I have to update the way I look, it’s just the way it is. I haven’t had to get out there and network the way I’ve needed to, and since I’m dealing with an image-conscious industry, I have to look the part. So while I research what people are wearing in the workplace these days, I thought I’d pay tribute to the styles I would wear if given a choice.
Look Number One: Lady Suffragette
First, why “lady?” I’ll admit it, it just sounded better/funnier/more memorable. But damn, I would wear the heck out of the outfit on the right. Why? She’s wearing a long skirt, so she doesn’t have to deal with the bare leg debate. That tailored jacket is to die for in any era. The hat shows a lot of flair, too, but doesn’t look too overdone. And finally, I’m pretty sure that my fashion heroine is wearing either short boots or brogues as footwear. I love brogues. My square toddler feet love them, too.
Look Number Two: Georgia O’Keeffe
Lady knew the art of simple dressing. Everything she ever wore was understated and drew attention to her face. She never wore anything that wasn’t comfortable. It looked effortless, but the eye for detail is clear in the clothes she chose — stark white accents on black, an intricate belt, a well-shaped collar.
O’Keeffe also has a minimalist face, which I also admire. I love that hair pulled back severely, no-makeup, focus-on-the-features look. (Think Irish nun, or Lilith from Cheers.) You’re putting it all out there, but there is a defiance about it, at least to me. This is also called, “The Look That Makes Both My Mother and Daughter Despair.”
O’Keeffe kept a version of this look for most of her life, occasionally softening it for special occasions.
Look Number Three: Anonymous Post-Apocalyptic Survivor
Love it. It’s comfortable, practical, and seasonless. There is some drama with the longer bits of clothing that would flutter in the winds blowing across the wastelands. I would wear this constantly, hood up.
So what does this all say about me? First, that I like simple clothes and sturdy shoes. Second, that even if the clothes themselves aren’t dramatic, they are worn by dramatic people, or by people doing dramatic things. So maybe I don’t need to update my wardrobe, I need to update my profession to…
Beekeeper. And for formal occasions, I can dress it up with a pin.