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I went shopping for work clothes the other day for almost an entire afternoon and found NOTHING, it was amazing really. I went to department stores, mall stores, finally the nice stores up at bradley fair (ann taylor, talbot's) and maybe I was shopped out by then but I still just hated everything in the stores.

when you're not finding anything, it gets increasingly annoying being greeted by overly perky salespeople. "Hi how ARE you! Can you believe how nice a day we're having! What are you looking for today? Let me tell you about our specials in 5000 words or less!" zomg

Is it just me or are clothes being "titled" past their importance a bit these days? How many shirts in the world can really be called "essential"? Also pretty presumptuous to assume that you can create my "favorite t" - that's for me to decide, thanks.

one store had the "ultimate weekend shirt" - ultimate, really? and I have a weekend shirt. It's a grimy old t-shirt I sleep in that says "Kansas State Fair 2005". It does not need a $40 replacement. do people really go shopping for clothes to relax in?

It made me remember that episode of strongbad emails where he lists "giving chocolate deserts dangerous names" as one of the top items on his "bottom 10". chocozuma's revenge. chocolardiac arrest.

anyway here's the issues I have with current styles:

1) I feel like maybe most people buying summer clothes are buying them for the beach or the club, not their office job, so the work clothes sections are pretty sparse.

2) There's this trend of big loose flowy tops that's really not working for me, maybe short people can get away with that "cute short girl in a big shirt" idea but as a tall woman I just feel like a linebacker.

3) I surveyed the crowd at this year's SWE conference and we were undecided about whether sheer tops over a cami were an acceptable professional choice for the workplace. Anything where you can see straps, people said, is questionable. I don't want to be questionable.

4) I am still trying to buy natural fibers like cotton, avoid polyester and rayon, and acrylic is on my all-out boycott list.

When I got home I ordered some basics from penny's because they have tall sizes in plain cotton button shirts, which I'll just use as my go-to. I don't need all tall size tops, with short sleeves it doesn't matter much, but putting in "tall" as a filter reduces my choices a bit so I just shrug and go with the simple. I won't be terribly stylish, but acceptable is a good enough goal.


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Jun. 15th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
Did you see this when it made the rounds a couple of months ago? If I were still working, I think I'd sign up for this idea in a heartbeat.


Jun. 16th, 2015 07:53 pm (UTC)
hah, love it. although I don't know how I could decide that one shirt is THE shirt for me. I don't love any shirt that much.

if I do, then what the hell sure I'll wear it every day.
Jun. 15th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Loft? You'd hafta go online or to KC, as I don't think Wichita has one, but they have normal business clothes in tall sizes. It's pricey (I guess...I think it's standard for business clothes.) but quality.

I used to wear sheerish tops (thin material in a light color) with a cami as a judicial clerkship and was complimented. However I always wore a jacket or cardigan too. I think it's fine, though as people get older they're given less leeway.
Jun. 16th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
We do have loft in wichita but I didn't know they had tall sizes online! will check those out. I've gotten some shirts from them in the past, not bad.
Jun. 18th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
The only other thing I can think of is Nordstroms, which is quite a drive and is very expensive, but if your size is consistent you might as well invest. This site had some good options for true business/business formal, including this list of like, every fit and flare dress on earth. http://corporette.com/2015/06/15/fit-and-flare-dresses-for-work/#more-50513
Jun. 18th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
OH! And I just remembered: eshakti.com

They'll customize everything, length, sleeve, size, neckline, for an extra $7.50. They also take your height into account for free. And not everything is crappy polyester.
Jun. 15th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
I wear quite a bit of flowy kind-of-sheer or very-tight-mesh (um loose fabric but in a tight mesh) with a cami underneath and of course a bra underneath the cami. But then again, I work in a sausage factory, wait I mean with developers, so the environment is extremely casual and usually I'm the one who looks the most dressed up.

Man, I remember starting work in the early 1990s where 'business casual' was a *gasp* skirt and a sweater and not a business suit, but yet we still had to wear nude hose with it. Those were the days! Those were the days that I DO NOT MISS AT ALL.
Jun. 16th, 2015 02:11 am (UTC)
Do you have an H&M? I went there a month or so ago and walked out with waaaaaaay too much, but I love every bit of it.
Jun. 16th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
For H&M I have to go to KC.

I love it for the kids clothes but for adults, I haven't found much for me. Everything is cut short, and NOTHING is cotton or natural fibers. All the sweaters are acrylic, all the shirts are drapey polyester, I have a hangup about that.
Jun. 16th, 2015 02:12 am (UTC)
I feel that most clothes is for the office and not for casual activities involving chasing children or getting licked by dogs. There are a lot of patterns going on in clothing. I will not buy pants that have patterned prints.

The most terrible thing that I saw the other week were loose tops with very fitted arms. What is going on here? It is either loose or fitted. It is not both at the same time. For those days when a flying squirrel is your spirit animal.
Jun. 16th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
I found a copy of InStyle in the library magazine swap rack (InStyle and Vogue are my reading weakness but I never, ever buy them) and am finding my head exploding at the concept of a $128 t-shirt. WTF?!? How is it so different from a $15 one? And it doesn't even have Grumpy Cat on it!
Jun. 16th, 2015 07:53 pm (UTC)
grumpy cat would NOT approve of a $128 tshirt!

I'm with you - for that price, it'd better be more than a t-shirt. self-cleaning? bluetooth enabled? I can't even imagine what would make me pay that much.
Jun. 16th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
I wear sheer-ish tops not over a cami, but over tank tops with really wide straps so you can't see the bra straps? If that makes sense. I have some really cute tanks that aren't like, cheapo looking, so that helps. OTOH I haven't bought any for a while so maybe those are "out" now too.

I've been doing a lot of shopping at modcloth.com they have some really cute stuff. Not sure it'd work for you but they seem to do a good job at making things for a reaaaaallly big variety of body types, which is pretty unusual. My tall officmate (not quite as tall as you but not that far off) and I can both shop there. And you know I'm short! ;)

It seems like the 'mall' stores go through this cycle where I like things for about 6 months and then hate things for about 6 YEARS. ;)
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