L.’s On-Campus Interview

October 13th, 2010 § 8 comments

13 October 2010 – On Campus Interview, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Shirt: Splendid via Filene’s Basement
  • Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet
  • Belt: Fossil
  • Skirt: City Unltd. via Filene’s Basement
  • Shoes: Frye
  • Necklace: South Moon Under

While this outfit will not go down in the annals of Academichic history for being particularly fun, innovative, or stylish, it is what I wore for my on-campus interview for the job I currently hold. I should reiterate that I was NOT interviewing for the tenure track positions or professorial posts for which my co-bloggers will interview (and S. already has!). This outfit was put together with a small New England private school in mind, and having gone to such a school I had an inkling of what would be dressy enough and what would be seen as overkill.

13 October 2010 – On Campus Interview, originally uploaded by academichic.

My interview was in late April and happened to fall on the same week that I was defending my Masters’ thesis and was lecturing to the whole introductory course for which I was a TA. Needless to say this was a high-pressure week! I had picked out an outfit for defending my thesis weeks in advance (you know you’ve done that too!), but my interview was on short notice. I would also be teaching a sample lesson (a “job talk” in university parlance), so I needed something that would stand up in front of a room of teenagers in an 11th grade English class. I quickly packed a bag with this skirt and two shirt and sweater options – one was a lighter green tank with brown cardigan and then this combination of a brown t-shirt and green cardigan. I opted for the brown top because, like A. said, perspiration shows more on lighter colors — and I was fairly sure I was going to be just a little bit anxious.

green/brown, originally uploaded by academichic.

I knew I wanted to wear flats, and thank goodness I did because I must have covered at least a mile shuttling between buildings and offices! Like I said, this was definitely not the cutest outfit in the world or the most interesting, but for a day full of interviews, a classroom of unknown 11th graders, and various tours around campus, this outfit held up, and I got the job!

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§ 8 Responses to L.’s On-Campus Interview"

  1. Sara says:

    Splendid makes the BEST shirts. So soft!!

  2. Cynthia says:

    It looks like a great outfit to me, but maybe that’s just because I dress like that, at least some of the time. Anyway, good use of color, nice shapes, not over-accessorized = good in my book.

  3. Rayu says:

    I love the skirt…

    And I love wearing flats, because they are comfortable… but for work I must take high shoes :(

  4. Darcie says:

    I actually love this outfit. You underestimate how cute it really is. Great colors!

  5. Erika says:

    I like the colors and pattern of that skirt. Charming.

  6. kristen says:

    I actually really really like that outfit. Recently though I have started wearing shirt/cardigan with everything and I really like that skirt so tha is probably why I like it so much.

  7. Amy says:

    It’s understated, but styled well, and the shapes are all excellent on your frame. The only thing I might have added would be jewelry–either a more-statementy necklace, or a great gold bracelet/cuff.

    Seems like you nailed it!

  8. Clare says:

    Fabulous color of that cardigan!

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