Kate e-mailed me with this question:
In about three weeks, I’ll be starting a new job, and while my brain is busy getting ready for the new challenges that go along with it, one little part of my brain is wondering “What am I going to wear?” I ask because I’ve been in my current job for about four years. When I started, I was in my mid-20s, straight out of grad school and I dressed quite conservatively: mostly suit separates with button downs and sweaters and blazers, in an attempt to look a little older and wiser amongst my older coworkers. As I started getting more comfortable and confident in my job and my work, I started to dress more to show my personality. I’m by no means outlandish and I still dress within the business casual dress code but now I find myself wearing more brightly colored clothing and I take a few more fashion risks.
Originally posted 2011-11-08 06:33:11.
Reader Nicky popped this one in the suggestion box:
I would love if you would do a post on what’s appropriate to wear for the office if you are the boss working in a conservative field. I am a physician, and I love clothes. My taste is somewhat traditional, oftentimes a little edgy, but never slutty. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding if something is not appropriate for me to wear to work because I am the boss, as well as that there are certain expectations about what doctors should wear. I am not talking cleavage or short-short skirts, but things like vibrant color and pattern combinations, skirts with no hose in summer, skinny pants, trouser jeans, knee high boots, skirts above my knee (what length is OK?) Audi’s harnesses, Frye Harness boots, etc.
Originally posted 2011-10-19 06:03:24.
Reader Maddie sent me this request:
Something I think a lot about is how to balance “dressing for situations that require ‘appropriateness'” vs “dressing in a way that makes me feel awesome and cool.” Like you I’ve been trending much more edgy – cool recently, and it’s a balancing act to figure out how far to let that go when I’m on site with a customer at a big health system. For example, I’m not taking out my eight ear piercings, no sir, but should I balance that out by not wearing my pointy edgy heeled booties? Is a leather pencil skirt too much now that my hair is dyed dark and I’m not pairing it with a cheerful floral, but a dark blouse?
Originally posted 2016-02-01 06:36:04.