My new internship is really amazing, but everyone who works in my division (well, in the entire damn wing lol) is male. its a federal job so professional dress is necessary at all times, which is fine.
the only issue is that a lot of my professional wear includes pencil skirts (all knee length) and professional tops with the occasional lace and sheer layer, even frills :p I don't have any accurate examples of the skirts, but the sheer top is somewhat like this (only more opaque) link link
i'm relatively broke, but if that doesn't sound professional enough I'd find the money somehow lol. To each interview I work skirts and they hired me; I did not get any weird looks or anything... but I'm still unsure.
so are skirts and feminine things unprofessional in situations like mine?
- Its okay, but I would buy pants and wear those more often.Vote A
- Its fineVote B
- I would see that as unprofessionalVote C
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I had an internship at a sound studio where I was the only girl, and I felt out of place wearing anything feminine, so I never did. Then they brought in two other girls who did dress more feminine, and they treated them so much better than me. I wouldn't have been comfortable wearing skirts or dresses all the time (that wouldn't be professional at a sound studio), but I realize now that trying to blend in with the guys worked against me. In fact, studies show that women who show more feminine traits in the workplace get treated better by male coworkers than women who take on a more masculine role. So, as long as your skirts aren't too short/tight and your tops aren't provocative, go with it. It's still professional, it's what you like, and it passed the interviews.2