From time to time, my office has Casual Day. Casual Day used to be every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Then it changed to being on random Fridays throughout the year. Now it's no longer on Fridays exclusively. Any day of the week can be Casual Day. Today is Casual Day, for instance. Last Monday was Casual Day. Some months, there is a Casual Day every week. Some months, there are no Casual Days. If there is a method behind the Casual Day schedule, I have yet to discover it. And trust me, I've spent a lot of time analyzing this.
I LOVE Casual Day. In fact, I don't think that ALL CAPS LOVE is a strong enough term. I live for Casual Day? Casual Day is the center of my life? I want to marry Casual Day and have lots of Casual Babies with it? Yes, I think that adequately sums up my feelings about Casual Day. I just feel more comfortable in jeans than I do in biznass pants. I honestly feel like I do my job better when it's Casual Day. I am a better, happier person on Casual Day.
RA and I have had many a GChat discussion about my love for Casual Day, and our sadness that jeans are so discriminated against in the workplace. We both think that a nice pair of jeans paired with a cute top and decent shoes looks better than the polyester jogging suits that half of my office wears on a daily basis. But polyester jogging suits fit within our dress code, just because they're not jeans. And so, most days, I must suffer through the working hours in pants I bought at Target while my Seven for All Mankind Jeans sit at home in the drawer, wondering why I don't love them. It's a cruel, cruel world.
But, such is life. And refusing to brush my hair or wear matching clothes in protest on non-Casual Days really isn't hurting anyone but me. I want to look like a responsible, attractive adult. But I don't want to spend a lot of money on clothes that I'm only going to wear 9-5, Monday-Friday. What to do?
Well, RA and I got to talking (cue Sex and the City theme song). I always take note of people whose style I admire. We've determined that it's not necessarily expensive or designer clothes that make a look work, but how all the pieces form a polished, cohesive unit. The people I admire in the grocery store or in the elevator don't look like they rolled out of bed four minutes before they need to leave the house, threw on a shirt from the clean laundry basket their ferret-cat had been using as a bed, paired it with a pair of wrinkled khakis from the floor, and rushed out of the house. Ahem. They look like they spent a few minutes picking out a basic outfit, and then adding accessories and shoes that really pulled it all together.
I want to be more like these people. I want to look half-decent, at least most of the time. I'm not looking for a complete wardrobe overhaul or a visit from the What Not To Wear crew. I just want to put a little bit more effort into my appearance. And I want someone to give me credit for trying, damnit.
And that's where the Mission: Put Together photo pool that RA and I have created comes in(translation: RA did all the work, I provided encouragement via GChat). For the month of May, we will be posting our efforts at creating put-together, cohesive looks for the world to see.
I know what you're thinking! But what about me? Can I play too?
Yes! Please join our group and post your own photos! (Translation: DON'T LEAVE US HANGIN', INTERWEB FRIENDS)!
But how do I know if my outfit is good enough to post?
Mission: Put Together is for any outfit you are proud of. It doesn't have to be a new outfit, an expensive outfit, or an outfit you've never worn before. You just have to think you rocked it.
But what if I look put-together and fabulous every day?
Then I hate you. That's great! Post a picture every day and teach us all your secrets!
What if I can hardly muster the energy to change out of my pajamas most days?
Post a picture whenever you feel inspired. I am going to aim for two post-worthy outfits a week during May.
What if I wear the same three pairs of pants every week? Are you all going to laugh at me?
Welcome to my world, my friend. I will DEFINITELY be repeating items. I often wear the same pants two days in a row. Or three days in a row. I tell myself no notices.
But I work from home/my office has a casual dress code! I wear jeans and flip flops every day!
Mission: Put Together is an equal opportunity Flickr Group. We do not practice jeans discrimination. In fact, we love jeans. And also, I want your job. Please send me an application.
What if I have a crappy camera? Or I have a nice camera that I don't know how to operate? WHAT THEN, I ASK?
Dude, we don't care. I plan on taking pictures with my cell phone half the time. And it's not even a fancy iPhone.
What if I don't have a Flickr account?
But what if I don't even have my own blog?
That's fine! Just email one of us your pictures and we'll post them in the group for you.
OK, I'll send that over as soon as I clean up the laundry piles in the background. And paint the walls. And buy new furniture. And lose 10 pounds.
Don't stress about any of that stuff. This is just for fun. And I can promise you that my laundry pile is bigger than yours.
Oh, no! I couldn't possibly let anyone see this horrific laundry pile.
OK, then I suggest that you just stand squarely in front of your giant laundry pile when you take the picture, thereby blocking it from the interwebs view. Like this, for example:
Um, why are you holding your shoes up like that?
Because I don't have a full-length, mirror. I KNOW! The horror!
OK. This sounds like fun! I can't wait to pick out my outfit for tomorrow and wow the whole office with my great look!
See, now that's the idea!
Can we stop pretending that this is an actual conversation between two people and just end this entry now?
Oh, fine. Party pooper.