The Struggle to Be Corporate



It’s a Monday morning. I barely make it to work after practically dragging myself out of bed, but not before being faced with the problem of what to wear. I am bombarded with decisions as I add and subtract from my outfit: Is this too formal? Is that too out-there? Is this dress too short?

Eventually, my brain tells me I have made the right decision. I pick an outfit and head to work, hoping I managed to look at least average. I’m very tired and want to go back home and sleep (Monday blues), but as I start to work, I hear a voice from behind me say, “JK Rolling, why don’t you ever dress corporate?” I look at myself and realise that I actually don’t look corporate. I have been fooled by my brain once again.

I decide that I’m going to look better the following week, and start to strategize and make plans on how I want to dress. After my internal strategy session, I am hopeful. I mean, how hard can it be to put together a formal shirt and simple trousers? Next thing I hear is, “Baby girl, what are you wearing? Why won’t your hair stay combed?” And I’m just stumped, like, ahn ahn, I really tried. What’s going on here, and why isn’t anyone praising my effort?

Back to the drawing board for me.

I’m not exactly a fashionista. In fact, I’d probably be the worst dressed in magazines if I was famous. But after struggling so hard to figure out what to wear, daily, I finally figured it out!

Here’s how I solved the problem:

After a lot of research, I decided to have a work uniform with similar outfits every day. I bought a few pairs of trousers, 2 skirts and lots of chiffon tops. I also kept a pair of heels in the office in case I was ever accused of not wearing heels. This simple decision has made my life so much easier! I now have items that always match, look formal, and I don’t have to stress myself out over getting ready anymore because everything looks pretty much the same.

Since I made this change I’m now cool with everyone (thank God). And not only do I feel great about what I wear, I no longer spend time thinking about what I wear! If you’re like me, and you struggle with work-appropriate fashion, I hope you learn from my process!