This morning I realized my current work wardrobe is not hacking it for work or for commuting. I need some new stuff but don't want to buy the same old stuff, but I also don't want to feel like I'm wearing somebody else's costume. Help! How can I feel like myself and look decent at work?
I'm an academic librarian on the west coast, so the dress code is non-existent. I typically dress like Ernie Douglas
- plaid shirt, hoodie (or cardigan), and jeans or cords (lately they've been skinny). Occasionally I wear a polo shirt or maybe a striped t-shirt (when I'm extra casual) and in the cooler months I wear sweaters with my jeans/cords. When I have to dress up a bit more, I aim for a mod/trad skin look- wearing more fitted shirts (tucked in) with a blazer or nicer cardigan with chinos.
I'm a woman and dress pretty butch or androgynous. The most femme thing I wear regularly to work are long sleeve boatneck shirts, but they're unisex. While I am open to changing my daily wardrobe from 1960s plaid shirts to something else, I'm not really willing to go too far afield. (No skirts, dresses, twin sets, blouses or the like.) I have to do a fair amount of crawling around in dirty places regularly, so I don't want to wear stuff that can't get dirty and cleaned easily.
The problem is now I'm a bike commuter and aside from the sweat from riding uphill to work, I'm just finding all sorts of little weird things about my current wardrobe that are annoying me. I know I need to ditch hoods, but what kind of jacket would be good to wear around work/town without a hoodie. I have tried to buy jackets, but they all strike me as too modern or trendy. I want simple and classic, whilst still lightweight and good for damp/wet weather when it happens.
So help me AskMeFi! Give me some ideas to refresh my wardrobe and maybe finally ditch hoodies, but at the same time still retain my 60s mod roots. Pants (nothing too wide legged), shirts, jackets, shoes, whatever. I need help! The other wrinkle is that I'm vegan so won't do wool or leather.
Bonus round: I need a new messenger bag and am torn between getting a sling or a backpack. I have a gigantic messenger bag from Freight
right now and I'd like something smaller. Right now my back is sweaty when I wear it, so I figure why not get a backpack? But then I think maybe I'm so used to a sling I should just stick with it.