Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Work Clothes

I'm coming up on 3 months of having a real job which is really exciting.  For those of you that don't know, I work in a military research lab at MIT, so as you can imagine I've learned quite a bit.  I've learned about being part of an intellectual team, making budget decisions, and have gotten to use a lot of cool equipment.  The one thing I'm still trying to wrap my head around though is work clothes.  I've had various desk jobs, have been a tour guide and a tutor, but nothing has been as challenging to dress for as lab work.  
Sorry whoever you are I found on Google, but I refuse to
look like you at work.
The main issue is I like to look good.  To me it's simply a courtesy to the world that I do my hair, makeup, and wear nice clothes every day.  It shows I care and that other people are worth my time.  This is exceptionally hard to do with a lab dress code and while you work along side grad students that look almost like hobos.

This would normally be easy for me; I'd just put on a dress, some heels or nice flats and ba-bam, I look work ready.  "NOT OK FOR LAB ATTIRE, YOUR LAB ACCESS WILL BE REVOKED INDEFINITELY" says my lab manager.  You have to wear long pants, close toed shoes, and sleeves.  Ugh, so difficult.  Did I also mention that I LOATHE women's suits?  Well I do.  I think they are the most unfeminine thing a woman can wear and is just a horrible copy of men's attire. 
Also this is what I think of when I think of women's
"business wear".  ...gross
So what's the solution?  Well I'm still struggling with that myself.
J. Crew has truly been a lifesaver though.  The sales are killer and even some of the more casual things look really put together in a lab setting.  Here are some of my favourites.  Pair any of these with some skinny jeans, ballet flats, or Sperry's and you have a nice work outfit.

Top Row: White Toothpick Jean || Merino Sweater
Middle Row: Silk Blouse || Chino Pants
Bottom Row: Red Blazer || Merino Sweater

The toothpick jeans are my favorite, they're so comfy!  I'm also a fan of the red blazer.

What do you wear to work?  Let me know :)

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