Yesterday morning I woke up at 5:30am. When the time came to get dressed, I pulled on my clothes, put on my shoes, and looked in the mirror. “Hmm,” I thought, “These shoes are not quite the right height for these trousers.” Just before I left the house, I took this picture outside my front door. Upon reviewing it last night, I realized my pants are too big. Let’s regroup.
- Clearly in the work world strategy takes precedence over appearance
- We all know that business casual is the devil
- I have learned that one can only truly optimize for one thing at a time, and work performance must come first
But have no fear, all is not lost in the land of style. We are not defeated by too-large pants, nor too-flat shoes. Nor, fortunately, does everything require a bullet point.
My primary Use Case for this outfit centered around Meeting People For The First Time, in a very informal environment. As Malcolm Gladwell wrote in Blink, people form pretty accurate opinions on small slivers of data. I’d worn everything here before except the shirt, and I felt exceedingly comfortable with the combined effect. Serious, classic, avoiding rigidity with help from a little trivia at the neckline.
Details? Banana Republic pants, a generic label black cashmere v-neck from Bloomingdale’s, black quilted Manolos, my Rolex, traditional small gold hoops, and two gold chains. Oh, and a new lavender gingham shirt from J. Crew. Back-to-school shopping, if you will. For some reason preparing for this job summoned a vision of purple gingham. Why I do not know. I have never worn such a color or pattern previously. But I have learned to obey wardrobe spirit guides.
Here’s a tip. If you look best in blue, wear purple tops with a pink lipstick and many things are put right.
I kept my glasses on for these photos to show you how I really look, in the office. I wear reading glasses with regularity, and perch them on my head throughout the day when not in use. I believe I need a lighter pair. But I don’t want to get all crazy-like and wear colored spectacles. Heavens forbid.
And so it begins. In this post, from very early in Privilege’s history, when I misplaced my job originally, I wondered what a 52-year old woman might wear. Over the past 2.5 years I have sorted out an about-town style. The photo above is the Privilege starting point for business casual. Let’s see where this particular journey takes us.