This blog was created because there weren't enough places talking about academic fashion for bodies like ours (queer, fat, disabled, etc). We hope to create a collective of voices from all sorts of people talking about what it's like to be them and clothe their bodies for the classroom.

In 1997, a column in The Chronicle of Higher Education advised young female academics, "The best clothes for a professional woman to wear to a big-time academic conference are dresses or skirts that no one will notice or remember: not too tight, not too short, not too colorful." This is the attitude we want to combat. We don't want to be invisible. More than encouraging tighter shorter, more colorful clothes across the board, we instead want to find a way to express ourselves and our identities while still surviving in academia.

This is a body-positive, anti-racist, queer-friendly, anti-sexist space. Hateful and deliberately hurtful language will not be tolerated. Discussion and disagreement is welcome, but remember there are people on the other side of this, and be kind and respectful.

We would love guest posts from folks interested in any issues of clothing our bodies in academia, and are especially interested in guest posts (or regular contributors!) by trans folks and people of color. 


Ecrivaine— Poet, PhD, and Professor. They are a white, genderqueer fat disabled femme, constantly battling cat hair on their LBDs, and the timer on their camera. In their spare time, they are a birth worker, an auntie, and a yoga bum. Fond of ballet flats, polka dots, grellow, messy buns, pencil skirts, purses, their pets, and typography. See all posts by Ecrivaine.

Cee— A fiction writer, teacher, and PhD student. She is a white, cis, temporarily able-bodied queer femme. When not blogging, she can usually be found behind a pile of exam reading or working on her novel. Adores cardigans, whimsical prints, high-waisted skirts, tights, and braids. See all posts by Cee.

To contact us, email asktippet at gmail dot com