If you’re anything like me: the first day of school was terrible.
The anxiety. The lack of sleep the night before. Wanting to look nice on the first day – but not too nice – because you don’t want to be accused of trying too hard. Or so out-ot-date the other kids make fun of you. I remember one particular first day of middle school – my mom got the wrong bus schedule – so I waited around a really long time for the bus. Finally I thought I saw a friend from school walking towards me, but low-and-behold it was her younger sister! I missed my whole first period of school and was utterly mortified.
Later in life – you have many other firsts. But nothing feels so similar as the first day at a new job. I started a new job on Monday. A bonafide, grown-up, dolly-parton-style, 9-to-Fiver. At a fashion company no less.
So my perimeters were that I wanted to be comfortable, look nice (the slovenlyness will come next week when I decide bed is more important than showering), but not look like I’m trying to hard.
Nothing says comfort like a pair of jeans that fit you REALLY well. And my high-waist, Madewell skinny jeans fit me the best. They are that perfect ratio of tight enough to make my butt look good, not so tight that I can’t eat anything that day, and not so loose that they gap in the back when I sit down (ahh, the plight of the well-hipped woman). And they’re black. And as everyone knows, black denim is like the champagne of denim. Just a teensy bit classier.
#2: LOOK NICE
I don’t often buy myself NEW new clothing, but today was a little bit special. I decided to go with something fashion forward & unique: a maroon woven linen mullet shirt (shorter in front, longer in back) that is interesting because the hem of the front wraps around making a twist in the front of the fabric (see visual). It reminds me of something that would be in a Japanese pattern-making book I have ^_^
#3 DON’T TRY TOO HARD
I think this comes down to my black, beat-up, 90s style, lace-up, thrift-store shoes. These shoes are rad. They sell versions of them at pretty much any popular store you go to but these are vintage & the real deal. So real in fact that the sole has fallen off not once, but thrice. I have shoe-glued the hell out of them. They are also the perfect amount of scuffed-up. Trying-too-hard = clean & pristine. We need a little bit of grit here ladies & gentlemen.
So without further adieu, my first day of work:
Love you, mean it
P.S. EXCITING NEWS: Come visit me THIS SATURDAY Dec. 6th at the East Bay Book & Zine Festival – I will be tabling and selling my art & other goodies. Hope to see you there! Did I mention it’s FREE???