With all the bling and pizzazz out there, especially if you’re a creative type, it’s hard to differentiate what’s appropriate for work and what isn’t. I mean nail art is mainstream. Body glitter is sold at the drug store. Neons are normal. It’s all so vibrant and beautiful, but when it comes to work (sadly) we have to tame ourselves (or so it seems). As I’m getting dressed in the morning, looking passed my bright lipsticks for the moderate ones, I wonder, “Could I pull some bright lipstick off today?” Or while rummaging through the closet for something clean, I’ll think, “Well, this shirt is nice. It’s just a little low in the front. Can I still wear it?”
Take a look at these photos below, then take the quiz, Would You Wear This to Work? In the photos, compare how one woman wears one look to another woman wearing the same “ingredients.” What seems like so obviously a no-go for work that might look clownish or overly dramatic in one picture, then looks sophisticated and bold in another. For example, hot pink lips I imagine as a complete “DO NOT” wear to work item, but Alexis Bledel somehow makes it look sophisticated…
Or how about glittery makeup? A little pixie dust?
Don’t you love that messy hair is in now? But what defines too messy for work?
What do you think of giant jewelry? How much is too much?
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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Susan J. Fowler, a former employee of Uber, published a post on her blog revealing numerous counts of sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced while working for the company. Her post is straightforward and pretty bias-free; her tone is calm, but frank. While some of her experiences at the company might appall readers, her author’s […]