As I was getting ready for work one day I thought: what if I didn’t have this job? How would I dress? If I didn’t have to work would I still have the same clothes in my closet? Would I have as many?
Considering people associate themselves with their lines of work or what they do, it made me curious to know how differently we would be sartorially if we didn’t have that work.
Some wardrobes are dictated by their work due to status and profession. Would a lawyer not have all the suits in their closet? (Xin, feel free to chime in.) Would doctors not have as many blazers or sweaters? Would a fast food worker who usually wears a tee and jeans wear more dresses or dress up in general knowing they wouldn’t risk getting grease or food stains on their clothes regularly? Once those questions are answered maybe even a bigger question can be answered: Would our wardrobes be as big as they are now?
To answer the top questions, I know I wouldn’t have half the clothes I do now due to my job. In fact, I’d go so far as to say 95% of the clothes I bought last year most likely would not have been purchased at all nor even thought of if I didn’t have my job. So I clearly wouldn’t have as many clothes as I do now. I know my wardrobe has ballooned greatly. However, I’m starting to realize it never needed to in the first place. My job isn’t nearly as strict on the business casual as I thought. It’s simply – clean and casual – period. All that being said, I don’t regret the journey my wardrobe has taken over the years. I’m becoming more comfortable with what truly works for me throughout all of this trial-and…. trial with outfits. But now, the “business casual” mantra is dethroned for my work. I wear jeans and nice looking tees more often. Today I wore a completely wrinkled linen shirt (last photo). One thing I have learned – nice shoes will make any casual outfit better. Shoes sort of set a bar or a message saying, “sure I could’ve dressed nicer, but this is nice enough and it works”.
Ironically Z’s wardrobe hasn’t changed much from his job. He was wearing nicer clothes he already had – at first. But then he went back to his standard jeans and tee uniform. He did recently buy several new short sleeve button-down shirts that greatly surprised me. When I asked him why he bought them, he simply said he thought he should dress more like a grown up. His decision was more personally than professionally based. Granted, I don’t doubt his job had something to do with it since he’s traveling more often, but the fact that he thought about his fashion style at all and wanted to make a slight change was enough to have me pester him relentlessly for days about this decision (that’s how rare it is that he ever changes anything about himself).