Mary had this request:
Not sure if this is a good suggestion but I am switching careers from a creative industry to a serious academic/historian setting. My fun, twee printed dresses won’t really fly in this new setting. Easy ideas how to look more professional would be very welcome. Sounds cheesy but tweed items would really fit in! Really wish the the Academichic ladies were still around!
This is one of those questions that I totally want to address, but know that I will ruffle some feathers if I do so. What with the not working in academia myself and the knowing that working in academia has all sorts of tricky-to-navigate unwritten rules and norms that you can’t really understand unless you’ve experienced them personally. So I’ll get the ball rolling with a few suggestions and then ask you readers who are working or have worked in academic settings to weigh in.