I. BEING PUT-TOGETHER AT HOME
I miss writing about office-wear.
I miss wearing office-wear.
If this is your first visit to 3P, I’ll prepare you for what some have called my “vain” side. I’m into wardrobe, shopping and trying to look my best (call me a “girl”). That said, even when I’m at home, I’m somehow more productive when I’ve taken the time to “put myself together. Continuing to “dress for the day” helps keep my priorities in a professional context. Being dressed for business tasks makes sure the television, web, and phone calls don’t distract me from what I need to do that day.
Since my current priorities mostly involve conversations between recruiters and HR people online and by phone, I have to feel comfortable and at ease, without feeling so relaxed I lose my professional sensibility. In other words, bunny slippers are not part of my working-from-home wardrobe. Do you feel like a superstar right when you roll out of bed?
II. STAYING INDOORS
If truly staying indoors, I love wearing soft cotton shirts and pants with that fit well (not just your ol’ one-size-fits all sweatshirt). Monrow
brand makes fabulous vintage sweatpants and soft cotton tees that are tailored to fit a young woman’s frame properly. J.Crew is another good place to buy basics (during sales, of course). Although the silhouettes I describe are loose-fitting or relaxed-fitting, they are lounge-wear and not sleep-wear. Pajamas all day are not allowed off-campus past sophomore year.
Soft, light cotton henleys, tees, tanks are definite ‘musts’. The weather in L.A. quickly changes from scorching hot, to rain, to fog in a matter of minutes. Lighter pieces are ideal here because they can be layered easily without adding bulk to your figure.
Dresses are also great for their ease of wear. Dresses allow for efficient ‘wardrobe-styling’. If you have a comfy jersey dress, it cuts your outfit-hunting time in half!
III. RUNNING ERRANDS
When I have to run errands, I like to dress comfortably but, slightly more dressed up than what I consider lounge-wear. I prefer the casual version (or “weekend version
“) of office-wear (you never know if you’ll run into your future boss). What I mean is, I wear less tailored versions of button-up dress shirts, or loose-fitting cardigans with denim. I still wear loafers (mocs)
and not flip-flops if I can help it.
What I described is a good balance between being put-together, comfortable, and mature (professional). If I run into potential employers, former colleagues or anyone in my professional network, I’d feel confident that I have represented myself in good form even outside of a business setting. At the same time, if I run into my friends, I could join them for lunch without having to change out of the khaki/polo combo or any other outfits that are not appropriate for my age and personality…
CONCLUSION: PREPARATION IS KEY!
What do you wear on the weekends? Do you present yourself as a mature and capable individual?
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