Friday, January 21, 2011

Bestest Week Ever Round 4

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the bestest week ever but hopefully the weekend will be. I didn't have time to compile my favorite sites this week, sorry. I did however find an interesting topic.

As some of you may know, I'm a computer programmer. I love the feeling I get when I'm able to resolve an issue or automate a process for a user. It's like I get to play with a puzzle all day long.

One of the other things I love about it, is that I don't really have to dress up. I wear jeans and tennis shoes on most days of the week. In fact, I work at a University and I would venture to say most people would think I look like a student. Probably an older student, but a student none the less. Everything is very laid back, and I look at it as one of the perks.

I used to dress more professionally when I worked in another department that dealt with the customers, faculty & students. Although there wasn't a real dress code, everyone dressed up more. In some ways I kind of liked it, specially when it was a cute outfit. It just seemed to add an extra bouncy bounce to your step.

What I didn't like about it was the shoes. Heels scare me and I did not want to be walking across campus with those things on.

In my book: comfort > style

However, when I read articles like How Women Get Promotions, it kind of makes me rethink my work attire. It basically says that girly girls at work tend to get the promotions. Looking back at my job history, I would say that it mostly holds true. In fact, when I worked at Exxon it seemed like everyone they hired was at least semi-good looking. It was interesting walking down hallways at that place!

This has me wondering, is dressing up and being more "girly" at work really an advantage? Is it worth it? Would I stand out too much if I started dressing up? Specially since I work in a dungeon and I hardly deal with any of the customers? I'd also say about 80% of my office mates dress the same way that I currently do.

What do you guys think? Does work attire really matter? Do girly girls get the promotions?


Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

I wish I could wear jeans to work! While we have a business casual policy, we aren't allowed to wear blue jeans. Boo!

I'm an assistant department head so I do try to dress a bit nicer - or at least put together. There are days, though, that I just go with the sneakers or aim to be warm/comfortable.

I do think dressing nicer can help you stand out from other members of your office.