What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Shirt: Goodwill $1 Thursday
Skirt: Goodwill, hemmed
Belt: Gift from Sarah
Let’s take a tour around work because it’s dark outside and I haven’t taken any pictures during the day in weeks. There are various surfaces that can hold a self-timing camera when I’ve stayed a bit late and the office is empty, and there’s nothing like corporate lighting and a flash to bring out the best in someone. Here I am in the little locker room. There I am in the lobby. And again in the break room. The clear-front fridges are super useful when you forget where you put your lunch and you can look for it without holding the door open. And finally, here I am in the cubicles. Yep, living the dream.
These are my skirts, all of the ones I wear to the office.
After I wear a skirt I hang it up on the far right side so that I can keep track of when I’m wearing something and try to mix it up a little if I’m repeating too much. Tops don’t receive the same treatment for two reasons: 1) shirts usually get washed after each wearing while skirts can be taken out a few times first, and 2) they’re arranged by color.
Aren’t your skirts arranged more or less by color? I mean, look at that! you say. Nope, that was entirely accidental. My skirts self-selected into warm and cool tones over time.
This is the first time I’ve worn this refashioned tank top and probably the last. The sequins at the neckline and shoulders overhang the fabric and poke a little bit into my skin. Worth a dollar and ten minutes, though, to wear sequined mesh to work. Next up: pleather?
The Before picture is from July. Sure, I tend to take unflattering shots of the Before pieces because it adds to how much better everything looks in the After pictures, but still, there’s definitely some before/after effect in how I look with this one.
I wore this dress to a Sunday morning outdoor wedding, adding a black cardigan off and on as the sun and chill alternated. (65 degrees! Brr!) The tag said Dry Clean Only and I said Yeah no that’s not happening let’s see what happens when it goes through the regular laundry it is mostly cotton after all and the dress said I’m going to get a little bit smaller and lose some of the fluidity in the skirt and otherwise be fine. I might take some of the volume out of the now-bell-shaped skirt, and I’m considering dyeing it to lose the white piping. Decisions, decisions!
Congratulations to Brandon and Wendy, who had a lovely and personal wedding. Best wishes as you begin your marriage.
See how my top half appears to be a different color than my legs? I guess it’s time to start taking pictures somewhere besides my apartment, where winter light slips into the north-facing balcony with reluctance and ignores everything below the patio walls.
I love the color of this skirt from the 50% Saturday sale at Goodwill: a bold teal with indigo cross-stitch embroidery along the bottom. I didn’t do much to it, just narrowed the waistband and took some excess volume out of each side, which in turn brought up the length since it doesn’t sit so low on my hips anymore. $2.50 and 20 minutes well-spent.
I turned 30 on November 2. I’m still testing out how that feels to say. 30! Good-bye, twenties, you will be remembered always.
My manager suggested that our team dress like the ’80s on Monday as a Halloween team spirit thing. I didn’t want to buy anything and I did want to maintain business casual attire. This is what I came up with. The side ponytail and shoulder pads safety-pinned back into the blouse emphasized the ’80sness of what could otherwise pass for normal day attire.