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Professionalism Makeunder [Nov. 19th, 2007|09:28 am]
Lanette


I'm starting my special training in January. It's VERY hard for me to find clothes that fit my body and most everything I have for work is too big, but I got this jacket. I have a 12 inch difference between my hips and waist for starters (partly due to extra skin), and in addition, to be a size 8 and wear still a C cup is harder to fit structured jackets on (they pull the buttons). Size L is kind of baggy, and size M is generally too tight in the chest. I'm a pretty young looking 33 year old, but I want my experience to show when I'm meeting new people so I don't look like I just graduated college.

Anyhow, I'm practicing wearing clothes that are more covering at work so I can get comfortable in them and figure out if I need to alter them. I also am doing minimal makeup for more of a "day" look sometimes.


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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2007-11-19 05:58 pm (UTC)
I think it's a cute jacket, but the sleeves look a little long. If you're going to need to get it tailored for something else (that we can't see) then I'd see if they can take those up a little too. Otherwise don't bother. It's very cute.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 06:30 pm (UTC)
I can easily just fold the cuffs up. I would like a string to cinch in the back. I think it would add alot to this jacket.
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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2007-11-19 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I could see that being cute too.
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[User Picture]From: puppie
2007-11-19 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, the sleeves are too long. Personally I don't love the fabric either -- it gets too wrinkly. You'll look crumpled.

Back when I worked at a place where I had to wear suits every day, I stocked up on the bi-stretch washable pantsuits like this set from JCPenney. JCP in particular has lots of these for cheap -- they're great because they resist wrinkling and you can put them in the washer on delicate and hang to dry -- no dry-cleaning bills.

I think if I had to choose too-big but buttons vs. fits everywhere else but won't button, I'd choose to leave my jacket open. When I wore suits every day I never actually closed the button anyway.

I'm loving the lighter makeup, I think it's more flattering for you all around, and you are right that it's more professional.

Smart thinking, test-driving all this ahead of time!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 06:29 pm (UTC)
The suit you linked to wouldn't work for me because I look terrible in anything that could even loosely be defined as "slacks" or "work pants". My body is just impossible to fit in those. Wearing the jacket open is also not a great look on my body because I have a vast difference between my hips and waist, so I just look huge and boxy in anything that doesn't come in at the waist. For me, the best look is skirts and a jacket that has lots of seaming and comes to just below the waist, because if I have to fit the top part of my body AND the hips, there is no prayer of finding a match until I get the marsupial pouch removed.

It is way more of a challenge finding professional stuff with a non-standard figure than it is finding cute dresses and skirts and jeans to wear other places.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 06:32 pm (UTC)
Of course, the one jacket I do like is almost $50 on sale.
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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-11-19 06:44 pm (UTC)
I like the new lighter makeup. I could never get away with wearing my 'normal' makeup at work. Its a bit conservative here. Actually, I couldn't get away with miniskirts either. *eyeroll*

I think you look very nice dressed professionally, but am personally not a big fan of the plaid. The sleeves are a little too long (not trying to pick you apart here!) but I like the shorter waist jacket on you. I have such a short torso I alwqays go for the longer length jackets, but, like you, I have a small waist and larger hips, so it tends to make me look 'boxy'. Maybe when I'm smaller I'll be able to wear shorter waisted jackets without feeling like a turnip...

Can you wear dress slacks with wider legs? That's the only way I can get away with slacks... it makes me look like a chicken (skinny legs, big top) if I wear tighter pants...

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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 06:46 pm (UTC)
I absolutely hate slacks, and to add to it, they always make my extra skin show too much. A skirt is best for me.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-11-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think lighter eye makeup would be more professional looking--unless you're trying to sell makeup. I've read magazine articles saying that one should completely forego eyeliner during the day, but even I think that's going a bit too far. How about a skirt/blouse combo without a jacket? Have you tried that at all? Do you like it?
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-11-19 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ironically, I read http://lifestyle.msn.com/beautyandfashion/makeupandskincare/articlemc.aspx?cp-documentid=5705632>1=10615 today, and they mention in there that people who are trying to look older wear dark heavy eyeliner and mascara. I'm not calling you old--just a tall black man. LOL
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 09:08 pm (UTC)
My eye makeup IS super light. You have to realize that these photos are on my iMac webcam, which is very contrast heavy. I have very light lashes, so I only have any eyeliner on the top lid, and even that is smudge down so it isn't really dark. I have tried a blouse, but it is very hard to find blouses that fit also, plus, I hate to iron, so I find blouses annoying.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2007-11-19 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the skirts. They hide my ugly tummy way better. Plus I can wear control top pantyhose pulled up around the bottom of my bra.

I like the jacket. I might swap the pearls out for a broach/pin on the lapel of the jacket or something. I'm usually a fan of the jacket/skirt being of the same color and then a contrasting shell underneath. But again now I have only 1 black jacket which I can pair with a few different skirts.

What about a cardigan sweater? Sometimes that's more forgiving than a jacket might be. I tent to button them up about half way so I don't get the boob pull thing.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 09:09 pm (UTC)
I do have a nice cardigan sweater. It's black.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2007-11-19 08:49 pm (UTC)
a tailor will become your best friend if you are quite serious about making a 'professional' impression.

My best friend is a director at Verizon...she hasn't been able to just wear off the rack in years. She is also a size 8 with a D cup though...she said that once she made sure her clothes fit correctly, and were tailored for her, the attention she got professionally was different, and greatly for the betterment of her career.

Just a thought...
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-19 09:09 pm (UTC)
Well, my budget is a bit tight right now. Maybe I could do that for a few things, but not for most of them.
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