Graduate School Open House: What Not to Wear

We’ve had a few emails come through the blog asking what people should wear to their first graduate school ~event~ as an admitted student! Graduate school is sort of a weird time in your life because part of you is an adult but the other part of you is running around constantly asking yourself “what do I want to be when I get older?” (okay…if we’re being honest THAT part never goes away). So whether you’re an admitted student heading to your first ‘Preview Day’ or you’re a prospective student looking to make a good first impression, we’ve got you covered with all the dos and do nots for what to wear!

Do: Investigate

Check out the Facebook pages of the schools you’re attending and see if they’ve posted photos from any of their previous orientations or open houses. If you can find any, you should be able to see how people are dressing.

Don’t: Assume

If you can’t find any photos, don’t just assume you can go in leggings and a crummy sweatshirt. Google around and see what to wear…or just keep reading 😉

Do: Business Casual, always

When in doubt, no matter the weather, dress like you’re heading in to the biggest interview of your life. We’re talking dress pants, a blazer, heels… the whole nine yards. In our opinion it’s always better to be a bit overdressed than underdressed.

Don’t: Over do it

We say the whole nine yards, but we’re talking the nine yards that you find in an office building, NOT the kind you find in a club. Leave your five inch stilettos at home. If that’s all you have, opt for flats instead. Don’t over go over board with your jewelry or makeup either. Clean and simple…always.

Do: Wear something that makes you feel comfortable

If you’re more comfortable in flats, wear flats.  Or boots! If you would rather wear a sweater instead of a blazer, that’s great!

Don’t: Wear jeans

Unless you know that the event is more casual, avoid jeans.

Do: Dress for the weather 

If it’s pouring rain out, boots are probably the way to go. If it’s really hot, maybe leave the wool blazer at home. However, don’t go so far you end up wearing a spaghetti strapped romper…(yeah someone we know did this).

Don’t: Wear a skirt or dress that is too short

Remember back in high school when you couldn’t wear skirts and dresses that were shorter than “fingertip length”? Yeah, nows the time to bring that rule back. You don’t want to be in a position where you accidentally flash someone, right?

Still not sure? Check out these examples:












The most important thing is to feel comfortable because that’s when you’re going to be at your brightest. Have fun and good luck!



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