Post # 16
I was taught that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have now. If you want to stay in an entry level job, dress like a person in an entry level job. If you want a future with this company dress in a professional manner. That means no leggings, unless the top is more of a longer tunic dress that comes almost to the knees. Even tops that cover your rear end ride up when you bend over, and that is never a professional look.
Years ago I lost a lot of weight while working in employed in a position that required suits or blazers and dress pants. As I lost weight I bought new clothes at a consignment shop and sold my old clothes at the same store. Stretchy pull on “dress” pants, often come off as casual and cheap looking.
Post # 17
This is all super helpful, thank you! I am located in Canada so we have different store options, but I’ve found a store that is not TOO expensive but the quality is great and it caters to all sizes and heights. I will just need to get a skirt that I feel comfortable in and I’ll be set for a bit, and I’ll definitely get a couple of necklaces!
Post # 18
I definitely get what you’re saying. I’m not sure if entry level people in this particular kind of job dress any differently than their superiors but I’ll take note of that for sure. It’s a huge engineering firm if that makes any difference.
Post # 19
Oh! I’m originoally from Canada (have only been in the US a few years)! My go-tos there were usually Winners, the Bay, Smart Set, and Jacob. And I’d mix in pieces from Aritiza, but you know, I’m not made of money. That said, I found my Aritzia pieces always lasted forever, so the occasional piece that you really love is a great long term value if you can afford it!
Post # 20
I forgot about Smart Set and Jacob! I used to shop there when I lived in Edmonton. Where I ended up buying clothes this time was Ricki’s. I really fell in love with everything they have in that store! I think Aritzia is too expensive for my blood, BUT the new job pays a lot more than I’m used to so maybe I can finally shop there! lol!
Post # 21
So my office has a policy of business casual, but because we don’t interact directly with customers in our current location, it’s pretty much don’t show up in sweats/spaghetti strap tank tops/booty shorts/belly showing tops.
We do have days that we are expected to dress professionally. Slacks and button ups for men. Slacks and blouses or dresses/nice skirts for women. Jeans are discouraged on those days, but depending on why we are dressing up, we can be allowed dark blue/ black tailored jeans in good condition, usually if it’s just office meeting stuff.
I stick to skirts and blouses or dresses and staple cardigans for those days. I have a few that I wear so often and coordinate with a good amount of wardrobe that I keep folded in my car after a wash, wear them and wash them and put them back. Because I will forget them in the house.
I wore dresses my first week until I got a feel for the office. Once I realized that these people who have worked here for a while are wearing this and that, I relaxed and matched their attire.