I’m not a businessman, I’m a “Business,” man. [Stripes x Flowers]

10 Sep

I very recently ‘came out’ as a blogger in my professional life. It was a hard decision for me; I blog under an alias (which essentially IS my name), because I felt like it was the only way to manage my Google identity for professional reasons AND enjoy a corner of the internet in which to talk fashions.

And so it went with many portions of my life–Adrienne (that’s me) wears somber colors but Addi (still me)  mixes patterns. Adrienne runs political campaigns, but Addi runs a fashion blog. Adrienne got a degree in Political Science with a focus on Feminist Political Theory, but Addi got a degree in Music Theory and Performance. Somehow, I internalized the idea that if my ‘serious ambitions’ world got wind of my love–and participation in–le monde d’Artsy Fartsy, neither world would take me seriously.

But as I get older (and arguably more reckless?), I wonder, who says? More important, once you discover ‘who says,’ who says you have to acquiesce?

We often bisect ourselves into palatable slivers for others’ consumption. How many slices can a person make before they no longer  resemble their whole?

Recently,  I had to attend a more professional event, meet a host of new folks and do a bit of public speaking. I hemmed and hawed about a look–I could  wear the classic ‘black suit and pop of color,’ except I just really REALLY wasn’t into it. It just isn’t me anymore (at least, not this week).

So, I didn’t. I wore this.

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jacket skirt blouse deets

skirt shoe deets

Blouse deets

And yes: when I arrived, sure enough, i was a striped and flowered, pink shoe-d fish in a sea of somber suits. But, as the event ended and just as I was leaving, one woman approached me and said:

‘ Wait! I just had to tell you, your outfit is so cute! You like one of those fashion bloggers or something.’

And thought to myself, ‘Yeah. Yeah, I do.’

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Thanks for reading; talk soon!

Jacket and Skirt; Dorothy Perkins (size tip; size down!)

Shoes and Earrings: Kate Spade

Blouse: Simply Be

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7 Responses to “I’m not a businessman, I’m a “Business,” man. [Stripes x Flowers]”

  1. Jen L September 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Such a great phrase and so true “We often bisect ourselves into palatable slivers for others’ consumption. How many slices can a person make before they no longer resemble their whole?”
    I am in the same boat as you were (or perhaps still are??). I am not sure when I will “come out of the closet” to my professional life. I too wonder if they will continue to take me seriously or just become curious and begin dissecting everything I wear….

    I am glad you brought this to the limelight. Not all of us are fashion majors.

    Jen L. (finance major currently working in financial services)


  2. Shon Bella Gotti September 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I love that top! I find myself in the same predicament in my professional life as well. So I try to always find a statement peice that’s really just over the top, but l appreciate your boldness! You go girl!

  3. tharjye September 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Enjoyed reading your post……Loved how you stepped outside the norm an mix stripes with floral print an a pop of color!

  4. BlackTie September 11, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Wonderful outfit.

  5. RacQuell September 11, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I love this look! Perfection!

  6. Style4Curves September 11, 2013 at 1:35 am #


  7. juliette September 13, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    This was a great post and congratulations on this step in your journey. I’m dying over this outfit, btw….

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