Sunday, May 07, 2006
Ren Prof Self Fashioning
I have decided to update my image.
In four months, I will start teaching early modern literature ("Ren Lit") at a small university in Olde-Towne, Southern State, USA.
I need a new look. I need a bit more edge, more angle. Something that says "young and funky prof," but also says "serious scholar." I've reassessed my wardrobe and realized that I only have two suits, both of which have skirts. I do possess an unhealthy number of sleek and sophisticated silk camisoles but these are better suited for evening wear, cocktail parties, and art gallery openings (vernissages here in Montreal). I also possess an even less healthy (bordering on debauched) number of pairs of boots.
Yet despite all this my average, every-day work clothes still mark me as studentish even though I have been out of grad school for a while. My personal aesthetic has been vintage-bohemian-neo-victorian. The anthropologie catalogue has fit me to a tee. But I'm beginning to long for something less "girly."
No more petticoats.
I want to bring out my dark and intense side. I want to vamp it up. I'm hankering for sharper lines, sleek tailoring and polish. I want to sport a long, angled bob, to gloss my hair a darker black, wear a fitted jacket and cropped trousers with tall, tight black boots (I have three pairs from which to choose. Yes I know it's an obsession and no, I'm not getting help). A friend joked that she might start a spin-off blog called "The Freudian Pantsuit." Perhaps I'll get there first.
What is happening to me? Where has Anthropologie-girl gone? What has Louise Brooks done with (or to) her?