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)
Wedges- Nordstrom Rack (Similar)
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)
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
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:
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.