I have mentioned before that after hitting the big (okay, not THAT big) 2-0, I started to overhaul my wardrobe and began to feel that many of my staple wardrobe items - tutus, for example, and yes, my formerly much-adored bondage pants - were perhaps better suited to someone younger. Lately I've taken on more responsibility at work and have been enjoying nights out with friends a bit more, and I've found my wardrobe beginning to change to suit a more 'adult' lifestyle.
Eek! Don't panic! I haven't consigned my stripy socks to the charity shop or thrown away all my frilly skirts - goodness, no! But I have been indulging in a spot of what I suppose could be considered power dressing this last couple of days (sadly, no pics yet, although I do still have some outfit posts waiting to be uploaded from the last few weeks) and it's been an interesting experience to feel a bit more grown-up and glamorous.
I've posted about grown-up fashion for the Gothically-inclined before, so I won't rehash my lists of links that have been helpful for modifying a more elegant, corporate wardrobe, but I wanted to share some inspiration and tips - and hopefully some of you darkling types in the world of work will have some advice that you can share also. :-)
- Confidence is key to any personal style, and whilst self-esteem comes from within I find it never hurts to bolster it with good undies. Yes, I'm serious. If your whites are grey, you buy multipack briefs from the supermarket, you've never had a bra fitting and you still wear the same panties you wore in school, it's probably time for an overhaul. Practical and comfortable may be a good place to start, but demand more from your underpinnings. Try a site like What Katie Did; you may be surprised how much more confident and feminine a nice set of undies can make you feel.
- If, like me, you feel a sense of rising panic when you confront your wardrobe, it may be worth taking some advice from the experts. Books on basic style (colours, shapes, dressing to suit your body shape etc.) are now so prolific that they can be found in most charity shops for a couple of quid - although, do try to find something recent-ish! Goths, of course, can discount most advice regarding the colour black, but it is possible to glean a modicum of sensible tips to help you be sure that what you're wearing suits YOU.
- Glamour has a lot to do with grooming. A defined brow and a sleek up-do are far from being 'un-Goth' but such a style will also speak volumes about you.
- The right accessories can glam up a Goth gown or Goth up a simple, stylish dress. Therefore, stock up!