I am NOT one of the most fashionable folks out there. TBH, most of the time you will find me in blue jeans and flip flops or running shoes. It's how I roll, and I have never had any reason to think that this was a big deal. In fact, I always felt like I dressed pretty much the same (in the range of normal) as my science colleagues. But this last week I was at a conference where I dressed slightly differently. At this meeting I wore a skirt pretty much every day. In part because I went somewhere that I thought was going to be crazy hot and humid (ick!), in part because I didn't have time to do laundry before I left, and in part because I just ran a race and didn't want to put on pants. It happens.
So here is the random observation: I got the impression that folks were a little less...guarded with me at this conference. These are folks that I have known for a while, but this time was different. So now I wonder: was the difference in tone at this meeting due to the fact that I dressed more "like a girl", or that it was a very small conference at a nice place?