Post # 1
“Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have!”
Do you bees follow this? Is it even appropriate for your industry?
I’m currently dressing for the job I have.
I’m a scientist for a large-ish company. The folks up front (finance, HR, sales, marketing) dress business casual. Those of us in the back (scientists, engineers, software people) dress more… casual casual.
At first I dressed up, but it’s hard to force myself to wear heels when my boss’s boss (a VP) can barely be bothered to put on an Ann Taylor sweater set! Plus there is always the chance that I will have to carry a heavy instrument or work with a dirty sample.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@Olympia: I’m also a scientist but in the public sector. We are all very casual and I already run the lab I work in so moving up isn’t really something I want because it would take me out of the lab. That said even my boss, and her boss dress casual (jeans). It’s not until you get to the head administrator of our department that anyone gets business casual.
So I dress for the job I have which right now is the job I want.
Post # 4
@Olympia: I always follow this rule for interviews…and to AT LEAST dress one level above what you are interviewing for. On a day to day basis I dress for my job I guess…maybe sometimes it’s slightly more professional than it HAS to be. But I don’t want to look awkward and be OVERDRESSED for my job lol.
For example we are supposed to dress “office professional” I guess and we are allowed to wear jeans (nice ones) at the MINIMUM but always a dress shirt or polos. (I work in a male dominated field so the dress code is fuzzy for girls lol) But I only wear jeans on Friday even though I could probably scrape by with them everyday.
I’m not going to come to work in a power suit or anything, but I’ll wear blouses and dress pants and nice skirts etc…even though I could get away with nice jeans and a polo.
Post # 5
I worked in Early Childhood Education (preschool teacher), so I liked dressing nicely, but not too nicely. Some kid was going to use me as a tissue that day, after all!
Post # 6
I think its always possible to dress 1/2 a step up from your current position at least and still be appropriate for any industry you work in.
You dont want to wear heals? Thats fine, you can still look put together. Your hair is well maintained and more than just a pony tail. Its styled and modern. Earrings/jewelry if you are allowed it. Well ironed button down shirts/slacks if many people wear jeans. If they where khakis you throw in dresses and skirts.
There is a huge difference between two people who wear pants and a sweater set if one of them has ironed pants, a nice set of necklace/earrings. Stylish hair and appropriate makeup. The other person has non of that. And proper fitting pangs. Not too big or baggy, not wrinkled, the right professional material etc.
Looking the part is more than just the clothes, its the whole package at a glance.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@Olympia: I have no idea what job I want, so no… I don’t dress for the job I “want” lol. I dress for my job appropriately. I’m currently hoping to move up to management at my current retail job, if only for a temporary amount of time. I have 4 managers there. 3 of them are older, 1 of them is younger. 3 of them wear slacks and stuff, 1 wears nice jeans and nice blouses. Me and the younger one have very similar style, so I guess in a way I’m dressing for the job I’m currently hoping for?
Post # 8
@Olympia: I was recently listening to the radio and they were talking about this. A woman called in and said that she had previously been a secretary on Wall Street and while she was I only required to wear “business casual” she ALWAYS wore a pant suit to “dress for the job she really wanted” apparently a man, who was a high power man on wall street at the time saw her walking to work everyday and thought she was a big player like he was. Asked her out and now they’re married. She said that he would have never approached her if she had dressed as she was required to and after they got married, she hasn’t worked since, he’s a millionaire and takes very good care of her. Theyve been married 40 years!!!!!!
Post # 9
I voted “other” because it varies based on the needs of my job or profession. Sometimes for my job I need to be in jeans and out in the field. Sometimes I’m the lowest level person in a meeting and I have to dress waaay above my current position because I need to basically be a knowledgable resource there and I can’t afford to have my dress (on top of my relative age which I can’t fix) detract from what I’m saying. Sometimes it’s in between so… Yeah, it’s hard to pin it specifically.
Post # 10
I’ll admit that over the years, I have become a bit more relaxed about how I dress on a day-to-day basis. Most of the time I dress business-casual. If I have a big meeting – especially with people I don’t directly work with – I will dress a bit nicer. Most of the time it’s bloody FREEZING in my office, so I dress for warmth lol. Kinda sad but it’s true. I think in general, I don’t dress much better or much worse than anyone in my office.
This isn’t an environment where I’m gunning for a promotion or competing with a bunch of people. I’d never want to look like a slob, but my work is what gets me noticed here.
Post # 11
@canarydiamond: lol. Good point about dressing for warmth. We end up getting head colds in the summer because it’ll go from 60 degrees to 100 just by walking outside. Unbelievable!
Post # 12
@Olympia: It applies to my industry and I do dress for the job I want.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I dress for my job on most days- business casual. If I have meetings, I’ll wear a suit. If it’s Friday and I’m not leaving the office, I wear jeans and a nice top.
Post # 14
Put together, yes, but not ‘dressed up’ so to speak. I only work part time right now, and at our family home office, the rest of the time I’m a university student. I tend to put on dress pants even to go to the ‘office’ but it’s jeans and runners for school.. Big campus, lots of walking, sitting and studying means I want to be comfy. But even though it’s ‘only’ school, I always make sure I am well kept and looking neat! My program is fairly small and closely run with the companies that hire us so I’m always on my toes! Our program coordinator knows everyone under the sun in our field and I get to see her twice a week so I try to make a good impression. I’m yelling with my clothes and attitude “hire me im employable!” Because that’s what you gotta do nowadays!
Post # 15
@ThreeMeers: Great advice! My casual clothes look good (if I do say so myself), but I wish I could pass your comment along to some of my coworkers (I’m looking at you, engineer who always wears threadbare buttondowns with holes in the elbows!).
@LittleCricket: That’s a good point. I also wear business casual when I have to meet with customers as I’m a young-looking woman in a male-dominated industry.
@canarydiamond: Uhg, my cube is under an AC vent and I freeze all summer! So many nice outfits were ruined by my wearing a big fleece over them to stay warm!
Post # 16
I have the job I want, I wear scrubs everyday. Last year when I was at a teaching hospital we had to dress business casual on certain days and scrubs on others. I still never wore heels, I was on my feet running around all day. Some people did wear heels but I never did.