The section on dress codes is on of those sections in your company’s HR handbook that you skim and throughout the whole reading process you throw out a few “Duhs” and “Pffts” and at the end you just sign your name and you never hear of it again. Dress codes are there just in case someone wears a skirt that is too short or takes “Casual Fridays” a little too far and thinks it’s okay to wear flip-flops to the office. Hint: It’s never okay. I don’t care how many Swarovski crystals are on it.
Now that I am working for a pharmaceutical company, my days are dictated by a strict dress code. It’s probably the opposite of what you would think – everyday is “Casual Friday.” Our dress code takes form in some jeans, a monochrome t-shirt, and some sneakers. A good rule of thumb is: if at least 75% of your body is covered, you’re good. It’s convenient like how 7/11 is convenient when you’re craving a midnight slushie; you’ll want one every once in a while, but not everyday.
To give you a glimpse of my glamourous job, I wore ballet flats to work one day and my boss made a comment about how he was “very concerned for my feet” and then made me wear blue foot protectors all day in lab. It was not cute.
To avoid ever wearing foot protectors again, I have learned to keep my feet COVERED with some of my favorite Superga Sneakers. Since I do tend to wake up late and am forced to rush out the door, I don’t have time to plan elaborate outfits, so I like to plan my outfit around a statement piece.
Waking up at 7 AM for a one hour commute is bad enough, so ruining a nice shirt is not something I want to risk. With that being said, jackets make great statement pieces because I don’t wear them in lab and I can dress up a simple outfit quickly if I’m going out after work (this rarely happens.)
As for my top and bottoms, I’ve been keeping it real simple with basic tanks and my favorite Gap legging jeans. They are so comfortable and I’m not constantly worried about spilling things on them or getting them dirty. At this point, you probably think that I have accidents all day – I need feet protectors and I can’t wear nice things because I might ruin them. I’m very safe, don’t worry, it’s all a part of the dress code, remember?
Finally, I don’t like to carry around a bulky purse, and I found this Rebecca Minkoff “Wallet on a Chain” on MyHabit* for a fraction of the original price. It fits all your cash, credit cards, and phone and it takes up no space at all.
What are your favorite work clothes?
Let me know!
*For those of you who don’t know what MyHabit is, it’s an online flash sale site that is run by Amazon. Everyday, new things come on sale and they are only available for a few days. Since it’s run by Amazon, they provide free shipping and returns.