For the first time since 2011, I have a job where I’m not able to wear jeans everyday.
I’ve been so spoiled in terms of dress code with a job in the music industry and then another at an internet marketing company. It was great to feel comfortable everyday and be ready to go out with friends after work when necessary, but in recent times (at the last job), I saw some of its adverse effects. The more relaxed dress code led to me wearing sweatshirts and flip flops and though it wasn’t what caused to me disliking that job, it certainly didn’t help my motivation. I saw others there wearing sweatpants and pajama pants…and I have no idea how they were able to get anything done being THAT laid-back.
I thought dressing like a professional would be sort of awful, but honestly, it’s kind of great! Dress pants are incredibly cozy (at least the ones I wear that are from 2011) and it turns out that a lot of the tops I own DO look dressy paired with dress pants and skirts. Who would have known! And I’ve learned that when you dress like a professional and even fake a little confidence, your productivity goes up as well as your capacity to learn more. For real, in the three weeks I’ve been in this job I’ve learned more than I ever thought possible about an industry I never knew I cared about, and I’m even starting to understand State laws and their jargon.
Despite how wonderful “Operation: Dress Pants” has been thus far, there are still some hurdles I need to overcome in dressing like a professional. For one, I need to buy a blazer at some point for when I’m on super, official, professional adult business. The last time I wore a blazer was in high school, when I thought I was a little punk princess, and I paired it with a band t-shirt and a pair of Converse. Not exactly the look I need to achieve at this point in my life. I have no idea where to begin with blazers, and have nightmares of ones with big shoulder pads that will make me look like a linebacker.
I’ve also had some issues with shoes. When I first started with this job, the only pumps I had were nude peep-toes, and peep-toe shoes aren’t exactly ideal or practical for winter. Some shiny black pumps (with SERIOUSLY great treads) have just been welcomed into my small collection. I also have a pair of high-heeled boots that are beyond worn out from Beyonce-ing around New York City. I’ve worn them a few times lately but always hope that no one will look at them too closely. I’m not even sure if you’re supposed to wear boots under dress pants. I just know that I absolutely have to wear heels with them otherwise they’re too long on me. And yes, they’ve been tailored.
On top of all this is the feeling of not really being an adult while dressing like one. At 25 years old, I still feel like a kid playing dress up. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I’m used to being one of the younger ones in most offices, or the fact that I’m still trying to learn SO much about this new industry and field into which I’ve wandered. I do think it’s all a step forward to truly though in truly feeling like I’m progressing. I can easily save my hoodies and flip flops for the weekends. If maneuvering my way though the professional career fashion world is something I need to deal with to reach my goals, then I’ll step up to the plate.
Blazer Hunt 2015: commence! Have a good weekend everyone, and hello new followers! I look forward to checking out your stuff 🙂