Most fresh graduates, when making the transition from the university to the corporate world, would worry about the new environment, the hours, the salary, and all the other pressures that come with leaving the bubble of school for the highs and lows of working full time. While these concerns were definitely not far from my mind, I must admit that I had a more petty dilemma—and it had everything to do with my wardrobe.
I graduated from a school that, while having a semblance of a dress code, was not very strict when it came to what its students could and and could not wear around campus. Sure, you wouldn't be able to enter the library if you were in your trusty tsinelas, and you certainly would be crazy to visit the president's office in a pair of thigh-grazing shorts. But, at the end of the day, my Public Relations prof wouldn't have so much as batted an eye if I had decided to enter his classroom in a Lady Gaga-esque outfit (not that I ever did). Needless to stay, I appreciated the freedom I had to dress however I wanted. I couldn't have asked for a sweeter deal.
So as you can see, this idea of a dress code was what was niggling at the back of my head when I first started working for Female Network. Would I have to swap my dresses and rompers for buttondown shirts and slacks or stick to a color palette of blacks, grays, and whites? I'm happy to say, dear readers, that I didn't have to. Why? Because—you guessed it—there was no dress code. If there's one thing I truly, truly appreciate about the company I work in, it's how it understands that what you wear isn't an indication of what you can do. After all, why should a piece of clothing stop you from churning out an article? Or assisting at a shoot?
You might be getting the impression that I'm a frivolous person—I don't think I am. I just love fashion a lot. I like using my clothes as a way of expressing myself. I like putting on different personas, and I like being sartorially inspired. Mostly, I just love clothes (which, of course, is expected from someone who makes her living writing about fashion and beauty for a women's website). Is that the only thing I'm interested in? Of course not. However, this being a blog about style, why should I dwell on anything but?
Still reading after my passionate litany? Good for you! Now, on to the photos. Browse through the gallery to check out what I wore for one week of work.
(Photos by Mike Dee)