Monday, 23 December 2013

Work it (I need a glass of water)

I have mentioned it before, but here we go again...I'm a librarian. The stereotype: cardigan, glasses, big fringe and odour of cat. The reality: black, black, black and OH MY GOD WHY AM I SO BORING. Oh, and some Vera Wang. 

The environment I work in requires me to look professional at all times. And I like having a line between my work and life wardrobes, but...I need to stop wearing so much black. I also have tattoos which I feel the need to cover. Obviously this isn't always possible, especially at the height of summer, but in the autumn/winter I generally will wear tights. I should add at this point that I don't think anyone should ever be discriminated against due to having tattoos, but the career path I have chosen (law/professional services) still has the kind of culture where it is difficult to be 'different'- I am not condoning this, but it is what it is. I am at the point at work where I have proved myself now, so I am less concerned about hiding my tattoos, but it's still a consideration when it comes to work wear. 

These photos are actually from a shoot I did for a magazine called Things & Ink with the wonderful Heather Shuker for a piece on librarians with tattoos. What?! Librarians have tattoos! Well, yes, actually. Some of us DON'T EVEN LIKE BOOKS (me, I'm afraid)- yeah, get over it! 

Actually you only see one of my tattoos in these photos- oh well, more to come I promise. 

Jumper and belt: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: River Island
Heels: George at Asda (I have about 5 pairs of these trusty work shoes)

So, new promise: to be more adventurous with work wear. Maybe. And, as The Who said, 

'Welcome to my life, tattoo
We've a long time together, me and you
I expect I'll regret you
But the skin graft man won't get you
You'll be there when I die