Truly one of the only things I dislike about being a working woman is getting dressed in the morning. Is it a dress day or a pants day? And if pants, can I fit in the skinny pants or do I have to figure out what goes with the fat pants? The fat pants usually require a heel so then which one and how far do I have to walk today? If a dress, is it long enough that I can go with bare legs or do I have to wear a tight to cover up the now jiggly skin on the front of my thigh just above the knee? Jacket or no jacket? Sweater or no sweater? Which jewelry? Am I going for accessible and artistic or businesslike and tough? Argh! I can lose up to twenty minutes a day to paralytic fear in my closet.
Here’s what I love about “casual Friday”: jeans. I can wear skinny jeans or baggy jeans, black jeans or blue jeans or even the occasional white jean. Either with flats or with high heels, I can always make a jean look chic. Jeans and a blazer, jeans and a sweater, skinny jeans disappearing into high heeled platinum Chanel boot – its all good.
So here’s what I propose: Sweatpant Thursdays. Perhaps preceded by Comfy Wednesday and CozyChic Tuesday. Monday could be a free day – wear a suit, go business chic, knock yourself out. But five days a week is really just too much to ask.
Men don’t have this problem. Men just put on a suit. And a shirt. And they’re done. My male colleagues could wear the same suit every day of the week with a different shirt and I would never notice the repeat. Women can’t do that. We have to create a unique look every day. Elegant but not too sexy. Businesslike but not too threatening. I’m exhausted before I walk out of the house.
I tried the uniform thing – simple pants, shirt and a chic accessory every day. It was lame. I looked like a stewardess. Or a waitress. I realize now that one of the things I actually loved about being a waitress is that I always knew what to wear. Black pants, white shirt, little green apron. I could vary my earrings. That was about it. So maybe that’s the solution: uniforms for the corporate world! Motion picture studio team shirts that mix and match with a black or navy blue pant. I like it! Maybe that will be my great contribution to studio history. Take the guess work out of the morning. Knock twenty minutes off the day. Uh oh – gotta go figure out what to wear now…