Post # 1
Okay bees I am going to be starting my practicum in grad school next week (basically like an internship) that I do for 16-18 hours a week. It sounds silly, but I’m nervous about dressing professionally every day! I had an office job throughout undergrad but we also did some outside maintenance so we wore pretty casual clothing we could get dirty in. We discussed the dress code in my practicum interview and it’s actually not extremely dressy. We are allowed to wear jeans (no holes obviously) and even leggings as long as the top/dress is appropriately long. Heels are allowed but actually not super encouraged because we will be making home visits to clients and may be walking a lot. With this kind of in between dress code it’s making me second guess my clothing options more! If I knew I needed to wear pencil skirts and dresses every day then I feel like it would be more clear cut. Maybe I’m making this more complicated than it needs to be but I need some advice on what to wear!
For reference, I live in the southern US so I don’t need super heavy winter clothing. Also AFFORDABLE Is the main thing. I know quality pieces last longer but I’m a broke grad student lol I just can’t afford a lot. The main pieces I need are pants and shoes because generally I live in leggings and nikes and if I “dress up” cute sandals and dresses which would be okay sometimes but its about to be fall/winter and I think nice pants and blouses are more what people wear there. I’m definitely lost on what shoes too. For some reason cute sandals just don’t scream professional to me but the few pairs of flats I do have are not that comfortable. UGHHHH see how much I’m overthinking this bees, I need help!
Post # 2
anonbee4321 : Get yourself a few pairs of nice blouses (express and the Loft have great affordable options). For shoes, if you aren’t a fan of flats maybe try some cute booties for the fall? They look great with both pants and skirts/dresses.
Post # 3
feedthebeags : booties are a great idea! I have a few but they’re more high heeled. I know there’s an express here not sure about loft I’ll have to check that out
Post # 4
anonbee4321 : neutral colored pants made out if a fabric that has some stretch (maybe an ankle length). A pair of pointed toe flats. Stretchy tops with waterfall cardigas or jackets. Casual professional with comfortable fabrics that move with you should be what you are aiming for.
I’d never wear jeans to visit a client. Most people/clients you encounter will not know your workplace allows them and many will just judge you as unprofessional based on appearance alone. Casual clothing in the workplace is a recent phenomenon. My dad wore suit and ties to university and my mum still feels weird wearing a skirt/dress and no stockings to dressier functions as a result of the more formal dress code of the past. I’m sure a lot of older people who lived in a time where professional attire was quite formal would give jeans and leggings the side eye…
Post # 5
Go shop at Maurices, if you have them in your area. I’ve been buying TONS of my professional clothes there and what is awesome is that most of the tops, I can also use as casual “non-work” tops too. Also, shop at Target.. I have a pair of plain black flats I got from there. I also bought a pair of pointy-toed heels (both shoes are a shiny black) and I wear the heck out of them. The heel height is very work appropriate too.
I think in some instances it is okay to wear jeans, my office has that whole “casual Friday” sort of vibe. I’ve bought some super adorable colored jeggings from Maurices that I can pair with my work blouses and wear during the week and they look super similar to like colored dress pants. I agree with the PPs about purchasing cardigans and stuff, I’d rather wear a cardigan than a blazer jacket anyday, but it depends on the situation on what you want to wear.
Post # 6
anonbee4321 : Nice dark jeans, black pants, or leggings and flats! I have about 5 pairs of flats from Target, and TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls are great options for work shirts! That’s where I get all of mine and don’t spend more than $20 per shirt. Usually $14.99-16.99. Do you have a store like Plato’s Closet or Hut8 where you live? It’s a consignment/resale store that buys clothes and re-sells them for cheaper. That would be a good budget friendly option as well!
Post # 7
Most of those places mentioned we do have around here. I’m such an online shopper I need to get out there and actually go to stores and try stuff on! That’s the plan this weekend. Ross and Target are at the top of my list for affordability!
I think jeans would be fine as long as they’re dark and paired with a dressier top. I agree though that I want to be on the dressier side since I’m a student so I’m younger than most in office. I noticed a few people had pants on that were jean material but different colors like black or olive green
Post # 8
anonbee4321 : Since you replied, I wanted to add –
I HIGHLY recommend Filly Flair (an online boutique) if you haven’t heard of them. I’m usually skeptical about ordering things online for the sake of sizing and how they’ll fit/look, but I’ve had so much luck on this site. They’re reasonably priced too, sometimes on the higher side due to being a boutique, but such cute clothes.
Also, check out Charming Charlies for jewlery. Most of the time you can find super nice pieces there for a decent price, and good quality!