Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What I Wear to Work

Working in manufacturing is something that I love. Getting up in the morning and making a product that impacts lives makes for a tough day sometimes but there is nothing else that I would rather do. That being said, working in manufacturing has a dress code that I have gotten used to in the past few months. Being that most of my readers want to be in manufacturing (shout out to the emails I got last week), I wanted to share what I usually wear to work!

On a regular day, I have a business casual dress code for work. I usually wear a nice casual shirt with khakis/dress pants or jeans and actual button down shirt. I like to be comfortable enough to walk, squat and get into the business on the floor so wearing things that are flexible to move in is a must for me. I also like to wear outfits that do not show much skin because powder metal gets everywhere and it's usually easier to hide sweat from standing on the manufacturing floor. On our casual Fridays, I wear a t-shirt and jeans but usually dress it up with jewelry or a funkier t-shirt.

For customer visits or business classes or more formal occasions, I usually wear a nice shirt and khakis/dress pants like above. I find that being young and wearing a really professional outfit works in my favor in business meetings or classes with a lot of people older than me in the industry. In all outfits for work, I try to make them exude my style without being too flashy for work. I love to wear peplum style tops or colored pants or printed pants to work because it allows me to be feminine without getting in the way of working on the floor. 

The last sort of category that I have is recruiting events or something where my company is a major sponsor. In that case, I will wear a branded shirt with khakis and bring a fleece or jacket that has our company logo on it as well. I try to make sure that someone who doesn't know me knows that I am associated with our company and can help them as quick as possible. I also love wearing white when I am not at work... Powder metal gets everywhere and it's nice to wear a crisp white shirt every once in a while.

Hopefully, this post gives some insight into how to dress in manufacturing - as always email me if you have any more questions, even the silly ones!

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