What can a rocker babe wear to an office job?

 If you’re a rocker babe, have tattoos and/or you loooove wearing dark colors, and have no idea what to wear, that still feels very you, to your office job this post will give you some ideas.

I had jobs that allowed me to wear anything I wanted, show off my tattoos and piercings and wear converse, but when I had a job that required wearing collar shirts, covering up my tattoos, removing my piercings…wearing heels! I had a bit of a crisis. I couldn’t figure out what to wear.

I bought a few pieces here and there, tried my best to put cute outfits together, but it felt like I was wearing a costume, it made me feel very weird. I then had an aha! moment.

I finally realized that if I had to wear long sleeves (to cover the tattoos), collar shirts (cause that was mandatory) and black or dark blue pants, I was going to make them work for ME, I was determined to find collar shirts that looked like ME but were also appropriate for the office.

I bet you feel the same way, and it’s not because you don’t know how to dress, it’s because self expression is important to you, whatever your style is, you know it’s not just fashion, is something that you wear because it says something about you. Having somebody saying what you can and can’t wear can be hard, because you feel restricted, you fear you may be perceived as a different person, you think the real you won’t shine if you wear that dang plain white collar shirt!

This may sound dramatic for some, but not for those who understand how important self expression is, you’re not being dramatic and you are not overreacting, you just need to find a new way to express yourself within the “restrictions” and office can have.

So yeah, you don’t have to stop being a badass rocker babe, you just have to find the pieces that will create rad outfits you love that are OK for your job, here are some suggestions.

If you have neck or arm tattoos you can cover them by:

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A)  wearing a fitted long sleeve, with a bit of a high neck (without being a turtleneck) shirt, under a short sleeve shirt/blouse
B)  wearing cardigans
C)  wearing a button-up long sleeve shirt/blouse with a nice pattern
D)  wearing a sweater that’s not too big for your, you don’t wanna look frumpy
Some jobs require that you wear collar shirts, but you are allowed to pick any color and pattern you want, so this is were you can shine!
If you are not being forced to wear collar shirts that’s even better, you have more options.

If wearing color is not an issue for you, that’s great but I know a lot of rocker babes are somewhat scared of doing it, so instead of going for all the black shirts, try to go for white ones that have black patterns, and then try to pick muted colors, then add some patterns, etc.

Before I start showing you actual pieces, here are some basic silhouettes that can help you put outfits together.

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Now let’s see some real pieces so you can really get inspired… maybe start a Pinterest board with the ones you like, so you can then put together outfit ideas, instead of buying many pieces and then not knowing how to make them work.

Tops

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Modcloth
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If you wanna go for a bold pattern or bight color but you are still not sure if you will feel comfortable, you can wear a cream, black or gray cardigan, that will tone it down a bit, it’ll be like your safety blanket. At some point during the day, if you feel more confident you can always take the cardigan off.

Sweaters/Cardigans

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 12, try not to buy a sweater that’s too big on you, that will only make you look frumpy

Bottoms

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What if you’re on a budget?
Don’t you worry, you can print out the pieces you like on 1 or 2 sheets and take them with you when you go shopping, go to second hand shops, check out some discount shops and try to find pieces that have a similar cut/shape to the ones you like.

Shoes

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Shoes can be expensive so if you’re on a budget you can buy 2 or 3 pairs, these styles go with almost anything!
If you are being told to wear heels and you have no idea how to walk in them, don’t panic just buy wedges, you won’t have any troubles with them 😉
Don’t forget!
Think of the skirt/pants as the uniform, and be creative with your shirts and shoes, think comfort and self expression, but obviously keep it “acceptable” whatever that may be for your job.

My small collection of phobias

Wow “my small collection of phobias” sounds scary but this post should be light and fun. A phobia is an awful strong fear of something, some people react in extreme ways, some can’t control how they react and others can. I can.

My small collection is weird according to people so I thought, hey why not share!
And I hope you share yours too 🙂

As I mentioned, I can control how I react, I don’t get panic attacks and I don’t curl up or cry. I do get a high level of anxiety and I have to look away. I’m pretty sure that if I don’t look away I’d faint.

I’m listing these from high to low level of anxiety.

TRYPOPHOBIA

Fear of bumps, odd textures, etc.
I don’t know anybody that has this phobia, and whenever people find out about this weird fear of mine, they just don’t get it. I know it’s irrational and weird, but this phobia is the strongest, it makes my whole body go in this weird shock mode.

Some people, I’ve read, that have this one, are also afraid of holes, others are afraid of bubbles! I’m not, I actually love perfect circles, bubbles, and patterns.
My fear is of things that SHOULD be smooth but have bumps. It can be skin, a tree, a wall, frogs, etc.

MISOPHOBIA

Fear of specific sounds like chewing.
A lot of you may have this, right? This one is more common and it’s understandable.

I can’t stand hearing those sounds, I have to get up and leave. It makes me angry more than fearful.
I have never ever reacted in a negative way towards the chewer haha, I mean I get that this is my thing and I’m sure they are not even being loud, I’m pretty sure I’m making the noise sound louder in my head.

But yeah, I find it extremely grows and it makes me angry.

COULROPHOBIA

Fear of clowns.
I’m not afraid of scary clowns or clown toys. I’m afraid of real, normal looking clowns. And it’s not even a fear, I know they won’t hurt me or anything, but I get this extreme reaction. They make me feel really uncomfortable and I can’t look at them AT ALL.

I feel like clowns have these weird shapes and colors that don’t go together, and they are supposed to be happy but they always look SO SO SAD! So my guess is that, all these contradictions are what make me feel this way.

So did I scare you with my list? I hope not.
These are things I can control, they don’t require medication or anything, they just require some walking way 🙂

If you have a quirky fear let me know!