June 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm #30224
Oh man, this is me! I’m 24, still in grad school, mostly jeans and t-shirts everyday. I don’t even TA- I think if I did, I might have a reason to dress up a little bit, because I’m young-looking and small and I think dress is an easy way to make yourself look more professional and be taken more seriously. I recently made a commitment to myself to wear skirts and dresses more often.
My two favourite fashion blogs ever have stopped (sad) but the archives are still up: they’re academichic and whatwouldanerdwear. Both are geared more to academia but they have lots of good lessons about colour mixing, dressing to your body shape etc. I like them because the outfits are realistic and inexpensive and they focus on “repurposing”, i.e. wearing items in different ways, which is good when you have a small clothing budget.June 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm #30226
Good points Christy. I could look overweight or supermodelesque depending on the type of cuts/style. Ok, fine, not supermodelesque.June 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm #30274
A few years ago i realized I didnt want to be t-shirt-and-jeans chick. So I developed into nice-button-down-shirt-and-jeans chick. Now that I am out of school and working, I’ve evolved to be more dressy in general, and I feel funny in jeans. I guess my advice is, dont try too hard at it, bc other ppl will notice. haha. No seriously, dont do some huge drastic overhaul of you closet. Start introducing new pieces/styles and see how you like it. And dont try to copy ppl…at least it never worked for me.
And look for classic cuts, not trendy junk.June 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm #30277
Caitie-didn’t, I looked up those two blogs that you mentioned and I really like them! I’m thinking I need to step it up a notch as I start a postdoc so I look a bit less like a homeless person.June 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm #30284
Rachel: a couple of girls in my program are really nicely dressed all the time and I always feel vaguely hobo-esque next to them, with my shorts and birkenstocks with dirty hair. I need to step up my game for real though, lately I’ve not been feeling myself and it’s all I can do to even get out of bed and out of my house at a decent time, never mind shower/hair/makeup/outfit. I also don’t really have any “nice” summer clothes because I spent my summers working at camp or in a lab where I had to wear pants all the time. But for real, I absolutely cannot recommend those two blogs enough! Academichic even has some more philosophical postings about dressing in academia and how clothes and jewelry can give impressions that you’re not even aware of.June 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm #30432
In the spring and summer I love dressing up, but as soon as fall and winter roll around I get miserable and want to wear sweatpants. I realized I had to step my game up and developed a uniform of sorts that is just as comfortable and easy. I went out and bought a bunch of cute tunics and soft basic shirts, a few pairs of nice leggings and stretchy skinny jeans and one pair of black and one of brown riding boots and a few soft boyfriend blazers. Instant outfit, just as comfortable as anything and you look put together.
The best advice I ever got was to stick to classic pieces and colors you know you like, because then your wardrobe will have some cohesion and you can always put something new together from your own closet.June 18, 2012 at 7:15 am #30489
Yes, yes, yes, I’m re-energized about this! I need to go through my closet and get rid of clothes in too-small sizes and find a few pieces that I feel good in. Look out world
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