I've touched on this topic before but was reminded of it again this week when I was blog-surfing and stumbled upon where a gal showcased some of her outfits for the work week - that involved flippy leather minis, tight lace minis and pretty much everything else with the word "mini" involved. She mentioned that she had an office job and some people would deem her style inappropriate, but - "I do me."
I don't know whether or not it is the Cancer in me that always wants to have the approval of others, but part of me was kind of irked initially at that comment - What do you mean "you do you?" Don't you care? And then after some more thought, another part of me was kind of envious at her confident attitude.
I've always erred on the side of conservative when it comes to dressing for work, events, whatever. Interviews mean suits. Corporate events where I may be meeting with top brass or representing the company means suit separates. Everyday office wear is easy for me - business casual means skirts and dresses and heels (I think my office mates would describe my style as "quirky" considering my love for color and pattern), though I won't ever wear anything too revealing or sloppy. Weekends are ...well it depends on the activity. But I am almost always appropriately dressed, whether it be going hiking or shopping or hanging around.
So I guess part of that for me stems from the whole "approval" thing again and wanting to always look appropriate. And pretty. ("Appropriate" in my book has nothing to do with getting dressed up. I may be putting something on just for a casual picnic in the park, but my idea of picnic dressing doesn't involve flip flips, if you know what I mean).
That's just how I am. I like to fit in (but still kind of standout, you know). That's how I was raised, that's what works for my work environment and my life. But I admire the confidence of someone who can completely dress for themselves regardless of what others think.
How do you do you when it comes to dressing for certain situations? Do you play it safe or dress how you feel regardless?
Dress: F21 linen fronds (worn here - sim, sim, sim, pricey)
Necklace: ON ethnic statement (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Bracelets: F21, Target, J.Crew (sim, sim, sim, sim)
Wallet: Kate Spade (sim, sim, pricey)
Shoes: Jack Rogers via Anthropologie whipstiched akebia (sim, sim, strappy, pricey)
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