My friend Molly has a wardrobe many young professionals would envy. She works at Banana Republic, and consequently has a closet full of stylish, classy pieces purchased at a heavy discount. Whenever we hang out she looks polished and put together. A couple weeks ago, we were out Christmas shopping and Molly picked up a skater-style Volcom hoodie, clutched it to her bosom and said, “I never buy stuff like this because all I do is work and I have nowhere to wear it.” This got me thinking about how much our jobs can affect our personal style… Keep reading »
When I found out my friend Aileen once worked 8-hour days dressed as a Holiday Snoopy at the local outlet mall, I have to admit a part of me was a bit jealous. I’ve had some interesting jobs in my life — the night in D.C. when I was hired to keep drunk men away from Whoopi Goldberg comes to mind — but I’ve managed to avoid epically bad work uniforms. My professional past includes no propeller hats or suits shaped like a meatball sandwich. In fact, the strictest dress code I’ve had to adhere to was the green apron and black polo shirt required at Starbucks, accessorized with a hearty splatter of mocha all over my face and hair.
I know you guys can easily one-up me on this one, so let’s hear it: What was your worst work uniform? Keep reading »
Dear Michael Kors,
When I go shopping, I tend to channel a raccoon—I’m instantly attracted to anything shiny, sparkly, or fishy.
This means that I have a closet full of sequined miniskirts and silver boleros and earrings shaped like salmon fillets. I’ll go to the store with every intention of purchasing simple black trousers, but within seconds I’ve been seduced by the flashy racks of ridiculous trend pieces and I end up buying gold lamé harem pants instead. I have a really hard time buying sensible clothes. Keep reading »
If you work in a place where not looking skanky or slobbish is valued, summer presents a few problems. As temperatures creep closer and closer to unbearable, keeping up the same level of dress sometimes becomes an issue. Fall, after all, makes a crisp blouse and jacket easy. July at 90 degrees? Not so much. Conveniently, unless you work in a really conservative office, there are a few ways to avoid pit stains, look professional, and keep relatively cool, all while showing off your guns. Yes, ladies, we’re talking about pulling off a sleeveless top at the office; it’s a bold move, but someone’s got to do it. Keep reading »
Those of you who are in college will be developing that gnawing feeling in the pits of your stomachs. That feeling, kiddies, is dread, and it may very well have something to do with being a real Grown Up for the first time. And what comes with your new Grown Up status? A damn job, that’s what. Regardless of how great your resume is, if you don’t also look the part, you’re probably not going to get the spot. But there’s good news, too: a couple of kick ass interview outfits will help you get from sending out resumes to acing interviews and setting up your new desk. We believe in keeping it really simple with a dress and maybe a cropped cardigan. Keep reading »
I just started a job in an office where Casual Fridays definitely don’t exist and all my co-workers seem to have business cool down with interesting accessories and tailored clothes that totally aren’t boring. I’d look lame in a regular suit, so I want to try something suit-ish but edgier. Where do I start? – Lauren
As avid suit-haters who sometimes have to dress like grown ups, we’ve got the goods for you. Dressing like an adult, after all, doesn’t have to mean a sad little polyester number from the missus department at Nordstrom. Click through for a few unusual options. Keep reading »