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Friday, June 06, 2008

Casual Results

Yesterday I decided to dress casually for at least one day at work. I stayed up half the night worrying about what I was going to wear today. Alright, mostly the babies, up at night like whack-a-moles, destroyed my sleep.

This morning I found a pair of jeans to wear at the bottom of a laundry basket. Get this, I didn’t iron them.

Kids, I really wanted to iron my jeans, but I didn’t.

I have to be honest to casual day (even if they are rules I made up in my head,) and that means not taking special care for my clothes. Instead of picking a pair of heels the right size for my jeans, I dug out my adidas. Granted, they’re really cute sneaks, but they didn’t actually match my shirt. The sneaks have red stripes, and my shirt had orange on it. Holy cow. They didn’t match at all.

Do you have any idea how hard it was to find a pair of sweat socks? Well, it was, and I ended up stealing a pair of El Guille’s socks. I settle for a pair of earrings as my only jewelry. I barely did my hair. I did wear makeup, I mean, I haven't lost my mind.

I took this picture on the way to my car:

Man, those jeans need to be ironed (and possibly starched.) And yes, the jeans are rolled up and the hems are still dragging. I feel like Stacey and Clinton should be dragging ME into the 360 mirror in this get up.

I went straight onto a conference call. Phew! They can’t see how…average I look. I might have lost my masterful upper hand on that one.

When I wear sneakers I always have a startling revelation: I am short. Short, short, short, short, short. I wear heels, wedges, and platforms so often that I don't really know my own height. All of a sudden I have to look up to see people’s faces; it’s all very disconcerting. Short. Short, short, short, short, short.

I got invited out to lunch, by my very own team. They actually sent around an email and we went to lunch. I can’t help but think the clothes had something to do with it. I like to think that maybe I was more approachable, somehow more empathetic. I should wear my AC/DC shirt everyday.

They moved my desk, into the corner window of the corner office. You guys, if I’d known that all I had to do to get the corner office was start dressing like a slob, maybe I would have done it a long time ago. Who knew that dressing like you were going to the hardware store would get your career into high gear?

On my after work trip with the kids to Costco, I felt like I was just schlepping to the store. No, I really was schlepping to the store. This whole casual thing started to feel more uncomfortable. By the time I was supposed to leave for book club, I gave up. I had to get those comfortable clothes off of me. Back on went my new green top and black straight leg jeans with leopard wedges. RELIEF!!


I don’t think I’m cut out to be casual; it’s too little to deal with.


22 comments:

meg said...

amazing experiment! and your street cred (is that too lame a term?) would HAVE to sky rocket with an AC/DC t-shirt. well amongst people I know anyway...

Mrs. Dub said...

I wish I could totally relate to this post, but ever since I had a child, I've become a fan of Casual Fridays ... and Mondays ... and Wednesdays. But I always look nice and cute on Sundays, so there's that.

janaya said...

i'll admit, you've slightly motivated me to consider the blessings of dressing up... but mostly my mind drifts back to the days when i worked in an office and dressed up everyday, and then couldn't peel my fancy clothes off fast enough to replace them with a t-shirt and jeans upon arrival at home. but congratulations to you and your triumph! :)

citymama1 said...

Glad you survived. I, for one, would like to see pictures of the leopard print wedge. Cute!

fijiangirl said...

So when can you come to CA and update my wardrobe? I don't like to but I fall into the casual category way to much. I just don't have your sense of style. In my opinion you still found a way to dress up casual. The shirt is rockin with those earrings.

b. said...

I couldn't be prouder of you.

On the other hand, isn't it nice to stand out?

Bek said...

I'm with Fijian girl...come be my stacy and clinton (btw, my sitter has been tivo'ing that show and now I am hooked...).

You still look super cute....and I come away inspired to dress up a LITTLE bit.... at first I wondered if the fact that you went to work each day affected your dressing up, but since you changed when you GOT HOME..I am thinking you would still dress the same even if you never, ever left your house.

Bravo! Cute hair too btw...

Stephanie said...

we just bonded over the internet.

i too struggle with casual.

sue-donym said...

Your label should have been "The Apocalypse".

Kalli Ko said...

your face says it all-oh the reluctance

casual is a happy medium for me

i love my sweatpants (i know you abhor the very word)

i love dressing up my jeans with some heels (though not often due to the height differential between me and the spouse)

this summer i'm all about the long sun dresses, skirts, flip flops, and the occasional pair of leggings thrown in

April said...

You must violently cringe every time you see my pictures, huh?

Azúcar said...

I recognize that I am an anomaly in this slacker world of ours. I don't begrudge anyone dressing casually, I just don't want to do it, and you can't make me.

Geo said...

AC/DC? That's commitment!

compulsive writer said...

I love my casual Saturday (at home), but you may be right about flip flops. And yes, of course you still look great!

Azúcar said...

Notice, I didn't even wear lip stick.

That's lip gloss, folks!

b. said...

ps. I wore a floppy girly skirt, big hoop earrings, mary janes, and makeup in your honor today.
You're the inspiration.

(I realize mary janes maybe next to crocs on your fave shoe list, but....)

Azúcar said...

I heart mary janes.

camillion said...

You have inspired me to shirk the mom jeans that I have complacently sported every day this week-- complete with twin spit up and all... seriously. so. gross. Time to be a lady again. Thanks for the insp!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I think you pulled it off. But don't do it again. You have too many cute skirts, right?

Tierra Wakefield said...

K, don't know who you are so maybe this is creepy, but I know Fig and I appreciate what she appreciates, so I decided to read. I can TOTALLY relate to this. Casual Friday at my work is hard for me. I end up spending way more time getting ready than usual and making sure everything is just right and I get to work and everyone else is hanging out in tshirts. So every once and awhile I'll try it and I just feel so uncomfortable and frumpy allll day that I vow not to do it again. And the pant length-heel ratio....spend at least 10 min. on that when I wear heels.

Azúcar said...

Tierra,

You don't know me, but your husband does, I was his boss once :)

Nice to have you drop by!

Adria Sha said...

I had a friend many years ago who ironed her jeans. I was in awe of that. The idea had never occurred to me.

I admit that if my jeans don't have snot wiped down the side and no one has peed on them, they'd suffice for a trip to Costco.

Don't hate me.