This past weekend I had the luxury of going home to Charlotte, NC to watch my boyfriends opening weekend in his last season of college baseball. With being home this included going shopping with my mom. Out of all the shopping I’ve done in my years, this was definitely different.
The reason for this shopping trip being different from every other shopping trip I have been on is for one reason; I was buying a business suit. At this point in my career I had professional clothing, but I didn’t have an official business suit. The first thing Mrs. Justice said in our BUSI 3200 class was you are going to need to have a business suit, so I knew I had to buy one. When going shopping I felt so outside of my comfort zone. I wasn’t shopping for cute clothes to wear out downtown anymore. I was shopping for “grown up” clothes.
When walking through the store, I didn’t know where to start. I was scared to pick something out, because what if it wasn’t right. Thankfully my mom was there to help because she pretty much picked out everything for me. I started out with a black suit that was too big; the blouse underneath was so stiff I looked like a robot. It was awful, and on top of that I looked like a boy. Needless to say, that suit was a no go. As the process continued of trying on all these different suits. The realization that I could be wearing this to work everyday hit me. Do I want to work at a company where I am in a business suit all everyday? That went through my head multiple times during this process. Which is something I would have to look into when investigating the culture of the work environment.
I never realized how uncomfortable suits are. Finally, after searching and trying multiple outfits on, I found two suits that worked. Soon to realize that suits are very expensive. Thankfully they had a sale going on buy one, get one half off — which helped out a lot. But now I am officially making progress towards being a big girl, in the real world. No more wearing a bathing suit to work, being a lifeguard, or a uniform to wait tables. It’s almost time for the real thing. As intimidating and scary it may seem I know I will be prepared for the next interview I receive. I have the professional dress covered from here on out! Now, time to land a job/internship!
Have you had this experience? I’d love to hear about it!! Hope everyone has a great week.