Toning it down?
Do you ever feel like you should tone your style down a bit? I work in a corporate office where it’s acceptable (encouraged, even!) to wear a polo shirt and khakis every day, so sometimes I feel a bit overdone. Not to mention, I’ve received my fair share of “what the hell are you wearing?” looks. And once, I was walking down the street and two teenage girls literally pointed at my outfit and laughed! I felt like I was 13 again! (Trust me, that was not a good time. I won’t get into details, but those days were filled with coke-bottle glasses and teased/curled/bleached/sprayed bangs.)
How do you balance?
So, I always seem to struggle with maintaining a balance between my personal style (which can be a bit funky) and “professional” clothing, which, according to most people, is limited to boxy navy blue suits and sensible (read: ugly) shoes. Y’all know I will not wear sensibly ugly shoes!
I think I’ve managed to find a compromise above–dark trousers and a fitted sweater in shades of blue balance a vintage tie-neck blouse and wine-colored shoes and belt (thrifted!). Decorative hoops and a camel-colored beret add interest without being too distracting. Now, if I could just get my co-workers to appreciate the finer points of shredded jeans and dominatrix platforms, I’d be all set!
Do you ever feel out of place because of your outfit? Did you tone it down or just say screw ’em?