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1 hour ago, MaoistTowelette said:

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I AM HOWLING 

 

Also, packing jeans and blazers galore for my trip to Dallas.

Still howling...

 

edut: wait, if I’m interviewing should I wear slacks? Are slacks still a thing in 2019?

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1 minute ago, mwils15 said:

@kendalldinniene I’d probably take a pair of slacks just in case. Even if you decide not to wear them, they’d be something good to have on hand. Then again, I’m a notorious over-packer, so maybe don’t trust my judgment 😂

Same though!

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i was going to wear black jeans but now i'm thinking i should go out and buy a pair of slacks...im not really feeling a dress for the visit.......but i'm not interviewing??

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Not interviewing, but considering wearing a black top with a patterned skirt (got a couple on sale from Forever 21: oxblood, a twill/plaid, and a burnt orange) and tights. Maybe with a blazer? What are you guys's thoughts on shoes?

I'm worried I'd be way too overdressed in a dress.

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2 hours ago, Anonymouse124 said:

Not interviewing, but considering wearing a black top with a patterned skirt (got a couple on sale from Forever 21: oxblood, a twill/plaid, and a burnt orange) and tights. Maybe with a blazer? What are you guys's thoughts on shoes?

I'm worried I'd be way too overdressed in a dress.

Ooooo this look sounds so cute and polished. I don’t think it’s too dressy. Brb going to to forever 21 rn lol

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4 hours ago, kendalldinniene said:

Ooooo this look sounds so cute and polished. I don’t think it’s too dressy. Brb going to to forever 21 rn lol

Haha thanks! Forever 21 definitely has decent options! LOFT had a huge sale too, I got some dress pants there for $5 (original price was $60!). Target's Universal Standard line has some cute polished stuff too. What would you guys suggest for shoes? I'm considering loafers, but honestly, am more of a bootie type of person.

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1 hour ago, Anonymouse124 said:

Haha thanks! Forever 21 definitely has decent options! LOFT had a huge sale too, I got some dress pants there for $5 (original price was $60!). Target's Universal Standard line has some cute polished stuff too. What would you guys suggest for shoes? I'm considering loafers, but honestly, am more of a bootie type of person.

I feel like booties are polished and cute.  We don't have to look like the traditional professor, I think.  That being said I have a tweed and velvet blazer I'm taking to Dallas that screams caricature of an English prof and I'm going to wear the hell out of it, haha.  Probably paired with booties!

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Honestly, no one is going to care about how you dress, so long as you wear more than a hoodie. As others have said, I would opt for business casual, but a slightly elevated casual isn't bad either. For men, slacks, chinos, or non-ratty jeans, paired with a button-down shirt, would be fine.  

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  • 2 weeks later...

Any suggestions to dress appropriately in feet of snow??? A sweater dress? Where do we stand on boots? Hours away from my first visit lol. Procrastinated, as always. Want to be taken seriously— it’s a program where they haven’t admitted someone without an MA in years. Trying to appear like a grown-up.

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17 minutes ago, swarthmawr said:

Any suggestions to dress appropriately in feet of snow??? A sweater dress? Where do we stand on boots? Hours away from my first visit lol. Procrastinated, as always. Want to be taken seriously— it’s a program where they haven’t admitted someone without an MA in years. Trying to appear like a grown-up.

My sense is that booties/boots with a dress is fine! My biggest tip is to still feel like yourself while dressing biz/cas. I had a few interviews right out of undergrad that I felt so awful in what I wore and a friend who said they wouldn’t wear boots to an interview... honestly it doesn’t matter. I wore booties with a skirt and sweater and got the job. All this to say.. don’t overthink it, be comfortable, don’t totally sacrifice your sense of personality, but better to be a touch overdressed than underdressed. 

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31 minutes ago, swarthmawr said:

Any suggestions to dress appropriately in feet of snow??? A sweater dress? Where do we stand on boots? Hours away from my first visit lol. Procrastinated, as always. Want to be taken seriously— it’s a program where they haven’t admitted someone without an MA in years. Trying to appear like a grown-up.

Boots are great--I wore slacks and a turtleneck + Docs to my last visit. I was about medium on the scale of well-dressed--we had people in jeans, and people in suits (well, one person). We also had a more formal dinner that we were asked to dress for--so the instructions actually indicated to wear bizcaj. A sweater dress and boots sounds fine. Definitely wear tights!

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7 minutes ago, sidmeier said:

i talked to my advisor and she said do NOT wear a suit, it will be over-the-top. so now im thinking jeans and a blazer. can't decide if my blundstones would be too casual

omg rip I love a casual suit though! :( was totally planning on wearing it to Penn

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4 minutes ago, thismortalcoil said:

omg rip I love a casual suit though! :( was totally planning on wearing it to Penn

i mean, if it's casual and it's what you'd be most comfortable in, i think go for it. just don't be too stiff personality-wise? :) you're admitted anyways

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1 hour ago, sidmeier said:

i mean, if it's casual and it's what you'd be most comfortable in, i think go for it. just don't be too stiff personality-wise? :) you're admitted anyways

Good advice! I think I'm seriously overthinking the minutiae of visitation... I'll just try to be myself! 

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Thanks for your help, @rr732 @spectrum-in! Even though I’m dressed as advised, the hotel they’ve put me up in is uncomfortably fancy, and I feel way too aware of my boots/age/race. I wish I were wearing a power suit just to talk to these front desk dudes...

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5 hours ago, swarthmawr said:

Thanks for your help, @rr732 @spectrum-in! Even though I’m dressed as advised, the hotel they’ve put me up in is uncomfortably fancy, and I feel way too aware of my boots/age/race. I wish I were wearing a power suit just to talk to these front desk dudes...

You’re a freaking gem and impressive as hell and you and your boots have nothing to worry about.

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1 hour ago, kendalldinniene said:

You’re a freaking gem and impressive as hell and you and your boots have nothing to worry about.

You’re so kind, @kendalldinniene, thank you for lifting my spirits 💕 YOU’RE the gem, if we’re being real, here. 

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