Work Wear, freedom of expression, and mental health.

So I read something the other day that struck me, and the more I thought about it, the more angry it made me. Apparently, in order to be successful, you should dress like your superiors and others around you in the office.

Well no offence to the people I work with- but FUCK THAT.  What I wear and how I dress in no way negatively impact my work and my ability to be successful.  In fact, being able to wear what I like makes me feel motivated and happy at work, which in turn makes me function much more effectively. 

I’m lucky to currently work in an office where I have the freedom to wear what I like, and express myself with my outfits- and my work speaks for itself. However, I have worked in a job where a uniform was mandatory, and coincidently it was a job that was purely a pay check for me- not a place I felt valued or was passionate about. So in addition to the uniform, I would wear no make-up- I didn’t see the point in ‘wasting it’.  That is something that for me, is an indicator of my mental state- if I can’t be bothered putting make-up on for days or weeks at a time, I’m not in a good place.  For the 3 months or so leading up to my breakdown and subsequent 3-year hiatus from the world of clinical trials I did not wear a scrap of make-up.

Now I am back in a job I love, and in a good place mentally, picking out a fun outfit and quirky accessories is part of my normal daily routine. So while dressing ‘professionally’ may be the way for some people to get ahead, I’ll be over here in my circle skirts, dinosaur pins, and purple sparkly eyeshadow- killing it.