I didn’t always know what I wanted to be when I grew up (most days I still don’t), but I did always know how I wanted to dress. Obviously any job wearing scrubs was out of the question for me (disappointing my dad, the dentist, since ’92). I was also positive that I was never going to wear a Hillary Clinton pant suit, or anything that could fall into that sort of category. Yet I’ve always loved the term “business casual“. Equal parts dressy, equal parts cas. Actually you’d be surprised how many girls do not know when to draw that line from “business casual” to “night out on the town”. Im looking at all you ladies at the job fair with 10 inch stilettos and a dress that reveals all when you bend over 🤦♀️ Although I am all about self expression and the freedom to wear whatever you freakin want, I’d love to help bridge that gap and eliminate any pre-existing prejudice that may exist that being girly must also mean your’e stupid (Marilyn Monroe). Who says professionalism implies that you can’t have fun with your outfits!
So what DOES business casual really mean?? I’d say it means simple and straightforward. But really it means wearing whatever makes you comfortable + feel confident which then allows you to kick a** and do your job even BETTER. Find a mentor, or someone you’d ultimately like to end up with a position like theirs, and ask yourself if whatever you’re wearing would help you tackle their job! In this post I will be sharing with you a couple of pieces that help me look/feel good while exuding professionalism and competence!
The formfitting but still very appropriate collared dress 🙂 Wearing this one here.
What is your take on professional wear?