Tomorrow, I'm heading off to my alma mater to participate in an American Studies Conference. My paper has been written and timed, so I am hoping that I won't repeat the disasterous performance I gave at a PG Symposium in January!
I think that conferences are a brilliant way of meeting new people, especially if, like me, you spend most days alone, living a very Thoreau-type existence. I would like to meet a student who would be open to writing a collaborative piece with me soon, it's something I would like to get a bit of experience in. Aside from the positives, conferences can also be immensely stressful, especially if you are presenting. The most stressful point for me is - honestly - what clothes to wear! The conference I'm attending runs over two days and there is a meal at the end also, so a lot of clothes are needed!
One of my favourite blog reads is Academic Chic.com. It documents the challenges of trying to be fashionable in the academic world. I found this entry on what to wear at conferences very inspiring. After I finish up at the conference, I'm heading to Dublin to see a concert with my best friend, so the doubling-up of clothes mentioned in Academic Chic's post is a great idea!
For the opening afternoon tomorrow, I'm going to wear a navy pinafore (from Primark) with navy wedges (also Primark). For the day-long Saturday session, which I'm presenting at, I've opted for smart, newly-pressed dark jeans and this top from A-Wear.
For the evening dinner, I have some taupe shoes and a cardigan to wear with this dress from ASOS.
For the concert I'm going to double-up the jeans, wedges and wear a sparkley navy top, just to look a little more ~edgy! So here's hoping I have a memorable outfit and make a memorable impression with my paper!