Last week, I attended one of the regularly scheduled all-hands meetings with colleagues from all over the state (we are supported by the same grant). Even though there is no dress code, the meetings are generally "dressed-up casual", meaning that men wear nice pants with button-up shirts and/or sweaters and women are usually in a nice blouse or sweater and either nice pants (jeans sometimes) or a skirt. It's not a super formal affair but people trend to put effort into how they present themselves. My outfits have included a sweater, gingham shirt, and corduroy pants, a blazer and corduroy pants, and a dressed-up t-shirt and jeans. This time, I decided to wear my ponte pants (the J.Crew Pixie pants for the win--again!) and layer a sweater over a printed shirt. I originally planned on wearing a long-sleeved button-up but found that it was too bulky under this sweater, so I went with this red patterned shirt. I added my layered faux pearl necklace to dress it up a bit and used my tote to carry my notebook and laptop (so I could work on my general exam presentation at the meeting, ha--more on that later!).
When it comes to gatherings with a large number of fellow Earth scientists, the range of outfits is usually quite broad, and you really can't go wrong with an outfit like this one. At large conferences, I've seen outfits ranging from rugged outdoorsy-wear (complete with the toe shoe things) to full suits and ties. Obviously this may be different depending on the field, but this has been my experience. :) I wore an outfit very similar to this one to present a poster at a large conference last year; I've also worn an outfit featuring an oversized knit cardigan and my grey A-line wool skirt from J.Crew Factory. One of my go-to outfits for presentations is my navy cropped sweater layered over my cobalt dress. There are so many possibilities!