Having lived in multitude of locations over my 25 years, Air Force brat here, I have seen it all when it comes to fashion (and I use that term loosely). From Missouri College girls obsessed with
being orange tanning
to Texas hipsters who wear their Nixon’s like a purse (I can’t even afford a damn Nixon and these girls were wearing them like they cost $5!!). Okay, I’ll calm down now.
To me, it doesn’t really matter what your style is, you still need to look presentable, especially for work. Face the music; people make judgments based on how you look. It may not be the ideal, but it is what it is. As a recruiter I am constantly meeting potential candidates and conducting interviews for people at all job levels. Why would I want to invest my time in a worker who did not feel the need to brush their hair before our interview or one who is wearing a full-on cleavage exposing top (this one still surprises me every time).
At work in general it boggles my mind when I see someone over 40 at work wearing a top with their bra straps clearly displayed. Major yuck. I am one who follows the motto “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.” You don’t have to have the nicest or most expensive clothes (i.e. the simple Target shirt I am rocking today), but you should look presentable and appropriate.
Also, 40-something man at my office, casual Friday is not another name for “wear your newest Aeropostale t-shirt.” Oh dear…..