A Tracky Question

Looking at my blog fav list it will come to no one’s surprise that I love fashion. Like so many females the question of what to wear features high in my list of priorities and I always thought that experimenting with fashion is one of the best 'funs' in life. So when I started working in a 'proper' company (instead of for myself) one of the more difficult adjustments was the existence of a dress code. In the corporate world men wear suits and women wear (often rather long) skirts. (Actually, before moving to England I thought long skirts were exclusively worn to the opera). Now, I like wearing a suit, sometimes (I draw a line at a long skirt though), but what I like even more is to wear whatever I want and that depends on how I feel in the morning.

So when one day my morning mood called for a pair of black Michael Kors shorts and pretty much EVERYBODY at work had given me a rather obvious stare (so un-English) and I (naïve German) thought they were just admiring my outfit, I was taken aside and it was explained to me that the company had a ‘no shorts’ policy. Oh dear!

Luckily my boss happened to pass and intervened. "But you are German! You can wear whatever you want." Bless her. I don’t know why my German-ness gave me a licence to thrill (fashionably), but hey, I thought, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth! Since this incident I wear pretty much what I want and the glances have stopped. (I just ignore the mutterings around the corner.)

No problem with short dresses, satin leggings, even batiked jeans (they get a lot of positive comments). But lately I have become infatuated with the jogging look. I mean, really, you just can’t get away from it. I tried to ignore it at
Garance Doré in May, but now all fashion magazines feature the ‘trackie look’ and when I stumbled upon it again in the The Glossy my thoughts went wild: This just looks sooo comfortable, couldn’t it be the perfect pre-Christmas work look?
Sadly our tolerant, protecting-the-continental-ways boss has left us. So the question is: Do I want to fight my fashion corner? But maybe they’ve given up on me anyway.

P.S. Special Thanks to Sarah and Harriet for modelling!


Make Do Style said...

Yes long skirts are actually dreadful - there is no need to go below knee length.

The Glossy Editor said...

Thanks for the link! You know I support you in your quest for "track" fash:) xx

Anonymous said...

Hello, one of your trusty models here :)
Loveeee the blog, will definately be reading more and can't wait to see the rest of the pictures x

Sabine said...

Chef or model, that's the question... xxx

unocosa said...

hiya! just came over after reading your comment at the Sartorialist ... love the thoughts behind this post - and i think many of us have asked such questions ... i still do not find the answers :-)


Rebecca said...

What a funny story! Just had the opposite experience. Visiting a conference in the States everyone was either wearing boring suits or dressing very leasurely. I would have appreciated a little more leisure chic - even in trackers grey! Hang on in with your fashion statements!