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post #301 of 339
Brooks Brothers at Stony Point is my go to when I have a specific need and short time frame. No reason to ever pay full price there though, just watch the BB thread here for sales info. Nordstroms in Short Pump fills a similar need. I love browsing at Ledbury downtown, their jackets are great, but a little pricey. Peter Blair and Beecroft and Bull are great for window shopping but you'll experience some sticker shock as well. One you get comfortable knowing your perfect measurements and with how certain brands fit, don't be afraid to try the sales forum here and ebay. Many bargains to be had.
post #302 of 339
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Excellent reboot! Now, would someone please recommend to me a summerweight (central Virginia) wool blazer that looks tweedish but won't have me melt while walking in the parking lot?


Not tweedy, but more textured in an interesting way might be some hopsack weaves and jackets made of bamboo. Again, not tweedy, but interesting textures, not too formal, and should be better suited to the heat of that part of the world (lived in DC, GA and TN for a while). Having said that, my experience was that some days were so hot and humid that wearing a jacket of any kind outside felt like a death sentence!

post #303 of 339
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Originally Posted by SeaJen View Post

It shocks me that most men do not know to let their female dining companions lead the way. It isnt old fashioned, it's merely polite.

More cotillions necessary. smile.gif
Sorry to disappoint, but proper manners demands that the man should lead the way when entering a restaurant (considered a "dangerous" place), so to shield the lady for whatever embarrassing situation. It goes with walking on the road side, lighting his cigarette with a match first (to take the bad vapors), ordering the drinks, etc.
post #304 of 339
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Also every post MUST be signed with some variation of "Cheers" "Best" or "Regards".

Hind regards,
David

I had never seen "cheers" used as a salutation, until coming to academia.

I've had an odd career trajectory. I was trained in math out west, then came east to a business school. The geography and change of discipline altered the clothing paradigm greatly. One nice thing about academia - patch pockets. All my suits have them, since they (and fully natural shoulders) help to bridge the dress/casual gap. B School dressing is ideal for me.
post #305 of 339
Thread Starter 

While browsing some back issues of the Chronicle of Higher Education I chanced upon an amusing piece entitled “RateMyProfessor'sAppearance.com” from the September 12, 2010 issue.  

 

For those of you unfamiliar with it, RateMyProfessors.com is a website where anyone with an .edu e-mail address can go and anonymously rank and comment on professors.  In addition to the expected rankings of quality and difficulty, users can also rank a professor as “hot,” in which case the review is accompanied by a small graphic image of a chili pepper.

 

The author suggests that the site should add the following additional graphics.  It’s amusing, but also quite interesting as one professor’s speculation on how our students see us.   I quote a portion below.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

 

 

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“It is unfair that only the few youthful, freakishly good-looking faculty members among us get all of those chili-pepper accolades. So I propose that the following consolation icons be included on the site's menu:

 

The Pizza Slice. This is for faculty members who make an effort, however misguided, to appear youthful and hip after passing the 40-year mark. Students are saying, "Yes, it is embarrassing to observe a middle-aged man (or woman) in expensive jeans, funky shoes, and trendy shirt, but it seems to make you happy-so go for it. Better that you be delusional and cheerful than depressed, grouchy, and fully aware of how old and pathetic you actually look."

 

The Espresso Cup. The student here is saying, "I can see that you have a coherent style going on there: an array of black and gray clothing that has a vague, critical-theory hipness to it. And good job on finding the right kind of severe glasses and retro haircut to fit the look. Personally, I find this aesthetic dull and pretentious, but it is fun to see you strike self-conscious poses at the whiteboard, like some kind of morose poet in a Sears catalog for existentialists."

 

The Lump of Tofu. With this icon, the student is suggesting: "I gather from all of your references to vegan dietary ethics and your frequently expressed contempt for the eating habits of our fast-food nation that you're taking good care of yourself nutritionally. That internal health may not be reflected in your sallow complexion, bird's nest of unkempt hair, and lethargic demeanor, but I'll take your word on this one, nevertheless."

 

The Half-Eaten Protein Bar. This is a student's way of saying: "You may not be an especially attractive human being, but it does appear that you spend a lot of time at the gym attempting to get into shape. Good job, in other words, for trying. Yes, you may have weird hair, lame clothes, and dorky glasses, but I'm sure that somewhere under the extra 15 pounds you've accumulated over the years, there must be some nicely sculpted delts and pecs."

 

The Pressed Flower. The student here is suggesting that "it looks as if you may have been hip and attractive at one point in your life. And guessing from your big hair, lavender pantsuit with the puffy shoulder pads, and bright pumps, that year was probably 1986. Thank you for preserving this historical look for future generations."

 

The Bow Tie. This is for professors determined to maintain an ivory-tower dress code established in a previous century. The student is saying, "Yes, that stuffy little bow tie looks ridiculous on your portly frame; your frumpy oxford shirts are stained and frayed; and I have never seen a jacket that is so depressingly brown and textured. Nevertheless, your stereotypically fussy sense of style does help me feel like I'm getting my money's worth as a college student."

 

The Cassava Root. The student is acknowledging that "you do, indeed, seem to be a well-traveled, open-minded, and culturally sensitive person, with all of that colorful clothing you wear from various ethnic traditions. Your pale skin color and Midwestern accent place you somewhere north of Des Moines, but from the look of that dress, you may also be an honorary member of a West African tribe. Way to go."

