Miles From Fenway

Dressing the Part
March 14, 2007, 1:40 am
Filed under: misc., work

Business Casual. It can mean so many things. To most of the places I’ve worked it’s meant just that. Look presentable should a client, author, or executive come in, but wearing a blazer to work would be taken as a sign that you were looking elsewhere and had an interview that day.

Not the place of new employ. Oh no. They say business casual, they mean business. I’ve somehow managed to find a nonprofit organization that is more corporate than most major corporations I’ve worked for.

At first, it kinda irked me. Mainly because it meant I had to go out and buy new clothes (thank God for that raise). Suddenly I’m wearing more skirts than I thought possible. I’ve had to relearn how to walk in heels. I’ve been digging dress pants I forgot I had off the top shelves of closets.

But you know what? There might actually be something to this dress code thing. I’m feeling more confident, more competent, more, I don’t know … dare I say it, professional. Like I actually deserve the sweet office with the amazing view that somehow got bestowed upon me.

At first I thought this newfound energy and excitement were from simply, you know, finding employment. But I really do feel great walking out the door all dressed up every day. Sure, I am positive that a few months from now I’m really going to miss wearing jeans on Fridays. But then again, in the last two days, I’ve had four different men actually tell me I could be a movie star/actress/model. And who wouldn’t love that?!

(and no, I am not going to mention that three of them were over the sixty mark and the fourth was one of our cafeteria food service guys … a compliment is a compliment, damnit!)


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I was going to ask how the shopping excursion went. It seems that you managed without me. I’m always up for more shopping (barring that I can actually go outside).

Comment by Esther

A note a day later …

Screw missing the jeans “a few months from now”. The blisters on my feet from the new heels I wore today are making me miss my casual attire RIGHT NOW.

Comment by FINY

Finy –

The women makes the clothes. That is why you are getting the compliments.

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Comment by David Stefanini

FiNY, relating to absolutely nothing about this post, you should know that in my dream last night, you were hanging outside of the Books-A-Million at Dupont Circle in DC with some of my old friends from high school and you were wearing a Sox cap…I guess that’s how I recognized you in my dream, because I went over and said, “Hi…” and you looked at me really strangely…that’s all I remember about the dream…

Comment by MattySox

Hope the new job is going well.

Comment by Miss B

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