Etiquette Snob here… lol
Great posts (and pics) from the other Bees.**
RE – Pantyhose & Tights
One – Will depend on the Weather
Two – Will depend on the environment / formality of the Office
I see you are Canadian… for the most part Canadians in this regard are more formal than our US Counterparts… and of course we also have colder weather.
If you work in a well-educated Professional Environment… such as a Lawyer’s Office, Architect’s, Engineering Office, Accounting, etc
I would always play it safe and wear “hosery”… NO BARE FEET EVER…
Peep toes, are acceptable in the office, but your actual toes should be covered !!
Sling Backs get mixed reviews… ok for some offices, too casual for others.
** NOTE – All the pics supplied above, and all the women are wearing Tights or Panyhose
If you aren’t a fan of Pantyhose… then do what a lot of other professional women do… opt for dress pants over skirts & dresses. Pants are now TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE in a Professional Office for women. (And I personally find pants more comfy for work). You cannot go wrong with Pants, Trouser Socks, a nice Blouse / Sweater… and a Blazer within reach (when required to meet a client, the boss, go to a Meeting etc)
And Pants are a god-send in Canada in the wintertime. I seriously wear pants to work almost exclusively from November to April.
If however you work in a more “creative” field (lol or Government) you may be able to get away with no hose in the hottest of the Summer Months… June, July & August… just make sure you aren’t caught with your shoes off EVER… not even under your desk. And that your legs, feet & toes are in impecable condition…
If they aren’t cover em !!
Now the stuff that no one will tell you…
Even if you work in a more casual environment… DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO FALL BACK TOO FAR.
(This is also true for Casual Fridays)
You should always bear in mind that you will be judged by the WHOLE PACKAGE that you present at work (this is not school). The work you do, the presence you convey thru how you carry yourself, talk, and dress. And your understanding of the word “professional” (ie gossip / bad mouthing others can be a HUGE Strike against you no matter how brilliant you are)
As the saying goes… DRESS FOR SUCCESS… DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT… AND NOT THE ONE YOU HAVE
If you look smart… people will naturally assume you are… despite anything else happening around you.
If you look like you just “threw it together” people will assume that is what you do with your work too.
If you dress like you don’t care (just rolled out of bed) … then they will assume you don’t and haven’t matured beyond the stage of being in HS. You could very well end up being labelled that “ditzy newbie” based on your clothing / appearance (and that sh!t can stick permanently, if you also happen to have made some mistake when you first start your job… Newbie Mistakes happen, but looking ditzy & making a Newbie Mistake is a recipe for disaster in the Public Opinion Poll)
You don’t have to have oodles of money to have a good career wardrobe. Just an assortment of pieces you can mix & match. If you are going to go the Pants route for Fall to Winter tho, buy several pairs… in different fabrics & colours (ie Black, Grey, Brown, Tweed etc) because 5 days a week for 6 months of the year in the same couple of pairs will wear thin pretty quick (figuritively & literally)
The trick I find is in utilizing seperates… Tops, Bottoms, Blazers, Serious Shoes. And then adding in some “personality” thru Colour and Accessories (Scarves, Jewellery, Belts, Purses, etc)
And don’t forget Outerwear. You need to be wearing more to work than just your Uni Jacket or a Ski Jacket to and from work, when you are dressed for success.
The other key element is taking good care of your Clothing. Keep it clean & well maintained. Find a Drycleaner, Shoemaker & Seamstress you can trust (if you don’t sew).
Maintenance is key. Polish your shoes, replace the heels when they are worn down.
Own a Briefcase if one is needed for the job to carry papers / items back & forth. And a decent pen (even if it is from Papermate)
All in all you’ll do fine.
There are great websites dedicated to Dressing for Success… and books (I own a fabulous book that I bought years ago, and a lot of the info therein is still quite meaningful even if the styles have changed)
Hope this helps,