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!


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!