Though I very much lack the funding to revamp my high school wardrobe into that of a mature and hard working 22-year old, there are a few items of clothing (mostly shirts) that I can use at this time for work. The thing is that this is the first job I’ve worked at where there wasn’t a set uniform. One can pretty much wear what they want so long as it’s not too revealing, made of denim, of the open-toe-shoe variety, or just completely inappropriate in any way.
Recently, I bought one new pair of pants and five new shirts (see what I mean with the shirts?) to dress up my usual weekend-wear closet.
Now, my wardrobe really hasn’t changed much since high school–maybe a few new tees here or there–but it’s definitely not immature clothing. I’ve got a very simple style of jeans and tees with boots or converse. Flats don’t fit me very well because I’m quite a small person and I wear 4.5 in the shoe department (you know they don’t really make many shoes in that size), so normally I have to wear shoes that lace up to the ankle like high-top converse or boots, that way my shoes aren’t flying off my feet. Then with any pants I wear, I have to have them hemmed if they’re not skinny and tight to my ankles where I can just bunch them up. Shirts are a completely different story because depending on who you buy from, I could fit in an x-small or I can fit in a medium.
Adult clothing and shoes to match are difficult finds for someone who is barely five feet tall.
Now that you know my pain, moving onward…
My work told me a few days ago that we are not allowed to wear jeans at work. They told this to me because I was wearing jeans, yet my manager told me to wear “regular clothes” and it says no where in our little booklet that no jeans are allowed. Personally, I thought that I looked very nice and very work-casual, which is pretty much the dress-code. I wore very dark blue jeans, a nice brown and gold belt, a beige fashion tee with a left front pocket dazzled up with little gold studs at the top, and brown boots. My shirt was tucked in so as to give it a more professional feel.
Apparently, this was more frowned upon at work than wearing leggings with a sheer tunic. I only own one pair of good work pants. My other two forms of work pants are either sun-stained from one job I had or still covered with a layer of food-film from the other. Wearing green pants every day at work with a different shirt might start looking a bit strange though, so I suppose I must endeavor to buy myself at least two more pairs of pants. Hopefully one black, and the other either dark blue (like my jeans) or some other kind of color. I’ll get what I can take. Even khaki colored will do, so long as I don’t have to hem them by hand again.
While I would love to wear my jeans to work seeing as how I feel jeans are probably somehow more professional than leggings, which, as we all know, are essentially thick tights that are unflattering on most body types, I am now learning just what work casual means, or at least what it means here at my new job.
Were I running the place, I would ban leggings and instead allow jeans so long as they’re not torn or faded. Every person–man or woman–should own a good pair of jeans with which he or she can pull off a classy look. I feel that jeans have a bad stigma against them, maybe because they were used in the mining days for hard labor or maybe because they’ve become a casual fashion trend–I stress the word CASUAL–and so they’re not allowed in the work place.
I just have to wonder, though, why they really aren’t allowed. Go on pinterest and look at all the classy, fashionable, and superior looking styles that one can pull off with jeans. Jeans are so very versatile, they can be casual or classy, dressed-up or dressed-down, torn and frayed or nice and neat, and yet they are somehow banned when it comes to professionalism.
Makes no sense to me, but I am not the one making the rules and so I must abide by them at this present time. I need new clothes because the ones I have just aren’t good enough for work, where I’ll be spending the majority of my days. Off to find some new pants for my new life. Wee!
Thanks for reading so far.
P.S. This article was supposed to be posted yesterday, so y’all get a 2-fer today. Another article will be posted later today as planned. Thanks.