Shooz - Tactical Ninja
Nov. 5th, 2013
08:53 am - Shooz
So I've decided to revamp my work wardrobe. This stems from a bunch of things, but foremost my job is about to become more public-facing again, and since the whole thing's taken a step up (ie, now I'm running the meetings instead of just being a contributor to them), I kind of feel like I should dress the part.
I'm not into the whole corporate power suit severe shoulder pads* thing, and anyway that sort of thing would alienate me from the people I'm supposed to be connecting with, and our work dresscode is smart casual business. Which is a very broad set of parameters..
So the first thing I did was think about what was in my wardrobe that I can still live with. I have a bunch of skirts and a couple of dresses that are suitable, but I owned no pants** and there was a bit of a lack of tops that weren't long-sleeved, scoop necked and black.
So I went to Farmers (local chain shop that sells work clothing for reasonable prices) and bought a pair of pants and a couple of button up shirts. Things I still have to figure out include something to replace the black cardigans I tend to wear as a layering thing***, that work to keep me warm and look reasonably smart but aren't quite the whole business jacket hog. Preferably something that will go with the colours I wear, which range from neutrals through to an acid green pencil skirt and a hot pink fitted shirt****.
So black then. Or grey. *sigh* I am so bored with black.
And then there's shoes. For the last few years, I've managed with my stompy, flat-soled gogo length black boots. They are a Wellington staple and in winter the uniform for women is pretty much black leggings under a skirt of some kind, with these boots. And it's great. I can wear these boots anywhere - they are comfortable and grippy and practical and keep my feet warm and they really do go with pretty much everything. Hence my having worn them forever. But they are ready for retirement - they are likely to end up as part of a costume because they are already worn in. I'll definitely replace them. But the boots can only go so far.
I have a pair of reasonably dressy and comfortable skatey shoes that work with pants, jeans and the like. So that's cool.
But what about non-skatey shoes, the type you can wear with skirts? I am really crap at shoes. I own:
A pair of roman sandals
A pair of work boots
A pair of low heeled pumps in black (old as fuck, like from my school ball days)
A pair of strappy sandals in black with a heel about 2 inches that look nice but I can't walk more than about 1km in them
Ugg boots that I inherited from Mum
Some slippers with sheep on them that Mum Wheel gave me
Some black flats with a small open toe.
So as you can see, I am shoe-ly challenged***** in terms of smart casual work-wearable ones, anyway. Today, I'm wearing a black pencil skirt with a pink fitted shirt and stay-up stockings (ooh lala!), and the black flats. Because they are the only thing that go with this outfit.
On my walk down the hill I discovered that while nice and pretty and suitable for wearing with a pencil skirt, my black flats are not actually all that suitable for walking in. They keep flipping off my feet - maybe they're a bit big but they weren't when I bought them, and I can see that it's likely to be an inherent problem with little shoes because they have such a big hole for your foot that there's nothing to stick them on. I guess I could wear running shoes for my walk to work then change here, but that seems like a lot of effort.
So anyway, I think I need another pair of shoes. Ideally, one would be good, and they'd go with everything. But realistically, I think a grey pair and a brown pair might be in order. But what sort of shoes to buy?
TO THE INTERNET!
Except, on the internet, everyone wears four inch heels to work, which, while I've done it, isn't really what I'm after. And when I googled 'smart casual business women's shoes flat' I got lots of pictures of shoes with nobody wearing them, so I couldn't see what they go with. There were also these:
I don't think I'm quite ready for brogues yet, just saying.
So, um, I'm looking for suggestions. What are your favourite work shoes that go with everything? Bonus points for being flat heeled and practical while also pretty. No big ask, nooo..
* My shoulders don't need no stinking padding!
** My work has yet to have a No Pants day.
*** Wellington requires layering. Even in midsummer.
**** Not worn together. At least, not in public. Although, purple.... would make me look like an avocado.
***** Yes I know, women and shoes. I hold that if skirts and dresses were standard wear for men, they would also end up with the shoe thing. If I wore nothing but pants, I'd own two pairs of shoes max. Nyah.