 

The Pocket Protector. A student here is congratulating a professor on being unabashedly (or unconsciously) nerdy in his or her appearance: "It's clear that you just don't care, and that's awesome. We get a kick out of your functional polyester slacks; limp, faded shirts; and grimy, heavy-framed glasses. Don't change! We feel comforted knowing that none of your valuable research and class-prep time is eaten up with frivolous concerns over wearing same-colored socks, changing your pants every day, or taking any extra time to match up the buttons with the proper buttonholes in that threadbare shirt."

 

The Piña Colada With a Little Umbrella. The student is simply pointing out that: "Wow, that is a really casual look you've got going there: cruddy sandals, baggy Bermuda shorts, and some sort of open-collared, vacationy-looking shirt. I also notice that shaving and hair-washing are often optional parts of your morning routine. It's hard to believe that a professor could look more lackadaisical about his appearance than a hung-over freshman, but you've pulled it off. Good job at finding a career where you can get away with that."

 

The Crystal. This icon allows students to say: "Thank you for entertaining us with your loopy New Age persona and aesthetics. That gauzy skirt, peasant blouse, and wild hair may be a poor fashion choice for a sedentary woman in her 50s, but we are grateful that your enthusiasm for Wiccan healing practices, goddess mythologies, and heavy turquoise jewelry appears to distract you from focusing too closely on our half-hearted attempts at writing."

 

The Harmonica. This is for the securely upper-middle-class prof who enjoys wearing faux working-class garb: scuffed leather boots, aged denim, faded T-shirts, and Teamster-style plaid button-ups. Students can say: "We don't get your fetish for all things Springsteen, and your folky, left-leaning political references are about 40 to 50 years out of date, but we appreciate the laid-back, democratic ambiance you bring to the class. Indeed, it makes it difficult for you to say no to our requests for grade adjustments when you find out that we, too, are from humble, working-class roots."

 

The Power Tie. This is for the prof who seems to belong (or perhaps has once belonged) in corporate America rather than academe. The student is saying, "You must be a misguided Republican adjunct-a refugee from the downsized business world-or some kind of weird, moonlighting administrator. How else to explain the worn-out black dress shoes, Brooks Brothers shirts with the frayed collars, silk ties that were fashionable maybe 10 years ago, and that heavily gelled hair? Nice job on keeping me distracted from your dry lectures with this fashion conundrum." “

post #306 of 339
Ahem.

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Ahem.

 

Showoff ...

 

Cheers,

 

Ac :)

post #308 of 339

 

Though apparently it's because I'm easier than Claghorn.  Kinda like being the NBA Eastern Conference champ, I guess. 

post #309 of 339

An older article filled with clothing puns (because clothing is sort of the medium of study).

 

"Clothes make the person? The tailoring of legitimating accounts and the construction of social identity".

 

When I read this in the abstract: "The diffusion perspective in institutional theory has portrayed how agents import "ready-to-wear" cultural accounts" I felt compelled to share.

 

http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/orsc.13.5.475.7814

post #310 of 339
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post
 

An older article filled with clothing puns (because clothing is sort of the medium of study).

 

"Clothes make the person? The tailoring of legitimating accounts and the construction of social identity".

 

When I read this in the abstract: "The diffusion perspective in institutional theory has portrayed how agents import "ready-to-wear" cultural accounts" I felt compelled to share.

 

http://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/orsc.13.5.475.7814

 

 

Interesting.

 

I had a visitor from a major textbook publisher last year who pitched me a new undergraduate textbook package which included, along with the book, DVDs and access to a website dedicated to supplementary materials.  She referred to it as “an entire course, off-the-rack.”

 

I wanted to tell her that I think that the most sophisticated courses are “tailored made,” but I’m too polite for that.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #311 of 339

She was probably trying to sell professors on the amount of work they'd have to do as opposed to sophistication. Bespoke is more work. Professors don't want a customized course. That shit takes time away from research. One size fits all Mens Warehouse box cut, please.

 

Also I know someone who chose his textbook on the basis of the attractiveness of the rep. McGraw-Hill won.

post #312 of 339
Thread Starter 

^

 

Up until a couple of years ago I was a regular reviewer of textbook proposals from PH.  There certainly is big money to be made from undergraduate textbooks for required undergraduate courses.  Once one is adopted, departments often stick with them for years.   This is one reason why a lot of people, especially those without significant research profiles, want to write one.  I've reviewed some truly horrible prospectuses over the years.

 

Course-in-a-box packages such as the one my visitor was flogging have become all the rage over the last decade, and they very much cater to changes in the professoriate:  more and more courses are being taught by inexperienced adjuncts.  I can understand the usefulness of such products in that context, but, like the shameful abuse of adjuncts by the system, they are both a sign of educational decline and contributors to it.

 

End of rant.  :)

 

Cheers,

 

Ac


Edited by Academic2 - 6/13/16 at 4:02pm
post #313 of 339
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post
 

She was probably trying to sell professors on the amount of work they'd have to do as opposed to sophistication. Bespoke is more work. Professors don't want a customized course. That shit takes time away from research. One size fits all Mens Warehouse box cut, please.

 

Also I know someone who chose his textbook on the basis of the attractiveness of the rep. McGraw-Hill won.

Isn't that how you buy everything else as well?

post #314 of 339
This isn't the 00's; groceries are the only thing I buy in person. And even in that, I'm behind the times.

I'm all about that sexy font.
post #315 of 339
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Also I know someone who chose his textbook on the basis of the attractiveness of the rep. McGraw-Hill won.

Seems legit.
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