My Power Suit
I don’t know who established the norm that women are supposed to wear form-fitting clothing all the time (it was definitely a dude), but it sucks. Skinny jeans, crop tops, bralettes, JEGGINGS. The fashion world is not a friendly place if you’re more into concealing your body than displaying it. I am down for both, depending on my mood. Some days I’m all, “crop tops only,” while others I’m more like, “someone give me a potato sack to live in forever.”
I love clothes (was a more obvious statement ever written?), and dressing up and looking chic and sexy and all that shit, but as soon as I get home it’s Pants Off; Jammies On. I’m literally in my sweats within 30 seconds of walking through the door. Because women’s clothes are tight and restricting and generally pretty damn uncomfortable. Why do you think I’m wearing overalls and caftans all the time? Any excuse to not feel like a stuffed sausage, I jump on it.
I had been looking for coveralls for a loooong time. I wanted something shapeless yet badass to throw on when I’m feeling lazy, or doughy (see my previous post). But all of the vintage ones I found were made for men and way too big. So when I found these online (and on sale) I knew it was a match made in potato sack heaven.
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And now, as an extension of my previous post, and a countdown to my birthday next week, here are 10 more things I’ve learned in my (almost) 31 years:
- Experiment with your hair. If you’ve always wanted to try bangs (or layers, or a pixie), just do it! Your hair will grow back.
- Reach out to women you admire. Seek mentors in many different areas of your life.
- Pay it forward. Connect people in your network with each other if you think they’d benefit from it. Don’t just connect people when it benefits you.
- Find your power outfit: that outfit that makes you feel like a goddamn girlboss*—mine is a red shift dress from Zara—and keep it in your back pocket for the days you need it most: an interview, first date (or last date), or networking event. Any instance where you need to feel and look 100.
- Step out of your sartorial comfort zone. Even just a little bit. You can wear all the safe outfits when you’re ancient, I promise.
- Imposter Syndrome is your worst enemy. Repeat after me, “Lord grant me the confidence of a mediocre white man.”
- Don’t underestimate the power of red lipstick. It’s an instant outfit/confidence boost.
- Keep your clothes where you can see them. You’ll never wear that thing you bought if it’s hiding in the back of your disorganized closet.
- Take care of the things you own. If a button falls off, sew it back on. If your shoes wear out, get them re-soled. Don’t throw something out and buy a new one if repairs can be made. Let’s not add to our landfills if we don’t have to.
- Practice patience. As a perpetually hurried New Yorker, this point is the most difficult theory to put into practice, but it’s also the most rewarding. Let that flustered person cut in front of you in line, or in traffic. Hold the door for someone with their hands full, even when you’re in a rush. And for God’s sake, let the passengers get off the subway before you attempt to get on. That last one is just simple physics, people.
Whew, thanks for reading folks. Are any of these resonating with you? Which ones?
*I kind of hate this term. I know it’s trendy or whatever, but why is the word “boss” gendered? Is it so impossible to assume that a boss is already a woman?
Shop My Fave Utility Jumpsuits
Flight Suit: BDG Urban Outfitters ON SALE! | Denim Shirt: Caslon, similar | Boots: vintage, similar | Bag: vintage Coach, similar | Hat: Big Bend Saddlery, (looks sold out) similar here, here, here | Earrings: Tate New York | Bandana: vintage, similar | Sunnies: Ray Ban