So, confession, I do own a select few of those traditional ’10 items every woman should own’. VERY few. A white button front being one of them. And, no I don’t wear it much. But when I do need it, I’m so glad it’s there. Mainly I use it in my employment seeking capsule.
That said, it’s not the basic, boxy (what I think of as a Martha Stewart) shirt. I got the Express Essential and sized down (I fall between 2 sizes) for a more tailored fit. It has princess seams and skims right over the figure. The open neck feels less conservative and constrictive to me, as well. I topped it with a snakeskin jacquard blazer, coincidentally also by Express. Weather was a rainy, wintry mix with plenty of wind, so the weatherproof Santana Canada riding boots came out. Free People wine corduroys.
No, I did not get the TJ Maxx job 😦 But I threw my hat in some other rings while I was out following up on it. And I do have the banquets coming up next month. That’s at least something. I admit it’s hard getting rejected at midlife when I’m trying to switch my career path, but onward and upward.
I wear this shirt less than twice a year on average but it does fill a hole. Do you have any ‘must have’ items that are not really your style but you need nonetheless? Did you do your best to find your version of them? Or just figure it’s a need and not a want, and not bother to try and find one that makes you at least a little happy?