Compared to the cute and fashion forward women who’ve had their say on this subject (Sarah and Rebecca), I am an absolute slob. Nevertheless, I will attempt to complete the task before me. This is how I dress and what it means.Work Clothes
I taught my first year at a high school when I was 23. I got hit on. By students. A lot. I’m not saying this to boast (I’m no Mary Kay Latourneau), because filing a sexual harassment claim against a 16 year old is never fun, but rather to explain my work clothes philosophy.
For the past few years, I’ve been dressing frumpily. This suits my laziness, and along with my move to the junior high level, ensures that no student will EVER consider me good looking. I wear twin sets and khakis most days, jeans with school t-shirts on Fridays.
The most important thing about my school wardrobe is that I never, ever, reveal cleavage. I have an above average cup size and my breasts draw enough attention on their own.
There is nothing that the 13 year old boys love more than cleavage. Therefore, there are no v-necks and all button-ups are worn with undershirts. This stems back to the my second week of teaching at my current school when two of my strategically placed shirt buttons came undone… and none of my students told me.
Most of my weekend warrior wardrobe consists of jeans and T’s. However, during the summer time, I really live it up.
One of the best things about not being at BYU anymore and not being LDS anymore was getting rid of the knee-length shorts. I’m quite tall (I have a 34 inch inseam) and knee length shorts look absolutely retarded on me. I wore them, because the heat was unbearable and I always tried to appear to be a good girl, but I hated every second of it.
I also wore my first bikini last summer. Granted, I was only able to bring myself to wear it because I was in a foreign country, but I wore it. It was AWESOME! I felt self-conscious, but got over it as I realized that the looks I was getting were definitely not the negative ones I expected.
Finally, I must tell you about the halter top. I don’t know how the halter top got a bad name, but I think it must be the most flattering top there is. I purchased my first halter top for a friend’s bachelorette party last summer and loved it.
What it all means
But, for all my talk of these sexy-type clothes, I don’t usually wear them. I stick to my Mormon way of dressing, for the most part, and there’s just one reason why: I care about what people think of me, far too much.
This is a fault that I am ashamed of. I know that sometimes people judge me harshly and it hurts when they do. I know that I shouldn’t care, but I do. I know that what you wear isn’t who you are, but it does mean something, doesn’t it?
Your clothes convey a message, which you want others to pick up on. This is why I don’t show cleavage at work—I’m not there for that. This is why I dressed in a sexy way for the bachelorette party—I wanted to be daring and desirable.
The way I dress means that I care what you think.