Tuesday, August 23, 2011


For some time during college I thought maybe I made the wrong career choice. After watching movies like “The Devil Wears Prada” I wanted nothing more than to go to work in heels and a nice tailored jacket. Unfortunately, working in a lab, this was completely unrealistic (working all day in heels that is). Most scientists that I work with come to lab wearing sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt claiming that “they don’t want to get their nice clothes dirty” and they want to be comfortable. In addition, a lot of fashionable outfits can be deemed “lab inappropriate,” such as open-toed shoes, etc. It is also true that we hide our outfits beneath lab coats all day, and no one really sees them, so what does it matter what we wear?

This is even worse for graduate students in the academic setting since we feel that our life is an extension of our undergraduate college years. We have not entered the professional world where a company dress code might require that we look somewhat decent on a daily basis. There is also the stereotype that graduate students should care about nothing else (family, money, the way the look and dress) except for their research and being in lab 24/7.

But the truth is, we can make time to do our makeup, find a nice lab appropriate outfit and look like decent human beings when we come to work in a lab (all on a grad student budget). Hopefully, this blog will inspire you and help you learn how.....

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