Thursday, April 30, 2015

Skirtathon. You can totally mock the narcissism on display here. It would be weird if you DIDN'T.

So, on April 1, a friend of mine from grad school FB messaged me and asked me if I wanted to be in her super secret FB group Skirtathon, where a bunch of -- mostly-- academics wear dresses or skirts every workday of the month and post selfies.  Um what?  OF COURSE I DID.

The rules were simple.  A skirt or other garment with a hole in the bottom every M-F.  A DIFFERENT skirt, no repeats.  Leggings OK if it's cold; jeggings less OK but you gotta do what you gotta do.  And, of course, selfies.

I have missed talking about academic fashion since the incomparably wonderful blog Academichic closed up shop back in the day, and I am super vain, so this group was a great fit for me.

It was an AWESOME FB group- so body positive and supportive and full of discussions of work-life balance that came about naturally in people's breezy descriptions of their outfits.  April was not the cruelest month this year despite the deadlines that are kicking my ass.  And, since I have NO SHAME and have already shared these pictures with 150 (mostly) strangers on FB, let me show them to you, too.

Even though Skirtathon only asks that you wear a skirt M-F, I did some weekend skirt-wearing, too, so here are 25-ish pictures of my dressy month.  And yes, feel free to mock the shit out of this post for even existing.  I deserve it.

Day 1:  Kind of cheating with a Target dress over Old Navy jeggings, but I was taking everyone to the zoo, because the April Fool was on me and school was closed so.
 Day 2:  Going to Little Gym, so I needed pants.  Target dress, Old Navy leggings.
 IDK-- I appear to be baking? Old Navy shirt, "vintage" H&M skirt, and Anthro apron
 Go Badgers! Oldest Gap skirt in the world that used to be HUGE on me and now is a little snug.  Ah, the wonders of childbearing.
 Old Navy Dress, Stitch Fix sweater.  My favorite Frye boots and seriously why the eff is it this cold in April also my family all left and I had to use my self timer.
 It was always hard for me to wear skirts on W and F because I work from home, but before Skirtathon, I never would have thrown a sweatshirt over a maxi dress, and I LIKE it.  So much that I dressed Dorothy the same.
 World's most comfortable Gap dress.
 Little Gym again,  Old Navy dress, H&M leggings.
 Bonus costume skirt-wearing
 Monday morning, using the self timer, and trying to persuade Dorothy to pose with me.  H&M skirt, Old Navy top, Target booties.
 Old Navy dress and sweater, Minnetonka booties, sad, sad pigtails.
 Another dress and sweatshirt (both Old Navy) for awkward Wednesday
 On my way to a conference in a Target dress and sweater, Coach shoes, and Anthro jewelry
 Little Gym in a Target dress with Minnetonka mocs and cut-off Urban Outfitters shorts underneath.
 Saturday conference presentation in a Stitch Fix dress, H&M jacket and belt, and Miz Mooz shoes
 Out to dinner in an Anthro dress and necklace and BCBG heels.
 Stitch Fix dress, ginormous necklace from a South Dakota rock shop, truly ludicrous hairdo.
 This looked SO MUCH BETTER with the jacket open, but I was running late, and Cooper was balanced precariously on a chair to take this.  Dress and tights Old Navy, jacket H&M
 At the cardiologist with Harry, face because this is a total bummer of a crappy outfit.  Dress H&M, leggings Old Navy.
 Anthro dress and necklace
 One more awkward Little Gym skirt ensemble.  Old Navy dress, H&M leggings, most comfortable Reef flip-flops.
 Concerned smile model's own.  Dress and sweater Old Navy.
 H&M dress, Target sweater, lame, lame smile.
 H&M dress, Old Navy sweatshirt
 H&M dress that I always think is new but that I bought for my 10 year high school reunion about 10 years ago.

I need to stop pretending that I am ever going to look any different than this and buy expensive clothes that fit me.  Like Stacy and Clinton said I should for all those years.


  1. Have you checked out eShakti? Lots of cute dresses and you can customize them too. I have yet to pull the trigger on it, but there are some really adorable choices!

  2. YAY! That is all. :) So glad you joined!!!

  3. You are adorable. And I love Target, Old Navy, and H&M.

  4. What a great idea! I have serious work skirt envy. My faves are the booties outfits.