Ask Belle: Dressing Up at the Office
Oct 21, 2010
Have you noticed a style hierarchy in your office? I’m a Staff Assistant, and I’d like to start wearing suit jackets (instead of cardigans), but one of our LAs doesn’t even wear them! Is there an unspoken rule about not dressing more professionally than the higher-ups?
Thanks for your advice – and for continuing to post with consistency. Much appreciated.
While I wouldn’t recommend wearing Chanel if everyone else is wearing Zara, I don’t see anything wrong with raising the bar a bit.
If the senior staffers in your office choose not to wear a suit or a blazer, that is their business. I don’t always wear blazer because I prefer dresses, so it’s not that unusual for staffers to skip the jacket. But since the understood dress code is professional attire, you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable about dressing up. I certainly wouldn’t mind if my Staff Asst. was wearing a suit and I was in a cardi.
I highly doubt that your betters will lecture you for trying to bring a bit of professionalism to the front desk. So I say, go for it.
It’s important to note, however, that this advice doesn’t apply to the campaign trail. Your don’t want to be dressed better than your candidate/Member when he or she is out on the stump. But dressing a bit more professionally than your co-workers while in the confines of the Hill, should be fine.
What do you ladies think?