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ways to wear: black tee at work

Tom loves the WSJ. I find it to be a miserably dull little paper (except for Rachel Bachman in the sports section, love her) with its stupid little drawings, and no, my resentment has nothing to do with the fact that I don’t understand 90% of the subject matter inside it. Anyway, the WSJ covers fashion but in the tone of an intellectual talking about tv–the paper wants you to know it’s slumming. Maybe that’s why the fashion in the WSJ always seem two seasons behind. Just the casual observation of someone whose wardrobe is 80% J. Crew. I can only imagine how lame the paper feels to someone who actually knows something about clothes.

Point being, you know the power suit is well and truly dead when the WSJ says it is. A few weeks ago they ran a story on the death of the power suit, accompanied by photographs of some hideous alternatives. I have suits for court, but I hate them. They are uncomfortable, hot, and mannish, even when there is a skirt involved. ESPECIALLY if there is a skirt involved. I don’t know why that is, but it just is. Plus, people think suits are easy to coordinate, but they aren’t. I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to put under the suit that won’t make me look like a corporate drone, and it’s usually for naught.

Give me separates any day, especially cheap ones. I bought a slinky but fitted crewneck at the Gap a couple months ago and have been wearing it to work a lot. It was actually at Gap Body and on sale, so I have a nagging suspicion that it’s actually the top half of a pajama set. Whatever. Anything to avoid wearing a suit.

No one at work is going to give you a hard time about wearing a maxi. At worst they will think it looks weird, but look, genius is never understood in its own time. And long skirts are genius, because they are elegant, offhand, and comfortable–all at the same time.

Paperbag waists look so cute but I find them challenging. Cinching with a neon belt makes it a little easier.

Black with navy: do it. These shoes: buy them. They are walkable and not hideous, which IMO is the best you can hope for in a work pump. This pose: not serious. Happy Tuesday.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. ok, i really can leave work now for the weekend, but i just wanted to get one last post read before i bounced. you’re adorbs. 🙂

    July 13, 2012
    • i’m happy you wasted time with me. and thank you. 🙂

      July 13, 2012
  2. Mr. David I. Bean #

    I know that we men aren’t entitled to complain because we don’t go through much to look half way decent, but here I go anyway. We can’t get away with wearing anything that resembles a t-shirt to work. Wish we could. I do praise JahAlmighty that choking ourselves with ties has become required less frequently.

    May 29, 2012
    • i don’t know what to tell you, david. except this: at least you aren’t expected to wear a thong every day of your life, to prevent VPL. and…checkmate

      May 29, 2012
  3. Hate suits. Never wore them until I got promoted to VP about six years ago. Then I wore them exclusively (and was miserable) for about four years. I finally went back to separates (with a lot of cardigans, or blouses without jackets but with fun scarves and/or funky jewelry) and I’m so much happier. I work in a pretty conservative industry so trying to be “fashion forward” cuts against the grain, but I haven’t been fired yet.

    May 29, 2012
    • promotions inevitably bring bad fashion, joan. hence, boss wear.

      May 29, 2012
  4. High fives for black and navy. It can be done!!

    May 29, 2012
  5. Fia #

    Outfit number 2 is my favorite 🙂

    May 29, 2012
    • thanks fia. it’s comfortable. i give big points for comfort.

      May 29, 2012
  6. Sonya #

    looking good! (as always)

    May 29, 2012

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