Returning to work--starting new career

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Returning to work--starting new career
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Tue, 01-29-2008 - 7:09pm

Decision is definitely made--I am SO ready!! Yet, I am also SO nervous!! My history: former teacher, then stay-at-home mom for several years, then part-time substitute teacher, then graduate student--now, an educated woman with a Masters degree and two teenagers. I am motivated and I am ready--we really need the second income, too. I am embarking soon on the journey--I have some interviews set up and am ready to go!

Here's my question: since my past experience is in education and the school environment, I feel really out of touch regarding work attire in the corporate world. In my younger days, career women wore suits with shoulder pads (yes, the 80s were "interesting"!). I have done some shopping both in stores and online, and I can't seem to get a good idea of the right styles to wear to interviews and to work these days. Many of the dresses seem too casual. And is it just me, or is there an abundance of cleavage going on these days? I am NOT comfortable showing cleavage at any time, much less the work environment. And many of the dresses seem too short or just too casual. I don't dare wear an 80s power suit--a dead giveaway that I am "out of touch" in the wardrobe department. Oh, and my "teacher clothes" just won't do, either. Are there any women in the corporate world who would like to share some info about their work attire? Are there any recommendations of the best places to find things to wear to work? I do know one thing--some of the places I am interviewing don't even like open-toed shoes, so I guess I need to find some pumps. I just want to be "in style" "appropriate" and "up-to-date." Where do corporate women shop these days?

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Wed, 01-30-2008 - 11:37am

I just wanted to add, you may want to invest in more than just one suit.

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Wed, 01-30-2008 - 11:26am
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Yes. We. Did.

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Wed, 01-30-2008 - 8:22am

I agree, but would say that any well-cut, dark-colored suit is fine; brown, black, blue, grey.

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Wed, 01-30-2008 - 8:02am

Ann Taylor is good.


For interviews, a good black suit is the way to go. Charcoal, or Black w/Pinstripe is acceptable too.

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Wed, 01-30-2008 - 12:48am

I usually wear jeans and a t-shirt (long sleeved or short, depending on the weather). If I'm feeling really fancy, I'll wear a button down blouse. When I worked in private industry, I wore the same thing (I work for the feds now). The folks in Customer Service wore suits--the stuff you'd see in any magazine. it's not like proper office attire is a big secret. But if it's really that difficult, various upscale department stores have personal shoppers who would be happy to help you find appropriate office attire.

You might want to double check the company atmosphere, because as I said, not every corporate office requires suits.

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Registered: 01-29-2008
Tue, 01-29-2008 - 11:52pm

Congratulations on taking this step. I am a stay at home mom, former law student, currently an attorney.