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:
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.
Ootd from yesterday. Shout out to it finally being cold.
Because it’s supposed to snow tomorrow in CO
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!)