The rest of the week, I am forced to make annoying clothing decisions. I do not have time for this in the morning, and far too often, I end up wearing something that doesn't make me feel nearly as awesome as I feel in the WD.
Here are a few questions I've asked myself when getting dressed for work on non-Wednesday mornings:
- How low will the waistband of these pants dip when I squat down to shelve a book?
- Is this dress going to allow me to comfortably sit on the floor with students today?
- Will this pretty white top be covered in marker/toner/glue/glitter/dust/boogers by the end of the day?
- Is this scarf too long? Could it get caught in the laminator? Inadvertently flushed down the toilet?
- Will these shoes still be comfortable after 10,000+ steps?
- Will this skirt enable me to easily climb on a chair, table, or ladder to design a new bulletin board today?
- Can I get away with not ironing this skirt?
- Does what I'm wearing show any of the following: bra straps, panty lines, bra seams, cleavage (up-top or in the back)?
- Is what I'm wearing see-through in any way?
- Why can't today be Wednesday?
Good gravy, it's enough already.
I have decided it's time to create my own school uniform based on the awesomeness of the Wednesday Dress. Some might call this a "capsule wardrobe," but actually, I'm taking it a little further than that. A capsule wardrobe emphasizes a few basic, interchangeable pieces that can be mixed and matched. But that's kind of what I've been doing on non-Wednesdays. I'm mixing and matching a bunch of neutrals that do not inspire me at all. I still have to make decisions on how to combine them. I still have to decide how I want to add some color. I'm so tired of mixing and matching! My WD is a whole outfit, all by itself. I don't need to match it to anything if I don't want to. When I wear my WD, I feel more confident and professional than I do when I wear my regular "capsule" clothes. Wouldn't it make more sense for me to just invest in more of what I love rather than continuing to wear the same-old, same-old?
WHAT MAKES THE WEDNESDAY DRESS SO PERFECT?
If I'm basing my personal uniform on the Wednesday Dress, I need to examine why I love it so much and feel so great wearing it. Well, for starters, it's black. It's a simple, flattering A-line cut. It has a classy, vintage-1950s look. Its pretty. It doesn't collect lint or static. It hides the tummy pudge. The full skirt reaches the floor when I shelve books. It's long...right at my knees or even slightly below. The boat neckline means it is neither low-cut nor right up around my neck. I don't have to wear a tank top underneath to hide my God-givens. It doesn't have any buttons. It resists wrinkles remarkably well. It matches every cardigan, scarf, chunky necklace, and pair of shoes I own. It cost less than dinner for two at Applebee's and is very likely the best clothing investment I've ever made.
See? I told you it was perfect!
To complement my new army of WDs, I've decided new personal uniform will consist of the following items that make my existing Wednesday Dress so awesome:
- cropped cardigans in the same style but different colors
- black leggings (winter)
- knee-high black boots (winter)
- black flats (summer)
- funky, chunky, colorful, eye-grabbing ring or necklace (no more scarves for me--I've had a few unfortunate "mishaps...")
A WEDNESDAY DRESS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK
I have linked all my new "Wednesday Dresses" below. These are the exact items I ordered today, with reviews of the ones I have in my possession right now. Sadly, I won't get my new WDs for awhile. Though Amazon USA ships to China, recent changes in the way Amazon imports into China make it a major pain in the rear to get shipments out of Customs as a foreigner. I had them shipped to my sister and will get them when I go home this summer.
For the record, I am 5'6" (167 cm) tall and weigh about 155 pounds (70 kg). Clicking on the photo will take you to the Amazon link, where you can see the current price and lots of styles and patterns.
DRESS STYLE #1
I only have the black WD right now, but I just ordered several more patterns in the same style and size L. That one with the yellow flowers would be perfect for a summer wedding or graduation!
DRESS STYLE #2
The belt is pretty long, so I secure the extra length with a thin black ponytail holder, which works perfectly and is practically invisible. I have worn this dress without the belt (by accident), and though I prefer the belt, it works fine either way. The belt loops are actually part of the dress, so you really can't see them, even if you don't wear the belt. Since the dress is sleeveless, I pair it with the black cardigan listed below.
I ordered a size L, which fits perfectly and is quite comfortable to wear. The skirt is very full and could be dressed up even further with a petticoat underneath.
The high-waistline and flare of the skirt are great for hiding tummy pudge!
Because I love this dress so much, I just ordered these three in the same style (all size L):
|I can't truly review these boots because I just ordered them today. They are here as an FYI.|
POCKETS! WE WANT POCKETS!
So that's my new personal uniform, designed specifically with my daily library duties in mind. I realize not everyone loves wearing dresses or this style, but I'm putting this out there for those who do. Even if you don't like this look, I encourage you to think about what your perfect librarian uniform might look like. All-black with a colorful, library-related scarf could easily work. Or maybe white or ivory tops, dark bottoms, and a colorful blazer or long cardigan. We make enough decisions in a day; what to wear doesn't need to be one of them!