In the comments section to my annual back-to-school-clothes post on Anthropologie's "Archive Trousers" (second generation "Tenure Trousers") the wise and delightful Renaissance Girl archly said she'd "like to see the adjunct trousers."
Well, here's something that comes close: The "Visiting Professor Cardigan."
I swear I don't make these things up. But they're too good not poke fun at (and surreptitiously consider buying).
This is a cardigan anthro has had up for sale for the past two years, and I've always wanted one.
Its haphazard buttons make me think of Robert Herrick's lyric "Delight in Disorder" ("A sweet disorder in the dress / Kindles in clothes a wantonness"). But by the time it gets cold enough around here for me to consider the exorbitant cost of what really just looks like a sweater buttoned up the wrong way, it always sells out.
$198. Because of course a Visiting Professor can afford to look artfully shlumpy.
Feel the irony, people.