What's your work attire/shoe philosophy? (Just for fun hypothesis ahead)

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What is your status and work attire philosophy? (let's say "dress up" means heels and full makeup)
    Dress up every day--single : (4 votes)
    4 %
    Dress up every day--engaged or married : (19 votes)
    17 %
    Occasionally dress up--single : (0 votes)
    Occasionally dress up--engaged or married : (42 votes)
    38 %
    Only dress up when I have to--single : (0 votes)
    Only dress up when I have to--engaged or married : (41 votes)
    37 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think I actually dress up more now than I did when I was single.

    Post # 3
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Haha – this is a funny poll! I definitely wear flats more now, which I never directly associated with relationship/engagement, but the timing is also curious… 

    Post # 4
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    My shoe height depends on what I’ve got on the agenda that day!  If I’m doing a lot of walking, its low heels or flats.  If I’m going to be sitting most of the day it’s heels.  The rest of my outfit is usually the same level of dress everyday (we have a very strict dress code). 

    Post # 6
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Excalibur

    I wear the same stuff now as I did when I was single. Dress pants, cardigans, sweater dresses, 5 in. Heels.

    Post # 7
    4413 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m bound by professional attire, so I’m kind of required to dress up a little bit every day … but in terms of really going for broke, I only do that when I have a big meeting or something. So it’s more about what I have going on that day rather than my relationship status, and always has been!

    Then again, there is NOBODY at my office that I’m trying to impress. I think they only hire unattractive old fat balding men.

    Post # 8
    1464 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I wear heels almost every day to work (unless it’s casual friday and then I’ll wear jeans with flats or flat boots).  I just think heels look more professional with my work pants, skirts, and dresses.  I don’t feel professional in flats, but I think other people can look great in them!  I would not go to work without makeup.  I just don’t think it’s professional enough. 

    I’m not married (but have a boyfriend), and I don’t think my dressing style will change any time soon, even if we get married.

    Post # 9
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I always wear flat shoes to work – socks & shoes to be more specific. I have to – I work in a laboratory. I cannot have any skin showing around my feet/wear sandals/pumps/skirts etc…

    My work wear is usually jeans, plain shirts, occasionally a cardigan, and comfy shoes. Our clothes get damaged and stained frequently. I’m not investing in wearing nice clothes to work only to have bleach get splashed on them or some sort of bacterial stain like crystal violet or iodine. For example my shirt today got a hole it from leaning against the lab bench.

    I’m engaged now, but even when single I dressed this way to work.

    Post # 10
    1104 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I dress up for meetings and things, and would do that single or in a relationship I believe. I actually may dress up slightly more when in a relationship, but not too much different.

    I definitely don’t believe the height of the heels bit because now flats are so trendy (and more comfortable) — lots more women wear them now. 

    FI teases me because I’m different too with working out. I work out more now that I did when I was single (or about the same). lol 

    Post # 11
    864 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I dress up just as much now as I did before I met Mr. H, and I will continue to dress up once we’re married. Honestly, I don’t know why it’s some unwritten universal rule that once a woman is married she’ll get frumpier…and then add a kid and she’s done. I will wear my high heels to work until I’m no longer physically able, or they are no longer age appropriate. I will wear makeup probably until I’m dead. I will wear jewelry, other accessories, and cute outfits forever too. Takes just as long to put on dress pants as it does yoga pants… My professional wardrobe and my outside of work wardrobe are both determined by what I find to be attractive, and what looks good on me. It is not and has never been determined by my relationship status.  Genuine question for the Bees who are married/engaged and said that you don’t dress up now because you’re engaged/married: why not? I know some people just don’t enjoy dressing up ever, which is fine. Different strokes, man. But those of you that stopped once you got married, I’m curious as to why?


    ETA: I definitely understand people who are in a profession that does not warrant or allow a dressy wardrobe, or calls for a uniform. My last question is more for those that are supposed to just dress up, and have started doing it less now that they’re engaged/married

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  MrsHalpert.
    Post # 12
    2150 posts
    Buzzing bee

    MrsLongcoatPeacoat:  Considering I have a professional job, I have to dress up 5 days a week for work. 

    When I get home from work, I peel my nice clothes off and immediately get into some sweats.

    That being said, on the weekends, I’m usually in skinny jeans, a nice-ish top, and flats or Sperrys. It depends on the occasion, really. 

    I hardly ever wear heels to work, and if I do, their heel is 3″ or less. And I RARELY wear heals when not in work, unless I have to get dressed up for some fancy occasion. 

    Post # 13
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I dressed up more before… but alot of that had to do with the area/job. When we lived in Atlanta I pretty much had to dress up to just feel like I looked presentable compared to everyone elses done up looks (city style) and my job didn’t require any walking or anything. Now I live in the boonies and the nearest city is 300 miles away so I don’t dress up as much because no-one else does & when I do I get looked at funny for being so “fancy”. Also, it rains alot and I have to walk to court & the bank once or twice a day- not fun in heels! I always wear a full-face of makeup to work, the only days I don’t wear makeup are lazy weekends… 

    My usual non-dressy work wear= blouse with a cardigan/jacket, black slacks, and tennis shoes (gasp! I know but I have the hardest time finding nice black shoes I cna wear with socks & in the rain with good grips on the bottom)

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    Post # 14
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    I have to dress nice at work. Even if I didn’t I would still dress up. I wear heels probably 4 out of the 5 work days and I’m engaged. Sorry, I don’t think your philosphy holds true!

    Post # 15
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Even when I was single I only dressed up to go out at night. I’ve always been a pants and wedges girl at work. I only wear dresses during the summer. Especially considering I live in Seattle, and commute an hour each way via bus plus walking to and from the stops. Dresses and heels? NO THANKS

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