Friday, May 05, 2006

Go Shop For Me

I need someone to go shopping for me. I am really cutting it close with my fruksis deadline, and I don't have the time to look for myself. I need something sharp to wear to my defense that screams, "I'm smart but not a frump".

I'm thinking black because I usually only wear black/gray, blue, brown, white/cream or some combination of those colors. I look horrible in purple and bright greens. My presentation is going to be shades of blue and orange so I can't wear anything that clashes as the screen is huge and will be behind me as a backdrop. I could do a light color for a dress if it had a dark cardigan.

Obviously my shoulders should be covered, but I'm willing to layer if the dress is strappy.

I'm trying to not do pants because I have a hard time finding pants that fit on my waist--I almost had a wardrobe malfunction at my last presentation because the microphone battery was clipped to my pants and ended up pulling them down. I caught them before anyone was traumatized, but then I had to hold the stupid pack the entire presentation.

I don't do skirts that are above the knee because I hate my knees. Maybe slightly above the knee if you must, but please respect my body issues.

What else...I have narrow shoulders. I usually stick to A-line type deals. I really like the dresses with the belts or that wrap around--like the kind Kelly Ripa wears all of the time.

It has to be under $200. Way under would be nice, but as this will be my only "professional" outfit that I own, I don't want to go too cheap.

Update: More info

Here are some styles that I like, but that I can't afford.
Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C
Exhibit D
Exhibit E

OK, now go shop for me...please. Please.


At 11:52 AM, Blogger Katie said...

I think a black suit would look great. It is sharp, professional, and rather "neutral". Black is always a classic choice. It also flatters all figures. Also, since it is always a classic, there should be an abundance out in the stores. Sorry, but I cannot go out shopping for you. I don't know if we have the same figure, so trying things on for you may not work! I used to be able to go shopping for my sister and vice versa, but now we have different figures.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger trisha said...

I'll need more info.

I love to shop. Pick me.

At 2:16 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

That's all the info I've got, I think.
I guess I'm a size 4, but not from everywhere. For instance, at Ann Taylor I'm a size 0/2 but at forever 21, I'm a size 4/6.

Trisha, you know I love your taste, so if you find anything when you're surfing, send me the link.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Katie, I would do a suit, but a suit is way over-the-top for my program. If I can't find a dress, however, I will have to go the suite route.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger comebacknikki said...

Oooh - I love #1 & #3. But I wouldn't wear white b/c I'd be too freaked out I was going to spill something on it.

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but I can't help but smirk as an older, male part-time doctoral student desperately trying to finish in the fall term, defense clothes are the last thing that will enter my mind. I'll probably just wear jeans and a collar shirt, which for me is dressed up. The items you linked are considerably more dressy than worn by women, at least those I remember, in my department. I just find it strange that your department sees you dressed casually throughout your entire time there, why bother getting dressed up for a defense. Feels almost like a facade, one that they can all see through, to me.

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, fashion advice... This is what I'm paid for, so can't not weigh in on this.
C is an absolute winner with low heels and silver jewelery.
A - pretty, but you do need a waist (and the model hasn't got one). Oh, not saying you haven't got a waist, just saying one would need to have a waist.
B - no. Orange isn't going to work against an orangeand blue backdrop.
D - another winner. White with gold accessories are so massive this season, and the shape is very flattering and classic.
E - (see A).
Ah, yes, you can tell I've been brainwashed by my place of work! So yes, it's a draw between D and E I think. White is so fresh, very lovely, but damn hard to wear, especially in the town / city. Am quite taken by the grey... Go with E, grey low heels if poss and v. simple silver jewelery.
(PS - your word veri - IVIVIVO. Made me laugh...)

At 6:12 PM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

How about this:

or this

this is very simple and elegant

not appropriate, but so cute

how cute would this blouse be with an a-line skirt and t strap mary janes?

or a simple black or white blouse - or a blazer with this skirt?

ditto for this skirt, with perhaps a cute simple cardigan:

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Katie said...

Oh, I LOVE all your choices. However, sad to say, in the real world I am told that you want to make sure you look very professional. So, I would personally advise that any of these choices would work if paired with a jacket or somehow layered, no? However, if all your commitee members are male, it could work to your advantage to NOT layer it! :)

At 10:11 PM, Blogger trisha said...

Ohhhhh, the Nanette! Let's find something like that!

I am in love with that dress!

At 10:16 PM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

I love the Nanette Lepore dress too.

By the way, I posted pics of most of the ones I posted above (not the second or fourth ones) on my blog, if you want to look.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger shrinkykitten said...

Oh wait, no - this is absolute perfection - look no further:

or if you really nanette lepore - do this one

nordys has a lot of wrap dresses, by the way

At 8:17 AM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

You all are too kind. I will check out all of your suggestions ASAP. Thank you for taking time to look for me; I think I might cry over your kindness. I'm a mess.

To the part-time, male PhD student:
Everyone dresses a little nicer here than what you find in the usual science environment. I think it's because of where we are located, who comes around during the day, and because we are a diverse program that includes people who dress professionally every day because they see patients and because they don't have to work in a wet lab. Skirts are very common in the lab. Also, I am crazy and must control everything, including the way I dress, when I get stressed so that I don't wig out.

On that note, it is defintely expected that as a sign of respect, you dress in something other than jeans. There are only 4-guys in the program, so they kind of have their own drummer, but they usually wear slacks and a dress shirt.

Katie: All of my committee members are male, but it grosses me out to think that they notice that I'm a girl.

My entire family and my husband's family will be there, and this is a really big day for them, so I should look presentable. Moreover, if you are a chick doing what I'm doing, you need to do everything in your power to be taken seriously.

Clare: A waist is the only thing I've got working for me.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger she falters to rise said...

Shrinky: I think it's funny that you chose a "hey senorita" dress. Hee...hee...

At 9:39 PM, Anonymous maleparttimer said...

Whatever you pick will be fine as I bet they will be listening to your presentation and not stressing your attire.

The difference between our two fields is my patients are rocks. They don't care how I dress

I hope your presentation goes well.


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