The dream of the 1890s is alive in my work dress code
September 29, 2013 12:05 PM Subscribe
What's the best way for a woman to wear classic menswear?
posted by Sara C. to clothing, beauty, & fashion (21 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
I just started a job as a barista in a third-wavey sort of coffee shop. Luckily there's not much of a dress code, but the manual specifies that we wear a vest, tie, or suspenders with a button-down shirt and pants. Hats are encouraged but not required.
The button-down shirt I've got covered, and pants I can manage. I'm not an incredibly curvy person and in fact I look perfectly OK in menswear-inspired clothes. I also like menswear and would love to incorporate more of it into my wardrobe.
My real question is about accessorizing.
What's the best way to wear some combination of a tie, vest, or suspenders (and maybe a hat?) without looking like a complete tool?
Can I make this actually work for me, as opposed to being a bare minimum standard of complying with the letter of the law even if I look not great? Are there specific cuts or styles I should be looking for?
Is there something traditionally feminine that would fit the requirements? I'm imagining a sort of Gibson Girl look, but with pants rather than a hobble skirt. Or maybe something a WAC or Rosie The Riveter would wear?
I would love specific brand or item recommendations, with a few caveats: I need to get this stuff soon, and it needs to be relatively affordable and replaceable. I make and serve coffee for a living, so something that can withstand having coffee spilled on it (or be easily replaced if ruined) is probably best. Stores located in the LA area are great, as are convenient web resources like Modcloth or Zappos. If you know that Forever 21 has this right now, point me at it!
(I am in my early 30s, female bodied, and wear regular store sizes rather than either petite or plus. I am short and small of bust. My overall aesthetic is pretty tomboyish already, but not butch.)