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Women Can Do Tech Casual Too

One of the best things about working at a tech company is the emphasis on being comfortable. Most tech companies don’t require you to wear dresses and suits and are more than okay with jeans and tees.

When I was applying for full-time tech jobs, this was something that I was looking forward to. As someone who doesn’t like to dress up all the time, working at a company that allowed me to be comfortable was important to me. After gathering a few company t-shirts within the first few weeks of working, I began embracing the tech casual lifestyle. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was one of the few women on my floor dressing this way.

As I looked around, I saw many people wearing jeans and tees, but most of those people were men. Most of the women were still dressing up five days a week, which I fully support but I couldn’t help but think if there was a reason for this.

Impostor syndrome is a real thing. Even though I know I am a qualified software engineer, I still doubt myself and feel as if I’m always being graded. I’m sure many others women feel the same way too, so it makes me wonder if women continue to dress up to show that they mean business.

If you love to dress up, then you dress up girl, but don’t ever feel bad for also having days where you want to dress more casual (as long as your job permits of course). As I continue to see more girls and young adults like me get into computer science, I feel proud, and I want us always to feel comfortable in our own skin.

Ladies never feel afraid to let your work speak for yourself. If that means you are coding in t-shirts or if that means you are coding in dresses, just remember that what you wear does not define what you can do. Women can do tech casual too.