Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Prada, Prada, My Kingdom for Some Prada...

When I worked for the Box Store, I wore whatever I wanted. It was usually a form of khakis and a t-shirt. The only stipulation was that I couldn’t wear jeans; this, of course, meant that I only wanted to wear jeans and I was unsatisfied.

When I worked for the movie store chain, we had to wear red shirts and khakis. While it was nice to know what you were going to be wearing every day, and it cut out a large amount of prep time, all I wanted was to choose my own clothes and I was unsatisfied.

When I work as an admin, I wear dress trousers and simple shirts. I mostly wear ballet flats or brown sandals. I try to spice it up a bit with some crazy jewelry, but since my hair has gone metallic blonde, I keep it rather simple. Cardigans, camisoles, buttons, and cuffed pants are the bulk of my work wardrobe; I cannot wear jeans every day, and I am unsatisfied.

I find myself wishing for a job at Old Navy, where you are expected to wear jeans. Or even a place where I have to wear polos with logos on them. Of course, my fantasy is to stay home with Violet and wear designer sweatsuits everyday…

Perhaps I will never be satisfied with the clothing choices I am expected to make. I have heard from somewhere that the grass is always greener on the other side; I suppose the clothes are always better over there as well.
Someday, though…someday, I will wake up and grab whatever speaks to me before heading off to work.

Is it sad that my career ambitions pivot on clothing?

4 comments:

Skiplovey said...

Oh my gosh you are not alone. The last few years I missed wearing fancy shoes and super stylish clothes (most editors don't wear high heels since you sit in an editing room all day and everyone dresses like slackers anyway). Now that I'm at home I dress even more like a slacker and I miss wearing fancy jeans, which I'm not wearing until the bebe stops spitting up on everything I own. I think you always want what you can't wear..

My name is Rima. said...

You need to be self-employed!

I thought I'd be living it up as an SAHM, making fashion statements left and right in the mall food court or library story hours. But, it's not shaping up that way. I do make an effort, but most days I'm excited if I'm not wearing a black T-shirt and a pair of capris. So sad . . .

the Girls' Moma said...

Wait, is there something wrong with a black t-shirt and capris? Uh oh...

Nicole said...

Amen! I feel the same way about wanting to wear whatever I want. I try to manipulate casual Friday into my Wednesday outfit...and just today I was tempted to wear my jeans again today. I even laid them out on the dresser like it was going to happen. If you find a way to the greener side of things, please let me know how to get over there too! Hehe