Is it just me or did this week feel really long? It’s probably just me. Our weather is still fairly warm around these parts–not quite in the 90s, but close, which makes it a challenge to dress for the office, which has its own microclimate. The theme (as of late) seems to be the following: quick-drying, light fabrics and relaxed fit. Here’s what I crawled into the office with for this week:
Monday: MUJI wool-cashmere open cable-knit cardigan, Uniqlo Heattech v-neck long sleeved t-shirt, Uniqlo Ultra Stretch jeans in navy
Tuesday: old H&M military jacket (similar), Uniqlo Heattech v-neck long sleeved t-shirt, Uniqlo Ultra Stretch jeans in navy
Wednesday: Lands End Supima Cardigan sweater, old Uniqlo ruffled polka dot chiffon dress (similar)
Thursday: Lands End 3/4 sleeve Boatneck Sailor tee (I had the sleeves hacked off), Uniqlo Ultra Stretch ankle jeans in black, Camper Nina Right flats
Friday: Uniqlo AIRism short sleeved scoopneck tee (not available in US currently), Uniqlo Ultra Stretch ankle jeans in black
Let’s all laugh right now because whoa color! The funny thing about wearing color is by having worn it so sparingly over the past year and a half, it feels like a special occasion every time I do incorporate it into my look. I’ve been told to “be less somber” at work by well-meaning older staff, which is hilarious. There’s nothing like receiving fashion advice from my beloved engineers who are legit #normcore #dadcore.
As I progress with finding my style niche, I find the input I get from my environment is quite informative and at times entertaining. I’ve gotten “angelina jolie” remarks when I’m in my long black skirts, or “schoolgirl” when I’m in the white JCrew sundress from that week. Usually when I get these comments I’m laughing but sometimes it makes me ask–is that an impression I want others to have of me? And how much of my clothing choices ARE influenced by those image stereotypes–see Friday’s scoopneck look up top, which personally strikes a Grease/end-movie Olivia Newton John vibe for me. I’m still debating whether borrowing those notes/vibes are a good thing–I suppose there’s a part of me that wants to feel “French-inspired” by wearing Breton stripes + red.
For those of you reading along, what was the turning point in which you felt secure about the look that you’ve made? Was it a slow realization or a fairly rapid change?