In search of: Graduation dresses that can pull double duty

I’m approaching the 1-year-left-til-I-graduate mark, but that hasn’t stopped me from admiring all the cute potential graduation-worthy dresses available at the moment. I’m of two minds about formal wear: on one hand, I’m team treat yoself, on the other, I think it’s nice if formal wear can work for more than one occasion. So I thought I would round some grad dresses up for if you’re in the market for a classy dress for several pending occasions:

1) Dress-up-dress-down sundress:

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How I buy business clothes on Poshmark

It all started with a suit. I stumbled onto the Poshmark site late last summer, thought, “huh, like Ebay, but only clothes,” and probably would have just left…but then I found it. A gently used J. Crew suit, in tall sizes, for $40. Could this site be for real?? I weighed my options. I figured if I lost $40 in some scam, I would be a little sad. But not as sad as I would be buying a $200+ suit for my impending time on the academic job market. I got out my credit card.

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Cheaper business clothes: What I’ve thrifted

This week I’m talking about my search for affordable business clothes–today I’ll talk traditional thrifting, later this week I’ll move on to my current app-addiction, Poshmark. But today: thrifting.

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Professional Clothes: The Expectation

I just reread Karen Kelsky’s The Professor is In, a book all about how to land the tenure track job at the end of the grad school tunnel (cannot recommend this enough, also has useful tips about leaving academia). I forgot that not only is Karen Kelsky a career genius she is also full of clothing tips on everything you need for the campus visit. Here’s her list:

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