Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Forward without the fashion
No wonder when I hear the term business casual, it makes me gag. Can we just take a moment and look at this photo of "business casual". It looks like a bunch of neutrals just barfed all over these fine young men and women.
So something I am definitely struggling with is moving forward while still being fashionable. I am currently working in a temp position (hello new possible coworkers checking me out) and I want to impress. However, I know something I personally struggle with is looking professional enough, while still being me. This wouldn't really be a problem if I was shopping... heh heh but I'm not. I am not sure if me being my fashion forward self is professional enough!
Also, the term business casual is pretty vague. I read somewhere that business casual is without a jacket. That's not exactly a good enough definition for me. Also, from work place to work place, business casual changes. My last job was technically "business casual", however the owners of the company wore cargo shorts.
Let's not even get started on the two permanent places on my body, clearly visible to the naked eye that show I'm a product of rebellion. Nose ring and tattoo. So far neither of these have been a problem at any place I have interviewed for (except for the kooky dance studio... oh brother). So, I want to think of the things that I feel insecure about and that I feel like hold me back from being professional, and explain what assets they can bring into a potential job.
Incredibly fashion forward :: modern and exciting
Nose ring :: able to deal with immense hardship (because dang that hurt!)
Tattoo :: conversation starter, and continuously inspiring
Uber 60's british girl hair :: hello, cultured?
Red/Coral lipstick :: bravery
Now, this doesn't exactly help me figure out what to wear tomorrow, but the more I can be myself, the more my natural talents will shine through. I want to hear what you think about business casual. Do you dress business casual? What are some quirks in your office that would otherwise be taboo in another business?