Show me what you WEAR TO WORK, please :)

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Good thread. I struggle with this as well… my wardrobe is either workout clothes, scrubs, or ballgowns. I have some plain dress pants, flats and t shirts that I wear for day shifts. I have some cardigans and stuff too…but honestly I look like a frumpy librarian. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Sorry, no pictures!  My typical work ensemble is a pencil skirt with a top tucked into it, and wedge heels.  I often add a cardigan.  I wear dresses often as well, with tights added as it gets colder.  I also wear those cropped/ankle pants sometimes with a blouse or sweater.  Full length dress pants come out in the colder months, but I always have trouble finding good tops to wear with pants vs skirts.  

I have a hard time with business casual.  I feel like it’s easy for men to be business casual (polo and khakis, done!), but with women it’s more of a blurred line.  I’m pretty much either business or casual, so most of the time at work I’m a little overdressed.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Lily_of_the_valley:  Sorry I don’t have more pics on this computer, but heres one I took a few weeks ago because I was excited about my pink shoes!  A few months ago I wore a lot more trousers to work, but I’ve lost weight recently and my skirts fit me best right now.  I also work an office job, am 25 and my bosses are a little more laid back, so I usually wear one loud peice to keep my wardrobe feeling young. 🙂

 

ETA: Congrats on the new job, I was just reading your other post!

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Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

CHristine2809:  I could agree more with this: I have a hard time with business casual.  I feel like it’s easy for men to be business casual (polo and khakis, done!), but with women it’s more of a blurred line.  I’m pretty much either business or casual, so most of the time at work I’m a little overdressed.<br /><br />

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Just wanted to add, if pencil skirts aren’t your thing, A-line skirts also look very nice with the same type of blouse and cardigan 🙂 I know A-line skirts aren’t really for everyone, especially those just getting used to skirts, and A-line skirts are far more forgiving and comfortable to wear.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had the same dilemma when I got my current office job a year ago. Before then, I was a preschool teacher and wore yoga pants to work everyday! Today I’m wearing:

This top:

These pants:

These flats:

With a black cardigan. I usually wear either black or grey bootcut dress pants, or black skinny dress pants, a nice top or blouse, and a cardigan or blazer. I get to wear jeans one day a week. Every once in a while, I’ll wear a cute dress, something like this:

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Lily_of_the_valley:  Yeah, no …it’s not! LOL Like I said in my second post, I struggle with business casual so I just do what I’m comfortable with.  It is not a suit I bought together, the pieces just happen to work well together!

 

Do you know if jeans are allowed in your business casual office?  Cuz if so, I would just wear the same tops as I do now with jeans if I were you.  I hate khakis!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Lily_of_the_valley:  the dress code in my office is business casual. 

Summer – all i wear is dresses. I cannot wear pants – I get too hot. The type of dresses I wear are at least knee length, I have a few that are slightly above the knee and they are sleeveless, scoop neck, I don’t wear anything low cut or backless, or strapless. 

All other seasons I wear pants, flats and either a sweater or a cardigan with a blouse or tank top underneath

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have an office job (engineer) and people are pretty casual to dressed up.  I’m one of the casual ones – I wear jeans and a nice top.  A lot of guys are in jeans and polo or tee.  Some wear dress pants and nice shirt too.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

I actually just got an office job too. I start a week from today!  I’ve been working at a daycare where they provided five t-shirts that we were required to wear. So I haven’t really had to pick out a work outfit for the past 3 years. But, the clothes I wear to church is what I would wear to work. My new boss said it’s business casual and that we can even wear jeans so long as we look nice and put together. I’ve been going shopping for work clothes though, because I didn’t own any dress pants that fit me (I’ve gained about 20 lbs since being on the pill, but I’m going off the pill and working towards looking that weight). I also need to go through my fall/winter clothes to see what tops I have. When I’ve done that, I’ll come back and post some pics. 

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

My business casual is slacks + sweater or slacks + tank + cardigan. My office is freezing so I never wear skirts or dresses. But a simple pencil skirt dress and cardigan would work for business casual too. Generally I take an outfit down from “professional” to “business casual” simply by switching out the jacket for a cardigan, and heels to flats.

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