Living and working in Chico – particularly at my place of employment – means enjoying a casual life. Maybe too casual. I took a look at myself in the mirror last week and realized, “Sweet Jesus, woman! You have been wearing the same jeans-Old Navy t-shirt-casual shoes-type of outfit for months now! Pull yourself together!” So CKD is trying to have herself a little fashion revolution here…or at least step it up a bit and dress like a grown woman who has a job.
Here’s where the plan hits a snag: I am not one of those effortlessly put-together Pretty Ladies whose hair is always in place. And I’ve tried to rock the tousled bedhead look and have wild, crazy waves and the effect is not so much “Gisele” as it is “hobo.” Stabbin’ crazy hobo at that. And while I love make up and products, I tend to stick in the neutral range and play it safe. I also do not have oodles of cash to throw at JCrew and Anthropologie, so this new plan needs to happen using what Mama’s got in her closet. But I see this as a fun challenge and am excited to get creative. Well as creative as one can be when you own as many black tops as I do. Really, someone should stage an intervention the next time I buy a black shirt. My mom will host it and serve snacks.
If this is going to happen, it’s going to need to be baby steps. Because if I try to do some sort of massive, dramatic head-to-toe overhaul I’m going to freak myself out and lose confidence and that sort of defeats the purpose.
Yesterday and today have involved small but noticeable steps towards dressing up a bit without looking ridiculous, and I feel like it is helping to differentiate me from our student workers around here. (Not that they aren’t adorable, what with their smooth skin and shiny hair, but one reaches a point where it’s ridiculous to dress like a 19 year-old.) And since 2009 is gearing up to be a year of big, fabulous changes it seems like I should have the fabulous look to go with it.
So, Interweb and Pretty Ladies out there…any advice for the fashion-retarded?