Work-appropriate rock ‘n’ roll
Now that I’m working at both a museum and at Topshop/Topman, it’s never been more important to master the art of multi-purpose dressing. I need to be able to wear one outfit all day that is appropriate for a business casual (but more conservative) institution, for a trend-setting job at a high-profile British retail company, and for going out with my friends. My life is constantly on the move, with function becoming just as important fashion.
The two looks below I wore this past week to work, and both illustrate these so-called “multi-purpose” outfits of mine.
I wore a graphic t-shirt from Zara (I cut off the sleeves myself) paired with a F21 striped maxi skirt that pulled up to my chest to turn it into a midi-length skirt. I didn’t want the look to be too busy since it was for work at the museum, so I just accessorized with a few bracelets and rings, and a pair of black cage wedges to compliment the stripes on my skirt.
For a 12-hour shift at Topshop/Topman, I layered a black ribbed v-neck tank under a vintage patterned dress. The dress is cut in an adorable feminine way, cinching in at the narrowest part of my waist and flaring out just at the top of the hips to give me an exaggerated hourglass figure, so I paired a boxy Levi’s denim vest over it to add a more masculine, rocker vibe. Again, I kept the look simple with a few rings and black leather harness ankle boots with a modest 2.5 inch heel because I knew I’d be on my feet all day.
And now I’m out to enjoy the first day off I’ve had in a while.