Post # 1
Hey There bees!
So recently I secured a new job (YAY the search is over). I am really excited and I start on Monday. The thing I am a little concerned about is that at my current job the dresscode is casual. My new job the dresscode is Corporate. Now I have niceish clothes but not corporate. I have some nice pants, a black skirt and a couple of nice tops but not really enough to get through a 10 day fortnight without washing everything continuously.
The other problem in this mix is the fact I am plus sized. I am AU size 18, bordering 20 so its not like I can just go to a deparment store and get some cheap bits and pieces. Its gonna cost me a fair bit to get even basics because they will need to be plus sized.
So in addition to my black and grey pants, shirts, and black skirt what do you guys suggest I should buy? What sort of dresses are okay? I was thinking something like this;
And I could wear a cardigan with it?
Also what sort of shoes are suitable? I don’t ordinarily wear heels as I struggle in them plus I have the common one foot smaller than the other problem so they often slip. Are ballet flat type shoes okay? Or do they need to be heeled? Are black leather sort of sneakers okay?
Any help you ladies could provide would be apprecaited! I got a voucher for a shop from my mum so have at least $80 to spend on my wardrobe and want to at least get a few key items that will help me. I don’t mind recycling outfits as long as they look like I am wearing something different.
Post # 3
@Jacofblues: Do you have consignment shops in Australia? You can make your dollar go further there.
What did you see the women wearing when you went for interview?
Post # 4
Get things that you can make into several differnet outfits.
Also if you can use scarfs- purchase a few they can change up an outfit so much
Post # 5
buy things like jackets that you can use to make the stuff you arleady have acceptable
Post # 6
Post # 7
sneakers are not ok but flats are
Post # 8
When I started teaching my wardrobe consisted on hippie dresses, jeans, sweat pants, t-shirts and flannel shirts. I had to get clothes and FAST. The Salvation Army Thrift store saved me. I don’t know if they have thrift stores in AU but it was truly a Godsend for me. Blazer/jackets go a long way and can be paired with pants or skirts. Get similar colors that can be easily mixed and matched. Congrats on the new job!
Post # 9
Specifically to the dress you posted- even with a cardigan, it might not be corporate enough because of the ruffles/tiered skirt. I’ve worked in both super conservative and more casual law firms, so I can help more if you tell us what kind of office and industry you’re working in.
Post # 10
Re. footwear- sneakers are never ok. Ballet flats that are of higher quality and are in good condition (not scuffed, etc) are completely fine. As a staple, I would invest in two pairs of heels, whatever height you’re comfortable with: one black leather, one nude leather.
Depending on what kind of office you’re working in, bare arms may not be acceptable, so again, it would be super helpful to know what your work environment is.
Aside from suits, my “uniform” everyday is a shift dress (I have probably 25), and cardigan or blazer, and I switch up the shoes and accessories. Once you find the type of clothes and colors you feel most comfortable in, building a uniform is really easy.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Is it Corporate Casual or Corporate Formal?
If it’s more formal; i.e. you will be meeting a lot of business clients, you would want to make sure you have a variety of blazers.
That dress in your original post would work, provided that you wear nylons/tights. Some places are stricter than others — ladies are more often than not expected to wear nylons. Nude nylons would work. Either a grey or cream blazer would work well.
ETA: I PM’ed you name of an affordable custom tailor, who ships internationally.