Over Labor Day weekend, I did some serious shopping with my mom outside of the city because, now that I have gone from teaching two days a week to teaching four days a week, I knew I needed to build up my professional wardrobe this semester. I picked up this soft, swingy print skirt (full disclosure, it has an elastic waist—but I think it still manages to be pretty cute) from the LOFT sale racks, imagining that I'd wear it with tights, boots, and a cardigan in cooler weather. But, since I'd packed a largely empty suitcase in order to have room for new acquisitions, I also ended up trying it out with this more casual look when K., my mom, and I visited this cool tree house thing in a nearby park.
I thrifted this old school denim shirt by the Limited, despite my mom's admonitions that it was clearly a child's size. It is. But I'd be rolling the sleeves up anyway, and it gives me the ideal fitted cut for pairing it with skirts or layering over dresses. Although I didn't have many accessories with me for the weekend, I completed the look with my new Madden studded boots. I usually worry about the whole ankle boot thing without tights, because sometimes I feel like my legs get cut off in a weird way, but I felt like it was working here. I like to rock ankle boots with skirts and dresses for teaching—especially in the first few weeks of the fall semester, when it is still hot enough to need to wear sleeveless dresses or tops, but I find myself avoiding sandals & wanting to make my outfits feel a bit more autumnal.
shirt: thrifted (old school the limited)
boots: madden girl dolo boot
lips: e.l.f. mineral lipstick in rich raspberry