Emily wrote in with a great request:
I've moved to Seattle to start a new job as a professor at UW! I'm really struggling on figuring out a good work wardrobe here-- I have tons of summer cloths that are pretty casual (having lived in Palo Alto for 10 years!). So I need both more weather appropriate and work appropriate items. I want to look professor-ish but also kind of hip and cute (the holy grail). Any tips?
Wow! The amount of tweed afforded by this job in Seattle is almost overwhelming. I would have a very hard time avoiding dressing in costume! Layers that blend academic-style with a bit of a young-edge are my pick:
Skirt - The start is a beautiful silver tweed skirt with tulip pleats.
Ruffle Blouse - From Target.
Black Cardigan - Your favorite will do, no need for this $300 version.
Belt - Double wrap belt with small studs for a little edge.
Bag - From target in a nice pewter with a couple studs to match the belt.
Shoes - Me Too pumps look serious but are easy on your feet.
Gloves - Light gray leather gloves for those Seattle days.
Sunglasses - Campus classics, a pair of ray-ban look-a-likes.