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This is an outfit I photographed early in my blog days, but never got around to posting. You’ll recognize my old, boring photo format, no doubt… 🙂 But I thought the outfit still had value (in fact, I quite like it!), so here it is!
I should probably warn my readers that when I wear this gray herringbone pencil skirt, I’m seriously going undercover. This corporate goth outfit was a quick-change after work the day I wore the rule-breaking sparkle a few months ago. My husband and I, both graphic designers by trade, were asked to sit in on an advisory panel for the local high school district’s graphic design program that evening. I was afraid the sparkle would distract the school board from my professionalism.
I had a feeling that the only exposure to Goth most of these people have had was in the form of rebellious high school kids, which would surely be reflected in their first impression of me. In most cases, I let enough Gothiness creep in to help change people’s perceptions, but since these people would be complete strangers to me I thought I’d be most comfortable fitting in a bit more. I was nervous enough about sounding intelligent speaking in front of a crowd… And I felt it was important to be taken as seriously as possible, as I really do want to be a positive role model in the development of teens in the community.
So this is me, undercover and a little boring. I still have a sparkly flower in my hair, nice tall heels with an abundance of straps, and a couple of artsy accessories. I like to think that taking a short break from my “true” style was for the greater good. It was worth it, because I had by far the most professional appearance of anyone in the room. And the cutest shoes. 🙂
Do you have occasions where you feel that it’s worth it to dress a bit more “normal” in order to be taken seriously?