The Classy Cubicle: Dressing professional women five days a week
Mary Orton started The Classy Cubicle with the hopes of giving corporate women inspiration and advice on how they can look fashionable, fabulous and classy at the office. And with her killer, put-together style, this is the girl we want to take advice from. Meet Mary …
Where I’m based: New York
How long I’ve been blogging: Five months
Blog/business basics: I love fashion blogs as much as the next girl, but there don’t seem to be nearly enough opportunities in my office to wear feather miniskirts or backless maxi dresses (yikes). The Classy Cubicle is a fashion blog for women that need fashion inspiration when dressing for a professional environment five days a week. Although, a lot of my ensembles are good for work or play!
Other blogs I love: There are way too many — Man Repeller, Brooklyn Blonde, Viva Luxury, Saucy Glossie, Atlantic-Pacific, Seams for a Desire, Wendy’s Lookbook, Sincerely Jules, The Blonde Salad, Suri’s Burn Book …
Guilty pleasure(s): US Politics, Culver’s Cheddar Burgers, NFL Football and 19th Century European Art.
Last thing I bought: A Chipotle Burrito (breakfast of champions)
Have you found that by dressing the part, you are taken more seriously and ready to climb the corporate ladder? No question. By dressing the part, you show your bosses that you have respect for the workplace and take your job seriously. Your appearance in the office is the physical manifestation of your competence and capabilities and can go a long way especially if you’re in a client-facing industry. After working in finance on Wall Street for just a few short years, I recognized the failure of many women to dress the part. While men can rely on their suit-and-tie uniform, women often fail to establish and maintain an equally professional look. I’ve seen countless bright, talented, driven women overlooked at the office because they fail to present themselves in an appropriate, professional way. Regardless of how smart you are, if you’re not presentable to clients at the office, you’re not getting invited to high-level meetings and thus, not promoted. However, too many women think this means you have to dress like a dude or your Aunt Ethel to succeed in corporate America. That’s where I come in…
What is the most common thing you see with women’s wardrobe in the workplace? Women most commonly fall into one of two career-busting categories: sloppy or slutty. The former generally includes women that wear things like leggings, baggy cardigans and tennis shoes to the office to be “comfortable” but end up looking like total slopfests. The latter generally refers to women that don hooker heels, short skirts, plunging necklines and other cringe-worthy ensembles that are geared more towards their aprés-work plans. Despite complaining about being passed over for promotions, too many women fail to realize that they’re shooting themselves in the foot with these kind of get-ups. If you can’t brush your hair and find an appropriate dress that reasonably fits you, why would anyone trust you to comb through the nuances of much more difficult business decisions?
Does your weekend ware stray from your weekday garb? Definitely. When I’m not in the office, I spend most of my time in a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume (Michelangelo, obviously). Unless of course it’s football season, in which case I will be found in full Green Bay Packer regalia like any self-respecting Wisconsin native. Either way it’s very green. Al Gore is my BFF.