We all know by now that pinup fashion is great for summer, weekends, and evenings. The staples include pretty sun dresses and glamorous wiggle dresses that stop traffic. But what about when you decided that you want to embrace the style full-time? How do you reimagine your wardrobe to fit office dress codes? Or what about when the weather turns cold and you realize that every dress you own is sleeveless! This is the first in my series regarding work wear and then winter wear, or how to be a real life pin-up girl!
I know that at work I want to look both beautiful and like “me” but also be taken seriously and not have men staring at my boobs all day (though that is hard to be avoided). I have been working in a research lab at my university over the summer, the dress code was “business casual” which is the most ambiguous phrase I’ve ever heard. I decided to be on the safe side with pencil skirts and nice blouses, plus the occasional dress.
The first rule of thumb is: don’t show a lot of skin! I know that pinup is very sexy and sensual, but you can be both of those things while still being professional. If in doubt, cover up. It can be hard sometimes to find things that are work appropriate but it takes just a little time and imagination. Some tops can become appropriate by adding a cardigan or a camisole, only get skirts and dresses that go to your knee or below (you should be anyway for vintage/pinup style), and stay away from very tight garments. Leave the low-cut, tight dresses for evening wear when it will be appreciated
This is what I wore to work today. It is a Bettie Page dress that I just bought from ModCloth during their 70% off sale. I like that it is has a higher neckline and can be appropriate for work.
But at the same time it can be dressed up for evening and be very sexy
here is a close up of the bow detail on the neckline, it is very cute
The fact that my arms are uncovered is balanced by the high neckline, long hemline, and the fact that it is not terribly tight. I felt great wearing this today and can’t wait to wear it again.
The dress was originally $108, but I scored it for $33. I will talk about my haul later in the week after I take pictures of everything on. let’s just say that my entire order was less than the original cost of this dress!
Do you have a dress code at work? Is it fairly conservative or do you get to wear what you want? I had worn uniforms in past jobs, except for my last job which was in a warehouse so I went to work in t-shirts and track pants that were then covered by freezer gear. How do you express yourself while staying within a corporate dress code?