March 17, 2010

Need to be a boyscout

I know I should be professional all the time, but I'm just not. I dress up or down depending if I have any client meetings scheduled. My goal on any given day is to find the right combo of comfort and 'designer trendy' so that I don't want to tear things off at the end of the day, but I'm presentable.

Yesterday I had no meetings scheduled. Outfit: jacket & tank top with skinny black jeans and boots. At four PM my phone rings. I get pulled into an in-house 'rehearsal' that lasts for three hours and includes the three biggest players in my company.

Today, you'd think I'd have learned, but no. I put on a hat and some dangly earrings (the ones my Dad made me from hardware store pieces), a tunic top, skinny jeans and black boots. So, of course there was a surprise client meeting with our partner who'd flown up from LA. At least I hadn't gone full comfort with a fleece or something.

It's getting very tricky to think how I could juggle the timing to not really mess up my current job if I take the new one. Two major deliverables next Friday. And then my current CD is on PTO that next Monday. I haven't heard anything, but I know they are slammed at the new job, too.

Maybe I should just wear my heels tomorrow and assume I'll have four meetings. That way I won't have any.


Aimee said...

Is there any way you could stash an extra outfit at work for surprises or emergencies?

Too cool on the ear rings. Would love to see them.

OTR sister said...

Aren't you going to be visiting us next Friday? Will you have to work?

Rachel said...

Eh, I wouldn't worry about it. I think business casual was invented in SF, and I would think in your line of work looking a little bit interesting is probably better than looking too buttoned-up. Black dress pants are always a good dressy/ comfy option. Hope you get an answer soon!

OTRgirl said...

I AM coming to visit you next Friday, Karis. I'm planning to work my butt off so that I don't have to work while I'm with you, but it's a possibility. Makes it more tempting to turn everything in on Thursday and then resign on my way out the door.

Of course, I may not get the other job, in which case, more sucking it up and juggling away.


Sam said...

Sometimes clothing is so hard. Secretly, that's why I wear so much black.

Anonymous said...

Aimee is right. You should keep a dressy stash at work. Particularly if you work in SF.

For how long is the SF firm going to leave you -- and us -- dangling?

We keep on praying.