Those of you who follow me on Twitter or know me in real life know that I’ve had some exciting life changes recently. Sweetie and I had intended to move to Pennsylvania at the beginning of August so that he could begin working on his MFA, but when funding fell through we decided to stay right here in Duluth for at least a little while longer. He was able to defer enrollment for a year and plans on applying to several other programs, so hopefully he’ll find something he’s happy with for fall 2012.
This left me scrambling, as I had focused my post-MA job search in central PA, and we were suddenly staying put. Even though most colleges had already completed their hiring, I sent off my CV to all of the colleges and universities in the area so that they would have my info if something opened up. I’m happy to say that in the last three weeks I’ve been offered and accepted adjunct teaching positions at three different colleges in the area and am teaching four writing classes at varying levels this fall. Two of my classes started this week, so I’m busy getting settled and planning out the semester ahead.
All of this is to say that my wardrobe interests have taken a strong turn to the professional. I finally got around to looking at the latest issue of Twist Collective and was happy to find several sweaters that fit the bill.
When I was reading about searching for jobs and interviewing techniques, the dress code was clear: go with a suit. This makes sense for a lot of jobs, but academia tends to be a little more casual. Crane Creek (top left) seems to be a great compromise since it has the structure of a blazer with the softness of a cardigan.
Eadon (top right) looks like a great cardigan to toss on with a pair of dress pants for a quick, put-together look on a cold morning. It would look equally nice with jeans on the weekend.
One of my campuses is much more casual than I’m used to, so I’m looking for ways to look professional without going over the top. Evendim (bottom left) is another sweater that would look great paired with a variety of bottoms.
My typical work uniform is a pencil skirt with heels, a blouse, and a cardigan. Twinings (bottom right) would let me skip the blouse/cardi combo for a single top without sacrificing warmth. I particularly love that the neck detailing is echoed at the cuffs.
Finally, how can an early-career faculty member resist a vest called Academia (center)? Particularly when the pattern calls for Classic Elite Fresco, one of my favorite yarns to work with.