Working With Style {Nutty Professor Edition}

As you know, on a typical day, I work from home.  Many days, I don’t venture further from my house than the three blocks to school drop off.  On those days, I have a fairly basic outfit that has become my standard working from home uniform.

Here I am on Friday morning, sporting my WAHM uniform.  I’m in love with Under Armour’s perfect pants (specifically because they are super comfortable and they come in petite for shorties like me) and Under Armour fleece is perfect right now in the Midwest to throw over a short-sleeved dri-fit shirt.  All I have to do is throw on some tennis shoes and we are out the door for school.  After drop-off, I camp in my office until it’s time for pick-up.  Easy, simple, comfortable.  Definitely a perk to the WAH gig.

However, what you might not realize is that one night a week I am able to up the stress level in my life and teach at the local community college.  On Thursday afternoons I always have somewhere to go — and I need to look at least semi-professional and respectable.  Needless to say, my lovely perfect pants just won’t do.

I have an entire closet full of clothes — in a wide-range of sizes — and many, many items still hanging out from when I taught full-time outside of the home five years ago.  Needless to say, one of the many tasks on my to-do list is a massive closet purge.  I recently happened upon the website Twice and I’m thinking about trying it to resell some items.  I’ll let you know how it goes…

Since I have such a random hodge-podge of clothing, I can usually pull together some interesting combos.  I tend to go for the “professional but slightly nutty professor” look.  In the outfit above, I was rocking the jewel tones with a navy dress with teal accents and a mustard colored cardigan.  And of course, my brown boots that I adore.

The semester is quickly winding down at the community college (meaning students are begging for extra credit and wearing pajamas to class even more often than usual) and last Thursday I wasn’t feeling particularly dressy.  I wore dark trouser jeans with a gray long-sleeved top, black short sleeved sweater, and fushia scarf.  It was my first time trying the scarf look and I actually really liked it.  It kept me really warm and added a nice pop of color.  My socks are grey with black polka dots to add the bit of “nutty professor” touch and black Merrell flats which are perfect for pacing a room while teaching.

I’m sure at some point during your education you had a teacher that dressed a bit eclectically.  My most memorable was a teacher who had a necklace with a practically life-sized parrot.   Any tips for adding to my “nutty professor” appeal without life-sized parrots are always appreciated.

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Jamie Weitl is a freelance writer and an online instructor for several colleges and universities. While she’s writing and grading essays, she also chases her 4 year old son and 2 year old twin girls. In her "free time," she chronicles her family life at Sticky Feet: Part Deux and can be found on Twitter @jamieweitl.


  1. I love both looks!
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  2. Shannon says:

    You’re adorable!

    And I see that Dunkin Donuts cup on the bathroom floor!!
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  3. Mary Beth says:

    I love the pink scarf! And the blue-accent dress with yellow cardigan!
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  4. Tracy says:

    Love the outfits! You know what you could add…a pair of hipster fake glasses. Cheap at the mall somewhere I bet. Change them up every few classes. That would be super fun ;)
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  5. Suz says:

    You’re too cute!
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