Back in my elementary school days, there was a “suggested uniform.” For girls, it was a sky blue collared shirt paired with a navy blue skirt or dress [you know, the kind that can only be found at Cookie’s]. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this “suggestion” because I didn’t like someone else definitively telling me what to wear, but also, and perhaps more important,... it wasn’t even cute. [Blue on blue- really?] I tried to spruce it up a little with some patterned tights every now and again until I made it to 5th grade- the pivotal year when all the cool kids started wearing “regular clothes.” I was a cool kid ;)
I then transferred to prep school, where I spent 6 years with a dress code. It was typical prep school guidelines- collared shirts, no jeans or sweatpants. I loved it. Back then my style was very Ralph Lauren x Tommy Hilfiger, so I was in prep school heaven if you will.
College is extensively revered as the place where you can roll into class wearing the pajamas you slept in the night before. So, I’d often get asked "Interview today?" to which my answer was often “No.”
The truth is, getting dressed in the morning is one of my all time favorite parts of the day. I turn on some upbeat happy music-often a “waking up happy” Google Play Music curated playlist- and pick the outfit for the day ahead. I rarely know exactly what I want to wear, so I let my mood guide me each a.m. My closet is arranged in color order [like I advised you here], so I often think of what color family I want to wear-warm, like reds and oranges; or cold, like blues and greens. Once I’ve picked the shirt, I pick out the bottoms, and then choose shoes last. Jewelry and lip color [there’s nothing like a good lip] are always the finishing touches!
“You must wear clothes” is the dress code at Google. So it really is a free for all. I have yet to get the “Important stakeholder meeting today?” question, but I’ll take a guess and say that’s because I’m only one month in not because I don’t dress the part!