Who, What, Wear: 8 to 4 is the new 9 to 5

After years of grooming dogs I found myself in a fashion rut.  I didn’t see a need to shower for work, or style my hair.  I wore old man tees and sweatshirts to the salon and came home to slip into my pjs.  Well… that hasn’t changed, I do love me some pjs (I’m trying to break out of that habit).  So when I changed jobs to a position that forced me to not only shower but dress business appropriate, it took some getting used to.  I spent the first few years reluctant to shop for work clothes, convinced I could get by on a few items in heavy rotation.  But once it became apparent that this job was a long term affair, as well as the bump from part-time to full… it became time to give in to fashion. In the last year I’ve been shopping more for work than for personal, but in recent months I began only purchasing items that could work for both.  I love being able to go from work to class, or work to hanging out with friends.  I’m also working on making these items more comfortable, to eliminate post work pajama parties.  Since taking on more hours and a transfer closer to home I had packed on about 20lbs, which unless you understand how grotesquely thin I was beforehand you’ll wonder where exactly I’m hiding it.  Trust me, its all there.  This year I also purchased my first one piece bathing suit since elementary school. Comfortable clothes are nice, especially when you stubbornly hold on to your size twos as if you should still be buying those. Oh, they’ll fit right again soon, trust me (I joined the gym back in July and have gone twice, don’t trust me).

Last week one of my co-workers told me that I’m a lot better looking this year as opposed to last year.  Not in those exact words, but the sentiment is there. I took it as a compliment.

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Sweater: Anthropologie
Skirt and top: H&M
Tights: Macy’s
Belt: Modcloth
Shoes: Payless
Glasses: Selima Optique
Necklace: Gift from Terrence

I’ve never been one for shoes or accessories, not very girly I guess, until recently… I’ve had my eye on some things on the interwebs.  I still am a bit hesitant to spend a lot on bags and shoes… I think my lady genes will kick in soon though.

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