A while back I sent the following letter to my dear friend Dr. Isis at On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess, because we all know who wears the hot shoes around ScienceBlogs.
Though we may not always see eye to eye on the practicality of footwear, I adore your sense of style. Both your writing and your wardrobe choices are hot! Your Letters to our Daughters project has been blowing my mind with its awesomeness. You are truly a goddess of style and substance. I implore the goddess to spend some of her time to help me with a fashion challenge.
The academic year is finally over, and just as I am turning up the heat on my science, the climate is turning up the heat on me. In Mystery City, it’s HOT and humid in the summer. But in my building, the AC runs on overdrive. So I’ve got to balance sweating on the walk in to work with freezing as I sit at my computer, cranking out papers. Most summer days I don’t interact with many people, aside from the daycare teachers, so I tend to go pretty casual. Last summer, I wore sandals, capris, and a plain colored t-shirt. But I usually ended up frozen by mid-day, and threw an oversized cardigan over the whole thing for the afternoon. And sometimes, I’d end up in a meeting, feeling a little sloppy.
So here’s my plea: Please, oh goddess of style, recommend a blazer or sweater that will be versatile enough to see me through summer work sessions in a frigid office and impromptu meetings across campus. Ideally this is something that I could hang behind my office door, pull it on as needed, and it would coordinate with almost anything. Does such a blazer exist? Because if it does exist, surely La Isis can help me find it.
Your adoring Scibling,
I included the following photo with my letter
Figure 1. ScienceWoman and Minnow showing off their typical 8 am apparel. Both models picked their own outfits. Minnow is the one still in her jammies, and who has yet to learn about mixing patterns and colors appropriately. ScienceWoman is the one wearing sandals of which Dr. Isis is not likely to approve.
The goddess has deigned to answer the mere mortal’s request, and you just have to click on over to her place to see what she recommends…and what’s she’s done with my feet!