Gonna use my style

8 May

For a grown woman, I have an appalling number of rock and roll t-shirts.

Some were given to me as presents by sympathetic friends and family. Some I earned by going to concerts and having enough cash left after the $13 beers to buy swag. A couple came home with me from Nashville after visiting Sun Studios and the Johnny Cash Museum a few years ago. If you know me at all, you won’t be surprised that I also have four Tom Petty shirts: one a Mother’s day gift from the elder daughter, another a fan club thank-you, a third a 40th anniversary tour keepsake, and the fourth a one-of-a-kind item silk-screened by a friend of mine with a talent for creating wearable art.

They are all now in heavy rotation. Since I was let go from my day job a couple of weeks ago, I am no longer required to dress in that sartorial purgatory, Business Casual. Our office switched to this ill-defined style a couple of years ago after decades of Business Professional attire that required women to wear panty hose (a term I may have to explain to anyone under the age of 45). I still have enough blazers to outfit a prep school glee club and a number of those swoopy sweaters we ladies started wearing due to the fact there is not a single professional, flattering dress or top sold in America that has sleeves.

Now that we’re all pretty much home bound, there is nothing stopping me from cruising through my day in unfortunate athleisure or footie pajamas or an inflatable T-Rex costume, for that matter. (Mark my words: once businesses reopen their doors and slowly bring their employees back on campus after months of working from home, they will have a hard time making the case for any sort of dress code beyond ensuring people are wearing clothing below the waist.)

But when there is business to be done, I want to sharpen up. It puts my head in the right space, and even if I’m not on Zoom, it’s a sign of respect to those I’m on the phone with to take this seriously enough to be decently put together. Still, I want to maintain some personal flair. So when I had my first phone interview for a position today, and I wanted to feel comfortable, confident and a little bit kick-ass, I chose my Chrissie Hynde shirt from her 2014 solo tour:

Perhaps this is where the post-pandemic dress code will end up: Business Cool. Let’s hope so.

See you on the flip side …

P.S. If you do wear a rock-themed shirt on Zoom, remember the other participants will see it as a reverse image … meaning Lana Del Rey reads “yeR leD anaL. (Thank you to my elder daughter for making that mistake so the rest of us don’t have to.)

6 Responses to “Gonna use my style”

  1. Hunter Kurepa-Peers May 8, 2020 at 10:18 am #

    MUM it’s LANA DEL REY with an E

    • lpon45 May 8, 2020 at 10:20 am #

      Duly noted and updated. (I was trying to keep your name out of it, btw)

  2. Jason Wendleton May 8, 2020 at 11:58 pm #

    While you’re looking cooler I’m over here slowly changing into Fat Thor (whom I know you love). I’ve had to wear a tie to work for the last 2 years but following a promotion in October I got to go “business casual.” I’m not a fan. I keep a suit jacket and tie at my cube in case the Gov or some other dignitary swings by unannounced, but mostly just wear button-ups and dress pants. Real dad wear. It’s very depressing.

    That said, I recently found a LET IT BE t-shirt that I bought from Hot Topic in 2001. Would you believe that it still fits?

    • lpon45 May 9, 2020 at 12:16 am #

      I believe it still fits – and I believe you rock it in office wear, and the Governor appreciates it. (And I’ve switched to the less judgy term “Bro Thor” … although I’d love him no matter what he’s called.)

  3. marmaladefille May 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

    Free at last—from pantyhose! I love this look you’re rocking. And you have perfect Chrissie Hynde hair.

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