In my quest to have fun and enjoy life, I’ve been making little choices to try to be as much of myself as possible at work. You know what it’s like in a business environment, you have to play the role and dress the part. Luckily, I work for a public agency with a business casual dress policy. I’m taking some liberties! *cackles*
Shout out to the new employee that literally told me she liked my style and asked where I shopped. She’s about as big as a minute so my response was completely unhelpful, but she got my head swole. My fashion must be right! Thanks! ( •ॢ◡-ॢ)-♡
In preparation, I donated a large portion of my wardrobe to the Salvation Army. They came with a truck to pick-up what must’ve been about 16 bags of clothes, housewares, and random media. Then, I called up my girls Torrid, Forever 21 and H&M cause their plus sizes fit nice, but I realized I was wearing more of the same. I needed something different, so I went to searching and found Shein, The Limited and Zulily; I got reacquainted with Modcloth and SimplyBe clearance; then, I took a chance with my bank account on Eloquii and ASOS cause they’re hella expensive.
Lord Jesus, save me from Shein. They have everything I could ever want for the cheap. The sizing can be unreliable for bottoms, but all of my tops fit perfectly. *Rambles* Why is their jewelry so cheap? They must know I love earrings. I have more hair accessories now than I know what to do with. Help me! (ó﹏ò｡)
After charging half of my credit card limit, I look fly as hell, but there is a method to my madness. If time is a resource, your job has already taken much of it. When do you have time to be yourself? When I shop, I have two categories: work clothes, and weekend clothes. Work clothes are generally conservative and look like your coworkers. Weekend clothes generally express who you are. Why should I only express myself on the weekend?
In terms of self-care, by the end of the day, there’s very little time for yourself. For me, treat yourself got very real. I was also tired of my job dictating my life, not only my attire but also my behavior. As someone that felt that I was living in a box, my inner self couldn’t take the restraints any longer. I needed to express myself!
It’s most difficult for parents to manage their time. They have to take care of their children before themselves. Any time after work concerns their children be it feeding them, cleaning up after them, helping them with homework, running errands for them, administering medical care, doing their hair (braiding that natural hair!), the list goes on. Self-care and time for other necessities take the backseat. The love between parents and their children is beautiful, but my heart goes out to parents. Don’t neglect yourself! (づ￣ ³￣)づ
So take a chance! Embrace your inner self. If your job requires a uniform or business professional attire, take some liberties. Get that trendy hairstyle you’ve wanted! Put on some statement jewelry or wristbands. Match some bright ass pumps with your suit. Wear some hipster socks! What’s your coat look like? It’s drab. Buy a new one that sets you apart from your coworkers. As you can see, there are many ways to express yourself through fashion at work. We all live once. We should be able to enjoy ourselves and our time here.