Today is day three of first year orientation… and my first day back on campus since May. While planning out my outfit for today’s orientation event (it’s the “Meet the Clubs” fair and, as a club president, I am required to attend), a question dawned on me: when exactly did I figure out how to dress for business school?
Before starting school, I was told (as most first years are) to dress business casual. Before I deep-dive into this post, note that each program has its own unspoken dress code. For my MBA program, that means that Thursdays are casual (aka jeans). And that the moment you accept an internship or full-time job offer, you have the green light to wear workout clothes to class.
Hi, friends! I’ve been taking the past two weeks as some personal time but I’m BACK. And ready to rock. Just in time for back-to-school.
This week is orientation week for my MBA program. Getting back into the swing of things, meeting the first years, remembering where everything is on campus. That whole shebang.
Leading up to the start of the fall semester, many of my friends from school have been asking me where to score (and which ones I would particularly recommend) fashionable backpacks for MBA students. So I thought I’d round up some of my faves, in the hopes that it helps y’all in your quest for a professional backpack.
I know I’ve mentioned this before… but I’m single. I go on dates. A lot of dates actually. But idk if it’s due to the fact that I go on some of the most hilariously bad datesever. Or to the fact that I talk with my hands and may or may not have wounded a date or two with my favorite ring (whoops). Or to the fact that I’m just a weird human…. but single I am.
As I am now back in the working world (at least for the next two weeks), I’ve frequently found myself going on a date straight from work. And when you get off work at 7PM and your date starts at 7PM, you typically don’t have time to change into a preplanned outfit. Or at all. Or even fluff your hair into something that isn’t the saddest hairstyle in the history of corporate America. Hello, my life.
Okay, maybe I’m not the shortest shorty out there… but at a debateable 5’5”, I have pondered more than once how to wear a maxi dress if you’re short.
And I say “debateable” because for some weird reason my height is actually under debate. According to the state of Texas, I am 5’4”. According to my doctor, I’m 5’5½”. And, according to my friend Kristina in Manhattan, I’m 5’9”.
Kristina is definitely wrong… but the other two are a coin flip at this point.
I’ve always had really tall friends. In high school, my group of friends had an average height of 5’10”. They could wear these long flowy dresses and look so statuesque. I, on the other hand, looked like a Frumpy McFrumpmeister in anything longer than knee-length. Mini-skirts and mini-dresses, sign me up. But between the curves and the minute stature, maxi things were not my friend.
But then I figured out how to wear a maxi dress if you’re short. My trick? The sleeves (amongst a few other things)!
First off, shout out to Tobi for hooking me up with this stunner of an off-the-shoulder bell-sleeved dress! It’s soooo gorgeous – the smocked detail makes it perfect for day while the silhouette makes it ideal for night too!
Especially because a dress like this doesn’t hold in heat – which is absolutely necessary in the hot Texas summer. And it covers most of my arms from being sunburned. Necessary for this super pale human.
After nearly 25 years of living in Texas, I’ve figured out a few tricks to staying cool… while staying entertained. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite activities for summer in Texas.