There is nothing like a trip to the big smoke to lift me out of my work-from-home outfit rut.
Yes, there, I’ve admitted it.
My day-to-day look has been wanting of late. Sure it’s suited my daily computer-bound routine and I do love my Havis but really it was time to step up.
Especially if you’re going to sit on stage at the opening panel of a conference. And people will Tweet unflattering photos taken from side on …
So, a couple of weeks ago I when this realisation hit, I went into Outfit Planning Mode. Or OPM.
Mr SY knows to take cover when I’m in full OPM.
No garment in my wardrobe is left unturned. And no shopping cart is left unclicked.
Whenever I’m speaking, I have a mental list of what I want my public speaking outfit to include. I guess over the last few years I have created a bit of a uniform. And these things kind of anchor me to the job at hand.
I always wear heels. They make me feel grown up and professional even when I might not feel so inside.
I always wear long pants. I don’t want any Brittany incidents – especially when getting on and off the stage.
I always wear a jacket. Ditto re the professional thing mentioned above, also I like my arms to be covered when I’m otherwise “exposed”.
I always wear at least one statement ring on my right hand. I talk with my hands so I figure having something of interest on them might keep people interested. Maybe.
The outfit that came out of the OPM session? It was a combination of what was already in my wardrobe – and two new purchases. Three if you count the Dinosaur Designs ring Mr SY bought me last week without even knowing my outfit colour scheme (yes, he’s a keeper!).
Beauty note: an all-day event calls for all-day foundation. Illamasqua Skin Base is my friend and you can’t beat a YSL Rouge Couture Glossy Stain lip in Fuchsia.
… and in action (see the speaking hand thing?!)
I’m back at the Digital Parents Conference today … not speaking so will be noticeably more casual. Stay tuned.
Do you go into Outfit Planning Mode often? Do you find inspiration in your wardrobe or at the shops?