A New Job Means Some Changes for SSC

I snuck a comment in last week’s Random Outfits post about accepting a job offer recently.  It was pretty subtle, and you might have even missed it.  Recently, after some intense internal dialogue, soul-searching, and discussion with my husband, I made the decision to forward my career and have accepted a job at a new company.

It’s a big change, and I’m moving from a company that feels like family (I’ve been with them 7 years this month), to unfamiliar territory.  While I’m confident I’ll fit in and enjoy both the company and the work I’ll be doing, it’s still like standing in line for a roller coaster.  You’re not sure what to expect while you’re waiting, but you know once you strap in it’s going to be scary, exhilarating, and fun all at the same time.

What’s that mean for SSC?

Don’t worry, Suburban Style Challenge is staying right where it is!  My new job is still in the ‘burbs, and is actually a little farther west.  So I’ll still be searching for suburban thrift shops, boutiques, and whatever else, and I’ll still be doing much of the same stuff I normally do.

The most dramatic change you’ll see is that the new job is not as lax when it comes to wardrobe.  The dress code at the new place is “business casual”, and while it seems to be a fairly laid back company, jeans are very likely not going to be frequent flyers in my weekday wardrobe any longer.  The last time I bought dress pants was over 7 years ago.  My first job was business casual, and this job started that way and became more casual as the years went by, which meant that when I updated my work wardrobe, I could buy things I would wear outside the office as well.  On “dress up” days here, I typically wore a skirt or a dress, so I own just a couple pairs of dress pants, and let’s face it.  They’re dated.  I’ll be able to get buy, hopefully, for a few months on what I do have–a plethora of skirts, dresses, and a couple pairs of nicer pants.  But I’m definitely going to be updating my wardrobe as I get used to the new environment and see what others in the office are wearing.

On the plus side, while I’ll have to add some nice pants to my wardrobe, I won’t have to worry much about shoes.  (Wait, is that really a plus?  Hmm… I’ll have to think about that.)  For quite some time I’ve had my own workplace rules, and have tried to avoid wearing sneakers to the office, and it’s one I’m quite glad I’ve done.  Lots of folks here wear gym shoes to the office, and at some point, I did too.  I stopped though, and while I’ve worn them a handful of times since, I’m glad that I’m not used to sneakers and have to make the sudden switch to nice shoes and heels.  That, I imagine, would be tough.

I might also have to tone my wardrobe down a little.

While my current coworkers are used to my unique style and often daring outfits, changes are, the folks at the new job won’t be.  As a creative, I can typically “get away” with more than the average office worker.  However, I’m still smart enough to realize that at first, I should probably dress a little more on the conservative side and gauge things like what other coworkers wear, the general office environment (in terms of temperature), and the culture at the new place.

And just because I might not be able to get away with galaxy leggings and beat-up combat boots, or some of the other things I’ve worn here at my current job, I can assure you that I won’t turn into a boring office drone.  It is my promise that, along with this new job, I will continue to stay true to my Rock Star style profile, and that I’m looking forward to taking it and making it a little more professional.

And it will likely mean restructuring my time.

My new job is closer to home, and I’ll have the luxury of going home for lunch because of that.  I might have more time to blog during the day (as opposed to whenever I feel like it after work), or plan outfits, or… who knows!  As I get used to my new role, the shorter commute, and everything else, I imagine when I blog will be changing.  I’m still going to try for 2-3 posts a week, but hopefully I can get back into doing some deeper stuff, and less… easy stuff.

My intention this year, as you know if you read my New Year’s Resolutions, was to post 3 times a week.  I’ve totally failed at that, spare a few weeks here and there that I’ve managed to do it.  Between the sick dog, some long hours at my current job, and the recent job search, I haven’t had the time or the energy to write the kind of posts I really want to.  I have a ton of drafts sitting waiting to be finished, and some waiting to be started, with links to things that have inspired me over the past few months.  I’m hoping that this new job will open me up a little, and give me the time to sit down and write more.

In the meantime, thanks in advance for your patience.

This change is a big one for me, and it’s been an emotionally-taxing, scary-but-in-an-exciting-way ride.  I’m looking forward to the new job, the responsibilities and opportunities that come with it, and where it will take me professionally.  I’m also looking forward to where it will take me style-wise as well, and I can’t wait to share the challenges that a new, more grown up wardrobe will be presenting me as I get used to a new workplace, new rules, and new culture.

So hang on folks, and enjoy the ride!