What would you wear to work if you had a different job? I used to think about this a lot when styling and working in retail. Oftentimes, I’d admire how a woman coming into the store would wear pressed suits and perfectly buffed shoes. I’d imagine how many suits she must have to fit her position, and if the color would change with the seasons. When seeing someone with a presumably corporate job wear something like a leather skirt, a blouse and boots, I’d wonder what were the circumstances in which they chose not to wear a suit, and opt for something different.
I think part of it is always a lust for the other side. When you don’t have to dress within certain constraints, you—or at least—I, am left wondering what if. Don’t get me wrong, my career allows for many different versions of myself. But in seemingly formal meetings, I always opt for a Doén dress and boots. And usually pick the same thing at night when going out on a date or for dinner with friends. It’s funny how times have changed, and the ground for how style can translate is vast.
I loved playing around with suits over the past year. Of course, my favorites are almost always, vintage. And when not wearing a full vintage one, I mix and match with various patterned trousers.
When it comes to hair I wonder much of the same. While it’s illegal to discriminate against a person’s natural hair, what is considered acceptable for corporate positions? Long ago, you’d never see a woman with braids going straight back, in certain positions. Now, I wonder, has that space changed as well?
No matter the case, it’s fun storing a few things for odd days when I feel like playing a game of what if. And also, knowing they could integrate with my everyday clothes. For instance, I’ve worn these trousers and similar loafers with a basic t-shirt for years!!
What say you?
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