Ever since graduating college and immediately starting a “big girl” job, I’ve been trying to transition my wardrobe from comfortable college student to comfortable, mature designer. In Silicon Valley, it’s VERY common to dress casually to work. For instance, you can usually tell the engineers apart from the crowd: blue jeans, sneakers, loose-fitting t-shirt, black backpack with their company logo plastered in big white letters. Since most of our workforce comprises of engineers, perhaps their work attire has rubbed off on the rest of us, creating a valley of casual yet driven individuals. Since transitioning from fast-fashion to ethical and sustainable (slow) fashion, I’ve noticed an identity crisis within my wardrobe. Two major transitions are attempting to take place simultaneously, which has left me quite overwhelmed. As a wannabe minimalist, my solution has been to remove the items which I claim I will make use of “one day,” and replace them with sustainable and/or ethical pieces. I love athleisure, minimalism, and neutrals, but sometimes I feel a little out of place with such a dressed-down look. It should be noted that designers are also known to dress down – it’s the norm! My confusion and insecurities aside, I stumbled upon this Harper’s Bazaar article from 2015, about an art director deciding to wear the same outfit everyday – just like her male counterparts. It’s a refreshing perspective since females typically feel pressured to wear something new (and hopefully re-wear things without people noticing). I would love to hear your thoughts!

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