I’ve been saying since New Year’s that 2012 is going to be my year: so far, everything is going according to that plan. Next up on my list is to find a job that doesn’t involve groceries, stocking shelves, and least of all, a uniform of a t-shirt and jeans, something I’ve been wearing to work for the past 4 years. I’ve applied to one job I’m particularly interested in, working as an editorial assistant to one of my favorite web and online magazines, and in an effort to not somehow jinx it, instead of dreaming about what I’ll do if I get the job, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll wear.
While the fields I’m interested in working in likely won’t have particularly strict dress codes, I’ve still always said I would somehow find a way to avoid that “business casual” look. I want to somehow like me, without going too wild. I think it’s all the years of having to wear what others want; if I do get a dream job, I don’t want it to be at all marred by, for example, a black stretch fabric bootleg pant that is just a bit too short, an awkward printed top (with weirdly non-existent sleeves), and an ill-fitting blazer. I’m not totally sure where I got that image from, maybe from all my time spent being bombarded by ads while working in my hometown, middle-class mall (two that come to mind are Anne Taylor Loft and Victoria’s Secret*). At any rate, while I’m not quite letting myself get excited about the specifics of any one job, I am really looking forward to putting together outfits that are both pulled together and creative.
*I’ll admit, I checked these places first when considering workplace wear, and what they’re offering is not at all bad these days! VS is, of course, a little bit sexy for any workplace I imagine I’ll find myself in, but I do appreciate their use of colors beyond navy, black, and tan (1. 2. 3.) Some of the dresses and skirts (1. 2. 3. ) at Loft are pretty fabulous, and would be great on a lazy day (you know the kind, where all you do is toss on a dress and somehow get compliments all day).
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