Did you ever have to dress up every day for work? That question is almost like asking how old you are for everyone except a few people. I did have to dress for my first two jobs, in suits. We're talking skirts, hose, heels, jewelry the works. In 1998 I went to work for a company that was casual and we could wear jeans. My jobs since then have all been business casual. I do try to dress appropriately for my position and profession, so it ends up being somewhat nicer than most other folks. However, I don't always dress professionally or conservatively (even though I probably should) because I enjoy embracing trends in an age appropriate way. I also think female professionals can have an issue with approachability. I want people in my company to feel like they can talk to me about their issues, and I think that if I'm too dressed up I can seem intimidating.
I have to dress professionally for certain meetings and events a few times per year. For this particular meeting, I didn't have to get "all the way" dressed up due to the people who would be there. I was also facing five hours round trip in the car.
It's a bit hard to see, but I opted for black work pants, a black silk ribbed sweater, blazer and scarf. The outfit is built around flats as I had injured my foot the previous weekend. I am sporting my black patent Rockport loafers. I bought them at Marshalls several years ago but they keep going strong. I would definitely pay full price for another pair!
Do you dress professionally very often?