Grad student style: Research symposium

Grad school research symposium outfit with cropped sweater and black tall boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Cropped sweater outfit with peplum top and Arrowstack necklace — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
What to wear to a research symposium — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Longchamp Le Pliage Neo bag + Frye Melissa Button tall boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Frye Melissa Button tall boots outfit with Longchamp Le Pliage Neo tote bag — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

In addition to the conference I presented at a couple of months ago, I also recently attended a small research symposium at my university. There's not a huge difference between conferences and symposiums, especially when it comes to what to wear. Research is presented at both, but symposiums are generally smaller and more intimate and only last a few hours versus a multi-day conference (at least in my experience). The symposium I attended featured research from a wide variety of fields, so it's a little bit of a different environment. (My poster was one of the few featuring math equations! Most other topics were way over my head...)

I ordered these Frye 'Melissa Button' boots during my January shopping freeze because I wanted them specifically for this event. The shape and style of the boots make them slightly more casual than, say, my brown Cole Haan tall boots, but they still felt appropriate since I like to dress "smart casual". I absolutely love them paired with my black J.Crew 'Pixie' pants. I kept the look monochrome with a grey cropped sweater layered over my heather grey peplum top, so I added the necklace to offset all of the black and grey.

Of course, my trusty Longchamp 'Le Pliage Neo' bag was by my side during the symposium. Have I mentioned how much I love this bag yet? ;) It fits everything I could possibly need and more! (Though sadly, I somehow misplaced or lost my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé sometime around then, so that's upsetting. I thought I threw it in my bag!)


Chelsea28 sweater / old; similar by Guess or similar by Splendid (last seen here)
Banana Republic Factory top / old; similar by French Connection (last seen here)
J.Crew pants / exact
Frye boots / exact from Macy's (on sale; also available from Nordstrom and Zappos)
Madewell necklace / exact
Longchamp bag / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs