Almost daily outfit of the day: x' (shorts) + y2 (tights) = k e2 (ugh)

Old Navy sweater; thrifted Gap gingham shirt; Gap Outlet shorts; We Love Colors tights; thrifted vintage Cole Haan boots; thrifted vintage satchel

When I was younger, my arch nemesis was math. I hated math. I moaned and groaned through lessons at school. I procrastinated on my homework. I flunked tests in a tragically magnificent manner, earning single-digit scores that led to painful conferences between my parents and teachers. It became kind of a family joke, Elissa and her math problems. Eventually my parents found before and after-school tutors, and I spent long, long, long hours sitting through private instruction, watching the clock tick depressingly towards oblivion.

The worst thing about my math disability wasn't my failing grades. No, the worst thing was the hope and optimism I felt before each test, only to discover that I'd flunked. One particularly tragic exam from my junior year comes to mind. I was absolutely convinced I'd not only passed that midterm, but aced it. Finally I had conquered my math demon. My parents could stop shelling out money on tutors and spend it on something useful, like a pony. Schoolmates would line up at my door, begging me for the secret formula to my math genius. My cousins would stop making fun of me for my inability to calculate fourth-grade fractions. I had made it.

If memory serves me correctly, my grade on that exam hovered in the forties.

I feel that today's shorts and tights outfit strikes a similar chord. When I got dressed this morning, I was sure I'd nailed this look. I carefully studied images on Pinterest with women in shorts and tights, and took inspiration from their denim and boots. I waltzed out of my house with a confident strut. Now, I'm not so convinced. And if a quadratic equation exists that can solve the problem, I'm beyond hope.






9 comments:

  1. I love this outfit. You totally nailed it and you're rockin' it to boot!

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  2. I think it's close, would have worn a shoe with a higher heel maybe??

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  3. I had math trauma but not as bad as yours -- phew! When I did poorly, I generally knew it was coming so no false hope.

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  4. I think your outfit looks fine, but I've had the same feeling when trying to wear shorts and tights. I think I have all the elements, but for some reason it just doesn't look quite right. I always end up changing.

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  5. Your outfit looks fine to me, but I've had the same feeling when trying to wear shorts and tights together. I think I have all the elements but something doesn't look quite right and I always end up changing.

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  6. We could have had a contest in high school to see who was worse in math. It would have been a close one I bet!

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  7. I think it looks great, very chic and comfortable. Perhaps your discomfort is from how unusual it looks or feels on your body?

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  8. Its a younger look, but you dressed it up real nice. I like it a lot on you.

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  9. I agree with @lemonlip -- it's cute as is, but a little height on the boot is probably that extra something you feel like you're missing.

    I haven't been brave enough to try out the shorts-with-tights look yet this winter. If I do, I think I'll go with knee-high boots to compensate for the extra leg I show with shorts (versus a skirt).

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