“Fitting in” at a casual company when my style is formal
March 14,2019 at 4:23PM UTC
After 3 years of self employment as a speaker and tech consultant, I’ve decided to go back to corporate employment. During my “absence” I developed a much stronger sense of my own style, and I’m wondering how to bring that with me.
Most tech companies are very casual. I am not. I wear a dress or skirt, hose, and heels every day. Yes, including the weekends. I own one pair of jeans that I wore last March. I’m also a senior level employee with 20 years of experience.
This combo worked well as a consultant. I have excellent executive presence and people perceive me as a leader.
I have my first in-person interview coming up and I’m imagining sitting in my skirt and heels across from someone in jeans and a T shirt, and I’m projecting that the person will find me out of touch. I know this is in my head, but it’s in my head! :)
Will people think I’m out of touch because I’m more formally dressed than most people? FYI, I live in Portland, OR, where I’m already more formally dressed than 99% of people on a daily basis. I get lots of compliments, but I also get asked what event I’m dressed for when I’m taking out the recycling. ;)
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