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!

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27 comments for “A New Job Means Some Changes for SSC

  1. May 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how you adapt business casual to your Rockstar style!

  2. Bre Dale
    May 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Don’t even stress it! I work in that same environment and you would be surprised at how much you can still be you and embrace your own style! As for blogging deadlines- life happens! We all try to post as much as we can but if you can’t, you can’t. We’ll still be here in the meantime! Good luck at the new job 🙂

    • May 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Yea, I was looking through my closet this past weekend and mentally-noting what I should be able to wear. Tops I’m very likely good on. It’s the bottoms that are going to be a challenge. The good news is, I have plenty of skirts and dresses that will help get me thru warmer weather.

  3. May 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Congratulations on your new job. Change is always a mix of good and bad – you just have to make the good come out on top.

  4. May 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Congrats on the new job. I haven’t had to wear dress pants for about 10 years! And I haven’t a clue where to get them in my area any longer. Thankfully I work at home and don’t have a dress code. Good luck on finding your new wardrobe for the new job!

    • May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Same here! It’s been about 6 years for me, so yea. Fortunately, there are quite a few places around here, and I’ve gotten 2 pairs–one at H&M and one at GAP–that will suit my style and a nicer office environment. I have my eye on a pair at Target as well.

  5. May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Best of luck with the new job. I’m sure you will still be very stylish and rock some great looks!

  6. mel
    May 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Oh how exciting!!!! Best of luck! How amazing!

  7. May 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    First off, way to go on the new job. I understand the anxiety you are feeling, but how great for you! I am sure you will figure it all out including the wardrobe changes and schedule for blogging.

  8. Jenna Wood
    May 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I haven’t worn dress pants in about 6 years myself, going back to that kinds of business attire can seem a bit suffocating at first!

    • May 13, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Suffocating! That’s a really good way to put it, actually. Hopefully, though, now that I understand what kind of stuff I feel “me” in, I don’t have to worry about it as much.

  9. May 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Good luck with the new job. The company I work for is Business Casual, but I guess it depends where you are in the building.

    • May 13, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Haha I was at a company where “business casual” meant different things in different departments. It was odd…

  10. May 13, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Congrats on the new job! Enjoy putting together the new wardrobe, how fun. 🙂

  11. May 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Good luck Rachel. You know we support you and can’t wait to see what you come up with for BENT office casual!

  12. May 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Congrats on the new job! It will be a blast!

  13. May 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Congrats on your new job!! I am sure you will still find a way to rock office wear 🙂

  14. June 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    congratulations on the new job!

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