Why style is not frivolous + let's talk cute work outfits9:16 PM
Fact: Style is not frivolous.
It's a proven scientific fact that how we present ourselves to the world affects how the responds back to us.
Style: It's science, yo.
In all honesty, this is not something I live everyday. I'm a graduate student, have 2 university jobs, volunteer my time for several organizations, and am trying to get my jewelry line off the ground. I do not generally have a ton of time to spend thinking about outfits or my hair.
But after a recent week spent in a major funk, I've vowed to do a number of things to get back in touch with myself and my goals, including getting back on the style train. I've written before about how I admire style bloggers for their willingness to lay themselves and their style bare for the internet and it is really something I want to carve a little more time out for each week.
And so, in that spirit, my work attire from today!
Top: Forever 21 /// Jeans: Loft /// Boots: Steve Madden from ages ago
Work can be a place of passivity when it comes to style - the goal is often to look "professional" rather than looking like ourselves and I've had a hard time finding a professional-self balance in my new role as graduate student and educator.
My worst fear in the ENTIRE WORLD when I was younger was to grow up and wear boring clothes. This is true: I actually used to have nightmares about this.
My tactic lately to avoid yawns is to mix in slightly rougher, tougher pieces into my everyday professional gear. So, while I may be wearing totally normal khaki skinnies and a conservative chiffon blouse my well-worn-in fringed leather boots give my outfit something a little bit more "me". While the me of two years ago would have been wearing these boots with cut-offs and some sort of hippy-tastic vintage top, I'm trying to learn how to channel that energy into more serious outfits.
What are your thoughts on non-boring work outfits? Is there a wild-child in you busting out at your pencil skirt seams?
Love and happy work-dressing!