Directrice Global Industries pays me a lot to think about the way we dress now.
Actually, Directrice Global Industries pays me nothing to think about the way we dress now. I do it for free — and because it’s a pleasure to share my thoughts with you.
Pandemic dressing has morphed into remote work dressing and I think that’s here to stay. I think the unofficial office dress code in hybrid workplaces is more casual than it was pre-pandemic.
What does that mean for me? As long as I maintain my weight, I won’t ever need to buy another round collared, knee-length sheath dress.
But beyond dresses, there are so many interesting jackets and tops in my closet; I need to find ways to incorporate them into this more casual dress code.
This felted wool top was last seen with grey wool trousers and a beautiful art brooch by Karen Gilbert.
I could still wear that outfit on the days I go into the office, but it would definitely read “dressed up.” I thought I’d try something more relaxed: action slacks and a pair of tricked-out Weejun loafers.
Part space-ship, part stegosaurus, 100% fantastic — right?
The original entry is a funny one, so you may want to go back and read it.
What’s caught your eye? My bag?
I thought we agreed long ago that a yellow bag was wardrobe essential, particularly to enliven a closet filled with neutral greys.
What’s that? You want me to turn so you can really see the bag?
I know! It’s crazy! But also . . . kind of irresistible.
Just trying to uphold my end of the social contract, Directorate. Believe it or not, this preposterous bag gets compliments on the Metro.
Yellow makes people smile.
Finishing things up, a most unserious brooch: The Blob.
In my continuing effort to prove to you (and myself) that I truly wear the things I show on this blog, here is my favorite rag styled with another black top (a tank) and another pair of black pants (bootcut silhouette).
And a different pair of shoes. Vive la difference!
I wore this outfit to work the other day. Yes, I did.
The necklace added some polish, and signaled that I was making an effort.
This necklace and many more — plus bracelets that may strike you as less emphatic and maybe more wearable for work? — are available from Neon Zinn. Such interesting, fun jewelry.
Tell us: Are you “going” to work these days? What are you seeing there? What are you wearing?
Purple top: Comme des Garcons; Denim top: Marques Almeida from The Outnet (but sometimes one shows up on TheRealReal); Pants: Prana Halle II (both colors); Bag: Max Mara Large Pasticcino; Brooch: Titlee Pin Bob Black; Necklace: Neon Zinn Stirrup