Business Dress x 3
This is a 3-paycheck month for me (yay!), but it is also a “3 important presentations in 3 days month”. I don’t want to overstate my importance – my 3 presentations are short and one them is so insignificant I sort of tried to get it taken off the agenda (no dice). It is just bad luck that I happen to have to stand up on 3 different days. The dress code has been set at “suit and tie, or the female equivalent”. I translated that to a woman’s business suit, or as someone mentioned “a structured dress with a blazer”.
I currently own one nice black suit I bought last year. I was hoping to expand my wardrobe to include gray (slightly less harsh), so I wasn’t upset at the thought of using part of the extra check to do that.
Still, I need a 3rd outfit. I didn’t know if there was a way around it – can you really accessorize enough to make the same suit look like a new outfit? My answer is no, I personally cannot. Will anyone notice if I wear black, gray, then black again? Is it a different outfit if I put on pants instead of a skirt? Or should I bite the bullet and get a 3rd suit in a nice brown color?
By the way, I actually already have purchased the gray AND the brown – but tags on and it is returnable. I can afford it all, but it just seems so wasteful. I like the look of all three outfits, but my work is generally business casual, leaning heavily on casual (at least for me). Three suits is overkill, in general. I feel if I own THREE suits, I practically HAVE to start pursuing a management path. 😉 I wish I could rent a suit for a day.
Black Suit/Pants: Previously owned, Banana Repbulic
Gray Skirt/Suit combo (Nordstrom – full price): $206 (+$88 if I want to add pants)
Brown Skirt/Suit Combo (ann taylor – buy 1, get 1 50% off + 15% off add’l): $236 (no pants option)
Or any recommendations for a “structured dress” that could work with a generic black blazer – or do they have to match? Any other ideas to lower the total cost? Or do I really get to spend about $500 on formal business wear this month?
I’m looking for ideas, but ideas that won’t hinder my professional image. Please don’t tell me to buy a cheaper suit – I don’t have a lot of time to bargain hunt (stupid me, but I don’t) and I need decent quality. I’m willing to spend the money if need be, but it is kind of painful to add it up.
I seriously considered asking a coworker to present a small portion of my stuff. It would save me over $200!