Fashion Friday Thursday: PhD Wardrobe

I have a busy day and this post is ready to go so let’s have a Fashion Thursday this week!

Christina says: I was recently accepted into the Ph.D. program and will be returning to school this Fall.  My wardrobe has been strictly ‘mommy’ for five years and pretty much includes, jeans, tee shirts, capris, and yoga pants.  I need to update my wardrobe from top to bottom.  I certainly need to have comfort at the top of the list because I’ll still be chasing after three kids while going to school, but I need to look professional and a bit stylish at the same time.   What can you come up with for me?

I say: Well now.  I’m not sure I’m qualified to give advice on this matter, but that has never stopped me before.  The furthest I went in school was my undergrad.  I attended college in New England in the early ’90s when duck boots and over-sized flannel button-down shirts reigned supreme.  It’s no small wonder I had 2 dates in 4 years.

At any rate, I’m assuming that a Ph.D. program may require a slightly higher level of professionalism than the typical undergrad.

I would think that a mom attending Ph.D. classes would be able to wear nice jeans with a t-shirt and a fitted jacket.  OR.  How about khaki pants with a blouse and denim or leather jacket?  One fashion trend I’m becoming quite fond of is the short-sleeved cardigan or sweater wrap over a layering T or tank.  A sweater is more comfortable than a jacket, I think.  In fact, today I am wearing that meadow green tie-front shrug I just linked to over a white tank with dark jeans and my new orange shoes.  (Silver ballet flats are also cute and very versitile.)  My handbag pulls all the colors together.  FUN!  (I’m off to a Mother’s Day Tea at my daughter’s preschool.)

I’m not sure about skirts as I’m not much of a skirt girl myself, but if you’re in a warmer climate, you may want a denim skirt to add to the mix.

Get a few cute pairs of ballet flats that are comfy enough for walking around campus.  Or a pair of Privos.  (I just ordered this pair with my 20%-off coupon code AND free shipping and free returns from Piperlime.)

If you’re in a cooler climate, you may want a pair of comfortable boots like these or these.  I love boots with jeans and pants for cooler weather.

And what about a double-breasted jacket like this??  LOVE that color.  Perfect for fall.

Then go to Forever21 of H&M for some inexpensive, fun accessories.

Finally, get yourself a stylin’ book bag (my friend who has recently gone back to nursing school got an Orla Kiely bookbag to take to classes) and you’re all set.

What do YOU say? How should Christina stock her wardrobe so she’s professsional enough to attend to her Ph.D. classes and comfortable enough to chase after three kids?