Tuesday, October 09, 2007

What to Wear: Oral Exam

I'm so happy that it is fall. Layers are back and I can't wait to unpack my tweeds. Here is Amanda's request:
I’m an engineering grad student and have a “prelim exam” coming up where I present my research to a panel of faculty members, some of whom I’ve never even met. (Bonus: This is the part where they decide if I’m good enough to stay in the program.) What would be a stylish and confidence boosting outfit which still gives off a professional/scholarly vibe? Preferably one with flats, since I’ll be standing for an hour.

Not that my wardrobe will end up being the main focus of this presentation, but I still want to look good. If it matters: Light brown shoulder length hair, 5’9” ish and I normally wear glasses with maroon frames.
As soon as I read this I had visions of corduroy jackets with elbow patches and argyle sweaters. A full costume of academia! Fortunately, I stepped it back to something that will still be young and fresh for Amanda:

Sweater - Click the link to see this sweater on the model, it's darker and lovelier. I think a little cleavage is fine. You can pair it with a cami for extra coverage.
Pants - Basic brown trousers will get you through a lot things like this. I think pants are a better choice than a skirt or dress for this crowd.
Necklace - My biology-grad-student-sister is wild about Moma's DNA strand necklace. It's geeky and attractive.
Shoes - Wedges give you comfort for all that standing and a little height for confidence.
Folder - From See Jane Work.
Trench - Not pictured. Nothing makes me feel more confident than a sturdy trench.

It's feminine, authoritative and a youthful. Perfect for a smart student like Amanda!

5 comments:

MissScientistSF said...

Where did you get the poster? I just presented a poster today, and was pretty stoked with my outfit, awesome new leather wedges, navy blue pencil skirt and white 3/4 length sleeve shirt. I felt very stylish scientist. And yes, that necklace is awesome.

tiffany said...

My husband should have worn this outfit for his prelim exam.

:)

Love your outfits, as always!

Amanda said...

Yay, it's awesome! And shopping for the outfit definately counts as exam prep. Thanks!

MissEm said...

Nice outfit jean! I found the poster under the search "research poster" online.

Lorrie said...

I work in a microbiology research lab in Buffalo, NY. I wish all of you the best in your research!