I absolutely love seeing what people wear on a regular ol’ day. I mean, I love a fancy red-carpet frock like it’s nobody’s business, but seeing how normal girls like me (I use normal quite subjectively here…!) put together cute outfits to do the same sort of stuff I do is my fave. Go to work, hang out with friends, head to the market and relax on the weekend, maybe have a dinner out with husband, the normal stuff.
The only problem is, since I started working in my current job, I’ve not really posted many wardrobe pics and I’ve been getting unreasonably jealous of those who do. I work in retail, you see. Women’s activewear retail, to be precise. Ok, I work at Lorna Jane (pop in and say hi!) and I don’t really know how I feel about sharing pics of me in my work gear. I see ladies who work in corporate environments and I get SO envious of their cute suits, but then I think… I don’t ever have to wear stockings or heels, so life’s pretty good.
I’m not a typical gym-bunny LJ girl; although knowing pretty much all the girls who work at Lorna Jane stores on the Sunshine Coast, there really isn’t a typical LJ girl amongst us – we come in all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels. The only thing we generally have in common is that we are super-bubbly, and love talking to women.
I’m a size 14-16 in most Australian brands, so sometimes feel a little uneasy wearing workout tights and slim-fitting tanks in public. But, the job has its benefits – after seeing a million and one women wearing Lorna Jane in just as many ways, I feel like I’ve finally (a year in) found my own style and am comfortable wearing most of my work clothes – and photographing them too!
We don’t have to wear Lorna Jane to work, but I like to because I feel like customers can trust my opinions more if they can see that I love and wear a product myself. Most days I have a sort-of LJ uniform, and I’m trying to mix it up this season, but without much success.
I wear black (occasionally navy) tights, track pants or harem pants on the bottom; a slim-fitting tank or cotton printed tank on top, then layer with a vest or sleeveless jacket. On my feet, I used to wear sandals a lot (we work across the road from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so a barefoot lunch stroll is a MUST), but a recent change in dress standards means that moving forward, it’s enclosed shoes only. Boo. It was great while it lasted. Now I wear sneakers, Converse or ballet flats every day, but standing all day means I can’t wear the same shoes too often, I have to mix it up a bit.