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    Default Rules for the navy blue/black combo??

    Is it a total no-no? There's this skirt that I want to buy for my new job:



    It has images of sailboats (ships?) inside the pleats, it's so cute. But I'm torn on shoes, my friend said just wear black shoes but the skirt is navy blue. If I wore it with a blue cardigan set, shouldn't I wear blue pumps or something?

    Also, this is kind of a totally different question but for this new job I guess some of the people that interviewed me were concerned that I didn't wear a suit. I understand that some of their clients will expect me in a suit, but do I seriously have to wear one everyday? Would this skirt with a cardigan set be acceptable? I always thought I had a good idea of what "professional" dress was, but now I'm concerned I don't. I don't want to go out and buy these nice skirts and sweater sets if I should only be wearing suits.

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    Never wear black shoes with navy.....It always looks wrong. try beige or another neutral

    Some jobs always require suits, some never. It does depend on the field. What industry is it?
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    Do I see a reddish or brown hue behind those pleats? A shoe in that colour would probably bring it out!
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    I spotted that too - shoes in that red/brown colour would really work but you'll have to find an exact match. Otherwise go for a neutral stone colour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by o0Amber0o View Post
    Also, this is kind of a totally different question but for this new job I guess some of the people that interviewed me were concerned that I didn't wear a suit. I understand that some of their clients will expect me in a suit, but do I seriously have to wear one everyday? Would this skirt with a cardigan set be acceptable?
    A suit and the cardigan with pants/skirt combo are different animals.

    In my job there are days I can get away with a twinset and pants, but if I have to look "professional," there's no way around a traditional suit. If they expect you in a "suit," they want you in a suit jacket and matching skirt or pants.

    When I first started the job I'm currently in, I wore a suit everyday for a few weeks. After I settled in and got a feel of what similarly situated employees did, I would wear twinset and pants on days I don't have to been seen very much. It's better to err on the side of caution and overdress a tad until you make your impression and get a good feel of the place.
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    There are different shades of navy, and the fabric can have different undertones. For the lightest and darkest shades of navy, I'll wear black pumps. For medium navy that screams "blue blue blue," I can't get away with black pumps - unless my top underneath the blazer is black. Sounds like crap but it can actually work. If you see it on yourself and have the slightest reservation, then it's wrong.

    If you're in an environment where a suit was expected in your interview and your clients will expect a suit, might this skirt be a bit out of place? Perhaps something more conservative, especially as you're just starting there?

    I'm notorious for going too conservative in clothing for work situations, but looking more - and not less - professional generally doesn't require damage control after the fact, so I have no regrets.

    Additionally, I'm young-looking (people's guesses are usually off by a decade) and female, so I've learned I have to up the ante in getting credibility from people who are not reading my work or speaking to me; in other words, I do worry about the first, nonverbal impression (with coworkers as well), because it could make or break a business relationship.

    Did you get a chance to look around at the people in this job? What is the position you ultimately want, and how do those folks dress? How does the person who is evaluating you dress?
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    i don't believe in fashion 'rules' like no blue and black or no mixing brown and black. it can be done. the thing is to do it right. i think you can mix blue and black, the trick is to make it look like you're mixing on purpose, not like you didn't have navy shoes and had to go with black. if you wear a black top with the skirt, and black shoes it would work. i agree it also depends on the shade of blue. some work with black, others don't and you'll know when you put the two colours together.
    you could also wear grey. that skirt would look nice with some dark grey boots or shoes and a grey top.
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    I like the skirt, if that's of any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    Never wear black shoes with navy.....It always looks wrong. try beige or another neutral

    Some jobs always require suits, some never. It does depend on the field. What industry is it?
    If this is true, then someone needs to tell the United States Navy they are committing a fashion faux pas.

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    If they expressed concern that you were not wearing a suit, take your cue. That skirt-while darling-should be shelved in favor of suits(and yes-they can be pretty & sylish) until you are firmly on board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darksithbunny View Post
    If this is true, then someone needs to tell the United States Navy they are committing a fashion faux pas.
    Yes, but they only force the enlisted men to wear black shoes with navy uniforms. Officers get to wear white shoes with dress whites
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    I agree that you should probably save the skirt for weekends until you're settled in (say, a month) and know what the unofficial "dress code" is. You'll be more likely to get away with a funky piece like that if you're in a "creative" environment than if you're trying to chill with the investment bankers.
    If you feel the vibe is right, maybe give it a test-run on a casual Friday with a cute pair of neutral pumps and sleek, office-appropriate shirt. You'll probably be able to tell how it goes down (adorable, chic vs. underdressed, inappropriate) from your coworkers' reactions and choose accordingly.
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    I don't think there are any rules in fashion but for this I'd go with beige.
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    I'd wear something like these:








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    Some work environments that require suits also look down on sling-backs and peep toes.

    Thalia's idea for testing the waters is great.

    How is your job going btw?
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