Academichic Travels: A Conference with E.

March 19th, 2009 § 21 comments

I know, I know, you just saw me go through the whole packing rigmarole last weekend. But while last week’s suitcase was ready for a casual weekend and an afternoon outdoor wedding, today’s bag looks quite different. I’m heading to an academic conference where I’ll be presenting a paper and hopefully hobnobbing with some Very Important Scholars, and that means that I need to look professional and memorable all at the same time.

The Spread, originally uploaded by academichic.

Here’s what I’m hoping will do the trick…

The List:

  • 2 suit jackets: one navy, one black pinstripe
  • 1 pair of black maternity trousers
  • 4 tops suitable for layering: patterned navy, gray cowl neck, purple tunic, and leaf print tunic
  • 2 cardigans: one in fun yellow and one in cozy, cable knit gray
  • 1 pair of straight leg maternity jeans
  • 1 brown dress to use as a skirt
  • 3 pairs of shoes: patterned flats, gold peep toe wedges, and gray suede wedges
  • 3 pairs of tights
  • Pjs, undies, and camisoles
  • And a book, for good measure

The Plan:

I’m planning to wear the jeans, gray cardigan, and patterned flats while driving to the conference. For the first day of papers, I’ll scope things out in an amazingly stretchy and comfortable outfit that still looks professional: a recently thrifted top with a fun pattern, my favorite navy blazer, and a brown surplice dress that will essentially function as a skirt.

Conference Outfit, originally uploaded by academichic.

That evening, my husband and I will have dinner with a friend who happens to be attending that university. I’m hoping I’ll have a moment to slip on my flats and change into jeans, this yellow cardigan, and a slouchy gray cowl neck. After dinner, we’re planning to find a coffee shop because, let’s be frank, homework doesn’t stop just because you’re away from home:

Coffee Shop-ping, originally uploaded by academichic.

For Day 2 of the conference I’m still in a bit of a quandary. Since I’m presenting a paper I want to wear the closest thing I have that approximates a suit and still fits my preggers bump. But I’m torn between two options. Should I go mix monochrome patterns with a black and white leaf print tunic under the pinstripe blazer? Or should I jazz things up with a purple top and red necklace? Either way, I’m definitely wearing my gold wedges and carrying a back-up pair of flats in my bag.

Conference Outfit: Leafy Option, originally uploaded by academichic.

The good news is that whatever top I don’t end up wearing to the conference will work just fine with jeans and my gray cardigan for the drive back home.

Homeward Bound, originally uploaded by academichic.

Though I’m usually a “rolling” packer, this time I decided to try the “one bag” packing method which supposedly keeps your clothes wrinkle free. (I left my pajamas out of the fun, though, since I want to be able to grab them easily once we arrive at our destination.)

Wrinkle-free Packing, originally uploaded by academichic.

And ta-da! Everything fits in my bag with enough room to spare for a hair dryer!

Finished!, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 21 Responses to Academichic Travels: A Conference with E."

  1. t. says:

    only now checked again on your blog, since internet connection’s on and off where I am at the moment. so sorry the link didn’t come through, but you seem to have found your way to it nevertheless – great! (makes me feel less guilty about not mailing the link, too!).

    btw, you look fab!


  2. Nerida says:

    From a fellow academic, love your blog!

    I think your tailored blue blazer should have gone face down (according to one bag method).

  3. Sal says:

    I’m beyond impressed that you were able to fit all those chic options in that tiny bag! Oh, and if you’re really polling, I’d go purple/red for the presentation – you’ll be more memorable with a little color, I bet.

  4. alison says:

    Wow, I’m sure taking notes on how you pack. Great job and great mixing. I think you should wear the purple top with red necklace for your presentation. I love that combo.

  5. Danielle says:

    Wow, you are a packing genius!! Im saving both of these packing posts to look at the next time I go on a trip! :)

  6. Jess says:

    Love the packing tips! I even bookmarked the page. Thanks so much!

  7. Impressive packing — enjoy the conference!

  8. Diana says:

    I’m going to have to check back with these packing tutorials the next time I’m traveling – you have a lot of useful tips and advice.

  9. Kimberly says:

    Okay, I was super excited that I fit everything I needed for a one night getaway in an “overnight” bag this past weekend. I seriously need to take major lessons on how to pack this efficiently.

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    I am so glad I found this blog! It can be tough straddling that line as a [hopefully] hip, young person and a professional/grad student. I have my first conference where I’m presenting and meeting the Very Important Scholars next month, and now I have ideas for outfits and packing!

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  17. vanessa says:

    love you all! thank you so much! i am stuck in phd world and everyone looks at me like i have 3.23 heads when i dress fashionably!

    many many thanks!!!


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