Lunchtime can be a disaster for the working girl. If you have a quick sandwich type lunch at the office, you’re generally eating something quick and easy to fix, so it isn’t necessarily good for you. Then on top of that, it’s going to be “drippy” and you’ve only got one outfit at work. You can’t just run in and change clothes. It doesn’t happen.
So to enjoy lunch, you’re either eating bent over a desk, dripping on the napkin, or risking a ruined outfit.
Invariably, the day you need to be dressed up, fashionable, and ready to meet the boss is the day your co-worker arrives at lunch time with a drippy chalupa for lunch. I’m sure you’ve seen them. Wrapped in soft fry bread, all the usual taco fixings, plus an extra measure of greasy seasoned juices and liquid cheese, plus the addition of a good sized helping of sour cream to make absolutely certain the drips will stain anything you’re wearing.
Well, that’s my morning. And guess who will be meeting me in about twenty minutes. But I’ve got it covered.
First, I was smart enough to select a black linen fabric sheath dress, sleeveless, with a fuller skirt, which smartly hides most stains as much as possible.
Then I have a light weight multi-colored jacket that I keep at the office, to wear over most of my more conservative dresses.
And the ultimate fix?
I have a selection of three scarves that never leave my office unless I’m wearing them. Then I replace them with another. These scarves include:
- a dark leafy printed gray on gray scarf that will upscale almost any black or gray dress (and I really do wear a lot of these) with a stylish stain-covering accent.
- a warm colored reds, oranges, and yellows scarf that can be worn with the neutral colors that might be in my wardrobe. Probably fewer of these than any other color, but this also warms up a black or dark gray dress.
- and last, a frosty blues and pinks geometric scarf that I can wear even over a white blouse if needed to cover up a horrible stain.
It’s crazy how often I find it necessary to rely on one of these scarf solutions for my wardrobe malfunctions.
I recently was inspired to add a serachi sized scarf in a heavier fabric to act as a skirt cover or wrap, in the event of a lower level malfunction. Once again, I selected something that would go with my usual darker wardrobe selections, because it negated the problem of replacing my skirt or pants on a momentary basis when faced with disaster.
What’s your office place solution for wardrobe malfunctions?