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Recently we attended a local concert in the park; one that I knew a plethora of people from my workplace would be attending. Since I had to stay appropriate for an audience of co-workers, yet I didn’t want to wear jeans and flip-flops, I decided to try to class this small town up a bit with a Stop Staring dress.
A bit dressy for an outdoor concert, but at least I didn’t look just like everyone else. I added a couple of orchids in the hair and some glass pearls from Forever 21 to complete the look.
Now that I think about it, I’ve always counteracted dress code limitations with a little extra fanciness. I lived in the Midwest for a few years and I dressed in satin and velvet (but not much black) almost every day because being Goth in the Midwest at that time was scary. It’s no fun to have nasty things shouted at you by cowboys in grungy old pickup trucks while you’re walking down the street all alone. Being asked why you are “so dressed up” is sometimes easier to handle than being asked why you worship the devil and drink the blood of babies. Especially when you are painfully shy. But that was long ago (I would handle it differently now), and I digress…
We went out for drinks with my parents after the concert. It was actually a very lovely evening, but all in all I’d rather avoid these work-heavy events in the future unless they are mandatory. Aside from a couple of co-workers that I actually consider friends, I just prefer to remain anonymous on my “off” time, I guess.
What do you wear when you’re headed to an event where you know you’ll see co-workers and maybe even your boss’s boss’s boss’s boss?