As much as I like to get creative / expressive about how I dress during my free time, I’ve been learning more and more toward the “outfit uniform” concept for work. And this week feels like an especially timely point to discuss what tipped the scale toward “just do it” (wait, is that phrase taken?).
I have a lot to think about at work that has nothing to do with fashion. As much as I enjoy getting dressed, like cooking, I really only enjoy it when I can afford the time to slow down and enjoy it. Which isn’t typically on workday mornings. I subconsciously started dressing in a quasi-uniform fashion earlier this year. First I bought this jacket, then these shoes, then these pants. It was actually a conversation that emerged out of the most recent purchase, the pants, that really made me think.
I told a friend that I’d nearly started dressing in a uniform for work and I really liked the way it was so easy. Plus I liked what I was wearing every day, and I was saving time! “For a guy,” he said, “that would be normal. But for a girl, that just seems…weird.” While I appreciate his candid reaction, it certainly revealed a pretty serious double standard for the physical appearances of men and women in the workplace. Men have to look presentable. Women have to look presentable AND INTERESTING IN A WAY THAT VARIES FROM DAY TO DAY.
Nothing brings out the defiant side of me like feeling the invisible hand of The Patriarchy trying to keep me in a prescribed box. You can see me in a pretty dress and heels when I feel like it, and most likely, that won’t be at work, because what the hell does that have to do with the quality of my professional output?
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