In Academic Fashion


It’s taken me a while to figure out how to walk the line between looking scholarly and stylish. While I’m still not sure how to master it most of the time, I’ve developed a few ideas over time that have served me well when it comes to transitioning from teaching in a professional classroom setting to studying in style at a laid back coffee house.

Here are my tips for being the fashionable professional you’ve always wanted to be!

  • Splurge on a chic pair of reading specs: Like I mention in my post Why You Should Wear Glasses At Your Next Professional Conference, reading glasses create a barrier between you and any critics you might have in the professional world. Why not make them fabulous?! Head over to your favorite optometrist and spend some time trying on a wide range of glasses, keeping in mind that they should be stylish but also appropriate for work. I love how my bronze glasses walk the line between stylish and fun with their slight cat eye frame!
  • Find relaxed fit blazers in neutral colors: While most might think that a tailored, fitted blazer is every professional woman’s best friend, there are a few reasons to give a relaxed blazer a try – especially in a neutral color. A slouchy blazer will make you appear more approachable rather than buttoned-up. On top of that, your outfit will look effortless and easy while still appearing put together.
  • Search Etsy for unique jewelry pieces: Since going minimalist with my accessories, I’ve realized how important it is to find affordable, unique jewelry that fits my look without overpowering it. The awesome things about using Etsy are that you can find just about any type of accessory that fits your personality, you’re supporting an independent seller, and you can find gorgeous pieces in high quality materials that will remain a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
  • Add a little height: I find that I always feel infinitely more confident in heels. While I understand that not everyone likes heels, I’ve found it especially effective for projecting an authoritative persona. If you do decide to try a heel, let me give you a piece of advice – don’t go cheap. Find a heeled shoe or boot in quality materials from places like the H&M Premium Collection or Nine West, which are always real leather. I promise your feet will thank you.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear makeup: It can be tough to deal with students or co-workers undermining your authority. It can even mess with your head by making you think that your “feminine” look is undermining your authority at work or in the classroom; however, that absolutely doesn’t mean that you should let your makeup game suffer. Makeup can be fun and functional, and doing looks that use taupes and browns are always a good option since they highlight your features without looking garish. Also, like I demonstrate in The Perfect & Professional Red Lip, you can even wear a red lip to work!

How would you rock a stylish and scholarly look?

Don’t forget to check out the links below to replicate this outfit!

Zara Khaki Flowing Kimono Jacket / H&M Long Tank Top / Ear Pine Sweep Earrings / J Brand Luxe Sateen Super Skinny Jeans / Zara Tan Leather Heeled Sandal / Hebrew Name Necklace


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  • Reply Andrea July 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    love this! you have some great tips and essentials!
    ever since I went to a conference in April I have been all about blazers! I need to get more in my collection! so scholarly and chic!
    I love statement pieces, and you can totally use them to highlight looks and add pops of color! etsy is a great place to get pieces! I never thought to look!
    and makeup – totally great to add a sophisticated touch and complete your look! 😀
    hope you have a great weekend! xo

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda July 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks, girl! Yeah, I go a little crazy with blazers. At this point I’m weeding out my collection and taking out those with poorer quality materials. I have a staple taupe, cream, and black blazer, though! Statement pieces are always fun. I tend to go more minimalist but there are times when I want to highlight a really unique piece of jewelry – so fun! 🙂 Oh yeah, Etsy is amazing! I just found a gorgeous necklace that I can’t wait to wear! And makeup is a must for me – I feel naked without it! Loving all your makeup and ensemble looks lately, btw! 🙂

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