What To Wear To: Neuro-Ophthalmology Symposium

What to Wear to A Medical Symposium
Navy Sheath Dress by Calvin Klein, Flaxen Swing Cardigan by The Limited, Black Booties by Coach, Embossed Blue Dial Watch by Burberry, Pearl Earrings and Opaque Black Tights

Today, my department is hosting the 2018 Neuro-Ophthalmology Update, so I get to ditch the scrubs and dress up or the occasion. Symposiums are where physicians meet to learn what is on the horizon in the medical field and in most cases, like this one, get CMEs. Typically, I like adding bright poops of color or loud patterns to my outfits, which I would for any optical or JCAHPO function, but, as this even is geared toward doctors (and more importantly, taught by MY doctor), I felt that it’d be better to dress more conservatively.

Since I am taking the more professional route, the first thing that I decided to do is keep my tattoos covered. I have tattoos all over the place; for me, this means long sleeves and either opaque tights or pants. A form fitting sheath is one of my favorite cuts so I paired a navy one with a flaxen swing cardigan. To add a little edginess to the outfit, I went with black tights and black Coach booties with a spike heel. To finish the look, I accessorized with pearl earrings (a conservative staple) and a Burberry watch with a cobalt blue dial to bring everything together.

When working in optical, I would wear loud colors, funky prints and AMAZING shoes, but a conference like this is hardly the place for that. I wouldn’t call this look boring, but I won’t stand out in the crowd by any means, which is okay, because this is a learning environment and not a networking event. This is pretty much the exact look that I used when interviewing for Penn Medicine in 2016 and I have to say that the look did not do me wrong then. This is a solid professional look and, even if it isn’t neon, I love it. Besides, it beats scrubs!

Keli, COT, OSC, ABOC in the look with Prada VPR65Q frames.

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