I spent nearly a decade in the corporate world, most of the time in business formal dress. I wore suits, nylons, and pumps 8hrs + a day, five days a week.
I’ve spent the last four years, however, sporting a much different look…
Perhaps it was that stark difference in attire that surprised an old colleague when I bumped into her a few times over the last couple months. My current look must have been so drastically different from the professional, polished look I had previously worn so well that she felt compelled to say, “You just look sooo different, and the last couple times that I’ve seen you, I think you’ve been wearing the same thing!”
I have not been wearing the same thing the last few times we’ve seen each other, and who the hell feels compelled to say that?
I just wear several variations of the same thing. It’s sort of my uniform.
It may appear, to the layman’s untrained eye, that I am just haphazardly thrown together each day, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Here are just a few factors that go into my uniform:
1. Comfortable pants – I’m chasing small people, picking them up, running them around, going up and down the steps 743 times a day, I cannot be restricted by my clothing. I typically choose yoga pants which allow me to bend, stretch, run around -and if I’m lucky – sit comfortably throughout the day. Oh, and no, they have never actually been worn to yoga.
2. Effortless hair – If anyone knows me, and has seen my hair in person, they know it is a big hot mess. If I leave it down, by the end of the day I usually have an afro. That would be fine if it were the look I was going for, and also if it was something that I wasn’t messing with all day long. Instead, I wear my hair up, in a messy ponytail, for a trendy, effortless beauty statement….Or maybe it’s because every ponytail I have is messy because so is my hair. Either way, it’s a real thing – I check it’s on Pinterest. People do it on purpose.
3. The right footwear – I’ve got some sweet kicks for running around outside, and my fashionable animal print slippers for indoors. Pumps would be suicide these days.
4. Apron – Obviously worn to keep my yoga pants clean.
5. Accessories – It’s all about the accessories, or so they say, and I couldn’t go a day without some of mine: BIG sunglasses cover BIG bags under the eyes. Extra large coffee mug for drinking copious amounts of caffeine is an essential year round, and I think my hand is starting to conform to the shape of my phone which is on my person enough to be considered an accessory (or an appendage).
6. Housecoat – I technically have a fluffy robe, but any mostly home-bound Mom should have one of these around. I’ve found that it comes in handy for more than just keeping me warm. It’s a great quick cover when someone comes to the door and I’m still bra-less, or when need to chase the dog down the street while I’m still in my pajamas…
I admit, I do look different, but I wonder what this colleague was actually expecting I look like when I mop my kitchen floors?
In case it wasn’t obvious to anyone, I love my job, and I love my uniform.
Do you wear pretty much the same thing every day? What goes into your look? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!