What to wear to academic conferences

What to wear to an academic conference, pt.3. A pencil skirt can feel tooo business to me (especially when I show up to a conference and half the people there are in flannel/khakis, though I guess that’s a discipline-specific problem), but this button up is soft and casual, unlike a dress shirt, so it tones the skirt down a little.

Skirt- J. Crew

Bag- thrifted (similar)

Shirt- Madewell

Wedges- Nordstrom Rack (Similar)

Glasses- Zenni

What to wear to academic conferences

What to wear to an academic conference, pt. 2. I like to bring one work dress and wear it on its own and then layer it with a blazer a couple days later.

Dress- J. Crew, old (similar cut, great winter version for freezing hotels, more affordable)

Wedges- Nordstrom Rack, old (similar)

Purse- thrifted (similar)

Cropped Blazer- old (similar)

situatedknowledges:

25.6.15 – 15.52 // i’m so busy I need two computers. Also, surprisingly enough, my desk is rather ‘neat’ now compared to yesterday. This whole paper-writing business is fun, I only wish that I had more than 6 days to write about 10.000 words on affect theory and Spinoza and all these other topics I feel like I don’t quite grasp enough to put it in words for a paper.

i dare you to go out wearing mismatched shoes all day everyday for 2 whole months and post pics and short videos on here of you out wearing and walking in them everyday.

One time I put a picture of a goat in every powerpoint I used to teach for a whole semester. Every time the goat slide came up I would just click past it with no explanation. None of my students ever asked me about it. I imagine this experiment would work out about the same. 

Teacher style: fancy cut, casual fabric.

One way to make your wardrobe work for teaching and the rest of your grad school life is to find crossover pieces. This dress has a semi-fancy cut (waist definition, pockets!) but is a nice comfy cotton, so I wear it to teach or dress it down with my jean jacket to go to class. Fun fact: I bought this dress in Norway from this woman who worked in a clothing store because I wanted her to give me some contacts for my research. She did not pick up what I was laying down, and thought I bought the dress because I was trying to ask her out. #hazardsofresearch 

Dress: Like I said, Norwegian. Some similar options from Old Navy: 1, 2, 3

Shirt: Madewell

Shoes: Pikolinos, Nordstrom Rack score (similar)

Backpack: Herschel (backpack round up coming soon!)

Choosing a bag for grad school:

 A messenger bag or tote is a nice option in grad school, especially if wearing a backpack means you get mistaken for an undergrad. Messenger bags can look a bit more professional. Here are some bag I’ve been eyeing recently:

1- Madewell

2- Herschel

3- Pendleton

4- Fossil (sooo expensive but I’ve wanted it for forever…perhaps a graduation gift to myself)

Class style: Go Cubs + oxfords

Emma says: Sometimes your team makes game 7 of the World Series and you’ve got to show your support at school! If I’m wearing a sports jersey, I like to wear nice jeans and dressy shoes with my standard mismatched dress socks. When I’ve got a fancier top, I like to wear sneakers, but I like to let people know that just because I’m wearing a jersey doesn’t mean I’m not ready for business.

Grad school OOTD: Nerd alert.

Rebecca says: Hi internet. This is a go-to class outfit for me. Denim + black skinnies + comfy sneakers. I’m a second year PhD student and at this point in the semester it has to be stuff that is comfy and comes together quickly! I just bought clear glasses and someone told me “You look like a bigger nerd than you already are.” Oh well 🙂

Emma says: What’s good, internet? The outfit above is actually inspired this blog. Rebecca and I had class together early one Tuesday morning. She complemented my outfit and here we are. I’m a second year Masters student and teaching assistant. One of my students once described me as “small and well-dressed” and that was a great day.