they say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have, and while the job i have is pretty fun and varied, i'm probably not going to get very far in my career if i insist on dressing like a toddler for the rest of my life. i've never had to wear a uniform thankfully; all the jobs i've had have been pretty laid back and casual to a point where jeans and tees - or novelty dresses and fluffy jumpers - are totally acceptable. but. i've started to wonder how seriously clients and employers can take me dressed like that.
i'm lucky that working in media affords you certain luxuries - pink hair and tattoos to name a few, but i'm 32 now, and i'm probably about seven years overdue for a workdrobe overhaul. to be fair, my everyday wardrobe could do with an overhaul of its own - especially considering the fact i really only wear a tiny percentage of the things that are in it. maybe i should take a leaf out of emily gilmore's book and get rid of everything that doesn't bring me joy... or a payrise.
i think there's definitely a grey area when it comes to "work appropriate" clothes, that aren't too corporate or too casual, and a couple of my favourites are really owning that space right now. primark and new look are both currently stocked to the rafters with clean lines and demure lengths, and - to my surprise, a shit load of frills. i've always thought frills were juvenile, and therefore i've always loved them, but now? now they're "on-trend", which means i'm either a) ahead of the curve, or b) so far behind the curve that i'm in that awkward place where your childhood style is back in fashion again.
either way: frills are back in, and i am living my best work life.