Thursday, June 23, 2011
Dodger Dog With a Side of Digression
Because our department is located offsite from the "main campus" and because our building also houses Production groups, the dress code in our department/building is quite a bit less corporate and more, well, "anything goes" (especially with the Production folks). It's been difficult at times to suss out what constitutes appropriate Business Casual wear in that kind of environment, especially as a woman in management who wants to look current, stylish, approachable, competent, and in charge. It's a minefield, I tell you! I felt that I'd worked out some good options for cooler months, but now that summer's here I'm floundering again. The more Corporate version of BC (tailored jackets, skirts and slacks) feels too stiff and stodgy now, even on those rare occasions when I can find flattering pieces of good quality, but the warm weather equivalents of my winter knit separates feel just TOO laid back. Browsing retailers' racks and websites, one almost gets the impression that they are still equating Summer with Vacation, and forgetting that many of us continue to trudge off to work between June and September, rather than spending our days at seaside clambakes or bucolic music festivals.
I keep thinking that if I could just find some flattering, somewhat tailored, lightweight pants, and maybe a jacket or two, I could cobble together a summer work wardrobe with those and the tees and cardigans already in my closet. I can hear some of you hollering "Dresses! Dresses!" at the monitor, but I never seem to be able to find any that fit me AND feel work-appropriate.
Have you wrestled with the parameters of Business Casual in your workplace? Do you find that dressing for work is more difficult in one season than another?