Shopping J. Crew winter clearance for business wear

Shopping the J. Crew Sale

Every December/July J. Crew does a 50% off sale on clearance items. This is the only time I buy anything from them, and has helped me to slowly build a professional teaching wardrobe. Here are some of my favorites this time around:

1- Sweater (I bought this in cabernet for $30 yesterday)

2- Velvet blazer

3- Cashmere sweater (I will probably save up for a couple months and make this my next big purchase…additionally, Steinmart has cashmere sweaters for $35 right now. Run, I say!)

4- Dress pants (I love that these come in fun colors, I might buy these in blue)

6- Necklace (J. Crew is my go-to for I-am-presenting-at-this-conference-and-I-need-a-power-necklace)

7- Flats

8- Dress

How to dress as a new graduate instructor

Q & A: What do I wear to teach or TA as a graduate student?

This was my first question when I was admitted to a Masters program–how fancy do I need to get? A few business casual items can go a long way toward building your teaching wardrobe. Some to start with:

Dress pants

3-5 button up shirts (polka dot, maroon, buffalo checked)

Comfortable shoes! (Flats, oxfords)

A nice cardigan (thrifted, here’s a good one), and a blazer

I basically mix these items in with my casual tees, dresses, and jeans for teaching purposes.

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Name: Rebecca
Nickname: Rebs
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Gender: F
Current Time: 10 AM
Average hours of sleep: 9. Sleep forever!
Last thing googled: An article for my queer theory lit review. Which is getting so long because I love it. 
Current number of followers: 40ish. Lil baby blog.
Dream job: Professor. Crossing all fingers and toes. And writing like a mad woman.
Things I post: Clothes. I may have to write 6 papers in the next 3 weeks but damn if I won’t look good doing it. 
Why I chose my username: Because I’ve been thinking and having a lot of conversations with people about how grad students dress. And, because I and many people I know went to the internet before they started grad school looking for advice about what to wear. And because I don’t like traditional business clothes so I’m still figuring out how to look like myself and still feel professional.

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