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I like black shoes with navy pants. Kat has often mentioned her love of dark purple maroon, plum, merlot, etc shoes with navy skirts and pants. Wear mustard yellow belt, turquoise, green, brown, maroon.
You could use the belt as an extra color to accessorize, or wear black if you want it to blend in. Yes, the tights issue is what prevents me from buying a navy suit. What color tights do you wear with it in the winter? Made by Chinese Laundry they were a blue-grey color, slightly sheer, with a very subtle diamond pattern in them. I also got a pair of actual navy ones that perfectly match one of my navy skirts.
I wear sheer off-black pantyhose or nude pantyhose. The only way I can get it to work with tights is if the tights either perfectly match the navy of the skirt or the color of my shoes, which is hard to find. How about dark brown tights? Nude shoes might look weird with dark brown though, but black or any shade of brown should work.
I like to do black opaque tights and black shoes patent or suede with my navy skirt suits. Oh i hope im not too late on this one. Nordstrom brand does an opaque tight in a heathered color that is charcoal leaning navy. I founf they looked just right, and i could wear them with a pair of ink blue suede pumps that i wasnt getting much of a chance to wear. I like to maintain my strumpet ways and not wear my nude fishnets with, say, Birkenstocks. I just bought my first JCrew suit-navy pant suit with a subtle pinstripe.
Fits like a dream. I have a pretty good navy suit from Banana, however as previously noted here, Banana blazers are more narrow in the shoulders. Ann Taylor allows for more room. In my experience, JCrew also has less room in the shoulders. I have the same problem. I wish Kat would do a post on wide-shouldered blazers that are still fitted in the torso…. I love the theory, blue is my favorite color. But pairing it is too difficult. For interviews and court. My first day trial suit is always black.
My go-to interview suit the last go-round a couple years ago was mid-grey with a black silk shell and black pumps. For some reason, I never feel as formal without black shoes. Maybe I should take the plunge and try a navy suit next time. Also — opinions on these shoes? Would they go with navy pants with slight pinstripe or herringbone? I think those would look great with a navy suit. Browns, cordovans, and maroons always look good with navy. Thanks for the input, Hel-lo. I have a navy suit with bracelet sleeves and a pencil skirt.
This chicken-legged lady is having trouble! I like my job but it seems that in order to advance up the ladder, an advance degree is necessary. If you were me, would you go back to school now or in the next year? I think we all have the obligation to do the best we can do to set ourselves up to take care of ourselves and our children if we have them without necessarily needing to depend on anyone else. Whether an MBA is a good idea for other reasons career advancement outweighing debt are other questions that I think probably have more concrete answers.
Which seems like a perfectly good perspective for PollyD to add. Yes, what Homestar said. I will admit that I am greatly biased toward women being able to take care of themselves. I grew up in the s, around the time when divorce rates seemed to really start increasing.
These women were often hugely unprepared to support their families when their husbands divorced them. One relative basically lost custody of her 6 children because she had no way to support them, and her husband threatened to quit work and never send her a cent if she took the kids I have no idea if that would have actually held up in court, but times were different then.
Ditto thinking having a years stale part time MBA is going to fix your worries about taking time out from work to raise children. It involves figuring out where you want to go, and doing your research to know how to get there. It does not involve a detailed multi year plan based off the idea that at some point you might want to take a step back from your career. Harvard wanted them to launch careers and establish a track record before they stepped off their career paths for awhile to raise families, which is very common among women MBAs.
If OP knows she wants kids, knows that she will eventually want to go back to work after being a SAHM, and MBA might help her fast track her career and help her get there. All fair points to consider. Might not be available online. I think the idea was to help women establish a career track record before stepping back for family obligations, with the hope that the women will be reenter the workforce and use their MBAs.
The program was in response to the many MBA women dropping out of the workforce after having a family. Harvard has seen a significant uptick in applications from women and in women MBA candidates.
My mom is a Harvard MBA from the 80s and says the improvements the school has made since her time there and mine are extraordinary. All this being said, the costs to get a full time MBA are astronomical. And as posters below have noted, outside of maybe the top 20 programs maybe even 10 , the value of a particular school is negligible. I imagine it will be hard if your fiance also has school debt to get by on one income, and especially to support a family on one income with school loans, considering the average debt level of many MBA grads.
I think Harvard would probably more effective in helping women on and off ramp their careers if they recruited and admitted women trying to re-enter the workforce. There are many business careers that women who are still in their biologically optimal family building time can progress in without hitting the MBA ceiling.
