Necklace: Looted from Mrs. Spookshow
Top: JC Penney
Skirt: Mrs. Spookshow's Designs
This outfit may look familiar if you follow my Tumblr (you DO follow my Tumblr, right? ha!). Earlier this week I posted photos of the basics of this outfit on Tumblr, asking my followers there if they thought this outfit was appropriate for business casual, and what I could change to make it better. It's not often that I need to dress "business" at all, so I really don't have any experience in that realm, especially from the perspective of skirts and such. I no longer own any pants, and I didn't think shorts or leggings would be appropriate, so that left a kilt or a skirt. I knew the kilt would work, but it seemed a bit boring, and also I feel this skirt looks much better for the occasion.
Before we go any further, here's the original photo posted to Tumblr:
Not much changed, honestly. I got quite a lot of feedback, pretty much all of which was positive. The most common suggestion was to add a necklace, perhaps something that could tie in my hair. I had a look through the jewelry box, but we just don't have anything screaming orange, ha. I did decide to add a necklace, however, and just let my hair be the brilliant pop of color that it is. Thank you every one for the advice and encouragement, I really appreciate it!
Here is a closer shot of the necklace, and by consequence, my face, ha. The shirt has a kind of metallic sheen that I'm not sure reads completely in the photos, so I thought I could play on that a bit with this shiny grey necklace. It also helps tie in my grey flannel flats I'm wearing.
So, with the added necklace and freshly painted purple nails, this business causal outfit was complete and I was off to my meeting. As I've said before on the blog, I'm a makeup artist and during the Halloween months I work for a major haunted attraction here in Florida. One of the many perks of my profession is never really having to worry too much about any strict dress codes. As such, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to really try to bring men's fashion freedom to a business setting.
To be honest, I wasn't really too sure what to expect. Would I get reprimanded, sent home, or even fired? I can't pretend that I didn't worry about those possibilities (especially with a child on the way, so I need all the money I can get, ha), but I really felt that the look itself was solid and well put together, and at the end of the day I really felt that I needed to just do it ....
And nothing happened. I received nothing but compliments on the look from many of my friends, and that was that. I'm really happy about that, because I do not wear the things I do to seek attention. Ideally, I don't want my sartorial decisions to be any more out of place in situations or in people's minds than anyone else in the room, though I realistically know that at this point in time it often is. Skirts and dresses for men won't become as commonplace or accepted as women wearing pants or other traditionally men's styles unless we do actually just embrace it and start wearing it out, which is why I do what I do. Speaking plainly, the end goal is for skirts, dresses, tights, heels, and other currently female-gendered clothing to be normal sartorial options in a man's wardrobe. I feel like I pulled that off here.
Anyhow, to get back to the outfit and finish off this OOTD, it's time for some closeups of the shoes.
I'm surprised at how often I've worn this belt. When I first got it I was very unsure of how to wear it, but looking back over my past OOTDs I've managed to find a lot of situations where it has helped an outfit. This skirt is one of my favorites too, as it's super sleek and comfortable. This skirt was actually made for me by Mrs. Spookshow, so it was tailored to fit my body pretty perfectly. I'm really glad I chose to wear it in this outfit.
I got these grey flats back in February when Mrs. Spookshow & I took our trip to Tampa to see Penn & Teller. Towards the end of the weekend my feet had had enough of heels, and I just had to go find a pair of flats (I had foolishly neglected to pack any). These shoes took a while to break in, but now they are super comfortable and although I often prefer heels over flats, I do find myself wearing these quite a bit.
Anyhow, that's it for this one. I've still got an outfit from a party last week that I need to post here, but unfortunately it needs a pass through the laundry before that's possible. With any luck, I'll post that sometime next week, so look for that then. Talk to you soon!