My coworkers are the best beta testers — at least when it comes to outfits.
I enjoy fashion, but it doesn’t always come naturally to me. In middle school, it took me a good two years before I agreed with capri pants, and a big part of me not-so-secretly wishes someone could just bring back the bell bottoms.
Some of the outfits that I wear are winners; others are more of “I loved what you were wearing yesterday” kind of outfits. But whenever I get a new outfit, I know that wearing it to work will be the true test of my inner Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.
My coworkers – like all coworkers – see me more than my husband, my family, and closest friends combined. We spend dozens of hours per week together, and, in an office of fewer than 20 employees like mine, we know a lot of things about each other. Not only do we know about everyone’s family and pets and minor coughs, but we seem to have memorized each other’s outfits.
Consequently, when I wear something new, I’ll know within a few hours if I made the right choice or if I should have left it on the fitting room floor. “Wow, cute top!” “I love that color, is that new?” “Look at you wearing a sweater poncho! Is that leggings underneath?” WIN! “Cute outfit, maybe add a necklace next time!” Almost win! And other days – new outfit, no word at all – oops.
So here’s a big thank you to my awesome coworkers who are always honest, better than a mirror, who rate my clothes.