What can a woman wear to an office with a business formal dress code?
July 17, 2013 9:20 AM Subscribe
I need to make sure I have the right wardrobe for my new job. The new gig involves a business formal dress code. As a woman who has never worked anywhere with a strict dress code before, I am a bit confused/concerned about what to wear to the office. Is it okay to "recycle" the essence of the same outfit throughout the week, like guys tend to do?
posted by Angel de Lune to work & money (24 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be starting a new and exciting job soon. Part of the new gig involves me getting a new wardrobe. That is to say, the "dress code" at the job I'm currently leaving is basically anarchy. This new job, on the contrary, has a strictly business formal dress code most of the time. When I asked for the official policy, the HR rep sent: "Women’s Attire: Acceptable attire includes: business suits, pantsuits, business dresses, coordinated skirts, blouses, sweaters, and blazers; and dress shoes." So, for a man, I assume it is okay to cycle through 1-3 suits throughout the week while just changing out the shirt and tie. Can a woman get away with doing much the same? Is it okay for significant pieces of an outfit to repeat, almost like a "uniform"? Also, can one wear a dress or skirt (of appropriate length, of course) without pantyhose? It's kind of embarrassing to have to ask this kind of question, but this is a job I'm really excited for and I really want to prepare well, especially since, while I do have a few pieces in the closet that are business formal compliant, I will likely have to invest financially in some new threads.