A longer title for this post would be, “Dressing for the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have.” I used to go to work every day in a faded black tee and jeans and no one would bat an eyelash (okay, not every day, but too many). That’s the problem with working in a lax environment, and eventually you end up feeling defeated. You lose the drive to put effort in to your appearance.
As I began more aggressively searching for a new job, I realized that I didn’t have many interview appropriate outfits. That’s where this dress came in; being a dress, it had a conservative quality to it. But I though the heavier fabric and vintage style were wonderful and made it easy to wear. I loved this dress for being a bit Peggy Olson and, in that, reminding me of her great qualities: ambition, intelligence, curiosity, and drive. All qualities I want to fall back, rely on, and develop more in my life “reboot.” Add in a perky ponytail for a youthful touch.
Pros to the Dress: Pockets! Comfortable fit. High quality knit fabric and a sturdy construction. The fit is super flattering, too.
Cons to the Dress: I wish I’d had it custom-sized or had gone down a size. With the knit, stretch fabric, I found it a bit looser than I would have preferred. I also wish that the buttons were spaced a bit further apart on the side details, as they otherwise sit very loose (this could be a result of it being a bit large on me).
These Miz Mooz are my default black heel. I love them for being comfortable (or as comfortable as a heel can be; I’m so unaccustomed to wearing them anymore!). The vintage style on them makes them a perfect match for the dress. 1950s, here I come! (Side note: Obviously I need to stop buying tights a size up, because these look so bunchy on me! It’s like I’m a 5 year old who can’t keep her tights on.)
What I Wore:
eShakti Dress (c/o. sold out: similar styles here and here)
Old Navy Cardigan (not shown)
We Love Colors Tights
Miz Mooz “Symphony” Pumps
Prada Baroque Sunglasses (a gift from the Beau while we were in California!)
Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch
I have so much to be thankful for this year, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m thankful after 5 years, that I’ve kept up with this blog and that you’ve chosen to still stop by. I’m thankful at all the Beau and I have accomplished this year, with paying off our credit cards, buying a new car, and moving along a steady path to financial freedom and being awesome grown ups; I’m thankful for how strong our relationship has grown. I’m thankful for the new opportunities the Universe is sending my way– they’re necessary, much appreciated, and make me feel like I’m finding the right path. I’m thankful for all of the wonderful people who have come in and out of my life over the years, but am mostly thankful for the beautiful, kind ones in my life right now.
Happy (early) Thanksgiving, U.S. friends! I hope you’re all having a fabulous, festive, and love filled holiday.
AND I’m thankful I’m getting my “grown up feeling” in by cookin’ the bird tomorrow!