Mornings

I thought it might be handy to compare what comprises an acceptable work outfit and what it takes to get ready for my office job as an engineer. Some people, of course, need to dress up more and some less.

Note that accepta

D’s typical outfit:

  • Button down shirt, some shade of blue, probably striped
  • A pair of dockers in khaki, black or tan
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Black or brown shoes

D’s morning routine:

  • Shave
  • Brush teeth
  • Shower
  • Deodorant
  • Dress (as above)

Total time maybe 45 minutes. Never any articles of clothing left on the bed and no real need to double check.

Typical outfit now:

  • Top or sweater
  • Skirt or Trousers or a dress
  • Underwear and bra
  • Camisole depending on the top
  • Tights or pantihose if I’m wearing a dress, otherwise socks – usually knee hi’s
  • Blazer or cardigan
  • Riding boots, booties, pumps, sandals or flats
  • Earrings
  • Necklace sometimes
  • Scarf sometimes

Morning routine:

  • Unfortunately still need to shave my invisible beard (probably another 4 – 6 months)
  • Brush teeth
  • Shower
  • Deodorant
  • Underwear and pick out clothing
  • Put on clothing and check
  • Possibly repeat if the outfit won’t do
  • Pick out earrings
  • Makeup (usually mascara, blush, some highlighter, sometimes eyeliner, brow pencil, lipstick after breakfast)
  • Pick out shoes
  • Double check in the mirror

Minimum an extra 20 minutes more, around 70 minutes and that after two years full time doing this every day.

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