I know this blog isn't usually devoted to fashion and I don't really have any plans to change that. There are days when I proudly stay in my sweats all day and don't want the pressure of a blog-friendly outfit. But, when I do go outside into the public, I try and dress nicely. I firmly believe in the power of first impressions and think you have to dress how you would like to be treated. Since I want to give off the serious-graduate-student-but-not-boring-or-stuffy vibe, my outfits sometimes take a little extra thought. Especially in California. There are a lot of things I love about my home state (go Giants! ooo and football season is about to start, 49ers too!), but sometimes the dress code I could do without. Don't get me wrong, San Francisco is home to some serious fashionistas, but on my school campus, I'm often less than impressed. Most of my friends in the graduate program present themselves nicely, but it's not unusual for me to feel like the most formal person on the street. Wearing heels inevitably invites stares or questions about what I have planned that day. On days when I feel like looking like a schlub this casualness is great, but most days, I'm all for a little more formality. I've committed myself to dressing to my standards not to those around me, but it's not always that easy. When I'm in D.C. or San Francisco or New York or Boston it's a no brainer. There is nothing like a sophisticated environment to make you step up your game. So while I'm still in DC, I'm making a Fall wish-list for clothes just to remind myself how I want to look when I'm not longer in the District. I very seriously doubt I'll buy all of these items (I am a graduate student after all!), but if I am going to try and find a few great deals.
Ok so that's my list for fall. What's on your list of must-haves and wants? Happy almost Fall! I can't wait! It's one of my favorite seasons. Well, I'm not looking forward to the long distance thing or the crazy stress for school thing, but the weather and clothes? Yes please!