Honestly, I’m pretty old school when it comes to dressing for work. Both my parents worked in corporate environments as I was growing up, and I watched my hard-working, successful mum leave home in a blouse, tailored pants and heels every day. Now that I’m a mum myself, I definitely feel dressing up, rather than down, helps creates a mental divide between my home and work life.
BuzzFeed has a pretty chill dress code. Wear whatever encourages your best work. For Nat, that’s sportswear or streetwear-inspired clothing. There’s a particular Ivy Park cropped tee she wears with high-waisted jeans that I absolutely adore on her — but certainly would never think to wear myself. So when it came to the office look, I knew athleisure would feature.
Bike shorts, guys. Of all things, she had me in bike shorts.
I have to admit, I felt very self-conscious on the train ride into the city. Not only was I wearing lycra shorts — something that I’d previously only ever worn on Sunday morning coastal walks — but a very loose, oversized tee that disguised my figure. It made me feel...less womanly, somehow. And I love being, and feeling like, a woman.
As the day wore on though, I could appreciate the ease that comes from being ultra-comfortable. There’s also a confidence you get from wearing something so trendy — like yeah, I’m bold enough to wear this. I’m bold and confident enough to do anything.