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Engineering: Professional Wardrobe

February 14, 2018

I am writing this post after a long talk with my office administration manager. In our industry, it’s not uncommon to hear “dress professional”, but it’s also very common to hear “It’s the brain not the clothes” or “I don’t need to dress well, I’m an engineer.” This whole mindset has become more popular especially with the new tech era. Everyone in Silicon Valley comes into work wearing jeans and a t-shirt so it’s catching on to everyone else in the tech field. I mean even Elon Musk’s wardrobe is jeans and t-shirts. BUT, it should be understood that the guys in Silicon Valley dress the way they do because they do not deal with clients face to face. They work from their desk 60 hours a week and deal with clients through email. Of course, these ones most often of the lower hierarchy, they don’t have to deal with important clients.

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Elon Musk Professional Business Wardrobe

What I mean is, do you see Elon Musk talking to his top investors wearing jeans and a t-shirt?

Fine, so it’s acceptable in your office to dress in jeans and a t-shirt because you’re just a lowly engineer that works out of a cubical. Either that or you are a field engineer and you have to wear lose clothing for safety. Then, at least do this one favor to your co-workers, clients, and yourself, don’t go to work looking like you just got out of bed. The last thing that you want to happen to you is getting fired because another person looks more presentable for the job. I always ask myself, if a client walks in would he be grossed out by the way I dress? Or will he be impressed by the way I dress. First impressions are the most IMPORTANT they always say!

So, how should you dress professionally?

Girls: In the office

  1. A pair of nice slacks. It doesn’t have to be from Louis Vuitton or anything, Marshals and Burlington has very good nice slacks. Since slacks do not go out of style, you’ll be able to find a very nice pair at stores mentioned above.
  2. ┬áMutual or colorful blouse. Blouses are such fashion statements and it’s the blouses that stands out. Pastel colors are wonderful and there’s nothing wrong with a bright blue one either.
  3. A pair of heels (no more than 3 inches) or flats. Avoid wearing sandals unless it’s in summer on a Friday. Buy yourself a pair that you absolutely feel comfortable in. If not try some gel insoles to help your feet. *You should also keep a pair of comfortable walking shoes at your desk/car in case of an emergency and you need to walk a far distance. (At my last internship, we had an internship do neighborhood announcements on her very first day she walked about 5 blocks with 4 inch heels. She definitely went home that day with painful blisters.)

Girls: In the field

I hate twinning with my coworkers when out in the field but it’s inevitable.

  1. Jeans or breathable pants. Not sweatpants though.
  2. Breathable shirt-usually a thermo, long sleeve or something a a color.
  3. Shoes. Buy yourself a nice pair of hiking boots if you do a lot of walking and splurge on that steel toe shoes that you so dearly need for your own safety.

Boys: In the office

This feels like a no-brainer because there’s not a lot of choices when it comes to men clothing right? It’s kind of unfair that men don’t have too many choices in clothing.

  1. Slacks. Get yourself some good fitting ones. If you have the money to get it personally tailored, please do. It will make you look so much more handsome.
  2. Get yourself a couple of nice dress shirts. And make sure you look good in it if it’s loose it’s ugly and if it’s too tight, it’s ugly too.
  3. A pair of leather shoes. Although I’ve seen some really nice suede shoes, so whatever floats your boats!

Boys: In the field

  1. Jeans
  2. Breathable shirt-usually a thermo, long sleeve or something a a color.
  3. Shoes. Buy yourself a nice pair of hiking boots if you do a lot of walking and splurge on that steel toe shoes that you so dearly need for your own safety.

(Did you see that? I just Copy and Paste.)

TLDR; Don’t come to the office looking like you just got out of bed!

Until next time,

Katherine

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