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May 11, 2009

dressing to impress

Filed under: education and career — Tags: , , , — plonkee @ 8:13 pm

I finally started at my new job last week. It was a nightmare getting rid of my responsibilities at my old place, and surprisingly tiring having to speak to all new people all the time last week. As with all jobs, this one isn’t exactly what I expected, but I think I’m going to like it.

thinking about clothes

A new job is a good opportunity for me to evaluate my working wardrobe.

On balance, the dress code is about the same as at my last place – business casual – but there are many more women, so I’m feeling more inclined to wear make up and jewellery. I don’t need to buy any of these as I have a good supply, and certainly more eye shadow than I realised.

My current working wardrobe is:

  • 3 pairs of trousers
  • 1 skirt
  • 4 jackets
  • 6 skinny knit sweaters
  • 6 long sleeve tops
  • 8 short sleeve tops
  • 2 skinny knit cardigans

This is not too bad as it stands – it stands me reasonably well in my normal working life – mostly in the office, but with and handful of external meetings. I pretty much wear a standard uniform, my tops are essentially the same designs in different colours and all my trousers (and skirt) are various shades of grey!

cheap or frugal?

One thing that I have noticed more as I’ve been trying to make a good impression on my new colleagues, is that a few of these things are wearing out. At least one pair of trousers is on its last legs (possibly because they are my favourites) and so are a couple of the tops. In fact, my work clothes wear out really quite quickly – certainly within a couple of years. That might be because I buy pretty inexpensive clothes, I don’t think I’ve spent more than £10 on a top, or £20 on a pair of trousers in my current wardrobe.

I’m not sure whether I’m being cheap or frugal. I have to admit that I don’t exactly look after my clothes brilliantly – I certainly don’t live to dress – and I wouldn’t want to buy more expensive clothes if they’re going to wear out just as quickly.

Perhaps I should have more clothes, so that they don’t wear out as often? Maybe I might have read somewhere that your clothes last long (more wearings) if you don’t wear them as frequently. Not sure whether I believe that’s likely to be true. On the other hand, if I had more clothes, I’d get less bored of wearing the same thing over and over!

what about you?

What do you all do about your working wardrobe? Do you invest in key pieces, shop second-hand, or, buy cheap basics? What kind of clothes do you wear, do you have vast quantities of work clothes, or operator more minimally? Let us know in the comments.

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