That just because we may be an entry-level so-and-so or happen to work in a casual environment, it doesn't mean we should be wearing jeans and tees to the office each day. Some people may consider it sloppy or think you're complacent. Stacy and Clinton have pounded that message into our psyche episode after episode, haven't they - because who would want to promote a lady who wears tube tops and velour sweat pants to the office into a managerial position where people may actually see her?
I've always worked in a fairly corporate white-collar environment, so it had been pounded in my head since my intern years to "look appropriate." Sure, this meant cheap poly-blend Joyce Leslie suits at the get-go, but I've always tried to fit in and had the thought that because I was the newbie, I had more to prove. So I had to show them what I could do and physically look like I am a part of the company.
A few years ago I moved to the SW for a job with a tech company. The environment was really casual - shorts and Birks, people! But I worked as part of the sales and marketing team and we always dressed to impress - because who knew when we've have to see a customer or vendor at the drop of a hat? And though it wasn't meant to, "dressing up" made everyone else in the company see us in a different light - partly cocky who-do-they-think-they-are gruumblings for sure, but also we were the department everyone wanted to be in. Clarity: Dressing up meant dressing in "business casual" garb - we weren't rolling around in prom dresses and tuxes, haha.
I work in a different place now, in a pretty small regional office now so I know well in advance when higher ups will be stopping by or if I need to take a client out. I am more free to dress the way I want, though of course I keep things still office appropriate (no super-short hems too much bare skin, nothing that can't get immediately dressed up with a blazer). I'm not sure if I am still dressing for the job I want anymore because, well frankly, I know what the higher-ups do and I'm honestly not that interested.
I know everyone's fields and work environments are different, so I'd love to know what you think. Do you struggle at all with what to wear in the office? Do you find yourself compromising on your personal style to be appropriate to your work environment?
Blazer: Coquille by Anthropologie cobbled lanes (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Top: J.Crew fanfare (worn here - sim, -ish, pricey)
Skirt: F21 fitted knit (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: Elizajay Charm via Etsy (worn here - sim)
Bracelets: J.Crew via Ebay, Old Navy (sim, sim, sim, pricey)
Brooch: Lilywinkel via Etsy (sim)
Shoes: Sofft ramona II (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
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