What I Wore to Work Today: Fri, Nov 26
Velour hoodie: Goodwill
This is as close to showing up at the office in a velour tracksuit as I could reasonably manage. About half the people were gone because they gave themselves a four-day weekend with Thanksgiving, and the rest of us half-heartedly pretended to work (the lucky few with actual work to do had an easier job of it) until a senior manager said we could go home at 1:30 or 2:00 depending on what time we arrived in the morning.
When sprung free from work I participated in Black Friday shopping: Joann Fabric to stock up on 75% off flannel for future quilt backing and buy-one-get-one-free thread. I also spent $98 together on new running shoes and tall black boots at the Famous Footwear next door, which was a bit of a shock for somebody who rarely pays more than $20 for a pair of shoes. I actually left without buying anything, then went back after the trip to Joann. They didn’t have my size of boots at this location, so they’re shipping them free to my house. I’m hoping they fit and I’ll wear this pair for 7 years, just like my last pair of boots.
This belted satiny-polyester button-down shirt has no give and sometimes pulls at the middle button, so I wore it before I began my Thanksgiving food gorging.
What I Wore to the Show:
Dress: Gift from Sarah
Belt: Gift from Sarah
Last Friday I went to a club with my brother and a few other people for a show with some talented DJs. I wore this outfit, recreated after the fact for pictures, and felt like I had forgotten to put on pants because it’s short and lightweight. The dress came out of the dryer shorter than it was when it entered the laundry, so it wasn’t quite this short when I wore it Friday. I’m planning to wear the dress to a Hanukkah party on Thursday followed by Trivia Night at the bar across the street, and I think I’ll add black tights for modesty’s sake. I wonder if I even own black tights. If not, it’s off to Target with me!
What I Wore to Work Today: Mon, Nov 22
Shirt: refashioned Goodwill
I felt quite preppy wearing this outfit today: a green and white striped button-down tucked into a navy blue skirt with large white buttons. I was going to hem the skirt an inch or so shorter and instead went to sleep. I’ll shorten it before next time.
I’ve been wanting a short sequined skirt for over a year now, almost buying one from J.Crew for something like $85 last year. I came across this black one at Goodwill at the end of the summer and recently refashioned it into my size. It’s knit, so seamless except where I took it in down one side, and covered with rows of sequin trim, and isn’t going to hold up indefinitely. It stretched out during the first wash and needs to be taken in again. I covered the inside seam with stiff ribbon I had lying around because the cut edge of the sequin bits were really pointy, and it ended up kinda bulky so I’ll use a lighter satin ribbon next time. I got compliments on this outfit from multiple parties when I wore it to karaoke night.
I don’t have a before photo. Picture a larger tube hanging down to my knees, barely holding onto my hips because it’s too big.
I had a drawer full of t-shirts that I didn’t wear and I’m trying to pare my possessions to items I either actually use or are deeply meaningful to me. I decided to refashion them into the size and fit of my every-weekend-plus-then-some Goodwill t-shirt. While I discovered after the first one that the Michigan State shirt is stretchier than the other materials and I couldn’t quite figure out how much extra to cut in order to approximate the same amount of movement, I like them quite a bit.
I celebrated my sewing triumph with a run while wearing one. As I mentioned a long time ago, I’m doing a half-marathon in January and in theory have been “in training” since last winter, which didn’t mean much beyond going for a run every few months. Suddenly January is just around the corner and I’m still barely squeezing past two miles. I registered today, paid my money, and marked the “plan to walk/run” box with an estimated finish time of 3:25. There’s a 4 hour cutoff, so if I can keep up an 18-minute-mile pace for 13.1 miles I’m totally gonna do this thing. Right now my tentative plan is to run 2, walk .25, repeat. I’ll find out how it goes when I add another mile to my route on Thursday (before the hours of Thanksgiving eating) and then another this weekend.
Am I wearing SpongeBob SquarePants pajama pants in the last pictures? Yes. My mom gave them to me several years ago because they were soft and even though I haven’t seen the show or the movie and I just turned 29 without any small children in my life, I enjoy wearing my SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas. They’re quite comfortable.
No before picture of the CrossFit shirt, I had already messed with it previously and just improved my work. I wore it to the gym today and one of the owners said, “Hey, cool, nice hacked version of our shirt! I like what you’ve done, you look badass!”
What I Wore to Work Today: Fri, Nov 19
Tshirt: Old Navy
What I Wore to Work Today: Thu, Nov 18
Sweater: Old Navy
Belt: Gift from my friend Sarah
Necklace: It was my grandmother’s
I wore an outfit of all neutrals with just the turquoise stone in the necklace as a point of color, which isn’t even visible in these pictures. Later that night I went to a trivia night at the local bar that is apparently becoming my new go-to place for nighttime carousing — my team was winning after the first half and then finished just behind third place, we’ll be back in two weeks for a rematch — switching out the shoes and belt for my old black boots and a studded black belt, also from Sarah. (I have so many belts now! Thank you!)
This was the skirt that made me realize that I can easily alter and refashion skirts as I desire. I bought this skirt at Charlotte Russe maybe 4 or 5 years ago and gradually stopped wearing it when I realized it was too big after I lost a bit of weight, and it had always been too long probably. I pinned up the hem, took in the side, and let it sit my Mending/Alterations bin for maybe a year. When I fixed it up last spring, I realized that almost any skirt could be adjusted similarly and my next 50% Off Saturday trip to Goodwill would be a whole new experience.
Since that epiphany, I have raised the hem on this classic black pencil skirt, resized this one and this one from Goodwill, refashioned this gift from a friend, and added a black sequin skirt to my wardrobe after making some adjustments (no pictures yet).