Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shoes (and fashion), how I have missed thee

I've been slacking big time on how I've been dressing for the last several months. I think a lot of it has to do with being depressed at work and not caring much about how I look while I'm there. When I go out on the weekends somewhere nice, I dress up, but that's not very often. It's unfortunate, because I have a lot of shoes. And when I say I have a lot, I mean I have A LOT. There are many pairs I haven't even worn yet, which is a crime in itself. I just show up at work in flip flops or blah-looking sandals, and that's about all I can manage most days.

So I decided to start wearing all my pretty shoes again. And yes, I've started small. Yesterday I paraded around in some pink plaid-looking canvas Mary Janes. Today I strolled in with these lovely brown corduroy polka dot flats, complete with little bows (note the washed out frumpy jeans). I don't know that I'm up to the high heel stage this week, but I'm trying to muster up the will to change how I look. I can't let work get to me and let my fashion suffer (which it seriously has). I used to wear cute skirts and dresses all the time, and I always had cool accessories or purses to accentuate my outfits. I was well-known for my shoe collection, and the women at work always oohed and ahhed over my latest pair.

Well, now I want to emerge from my corporate takeover–induced funk and dress it up a bit. I'm deeply inspired by Georgia in that department. As you can see from her blog, she is a very stylish person, and definitely is not afraid to do her own thing, like wearing this cool hat.

But most of all, even on her "frumpiest" days—or so she says; I never see her look anything but polished—she is always sleek and colorful and simply radiates fashion. Jenny, too, always looks wonderful and pretty and very professional. So what's my excuse? They are going through the same thing I am at work, yet they rise above our shared misery and still look sublime. Although, in my defense, I always make sure to carry around my beautiful apple green patent leather crocodile bag, shown below.

It is my trademark bag, and I go everywhere with it. I always get compliments on it, and even on my worst-dressed days, it adds a dash of flair to my outfit. I absolutely adore the thing. (Thanks for such an awesome Christmas gift by the way, Matt—sorry you had to endure the stares at DSW while you selected the handbag among the throngs of shoe-obsessed women.) But even with my spiffy purse accompanying me daily, I am still in the marginal territory of being fashionable.

So, in honor of Georgia and Jenny, and of course my own self image and self esteem, I am ready and willing to go back to the way I was. I was a person who tried to look good and didn't care what others think, and who didn't slink in everyday in rumpled clothes and poor footwear. Well, she's back, and not allowing the frumpster Chris to show her face anymore. Nay, I shall hold my head high, wear my prettiest dress, and confidently stroll through that front door at work, looking my best, shoes shined and gleaming!

That is, as soon as I manage to put an outfit together for tomorrow....

(Photo of my shoes and bag taken with my iPhone; picture of Georgia in hat courtesy of Georgia)


Georgia (AKA g-bug) said...

i can vouch for Chris—she has tons of shoes. and they are all cute! i finally met my match in the shoe department.

i look forward to seeing you break them out again—not that i wasn't enjoying your adorable paint jobs on your toe nails during flip-flop season!

p.s.—any shoes you get sick of i'd be happy to take off your hands (i mean feet).

Chris said...

Yes, you have, hee hee :)

I was enjoying my pedicures too, but I think I'm ready for something beyond flip flops and slouchy jeans, you know? At the very least I want to get some nice new dark wash denims.

Ha! No problem. Anyhow, I still have all the gorgeous pairs you gave to ME! :)

Good thing we're only a half size apart, eh?

Jules said...

i get stuck in the same rut once in a while - where i don't care very much about my wardrobe...it usually happens when i feel the need to go shopping for new, inspiring clothes, but can't! i love that green purse! thank you for your comment on my blog :) i appreciate the input.

Chris said...

You're welcome. You've got some really neat posts. I didn't comment on it, but I love that four-poster bed. Yum!

I'm feeling the itch for new jeans, which is a necessity since I wear them almost daily, but I'm in the same boat as you. I just can't justify a shopping spree right now!

Thanks for visiting my blog, too :)

please sir said...

I SO understand the misery of corporate wasteland. I feel the same way most day - why bother? Plus I work with lots of older woman that I know don't give a crap! Well, you are right...it's good to start somewhere because you may hate your job, but at least you can still look fabulous. I've heard the phrase "dress for the job you want, not the one you have"

Chris said...

Good point. I thought about what you said a lot today as I began another day of misery. I work with a lot of frumpy men and women too, and sometimes the atmosphere is positively stifling as far as any creativity goes. But I got lots of compliments on my shoes (and shirt) and that made me smile despite everything :)

Shoes are truly a magic elixir for happiness!