Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Question for all the Bloggy Fashionistas...

Since I always take my most important fashion/job related questions to you, I have another one: what to wear on the second (i.e., non-job talk) day of a full two day campus visit? This is the day that I'll be teaching a class and having tons of meetings with various folks (grad students included). The next day is my official job talk and I will wear my jobsuit.

So, here are my options for non-job talk day:

1) Wear the suit again but with a different color shirt
2) Wear the suit jacket, a different shirt, a long skirt and very cute, yet slightly comfy heels (this actually looks very nice).
3) Wear a long skirt and a nice sweater; possibly a long sweater coat with the comfy heels.
4) Wear jeans and a t-shirt and my flip-flops.

Okay, so number 4 is a pipe-dream, but I'm trying to lean away from looking almost the same both days unless it's a ginormous breach in protocol. On my teaching day (also a day where the campus tour is likely to go on) I'd like to look smart and professional, but not necessarily wear my full-on pants suit.

So, what say you bloggers?



At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd go with options b or c, but without the sweater coat - too casual for what remains an interview.
Best of luck!

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Flavia said...

Well, bearing in mind that I'm the voice of conservatism here, and that I personally feel most confident/comfortable in a suit (which I know is far from the case for everyone!)--I'd say options a or b.

I don't know what the jobsuit is like, but would it be possible to wear it with, say, a turtleneck one day? Or a different colored shirt and strikingly different jewelry? (A big necklace, maybe, or a scarf, if you're a scarf-wearer?) I'm totally with you on not wanting to look the same both days, so if there's a way to make the outfit look different enough, I'd go with that. If not, go for the professional-looking separates. Ix-nay on the eatercoat-sway.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger medieval woman said...

Okay - I agree with you guys on ditching the sweater coat notion - I wear that for teaching my regular classes, but you're right that I should still be in interview mode.

Flav, I *knew* you would be pro-suit! :) I was wearing the suit (or suity separates) when we had our MLA lunch. It occurs to me after going mentally through my closet, that I have another couple of suit jackets that might look really nice with a black skirt and black sweater shell. One of them is a nice, smoky lavender. I wouldn't wear the whole suit because I would look too much like an easter egg.

Hmmm.....I'll have to give the kitties a fashion show tonight!

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Hilaire said...

I would have said (b). But it sounds like you are exploring other options. Good luck!

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous What Now? said...

I'd go for option (b), or one of the new jacket-skirt combinations you're considering.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Bardiac said...

A suit is pretty standard, especially if this is the day you'll meet with the dean and such.

You probably can't go wrong dressing conservatively where the department dresses less conservatively, but you might make a less good impression dressing more casually at a more conservative department.

Try to be comfortable, though.

Good luck!!! My fingers are crossed for you!

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Addy N. said...

I think (b) is probably a good choice (it sounds like you have only one suit, then or are trying to travel light?) If so, I think that is a good option. When is your interview? Good luck & keep us posted!

Can I throw in another question? Do you think this suit is dressy enough for an interview? I just bought it in Mahogany Brown and Black (did you see those sale prices??), but I'm starting to second-guess my choice. Also- how does everyone feel about black shoes with the Mahogany Brown??

At 5:08 PM, Blogger medieval woman said...

Addy N. - thanks for commenting! I do have more than one suit, but, sadly the other one isn't fitting as well as it should/could right now, so we're going to plan B.

I think that suit from Talbot's is nice - you could always dress it up a little more with a collared shirt (and kind of lay the points of the shirt collar on the jacket, you know? Not as a butterfly collar! But it would add some dressiness to it for the interview). I also think that black shoes are great for mahogany brown. it's when we get to the lighter browns that I wonder about black shoes. Unless it's casual khakis and you're wearing a black top. Okay, I'll shut up now...

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Addy N. said...

Thanks for the tip, M-Woman! I was thinking the same thing- that a dressy shirt would dress it up more. And ha- talk about suits not fitting- All my interview clothes from 2001 are too tight! So I'm shopping. Plus- I want to wear PANTS this time. I have the added complication that I am doing TWO interviews in one trip and one of them is a day-and-a-half thing, so I really need THREE different things to wear! And I'm trying not to check any bags- I may be dreaming on that one!

At 6:36 PM, Blogger medieval woman said...

Hey, that's great Addy N.! Good luck on your interviews!!

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the smokey lavender suit jacket with a black skirt and black shell sounds perfect to me. And I did really like your suit/jacket-skirt combo at MLA.

I'm with Bardiac, too: although you obviously want to look at your most professional for your job talk, the day you're meeting a bazillion people (esp. if those people include deans) would seem just as important to look professional. It's another matter if Day Two is just, say, a teaching demo and going out to lunch with the department. This sounds like a LONG campus visit!

At 11:21 PM, Blogger medieval woman said...

Thanks, Flavia! Those were good burgers - fortunately there were no un-drycleanable stains! :)

And, oh sweet jesus, this trip is more like a forced death march than a campus visit! (although I'm sure they'll be *very* nice - it is the "New Dream Academy"). I leave on Wednesday afternoon and come back Saturday afternoon - 2 FULL days there. I had one like this last year and I got horribly sick with the flu on the second day. I think it was all the stress. And the last night one of the search committee was making dinner for some people at her place, but I was highly febrile and fell asleep in the lobby of the hotel before they came to get me. So they took me to get Nyquil and sent me back to my room to suffer before leaving the next day. The woman actually had the audacity to be a little pissy with me (even though they still went ahead with the dinner!) - I still wonder if that had anything to do with their decision! :)

At 1:25 AM, Anonymous mythoclast said...

I would have said choice 3 if I hadn't read all the comments :) but a suit always makes me feel more confident, so maybe that would be best.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger K. A. Laity said...

Well, I wore my Doc Martens to both my MLA interview and the on-campus -- and still got hired, so it really depends on the college. If people are going to get snooty about wearing the same jacket, think what they'll be like for the tenure process!

Who needs that? Well, I guess if you're going for an R1, you will get a lot of that.

But the scarf idea is good. Especially if you have a bright green with a black or charcoal suit, or a neon pink one. Ideally, the clothes should be a backdrop against which you shine -- if all they remember is the clothes, well, that wouldn't be good.


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