Hey there! Thank you so much for popping by The Work Agenda. I am sure you are wondering who I am, what I do, and what’s my story (don’t worry it’s not weird and the About page on pretty much anything I look up is the first page I go to myself!) Right now, I am a twenty-something year old living in Houston, Texas working in Oil and Gas. So think similar to Wall Street, being all men. I work downtown right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle Monday through Friday. I am a go-getter trying to establish my career as a working professional, while dealing with all the usual fuss of life.
Work clothes are my absolute favorite clothes to buy. There is not a better feeling in the world for me than putting on a suit that makes you feel like you can take on the world and look good doing it. I take a business approach to buying anything I own. I research it to death and know all about the color, materials, cost, brand, you name it. I like to be an educated consumer and quality is everything to me. I will invest in quality pieces, and tell you why. All opinions are my own and you will catch me in the clothes I feature if you were to ever run into me in downtown Houston.
Workwear is one of the toughest category of clothing to buy for women because there are not a whole lot of retailers that carry work clothes and women don’t feel like they have very many options. Workwear has become some dreadful word, but here’s the thing it doesn’t have to be. Leave it to me to do the research and show you what options there truly are for work clothes for us women.
So where did my love of work clothes come from you ask? Well… I grew up with two parents that are full time working professionals and always dressed professionally. So you could say it started at a young age. I have very fond memories (and I am sure my mom does too!) of helping her pick out suits at department stores and purses she could wear to work. My mom was all about the matching principle. The suit, shoes, and purse all matched. She was young attorney in the 80’s and law firms back then had horribly strict rules for women. Oh how we have come a long way and panty hose are no longer the norm! (THANK GOODNESS! Though I will say I do wear them sometimes!)
Fast forward to college and organizational / club interviews. Who knew you needed a suit freshman year? That definitely wasn’t on the suggested items of things to pack for college. So I am scrambling to find something to wear. I end up purchasing my very first Theory suit. There were just not a ton of options on the market and I knew Theory made quality clothes and looked very professional. Yes it was pricey, but I justified it to my parents that it was an “investment piece” and that I would get tons of wear out of it. I still own the suit to this day, although I had to retire the pants because I had worn a hole into them beyond repair, so yes Mom and Dad that suit has been a good investment!
When it came time to starting my first job I couldn’t have been more excited. I don’t know if it was exactly the job, or getting to shop for work clothes that I was more excited about. I’ll leave you to guess! For starters, you spend 5 out of 7 days in them. Just to continue to evaluate it there are 120 hours between Monday and Friday. Theoretically, you are sleeping (if you make the assumption of 7 hours of sleep) 35 hours, so really there is only 85 hours left total. Say you work 40 hours, plus let’s call it 8 hours of commuting for the week where you are still in these work clothes. That leaves at you being in your work clothes for 48 out of the 85 hours, which is 56% of your time! I didn’t even factor in work dinners, extra hours at the office, happy hours, etc. You spend a vast majority of your time in these clothes!!
Women already face enough challenges in the working world and yes it shouldn’t matter what you wear, but here’s the thing it does. You get one first impression and wouldn’t you want to make it a good one?
My vision for this blog is empower women by looking and feeling your best. I want to show you how to build your work wardrobe whether you are just beginning your career, in the middle of it, or wanting to start from scratch. I want to talk about real issues / questions / how to’s of navigating the corporate ladder because it’s tough, and often times it’s never addressed. I could write a novel on the first three years alone of my career and want to impart some wisdom on others. I am by no means an expert and not trying to be, but I am in the same shoes as you and men just don’t feel our pain when it comes to dressing for work since they have one option.
Join me on this journey of THE WORK AGENDA where I will show you my love for work clothes, how I’m tackling the professional world in my career, and balancing my everyday life with it all.