I mean you wouldn't buy a skirt without asking your friends first if it looks good on you.
Jersey Girl emails my friend and I explaining (of course calmly in her typical Jersey fashion) that her boss told her she had to dress more conservatively when she went to corporate. Meaning nylons, closed toed shoes and appropriate length skirts and dresses. She was upset because she didn’t know if that meant she should dress that way every day or if he was just telling her to keep in mind when she was packing for corporate.
My quick answer was yes he wants you to dress that way all the time. Her boss is a male and if he is noticing something about her clothes she should change it. The second friend took longer than a second and actually thought about it and asked what the other ladies in the office were wearing. While this is sometimes a good bench mark, it’s not always a sure and fine line (trust me, more to come on this one). I’ve seen people at corporate America jobs wearing yoga pants, bathing suits under their dresses, even a thermal pj sweat suit…no I’m not kidding. Jersey Girl responded by saying they were certainly professional, but did wear open toe shoes and didn’t wear nylons to work every day.
Anyway, what should Jersey Girl do? Here is what I suggested. Corporate must be more conservative than where she works day to day so first and foremost her boss did want her to be aware of that when she went there. However, it is worth remembering that your boss notices what you wear. I’m not saying she should start wearing nylons every day however she should always be aware to air on the side of caution when getting dressed for work
I am a firm believer in dress for the job you want, not the one you have. It doesn’t matter how old or experienced you are, it’s always important to present yourself in the best way. You can never make a second first impression!