I've been working at my machine shop now for 3 years part time while going through school. I graduate December 21st and start full time there as a Manufacturing Engineer December 23rd. Only over the past few months have I really got into style and dressing more professional, but I don't know I can continue that in my machine shop. You see we aren't some little shop that machines clean aluminum, we manufacture A/C compressors from cast iron castings. Some weighing up to 6 tons! The air always smells like coolant, there is oil all around. Even in the engineer office where I have my own desk there is still that lingering odder. I do spend much of my day in the office, but most days I spend anywhere from an hour to all day in the shop. I am worried if I start bringing any of my garments/shoes into the facility they will be ruined by the environment. Lets say my pea-coat, just to wear that into the shop in the morning and hang next to my desk, it will get the same smell the shop does. Or if I brought a bag of clothes to change into after work, not only will the bag develop the smell but my skin gets oily from the environment through the day. I live 20 minutes from the shop so a 40 minute round trip seems crazy if I want to go into town and sit at a coffee bar of lounge. Any advice on mixing my style/clothes with my work environment? A glimpse of the shop, you can see 2 of the 20+ CNC's we have in the shop, I do love my job!