The office where I work has a business/casual dress code. Typically khakis and blouses/shirts and flat shoes. I've never been comfortable dressing this way in an office setting. For the past two years I have tried the business/casual attire and usually end up checking myself and fidgeting all over the place. Therefore, I've decided to buck the trend and dress how I feel most comfortable.
This month I started dressing more like myself in skirts, dresses, some pants, pretty blouses and heels (not stilettos, just heels). As a result, I feel prettier and more confident. I like to describe my look as corporate with a slight edge.
I've been getting a lot of compliments about how I dress. Last week I wore a gray tweed shift dress along with black leather over-the-knee boots. One of my office mates gave me a compliment just as Annoying Coworker walked by (honestly, her timing is impeccable). Her comment was "Yeah, BeagleMommy, you've been dressing more (loooooong pause) interesting." The tone of voice she used was quite condescending.
My response "Thanks. That's what I was going for." Thank you ehell!