(I’m so punny, I know.)
Work outfits aren’t a subject that I talk much about, which seems unusual since I have held corporate jobs for a variety of insurance companies since I graduated from university in 2007. The reason, though, is a simple one: I hate dressing for work. After ten years in the corporate world, you might expect that I would have accepted dress codes and blazers as part of my reality, but I haven’t. When I left the office to work from home in 2015, I was most excited about slowly divesting myself of all my pencil skirts.
There are so many reasons that corporate dress codes irk me, from their inherent sexism to the fact that they are applied to all employees of a given organisation, regardless of their role. My jobs have rarely involved regular meetings with clients, but I had to dress for client interaction every day, anyway. And beyond that, it always bothered me that I had to take my personality out of the equation when choosing clothes for the workday. My personal style is a reflection of who I am. And I am not conservative or preppy. And yet, that is exactly what corporate dress codes dictated I must be.
It took years for me to strike a balance between wearing clothes I love while adhering to company dress policies. And although I eventually did, putting together work outfits remained a daily struggle until the end. These days, I own only one pencil skirt – the one I’m wearing in these photos, which I last sported in 2015. After an unexpected meeting recently, I looked back through the remaining work clothes in my wardrobe. I had to admit that I own some beautiful pieces that don’t get enough wear. I will never love pencil skirts or blazers. But I will grant that a good pencil skirt, worn well, does not have to make you look like you’re on your way to a meeting.
When I put this outfit on, it felt like me. A little more dressed up than I usually am these days, I admit, but still. That said, I think that despite the bare shoulders, it could also be work appropriate. (With a strategically placed scarf, if necessary.) This is the look I’ll be reaching for the next time I find myself in receipt of a meeting invitation. And yet, it worked just as well for a Saturday afternoon coffee and pastry date.
What does your daily work uniform look like?
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