Having just graduated from college, my career experience is limited. I previously worked for a large corporation in Reno as an intern for 2 years. This was a wonderful experience for me and really opened my eyes to a different type of work culture (deadlines, projects, co-workers, responsibility). The company I worked for allowed interns to wear jeans and “casual wear” to work since we are still students and go to school before/after work. THIS WAS AWESOME!! However I was ready to take that step and dress professionally and become a big kid.
After my 2-year internship, I currently work for another company in Reno where the dress code is a lot more professional.
Monday-Thursday I wear a suit.
I quickly learned that I was one of very few girls (okay… “women”) who wear a suit to work. I learned this by the fact that it is IMPOSSIBLE to find suits for women, however every where you look there are suits for men. RUDE! This is a topic that I am constantly discussing with others so do not be surprised to find another blog post (or 2) in regards to this topic.
My suit-wearing conclusions
Suits can be uncomfortable
Sweaty armpits anyone? Surprisingly though, YOU GET USED TO IT! I never thought I’d say that, but they start to become just as normal as jeans and a tee.
Baggy is in
Once you do find a suit, don’t expect it to fit. The pants needs to be hemmed (for my short legs) and the jackets need to be altered to avoid the potato-sack look. But still, “loose” clothes are professional as opposed to the tight look I’m used to sporting.
1 word: Black
Other colored suits are really hard to find! Well, suits in general for women are hard to find (in my opinion). It’s one of those times when I think, “It’d be wonderful to be a man.” It’s right up there with camping in the middle of no where when you realize you have to go pee… “It’d be wonderful to be a man.”
Who thought that after you bought an outfit, you’d have to continue pumping money into the darn thing. Like mentioned above, alterations can cost a pretty penny. Dry cleaning is even more cumbersome.
Wearing a suit truly enhances a professional appearance. Especially as girls (ahem.. “women”), we have to strive to maintain our image as empowered employees or leaders, not less-than-worthy little girls. Patty Conklin discusses this in detail in her blog post. I have found that I receive respect from the people I work with, and I attribute it to my professional appearance. Although my pants may still fit a little too “tightly” than what is generally accepted, and my heels may be a little too high, I am finding what works for me and what makes me most comfortable.
Does anyone else wear a suit to work on a daily basis? Any other suit-wearing conclusions I may have missed?