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Work clothes when you hate pants and button ups?

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    Janelle

    I need some serious help. I rarely need to dress for work, so I do have some stuff but I need a whole new wardrobe work wise. It has been a while since I have needed to dress up for work as I work in the automotive industry.

    I know people recommend Mod Cloth. I really find the patterns not my taste.

    The difficult part is I don’t really like slacks, once in a while I will find a pair that I can stand the cut of. They also are often a pain as I have insanely long legs.

    I also despise button down shirts. I have a large chest so they rarely fit anyway and would need more tailoring than even makes sense. I just feel manly in them.

    I love to wear dresses and skirts but it also can be an issue because people tend to act like I am showing SOOO much leg (touching my knee) just because I have so much leg. HR once called me in to complain about my skirt length and only once I pointed it out did they realize it did in fact go below my knee.

    Sigh.

    So what is a girl to do? I shop at Nordstrom most of the time. I need some good ideas here. I am happy to spend decent money on basics but usually spend less on tops as I will get tired of them anyway.

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    Fyodor

    People shouldnt be touching your knees at work even if you are showing too much leg.

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    Janelle

    No she didn’t touch them. I may have worded that wrong. I meant I stood up and pointed it out to her.

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    Fyodor

    No-you worded it fine. I misread. I’m glad that you are in a grope free workplace.

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    Fyodor

    I have no skirt recommendations.

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    Janelle

    That made me laugh. This is a Grope Free Workplace.

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    Fyodor

    Right, like the bulletin board has a picture of a man reaching towards a woman’s chest and there’s a circle around it with a line crossed through.

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    Copa
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    I like sheath dresses when I need to look more polished for work — I have some I like from Banana Republic and J. Crew. I’m petite, though, so I can’t speak to their tall options.

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    Moneypenny
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    I shop at the Loft a lot- they have a lot of options for all body types (including dresses that hit mid-calf / below knee right now). Plus they have sales all the time, which helps. 😛
    I also like Boden – it can be a bit preppy for work, but I love their patterns and their stuff seriously fits me perfectly. (I’m kind of tall (5′-7″) and size 8 and small busted though).
    I hate button up shirts too, so I wear a lot of short sleeve or sleeveless tops with cardigans.

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    Kate
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    Yeah, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic have plenty of dresses, skirts, and tops that are work-appropriate and not those 90’s style slacks and button shirts. That’s what I wear for client-facing attire or interview stuff.

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    Janelle

    I guess I’m more asking what should I even wear? I feel like I e eliminated all options. Slacks and a blouse are in my opinion one of the least attractive outfits a woman can wear.

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    Kate

    What? A business dress, a skirt with a nice *top* tucked into it, not a frickin’ button down… Just go into one of those stores and look around. I don’t own many pants, and they’re like, skinny black. All my other work clothes are dresses and skirts and tops. I don’t know what you’re picturing, but today’s work clothes are pretty and feminine.

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