What to Wear at the Office
Do you like this new layout? I was getting a bit sick of the other one and I thought a change was in order. It feels so good to get back into web design, even if it’s only for a wee bit of time. So onto today’s post:
Obviously, one of the huge problems in the alternative subculture is being able to find a job. I’m going to say off the bat, I’m so fortunate to have had employers who’ve let me keep my piercings and my natural hair doesn’t get in the way of a prospective career. So I honestly can’t speak to the beauty aspect of finding a job, though I do know some ways:
- You work for an art-friendly employer (such as these)
- You telecommute
- You own your own business
However if you can have a job and need to figure out your wardrobe, that is something with which I can help.
For the jobs I’ve had, I wasn’t very sure about what to wear. Since I do like colours, I found some solid-coloured business casual wear for work, but I actually got in trouble for that. Just wear what you’d normally wear, my employers would say, and it upset me because business casual is in a way neutral, and I’d rather that than wear a style I don’t like. I’ve been told to get over my pride but, if you’re reading this, you’ll know that your pride is important. So over the years of working, I’ve narrowed down two ways of dressing for work and still maintaining your dignity.
Wear All Black
This one is the most obvious, but the thing I love about this is that basic black clothing is available on marketplaces like eBay for a rather cheap price, and you can incorporate several pieces into your regular wardrobe. Below I have a few pieces – both bought on eBay – that look smart but don’t break my everyday style.
The only downside of this is that people nice on the second day that you wear only black, and you get snarky comments. But nothing’s particularly wrong with wearing all black if you always look classy.
Grab Your Interests and Run with Them
You probably do like something outside of the alternative realm; some ideas include pin-up, vintage, or even a colour you like as well as black. My advice would be to go out and search for business-suitable clothes that you wouldn’t mind wearing, and for good measure, that you find them at a good price so you can spend more money on your greater interests. Below is a dress I got via eBay with red roses on it, which I find lovely since I like red roses and I have a soft spot for floral prints. It’s so simple but can easily pass for businesswear.
(I wear this dress with a black cardigan, obviously, but mine were in the wash when I was taking pictures for this post)
I hope that I was able to help you in some way and I wish you luck on your career endeavours. Just know that you’re definitely not alone when it comes to being alternative in the workplace and you have a whole support group of people who are willing to help.