Last month, I finally landed my first "real" job. However, I have no idea how to dress myself -- I need to look "smart," but not overdressed. Give a geek some fashion advice!
I somehow managed to slip by for 22 years without ever having to learn the nuances of proper business attire. I'm certainly no slob, but at the same time, I can't help but notice that my appearance is decidedly "frumpy," despite my best efforts to the contrary.
I'm an entry-level sysadmin, and as such, very little is expected of me in terms of attire (In fact, there is no dress code that I'm aware of). Although this grants me lots of flexibility, I have no idea where to start, or how to not look like every other IT nerd in the building. Most of my IT/Engineering colleagues put on an ill-fitting, neutral-colored button-down shirt, a pair of slacks, and call it a day.
On the other hand, everybody else in my workplace dresses extremely
conservatively (I work for the US Senate). Although I have no desire to look like a Senator or a staffer, these are sensibilities that I need to take into account. Also, a full suit isn't exactly practical for some of the duties that my job entails.
I need to find a happy medium, where I'll look professional/impressive to both my coworkers (who are underdressed) and "clients" (who are overdressed).
I've gone through a few blogs (ie. Put This On
), and although I can identify what looks good, I have a tough time taking away any specific
pieces of advice that won't also bankrupt me.
FWIW, I'm male, 22, 5'7", 145lbs (ie. slimmer than average), brown hair, blue eyes, enjoy long walks on the beach.......