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Old 12-02-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I don't wear blazers often due to fit issues. In order to fit my bust I need to go up a few sizes which causes fit issues elsewhere. Then it takes tailoring equivalent to more than the cost of the jacket to get a good fit.

It can be very difficult to get a good fit if you don't have the shape / proportions of the fit model used. I find it difficult to get pants since I have bigger thighs. I usually stick with skinny pants or skirts/dresses for that reason and do not bother with pants for "professional" wear.

There are a few reasons I think this happens.

Some people confuse dressing up with dressing professionally. They think if they would wear it to a party it is suitable for work (one of my coworkers is notorious for this).

Clothing is made cheaply and you cannot disguise fit issues.

Since professional work attire is uncommon, no one knows what it is anymore.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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Since professional work attire is uncommon, no one knows what it is anymore.
Professional work attire = no cleavage, no skirts that fall mid-thigh, no heavy make-up or bright eye-shadow colors, no platform shoes/boots/heels, no stilettos, clean clothes, no spillage from sizes too small, no jeans, no skull caps or hats. Chords, blouses, sweaters, button down shirts, khaki's are acceptable.

It also depends on where you live and what company you work for. I've interviewed at places that required a blazer and nylons. Decided not to work there.

I've been working business professional/casual l for almost 15 years now.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Professional work attire = no cleavage, no skirts that fall mid-thigh, no heavy make-up or bright eye-shadow colors, no platform shoes/boots/heels, no stilettos, clean clothes, no spillage from sizes too small, no jeans, no skull caps or hats. Chords, blouses, sweaters, button down shirts, khaki's are acceptable.

It also depends on where you live and what company you work for. I've interviewed at places that required a blazer and nylons. Decided not to work there.

I've been working business professional/casual l for almost 15 years now.
It's not so hard and fast in California. Stilettos/platforms aren't an issue. There is an upper limit on heel height, not style. Cleavage isn't an issue, but excessive cleavage is. Nylons are never required. Jeans and hoodies are very common. Business professional is rare in the tech space.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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mini-rant... and questions...

I work in a building that has some 1300 employees, mostly female. I am older than the majority.

What is with these women wearing skin tight clothing? It just looks like they bought it a size too small or gained 20 lbs.

If you can't button your jacket, its too small. If your skirt clings to your thighs and shows horizontal 'pull' marks in the center, its too tight. If you can't wear underwear b/c of VPL, or you have to peeeeeel your pants down to use the restroom, its too tight. If you are constantly pulling at your blouse buttons to keep them closed, its too tight.

and... you're be more comfortable in clothing that fits correctly.



next up: 'get-off-my-lawn!" geez, I feel old.
I agree. I also think this is an issue for all figure types (though clearly it is more obvious on those who are overweight). No one looks professional in skin tight clothing.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:05 PM
 
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I don't wear blazers often due to fit issues. In order to fit my bust I need to go up a few sizes which causes fit issues elsewhere. Then it takes tailoring equivalent to more than the cost of the jacket to get a good fit.

It can be very difficult to get a good fit if you don't have the shape / proportions of the fit model used. I find it difficult to get pants since I have bigger thighs. I usually stick with skinny pants or skirts/dresses for that reason and do not bother with pants for "professional" wear.

There are a few reasons I think this happens.

Some people confuse dressing up with dressing professionally. They think if they would wear it to a party it is suitable for work (one of my coworkers is notorious for this).

Clothing is made cheaply and you cannot disguise fit issues.

Since professional work attire is uncommon, no one knows what it is anymore.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
Professionals get paid enough to invest in a few quality pieces, like blazers, that should be tailored well and thus fit well. If it doesn't fit well, then they shouldn't buy it until they can afford to buy a quality piece that can be tailored.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Professionals get paid enough to invest in a few quality pieces, like blazers, that should be tailored well and thus fit well. If it doesn't fit well, then they shouldn't buy it until they can afford to buy a quality piece that can be tailored.
Maybe maybe not. Depends on your dress code. I've been trying to justify buying a perfect fitting blazer for about 15 years now. The cost per wear isn't worth it for me. I wear a conventional blazer once a year if I am lucky. It turns out it was a better investment to get a more casual/fun/trendy one since blazers are not required in region. As a result I've got a boxy tweed blazer, a knit one and a decent fitting black suit that I wear once a year. Spending $200 on a blazer and $140 on tailoring for that once a year piece is a waste of money for my lifestyle and work environment. I'll stick with cardigans, blouses and pencil skirts.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:28 PM
 
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Maybe maybe not. Depends on your dress code. I've been trying to justify buying a perfect fitting blazer for about 15 years now. The cost per wear isn't worth it for me. I wear a conventional blazer once a year if I am lucky. It turns out it was a better investment to get a more casual/fun/trendy one since blazers are not required in region. As a result I've got a boxy tweed blazer, a knit one and a decent fitting black suit that I wear once a year. Spending $200 on a blazer and $140 on tailoring for that once a year piece is a waste of money for my lifestyle and work environment. I'll stick with cardigans, blouses and pencil skirts.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
Jade -- Stonemountain and Daughter have great sewing classes. Learn to do a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) and make your own!

Sewing Classes at Stonemountain
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Jade -- Stonemountain and Daughter have great sewing classes. Learn to do a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) and make your own!

Sewing Classes at Stonemountain
Might be fun. Not sure if I had time though.


I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Am lucky enough to work in a place where most of the women (and men) I work with wear loose-fitting hospital scrubs. No tight-fitting "spray-on" garments here. Lucky too, because some of them would definitely NOT look good in tight-fitting clothing.
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