Looking for websites and books for guidance and encouragement, not just techniques, in professional dress. I am entering a field where the top echelon of business casual seems to be the default setting.
I am a woman in my mid-30s and need to present myself more professionally. Dress, grooming, etc. You name it. My two looks of record are (1) modified Fran Lebowitz and (2) modified Conservative Mennonite. No joke, I look good in the men's shirts and good in the small flower prints--I guess it's the farmwife gene pool. (Far from being contradictory, the old-school country women I know, or knew, dead now, are actually pretty butch in their presentation, relative to the modern office.)
I have no ideological problem with hair, makeup, fancy dresses--I love getting dressed up for a wedding or something--but I do not want to do this every day.
My proportions are pretty standard, so I can wear most clothes off the rack.
I know how
to do 95% of the stuff I need to do (e.g., pluck my eyebrows). I got a really fun book ($1.99 at Goodwill) from InStyle
magazine--Style 101: What Every Stylish Woman Should Know
. To my amusement/chagrin, I already knew most of their advice...I just don't want
to do it on a daily basis like I know I must.
On the advice of this very website, I have looked at AcademiChic
, Fashion for Nerds
, and Already Pretty
. These are great sites, but they are too girly for me. I cannot relate.
Does anyone have some less froufrou titles/URLs to suggest? A self-help book starting with "today you will put on mascara!" would be my ideal.