Getting this valuable work experience, then doing the SAHM track, then being able to get that Harvard MBA would make on ramping a lot easier than having a stale degree and stale work experience. My cynical side thinks this is a good marketing technique to try to separate younger women from their money before they have the work experience to really leverage an MBA to its fullest. Links awaiting moderation, but here is another one mentioning the younger female MBA admissions trend:.
I think I actually agree with you, but from another angle. So, considering family- absolutely. And grad school is a huge investment to make when you still have a lot of growing up to do. How can you be sure you will be married within a couple of years and then pregnant shortly thereafter? Part-time MBAs can take up to 4yrs to complete, esp if you work full-time. And then polishing up your resume, applications, essays, references, etc. Grad school applications take time and preparation if you want to get into a decent program.
Another factor is that MBA programs usually want you to be in the workforce at least yrs. IMO, there are a lot of factors to consider, but potential stay at home motherhood several years down the line is at the bottom of the list for the task at hand.
My boyfriend and I had been together for over two years with very serious plans for marriage and kids. He broke up with me in January, only days after saying he hoped we could be married by that time next year. Thank you to those who have responded. A few few clarifications: I took the GMAT and scored a Well, then why bother with MBA, right? But realistically thinking, I cannot see myself doing this for the rest of my life.
So maybe my real question is whether I should stick it out for a decade and then get out. My SO made the choice to try to get the MBA done part-time before we have kids, but neither of us plans to stop working full time.
We both prioritize work-life balance in our choice of full-time jobs, however. The high-powered finance vs. SAHM seems to me like very black and white thinking. You might not pursue your education and career because you might get married and you might have children? What year is this — ? On behalf of my mother born , undergrad , Ph.
This is uncalled for. It means that as a female we have the right to choose to work and raise a family; just work and have no children; stay at home and raise children; or any combination of the above. Every person has different priorities and it does nothing to advance women to cut down people who choose a different lifestyle than you do. Now, I am not saying that the OP should unreservedly go to MBA school — other posters have made very good points about cost, interest, plans, etc.
Everyone I know who has found their MBA valuable has either 1 had their employer pay for it 2 went to a mind-bogglingly awesome school who placed them with a powerhouse or 3 did it later in life after they had other business experience.
First, good job on your GMAT score. Second, good job on thinking the choice through. Going to school does not always equal the right thing. Sometimes it really seems like so many employers these days create all MBAs equal, save for those at the top 5 schools ie, a Univ. MBA at some companies. So, if all your employer is looking for is a check in the MBA box, perhaps you could see what cheaper options might be available.
I have no idea what the cost of an MBA actually is. If so, will you be able to pay off those loans while taking a few years out of the workforce as a SAHM? Other schools have higher average debt levels and OP should expect costs to rise somewhat between now and when she actually attends. I actively encouraged my SO not to go until he had a clear vision of what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Now that he does, he knows which schools line up best with his goals, and what steps he needed to take in his career to get there in addition to an MBA. From this discussion you now know not to frame it: I think you also want to have an honest and full discussion with your future partner about these issues.
In my experience men have difficulty internalizing the realities of a biological clock and how it might affect their lives. So, congrats on being a planner and getting a great GMAT score. I applaud the fact that you are thinking about things. I have a couple of random thoughts…. Also, if you are really young, and you want to manage in the near future, remember that you will be competing with older job candidates both in-school and in the real-world who can point to actual management experience.
Employers often can tell the difference. It is a tasty buffet of a million choices while you are there many of which are fascinating , but my classmates that had the best internships and the best jobs and are now the happiest! They knew what they wanted out of b-school and used it exactly for its purpose. B-school is awesome and distracting and much harder if you are wide-eyed and trying to figure it out I know—I was the latter!
Going now, working for a few years and stopping out makes that temporary bump fade. When I wanted to go to school, I had three years of work experience. Turned out that those comments were spot on, and I gained a lot more perspective over the next few years, purely from living life…honest.
Part of that was hanging out with the significantly older peer group in b-school, but it also had to do with love, death, travel, etc…. Remember that those same people might be hiring you or deciding whether to pick you for their team.
So plan your job search accordingly. That is to say, if you want an MBA and think you want one, no matter what…. But if there is any chance that you want to see where life takes you…see where life takes you.
Your GMAT score will be good for 5 years! So…you may want to be patience with yourself and see where life and work take you, if only for a year or two. Black is always my go to color for interviews — it just feels more formal to me — but I have an AT wool navy suit and like it.
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