Worker Bee

19 March 2012

I never know what to wear for a job interview. 

I know I can default to dress pants, a button up shirt, sweater and heels, but in my profession, we are required to dress comfortably but still maintain a professional demeanor. We do a lot of lifting, bending and are always at risk for getting something on our clothes. Usually, we have to do a working interview, which requires us to actually come in and work with clients, so typical business wear isn't functional.

Case in point: Last summer while I was interning, I ripped out, count it, 3 crotches in 3 different pairs of dress slacks. I dropped them off to be fixed and the seamstress pulled me aside and said 'I went ahead and double reinforced the crotch in all of these so this can't happen again...' Well golly. 

So, I usually sit in limbo of what to wear. This is my default setup: chinos, loose fitting short sleeved blouse and a cardigan for versatility, comfort and functionality, all while looking professional. I'm a one woman show. 
I think it is easy in my profession to default to scrubs (pajamas all day? yes please.) or beat up work clothes that you don't mind sacrificing for a stain or a tear. But I like my colors, my patterns, and my details, so this outfit was an easy choice for me to give an indication of who I am, while still looking like I work in a professional setting and not the circus.
Although, I would probably give up my favorite skirt to be the girl in sequins and a feather headdress riding the elephant.
Top: Forever 21 (2009)   Sweater: Forever 21 (2008)  
Pants: NY&Co Outlet (2011)  
Purse: Thrifted   Flats: Target (2012)

**Also, mad props to my husband, who shot these for me on his first time using a DSLR!**

29 comments:

  1. The yellow and purple are such a pretty color combo! My job interview outfits are really boring...black suit with a color blouse underneath!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. I'm sure mine are supposed to be, but I can't help myself with the color thing. I'm legitimately addicted.

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  2. Good job, husband!! =) Awesome outfit! I love the yellow sweater. Too cute.

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    1. I was pretty impressed with him! I thought he'd need more coaching, but here he was, shooting off center and using different angles. I wasn't sure exactly what to do after I saw that!

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I let it come out of its cage :)

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  4. Wow I am impressed with the camera skills!!! I like your outfit too. I always have a hard time figuring out what to wear to work since I am a teacher. If I wear anything too nice, people ask me why I am so dressed up. There's also a good chance of it getting ruined. My home/weekend clothes and work clothes are totally different.

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    1. Yeah, I feel ya! There are so many cute pieces I buy and think "Gah, I want to wear this to work but no way do I want it ruined!" so then I default to normal work stuff. But Forever 21, Old Navy sales and thrifting have been so helpful in helping me find cute stuff that I am not heartbroken over if it's ruined. I also have gotten very good at dodging incoming body fluids. That's a skill, right?
      PS: Cute blog! Count me in as a follower!

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  5. GO MICAH! amazing pictures, seriously! and 3 crotches...OMG

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    1. Ha I know! Apparently, I get down to business when I work. Pants be damned. You could tell this little old seamstress thought I was a whore in dress pants.

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  6. I can't pull off yellow tops at all. so very jealous! I love those flats!! Adorable :)

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  7. why arent crotches in pants already double reinforced? Thats the real question.

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    1. Um, thank you! That's what I'm saying. Then I could have been spared that embarrassment!

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  8. LOVE your whole ensemble and the colors!! Micah did a great job!!!! What I love most is lsu colors wahoo! Hahah love ya girl!

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    1. Haha of course you do! I didn't even think about that until you said something! I don't really rock my alma mater's colors too much anymore (red and black) due to burnout from the college days, so it looks like I'm just stealing everyone elses! :)

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  9. a wonderful outfit, I love the stripes together with the purple top! and the flats are sooo cute!

    xxx Anita

    and p.s. Thanks so much for following me!

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    1. Thank you! I like to call them my bon bon flats. They wiggle a little when I walk!

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  10. Oooh I love the yellow and purple together :) You look so cute in this outfit! Love it.

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    1. Thank you! I thought it would be appropriate with spring right around the corner :)

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  11. This is such a great outfit - I am a less is more kinda gal when it comes to dressing (especially for work). I like a good pair of trousers, a nice blouse and flat shoes (sneakers? What I don't where sneakers to work ...)

    Found your blog via Jenni and am a new follower:) Can't wait to read more!

    http://unpublishedworksofme.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Heavens no. Sneakers are... comfortable *gasp!*. I completely understand the less is more thing. I can't layer on the extras (though I wish I could) and so I try to make every piece count with the little details and color!

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  12. Cute blog! I love the yellow flats - they are adorable!!

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    1. Thank you! They're beyond comfortable and are excellent for walking around for long periods of time! A great quality find from Target!

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  13. I'm glad I found your blog over at Jenni's Story of My Life! I can relate to picking out the most appropriate comfortable and stylish interview outfit! Especially living in Texas where it can be so warm outside or driving to the interview and then you get in the office and its freezing! I love a good cardigan especially with a pop of color and design!

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    1. Aw thanks! She's a sweet girl and a fabulous model (and I NEED her pink pants from the post today)! Yes, Texas is insanely difficult to dress for. Cold in the car, hot in the parking lot, cold in the store... It's a little like living in constant menopause! Is this a hot flash or is the air conditioning off?

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  14. love, love, LOVE the outfit! I haaaate trying to pick out an outfit for an interview. Is there such thing as dressing up too much? Because I know there is such thing as NOT dressing up enough. It's so much work trying to impress people who we don't know, ha ha!
    Your shoes? I want!

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    1. Seriously, if I had it my way, I'd just wear ball gowns to interviews so that I don't risk being under dressed. Over dressing just shows how excited you are/how much you want to impress them, no? Plus, who doesn't want a closet full of ball gowns?

      The shoes are still at Target.com!

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  15. this outfit is adorable! love the yellow! you are beautiful!

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