get some west coast sunshine. My last trip's packing project was such a success, I decided to try it again: 8 pieces and 8 outfits (I cheated and didn't count shoes). Here goes:

(denim skirt from spotted moth; bdg cranberry cords; gap black dress; loft orange cardigan; gap white sweater; j. crew factory denim shirt; target striped tee; h&m polka dot blouse; the poor picture quality is all my responsibility)

Overall, I think round one was a bit more successful, but I was happy with this one, too. I'm beginning to think 8 pieces is enough for any trip I'd need to go on. In any case, I have been clothed throughout my trip, and that's what counts the most, right? I'll be back Monday! xo

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

And This One's For Me


works cited: ruche skirt; h&m top; thrifted belt; target flats; bag from out of print; earrings from a street stand

If Friday's outfit was for my mom, this one is definitely for me. Mixing stripes and leopard is something I would not have thought to do before I started this blog but I have come to love the mismatched combination. It's like french fries dipped in a milk shake--unexpectedly great together (and with much less potential for causing heart attacks).

Friday, March 9, 2012

This One's For You, Mom

green and gray

green and gray
works cited: ruche skirt; crewcuts boys sweatshirt; found locket; target flats; j.crew belt; tote free from a bookstore on campus

My mom called me the other day to tell me two things: "You aren't posting enough!" and "I think your simple outfits are the very best. If I were writing your blog, no one would read it because you'd be wearing your red pants and a gray top every day. Those simple outfits highlight your natural beauty [words only a mama would say]." So here's a very simple look for you, Mom, because I like simple outfits best, too, even if they aren't flashy or glamorous. In a skirt and a gray top, I feel very much like myself, and sometimes simple is just what I'm in the mood for.
Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spring Book Recommendations!

(still from here, from this video)

It's been a while since my last book recommendation post, but I hope my tardiness has at least produced an airtight list of recommended reads. You can find my suggestions and a link to a longer reading list after the jump.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



works cited: ruche dress, loft cardigan; thrifted belt; steve madden boots; (in the corner bag from foyles in london, coat from h&m, scarf from etsy)

I'm not ashamed to admit that I prowl the pages of the J. Crew children's catalogue for inspiration for my fully-grown closet. I openly wish it was as fun to get dressed as an adult as it was as a kid, when my sole aims in the morning were to wear something that:
a. made me look like I belonged in a Little House on the Prairie book or
b. irritated my mother because the "colors clashed" or
c. both
The ideal outfit for fulfilling my historical-fiction-fantasies and inciting my mother's annoyance (largely a show for my gleeful benefit) was red and pink together with a makeshift "pinafore" layered over it and some really grubby black lace-up boots which I fancied were "pioneer shoes." It was magnificent, I'll tell you.
But this has gotten off-track: as I was flipping through the Crewcuts catalogue, I saw some great combinations of polka-dot dresses and bright cardigans and thought, that looks cheerful and I'm going to wear it, too. I think my 8 year-old self would agree, though she probably would have layered a pinafore over the whole get-up.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Orange You Glad


works cited: loft sweater; anthro blouse from my sister a few years back; gap jeans; thrifted bag

I secretly think Pantone's dictums about the color of the season are a bit ridiculous, but I do like the orange it choose for springtime--it's bright and cheerful and goes with all the pinks and yellows I typically love. Plus it makes a great occasion to reference out the oldest and most repetitive fruit-themed knock knock joke in the book.