Do I work just to get out of my mummy uniform? For mummy days I have 4 pairs of skinny jeans (all Topshop, best for short arses) 2 striped long-sleeved t-shirts and 4 jumpers . I barely rotate them or wash the baggy jumpers, they don’t touch my immaculate pits.
Reasons to work, you can: wear decent clothes, carry a bag that only has things for you in it, stop for breakfast or lunch at Pret, have some me time of a commute and earn a few pennies to spend on yourself.
Every new job I buy myself a new work wardrobe and a gift. Since the arrival of gumdrops and the bear the wardrobe is nearly all from Ebay. But I did treat myself to the most expensive Chantecaille lipstick I’ve ever purchased, @Space_NK will do that to you, for the power job and a beautiful Paperchase notebook for going freelance .
With my current role I totally overdressed for the interview (green COS dress with these Hobbs shoes) and found laid back hipsters listening to The Boss, Mr Brian Ferry. When I was offered the job my two new purchases were a Hush leather jacket and some new Nike sneaks .
What I wore to convince them…
Publishing – some token leopard print and rock accessories on an otherwise polished appearance pre-bump. Vibe: I am an all-rounder I love rock, I love movies, I love geeky stuff honestly. Doesn’t my edgy Accesorize bangle show you? <cringe>
Financial services – post the arrival of the bear a few smart but respectable dresses that did not cling to my little pot. Vibe: I am professional, committed and my mind is not on when I’ll try for my 2nd baby. Not at all.
Retail, Post the arrival of gumdrops…. Shudder… Sleek and glam to keep up with the polished sales force. Minus the vaping indoor. Vibe: I am super mega professional/important/clued up a total expert in spinning multiple plates. I definitely don’t have any kids that I ever think about. Ever.
And now…well I can just experiment from one day to the next. Right now I’m a leather jacket, Nike Air wearing MUM and it is OK.