I'm Attempting to Overhaul My Look. Eek!

Basically, I'm trying to be a whole new "happy" me. Sort of.
Publish date:
November 14, 2012

OK, elephant in the virtual room! Many of you have been wondering where I disappeared to over the past month.

Long story short, I fell back into the print world and am now (again) a beauty editor at a glossy women's fashion magazine (for the foreseeable future). I was having a hella hard time juggling my new full-time job with my part-time freelance gigs (along with living between two continents and dating like a maniac), so I went off the digital grid for a while to calibrate my commitments and adjust to my suddenly demanding schedule. It took a while to get it right, but I was victorious, so I'm back. (Yahooooooooooooooo!)

Now that I'm in my 9-to-5 flow (well, 10-to-6 actually), I've been forced to get back into officemode. Part of that is branching out from my signature "dressed-in-all-black-like-the-omen" style and experimenting with color. I have to say, it's much harder than I thought; I'm just now starting to realize how much of my personality is wrapped up in how I choose to dress.

If you ask me, I'd tell you that I live my life in black because black always matches with black and black is safe and black is super-slimming. But if you ask others, they'll probably sing a totally different tune.

Case in point: I recently ran into a publicist who I haven't seen in years, and she couldn't stop commenting on how different (read: much better) I looked. She was unable to properly articulate precisely what she wanted to say, but she kept commenting on how "happy" I seemed.

For the record, I was happy before, too. The only difference between now and then was that I was wearing a red dress that day -- everything else was the same.

Admittedly, I've always kept to myself and been creepily quiet. Seemingly (but not at all) bitchy. Slightly standoffish. (Until you get to know me, that is.)

Note to self: Wear all black, and everyone perceives you as a bitchy, super-serious cuntflap. Infuse a bit of color, and your dark and ominous demeanor magically disappears. Duly noted, darling.

But I digress.

Being the new kid on the block at a such a fashion-focused magazine has forced me to re-evaluate my personal style in favor of a more upbeat creative-corporate look, while still staying true to the fabrics and cuts that I know work well for me. Below are a few of the looks I've been rocking with. Let me know which one you like best, yeah?

1) Skinny Floral Jeans

I live my life in skinny black denim and leather cigarette pants, and I've always tried to steer clear of bold prints that tend to attract too much attention to my wider-than-all-outside hips. However, floral splashed all over a dark background is the best of both worlds -- it breaks up the monotony of wearing a solid color without being too in-your-face and overpowering.

2) Leather Skirts

As I've mentioned before, I thoroughly enjoy leather pants, and I've recently learned that a slim leather pencil skirt isn't that much of a departure. Sure I could slap it on with a plain T-shirt and pumps and step out the door, but it's much more versatile than you may think -- after Frankenstorm, I turned up at the office wearing one with black hi-top sneakers and a bubble coat. Two words: Street chic.

3) Bodycon Dresses

I like my hourglass body shape (but I couldn't give less of a fuck about this fupa), so on the days when I don't have time to try and put a work-appropriate outfit together, a knee-length body-skimming dress underneath a snazzy overcoat saves the day. This combination is my version of sexy secretary -- it's tasteful but trendy, not to mention fiercely figure-flattering!

It's been six weeks since the switch -- so far, so good.

Fingers crossed I can keep it up. Wish me luck!

What are your go-to office outfits? Anything you recommend I add to my new work wardrobe?

Tell me on Twitter: @IndiaJewelJax!