Thank you for the style tips on the website! It is the best I came across on my research to new style. Since few weeks I am trying to answer the question: how should I dress as a scientist?
What would you propose to a young female scientist working in the institute? I run over hundreds of blogs, websites etc, but nowhere could I find the answer. The standard jeans and sweater/jumper were my best choice for the University years, but now I really feel like change.
I would like people to know that I care about my appearance. My work colleagues dress very casual, there is no formal dress code. Emily, I hope you are able to answer my question and guide me towards the style, which would make me feel elegant with a bit of glamour, young (I'm 25) and comfortable at the same time.
Thanks so much for your question! This is a great question that I think a lot of professional women in intellectual, historically male-dominated fields can relate to. If you work in academia some people feel that if you dress nicely you are somehow paying less attention to your work. I think that's absurd, and I applaud your efforts to raise the bar and dress in a casual-professional manner that is respectful to your work and colleagues.
To achieve a polished and professional work look that is still age appropriate and doesn't alienate your colleagues, I recommend mixing classic feminine basics like pencil skirts and tailored trousers with more casual staples like a long sleeve tee (shown above), thin-knit sweaters and blouses. I imagine heels wouldn't be practical if you're in the lab most or all of the day, so I'd suggest a stylish pair of kitten-heels or pointed-toe flats. If you wear a flat shoe, look for one with some structure and style, to give a bit more professionalism to your look.
Add some fun and personality to your look with stylish touches like a ribbon belt, a pretty necklace, or an animal print shoe. This will create an elegant, yet stylish and appropriate look that I'm sure will be a hit at work. Best of luck to you, and congratulations for representing more women in science!