I know I can’t be the only one that thinks about these things, but recently I have been feeling very self conscious at work about the way that I dress. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I work as a consultant for a major technology company. What the means is that I travel to clients that deploy my particular technology, and work with them for extended periods of time to configure the product to their specifications. That is a long winded way of saying that I work in a male dominated, engineering oriented workplace. It is not fashion forward nor to people respect dressing well. As a matter of fact, lately, I have felt as though I stand out because of the way that I dress.
For years I have read blogs like 9to5Chic and ExtraPetite and have admired the way they put together outfits for work. Jean has often mentioned that she works in a conservative office but neither have spoken about how they feel about dressing fashionably at work, and being taken seriously while doing so. While my outfits are not too outlandish (in my opinion), in offices where khaki’s and white button down shirts are the norm, I am lightyears away from “fitting in” clothing wise. While I am good at what I do and am confident in my abilities, I often wonder if as the only woman in the room, does my sense of style prompt others to question my intelligence?
I am genuinely curious if other bloggers or ladies face the same issue. Are you also worried that if you walk into a room of men in neutral colored clothing, wearing a polka dott dress and high heels, your ability to do your job upon first impression might be questioned?