Dressing for Success

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about young professionals in Atlanta, it’s their laid-back work dress code.  I first noticed this when I visited Drew at the Engauge office back in June.  Most of the people, Drew included, were dressed in jeans and flats.  In fact, I didn’t see a single suit jacket, tailored dress or high heel pump on the entire floor.  Spending a little over a week in the city, walking around town and people watching, I’ve noticed that this is definitely a trend throughout Atlanta.  I find it a breath of fresh air–people seem focused more on producing good quality work than what they’re wearing.  Don’t get me wrong; people still look very professional and polished here.  It just doesn’t feel so forced, and that’s something I could definitely get used to.

Shirt, Gap. Pants, Gap. Shoes, Old Navy. Laptop carrier, Target. Watch, Charming Charlie. Earrings, JC Penney.

By the end of the day today, I will have had my first two job interviews since moving to Atlanta.  I don’t want to give too many details away, in case I jinx my chances, but I enjoyed not having to don four-inch heels and a skirt with a small slit that forces me to do a little prance, rather than a normal walk.  In fact, my first interview was very informal, taking place in the cafe of a Whole Foods.  I felt extremely comfortable, and confidant, in my casual yet chic outfit.  My interview tonight is actually more of a mixer, and it’s taking place at a bar.  Definitely not what I expected, but it’s definitely up my alley.  Without all the frills, I feel like I can be myself and really have a meaningful conversation with possible employers.  I’ll let my resume, not my Jimmy Choos, do the talking.  And no, I actually don’t own a pair of $600 Jimmy Choos.