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Something Between Torn Levi's and a Tuxedo Should Work

Jason Goldman, blogger at The Thoughtful Animal, has decided — upon consulting blogger Isis — that jeans make for inappropriate conference-wear. Well, at least in some cases, according to the discussion that took off in comments to this post. "I suppose the main thing is that you minimally need to look like you know what you're doing. At best, you need to look as awesome as your science," Goldman writes. "Clearly you've never been to a marine science conference. Show up in a suit-and-tie and everyone will assume you're a vendor," blogger Southern Fried Scientist says. Bora Zivkovic at A Blog Around the Clock says that conference attire depends largely on the type of meeting and location. "My society always meets at ocean resorts, so everyone wears shorts and Hawaiian shirts," he writes, adding that anyone wearing a coat and tie "must be a grad student just minutes before the presentation." Namnezia provides some pragmatic advice: "Dress as you normally do for work — unless you wear scrubs," the reader says, "Otherwise you will walk around looking uncomfortable and not quite like yourself, and not be able to be fully on and ready to talk about your science because you are worrying too much about your clothes."

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