Bonus Tumblarian Tuesday Photo
This is what I wore to work yesterday, and it’s a pretty standard outfit for non-minus-15-degree days. This is what has been “business casual” for my current place of work and my previous one, both academic science libraries.
I’ve brushed my hair (important), I’m wearing my blue cat’s eye glasses instead of my brown hipster glasses, and I’m wearing sterling silver hanging earrings I got from my mom at my MLIS graduation. Earrings are the only jewellery I like wearing and I don’t wear makeup to work.
On top I have a black spandex-cotton tank top from RW&Co over a super-plain bra (key to avoid boys staring at boobage), and a soft wool burgundy cardigan from UNIQLO that I adore.
On bottom it’s grey jeans (though the photo makes them look blueish) with grey old-man cotton socks and Bean boots going to work, where I change into burgundy Bass Weejuns I got off eBay.
The point I’m kind of making here is that I’m not wearing any one thing that makes this a “professional” outfit over a “casual” one, it’s just that I look good, but very neutral. I personally like dressing preppy (I went to a prep school), but I know other people can put a lot more oomph into their outfits and still look the job.
The point I’m trying to make is that I think this outfit is better than wearing clothes that don’t fit you well or aren’t co-ordinated well but fit the checklist of “business casual” (blazer, skirt, pantyhose, heeled shoes…). I have a lot of anxiety over how I dress, so I spend a lot of time thinking about how to meet my priorities (warm, comfortable) within the requirements of the situation (don’t look like an undergrad).