It is really hard to become a fully fledged grown-up when you work for a nonprofit.
Our dress code is lax at the most, and while technically I am supposed to wear "business casual" Monday through Thursday and jeans on Friday, I think as long as I'm not swinging around a stripper pole in my cubicle wearing a fur coat no one will even notice what I am wearing.
I have been known to wear jeans 2 or even three days a week. Especially when I haven't done laundry in 3 weeks. But let me tell you, I have seen people in my office wearing things I would not wear when getting the mail. Those velcro jesus sandals. Crocs .. don't even get me started on how much I loathe crocs, yes even on your toddler. Cargo shorts, at work I know. I think I may have even spotted a pair of sweatpants in the hallway last winter.
I don't usually write about clothes or my wardrobe, mostly because I don't think its all that interesting. BUT, I am having a serious issue now because I so desire to dress like an adult, but so do not have the financial means to do so. I mean, how do women my age afford to be so put together? I refuse to shop at discount stores because 1. it depresses me and 2. the few times I have been I never find anything half way decent.
Currently, 80% of my wardrobe is J Crew, 10% Banana, and the rest a mish mash of jeans, flip flops, and gym clothes. Simply because that's what seems to be available to me at a somewhat decent price that doesn't fall apart. I don't think its responsible to spend thousands of dollars on clothes when you can't really afford it, and at the same time, everyone wants to look good.
What brought this on? I went to a sorority alumni event last night and for the most part all the women my age looked, well, my age! Not as if they were graduate students. I think I look like a perpetual grad student. Frumpville.