I loved this outfit when I first started teaching. I was working in a classroom with an old school board - you know... the black ones that shed chalk when you as much as looked at them, even from a distance. Thus, I found it very useful to be wearing clothes that would allow the chalk to blend in - such as this tweed skirt and this mottled teal sweater. I was reminiscing about chalkboards one night*, and remembered about outfits such as this, thus inspiring me to wear it to work.
However, something about it now just doesn't work, and I think it's the sweater's fault, which is really sad, since I have two others exactly like it but in navy and brown. (There was a time when I wore teal so often it became one of my pseudo-neutrals). The skirt is A-line, which always helps narrow the waist, but the sweater is cut straight, and a bit too long. I'll have to take a critical look at it the next time I throw it on.
Also receiving a critical look were the shoes, not here pictured. Originally, I would have worn this outfit with a pair of Mary Janes that were not good quality and thus died a quick and painful death after a few weeks teaching. This time, I wore them with their replacement pair, which was a higher quality, and a sleeker line. When I went to take the picture, the shoes were still in my bag (it snowed so I'm in boots until I get to work), which, of course, I didn't realize until the red light on the self timer was already flashing. However, I realized that I'd been wearing these shoes pretty much every work day since I told my brown shoes that they were just as dead to me as those cheap black mary janes.
So today, when I was out doing some Christmas shopping, I happened upon a pair of leather black heeled oxfords at 50% off. I carried them around the store as I contemplated other purchases. I got so used to carrying them I almost walked out the door when I couldn't find any presents for anyone on my list. I figured if I almost stole them, I might as well just buy them, since subconsciously I probably did that on purpose. Arriving at the till, I discovered they were an additional 15% of the discounted price! While they definitely weren't the brown pair of dress shoes I desperately need, they'll at least swap out the MJ's at least every few days now!
Of course, just as justification, I have decided that since I bought the shoes, they must have a specific purpose. They are now for the Christmas party that I wasn't planning on attending. Gotta love when a purchase creates the need for more purchases.
*ironically, my allergy to chalk became more severe since that first teaching placement. I wrote something on the board yesterday in one of my classes, and ended up being unable to stop coughing for a good 5 minutes)