It seems that I will be returning to my old haunt at the arts office for an indeterminate period in the near future... one of the ladies I worked with has left and they need someone to cover who won't require training. Embarrassingly, my last stint at the office coincided with what I think was a brief state of late teenage rebellion, which meant that more often than not I turned up to work in ridiculously baggy bondage pants and huge hoodies with skulls on. This time around, I am hoping to repair some of the damage.
Which means, corporate Goth.
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Sooo... in a timely fashion, here are some tips and tricks I have learned over the last couple of years for fitting into a corporate environment without losing your Goth cred:
- You might not have to tone it down as much as you think you do. It's surprising just how Gawth you can still look whilst dressed smartly for a day at work. Even if you're wearing colour, the right hair, make-up, and accessories can create a stunning look.
- Dark make-up is fine and dandy, but this is not the time to play about with swirly bits or excessive eyeliner. Think sophisticated rather than spooky. Gentlemen should steer clear of nail polish as a general rule.
- Some of the staples of a Gothy wardrobe are equally suited to club and corporate attire. Simple, elegant skirts, knee-length or longer; black trousers; blazers, shirts and blouses of all descriptions (although I recommend avoiding anything too sheer) and a smart pair of black boots can be dressed up or down with ease.
- Unusual, avant-garde jewellery hints at your Goth identity without being OTT.
- Just because you have a flexible dress code does not mean that you need to appear unprofessional. Err on the side of 'smart' to earn the respect of your colleages, especially if you have lots of visible body mods and strangely-coloured hair. Balance between your Goth look and conventional office appearance is key.
- Keep in mind what you are gaining, especially on those days when you have too much work to do and a line-up of boring meetings which require toning your look down even further: more money for pretty clothes and nights out.
- Play 'spot the Goth'. You may not be the only darkly-inclined person in your building, especially if you work in the arts sector, or anything to do with computers. Giveaway signs are: a consistently monochrome wardrobe, clothing that is a tad lacier or more flowy than average office attire, quirky jewellery, a tendency towards Halloween-inspired desk decor.
- Find some lighter colours that you can bear to wear. I like grey, pink and purple. It just breaks up the black a little bit and makes you appear more approachable.
- Your ability to do your job is more important than your appearance. I have always told myself that if I am employed by someone who feels, for example, that my lip ring and tattoo somehow affect my capability to work - well, there are other jobs. However, think long and hard before you make such a decision, this kind of attitude may not work well for every person and every situation.
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