It's Tamika here. and I will be honest, so fashion in the workplace is not my expertise! Being a freelancer, I work from home most of the time. And when I do meet with my clients, they are all in entertainment so I dress casual. So on a average day out, you will find me in some denim and timbs. However, I did work in "corporate America" for a short couple of months.
And, in that short time I had a weird experience with "fashion in the workplace". I worked in a very small office, it was about four of us total. The "boss" wore khakis, plaid shirts with ties and weird shoes. One of my co-workers literally wore suits everyday, and the other one dressed in slacks and a button up. Then there was me. When I first got the job I dressed up everyday! Like full on corporate America, blazers, slacks, button ups, etc.
But, as time went on and I realized the company culture and leadership. Which made me scale back drastically. My attitude changed, so did my wardrobe. I began to become more relaxed in my work attire. That's one of the many reasons why I knew I had to leave that job.
I want to hear from y'all, does the dress code or lack there of effect your working environment?
For me, fashion in the workplace has always been the traditional business casual or business professional and honestly, I loved it. Purchasing business professional styled clothing wasn't always friendly to my budget, but its something about the mindset that it puts you in. You should work hard no matter your attire but, I definitely notice the difference in my work ethic when I'm wearing a pencil skirt rather than a pair of jeans.
A word of advice that has always stuck with me is "dress for the job you want and not the job you have." Ever since I entered the professional realm, I've tried applying that message and dressing up at least 3 times out of the work week (that's just a guesstimate, I'm not perfect). I can say that in my short career dressing up has worked in my favor.
When I left one of my previous positions, my old team member told me I was always dressed for the occasion and when I came into a room I demanded everyone's attention. That gave me the motivation to always dress for the part. So if there is any advice I could give someone who is climbing the ladder just like me, I would always say dress for the job you want. It definitely pays off.