If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I started school this year. Technically I was in school during my PhD training, but it was not school in traditional way, because I was in the lab for 4 years and my outfits were jeans and t-shirts. All my t-shirts I wore in the lab ended up having some sort of holes in them. So I never really wore anything nice to the lab. In addition, I could not wear any heels, which really made me sad.
When I started med school, I had to get dressed up on regular bases, which was actually fun. But the problem was that I did not own anything that is business casual. So I started shopping for more formal clothes this year. One thing I discovered is that they are on the pricey side. It does not help that I make no money now.
Another struggle I had was to figure out my size in dress pants. Every store has their own scale of sizing, which is annoying. I had to try 4 different sizes just to find something that fits me. I don't wear the same size in different stores. In addition, I learned that some pants actually kind of stretch after wearing, so buying certain pants tight is more appropriate. I might try to shrink them in a dryer to see what happens (learned from extrapetite.com).
Anyways, I have been mostly browsing clearance and sales sections of Ann Taylor, Loft, J Crew and Banana this year. I actually scored a few dresses at J Crew Factory and Banana Outlet a couple of weeks ago. I will do a dressing room post soon.