20 July 2010

Step one: Job. Step two through infinity:navigating this thing called adulthood

I kind of suck at blogging. As I have said so many many times I am in the midst of starting my career so its been a little touch and go. I'm reluctant to announce what it is exactly so I'll just say: I work in media, its very interesting.

Finding something to wear in the first week at a new job can be stressful for someone just out of college with a closet full of jean shorts and hoodies. On top of that, 100 degree F temperatures didn't help much. as exciting as it is to start a new job, you want to make a good impression on the people that you will be seeing every day. Another huge factor to take into consideration is comfort. Its very hard to be comfortable in the kind of heat we are having in New York, and even harder because of the overly intense air conditioning that turns an office into a refrigerator.

Here are some tips for a good first day of work outfit using what I wore on my actual first day of work as an example:
Let me begin by saying that when you go for the interview it is important to take a quick mental note of what the people in the office are wearing. Are the men and women in suits? Are the women wearing tailored dresses and pumps? Just very quickly assess what kind of attire they are in because I guarantee that the employee handbook will be vague (i.e. business casual, which everyone has a different definition of). In picking out my own clothes for Day One, I recalled what I saw the youngest person wearing: tank top, sweater, knee length skirt, flat sandals. I worked with this in my own closet.
Top: Cotton tunic with some pretty lace at the top which worked well because while it was practical in the heat, it also covered my tattoo.
Skirt: Just above the knee for modesty, and a lightweight fabric to keep cool in the blistering sun. I removed the matching sash and replaced it with a belt to keep the skirt up and make it look more polished.
Shoes: Simple, comfortable black flats. Its best to wear the most comfortable shoes possible. With a new commute (mine includes biking to a train) and walking around the office, its hard to be pleasant and winning if you want to rip your feet off.
Bag: Roomy and sturdy. I know that every sorority-girl and their mom has this Longchamp bag, but I highly recommend it. Mine was a gift, but for someone in their first job this is an investment that you will not regret (especially in Manhattan). I took it on every interview and now I use it to cart all my sweaters back and forth from the office. My favorite feature is the long handles that I can loop over my shoulders and wear it like a backpack while biking. See it here two different ways.
F21 Tunic, Gap skirt, thrifted CK belt, BP flats, Longchamp bag
Here is another outfit from my first week. This one is a little more playful because as I settled into the job I felt that I could wear something a little more me. I love this outfit because it is just so nice and airy on a hot day. You can't go wrong with ultra-walking friendly oxfords (mine are a $15 Etsy score), a lightweight dress, and a cotton tote with a pictures and poems about the Redwood Forest in California. The main reason for the bag switch is that while the Longchamp is chic, its not all that breathable hanging off my shoulder in all this heat. The cotton bag kept me much cooler while walking the steamy Manhattan streets.
I did make one mistake I will try not to repeat, as tempting as it is; I was too hot to bother with makeup. A little mascara and blush that I can re-apply when I need to will make the overall look more sophisticated. Please note that the hideous hair-tie on my wrist was actually in my hair for my bike ride home and I forgot to take it off.
H&M dress: See the dress as a skirt here, thrifted belt, Bass Oxfords via Etsy, souvenir tote bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs hair clip (my all time favorite accessory!), $12 WalMart watch which will be discussed at length in an upcoming post

21 comments

  1. wow, loved both outfits but the dress is adorable ^^
    Well done! i wish you all the success you deserve in the new job :)

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  2. Oh, welcome to the working world, my dear! You look so adorable in your outfits!! My office clothes belong in a totally different category than the stuff I wear on the blog hehe:P

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  3. I work in media too. :) Although I'm part of a sales office, since I do marketing and promotions my outfits tend to slide a little more than than the suits.

    Best of luck with your new job.

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  5. You look so pretty. I love both outfits so much. Especially the second one because the print is fantastic and looks so great against your skin tone.

    PS. Don't forget to enter the Giveaway on my blog!

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  6. I used fabric paint, just regular fabric paint I bought from Walmart. Then I mixed the colours to get different shades and stuff.

    It took me about 2 hours to paint the whole thing, maybe 2.5. I can't really remember exactly. The beading is actually a bracelet I took apart years ago. I sewed it onto the shirt. THat took about 2 hours also.

    :)

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  7. You're so beautiful!!
    love the dress <3

    xo,Bruna
    http://pantsandpictures.blogspot.com/

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  8. Both looks are presentable and very you. I too, think it's important to remain true to your own style even at work.

    Wishing you the best for your new job. :] Once you get into a comfortable rhythm, you'll be able to work blogging into your sched again. :]

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  9. Kallie, congrats on the jon and you look really sweet in both looks :) I try to set an example at my work but I fail. Everyone here is way older than me except for one girl. I think she tried to follow what I was wearing and gave up. She wears shorts and T's all the time now lol :)

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  10. You are so lovely! What wonderful outfits. I hope your job is going well, and that it cools down for you soon! It's been the same weather here - ridiculously hot and humid, and the air conditioning makes it frigid. Is there no middle ground??

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  11. You're so beautiful!!
    love the dress <3

    xo,Bruna
    http://pantsandpictures.blogspot.com/

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  12. You look so pretty. I love both outfits so much. Especially the second one because the print is fantastic and looks so great against your skin tone.

    PS. Don't forget to enter the Giveaway on my blog!

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  13. Both looks are presentable and very you. I too, think it's important to remain true to your own style even at work.

    Wishing you the best for your new job. :] Once you get into a comfortable rhythm, you'll be able to work blogging into your sched again. :]

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  14. You are so lovely! What wonderful outfits. I hope your job is going well, and that it cools down for you soon! It's been the same weather here - ridiculously hot and humid, and the air conditioning makes it frigid. Is there no middle ground??

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  15. Kallie, congrats on the jon and you look really sweet in both looks :) I try to set an example at my work but I fail. Everyone here is way older than me except for one girl. I think she tried to follow what I was wearing and gave up. She wears shorts and T's all the time now lol :)

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  16. You look so pretty. I love both outfits so much. Especially the second one because the print is fantastic and looks so great against your skin tone.

    PS. Don't forget to enter the Giveaway on my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hi there! I am starting to do features/interviews with bloggers whose blogs I enjoy/follow, and was wondering if you would like to be featured on http://dreamingchiffon.blogspot.com? It's also a great way to get to know my followers :)
    If so, drop a comment on my blog, or e-mail me!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh, welcome to the working world, my dear! You look so adorable in your outfits!! My office clothes belong in a totally different category than the stuff I wear on the blog hehe:P

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