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?