Worst Dressed

Okay, I’m not Carrie Bradshaw or anything but I like to think I know a thing or two about fashion. Because I like and care about fashion, I have fashion pet peeves and they got worse when I entered the “real world.” Some of the things that people wear I’m just… flabbergasted (I really wanted to use that word). Here are few of my not so “business casual” pet peeves that should never be seen in the work place.

1. A wise person once told me, “black and blue should never be seen unless in the washer machine.” NAVY blue and black should never be worn together, YOU LOOK LIKE A BRUISE. So please, no navy blue pants with a black belt and shoes.

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2. Black and brown. It’s just wrong. Pick one dark color or the other.

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3. There’s this one employee who wears kitten heels, which is only a 1.5 inch heel. But they are the kitten heels that your stripper grandmother wears. They have fake rhinestones and are obnoxious colors. This is not the senior citizen ball and you cannot walk in them. Just go barefoot.

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4. Speaking of shoes, wearing socks with sandals should never, ever, ever happen.

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I’ve seen all of these “faux pas” in my office over the past couple months. I’m going to write a book about business casual and what to wear to work so it can be given as a manual to all employees. But if you feel like a bruise, are wearing two dark colors, are wearing short stripper heels, or see socks where your toes should be, then change!

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Optimistically Postive

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

After a weekend of bridal functions such as a bachelorette party, a bridal shower (both of which were a surprise), and a bridesmaid dress fitting (for a different wedding), I am back and will be regularly writing. On a side note, my first events as a bridesmaid went beautifully and I am so excited for the upcoming nuptials.

Keeping with the excitement and happiness, a fellow Viking, Lisa Phillips (@WkaFlkaPhillips) gave my the inspiration for this post. She asked, “There has to be some positives of post grad/working life, right?” And that got me thinking, “Alex, stop focusing on the drama at work for once and focus on what is positive.” Thank goodness my self is so smart. So here are the positives of being a recent graduate in the working world.

First of all, there is no homework. Try and grasp your mind around this okay? You leave work, come home, and you do not have to bring home any work. You’re done. There is no studying, writing papers, grades, tests, etc. It’s a beautiful thing to know that homework does not exist because work does not exist at your home (unless you work from home but that’s a different story). However, still utilize your time management skills, they’re crucial.

Secondly, you get paid to be there. During college, you pay them for you to go there. At work, they pay you to be there. Hopefully it is something that you are remotely interested in and you enjoy some aspects of your job. The fact that you get paid money to be at work is much better than spending a large, debt-accumulating amount of money to go to class. Paid vacation is even better, it’s like heaven.

Thirdly, you had to know I was going to mention happy hour? It’s my favorite time of the day. You are encouraged to go. I mean it is considered networking right?

The fourth positive is for my ladies and fashionably-inlcined men. You get to experience a whole new yuppie-chic wardrobe. You can look cute for a reason. Yes, wearing yoga pants everyday to class was great but putting some effort into your appearance makes you feel good. H&M, New York and Company, and Express have super cute clothes. In the words of Tim Gunn, “make it work!”

Lastly, there is a whole new respect level for us. I know it’s a hard, transitional period but there is hope. We’re supposed to be finding ourselves and learning everything we can. There is still so much ahead of us that our first job is supposed to be where we act as a sponge and absorb all the information we can. People do respect that you are trying and willing to learn. Yes, even after college the learning doesn’t stop but you can also learn at your pace and choose what you want to learn more about. Having this freedom allows us to become the professional that we want to be in the future.

If you can never find a positive, there is always wine. Happy hump day!

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