weekends and the dress code

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When I pulled in to Panera last Saturday morning for our breakfast usual — two power sandwiches and a large iced tea for me, in case you were wondering but you probably weren’t — the drive-thru line was wrapped around the building. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I parked the car and ran inside to order.

One of two girls working the front register asked if I was headed to the big swim meet at the community pool across the street. “No, I’m going to work,” I replied.

You’re allowed to wear that to work?!

My first reaction was to panic. Did I leave the house without pants?! Was the dress I pulled from the closet this morning in my sleepy stupor actually a sheer bathing suit cover-up? Crazier things have happened when dressing myself; like the time I rushed home on my lunch break many years ago, switched my stilettos for Chad’s flip-flops to take a baby Doak outside, and headed back to my super-corporate-dress-code office still wearing giant dirty men’s Reefs.

After silently affirming my decency with a quick mental head-to-toe check, I explained that I owned a flower shop and kept my style pretty casual, especially on weekends. She was still incredulous about a dress code that would permit clothing fit for a day at the beach, so her co-worker chimed in with, “She said it’s hers, so she can wear whatever she wants!!”

Yes, the power to write your own dress code is one of the perks of being self-employed. One of just a few. That business of being able to make your own hours and take as many vacations as you want is baloney.

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{ lace dress: Macy’s clearance, $20 | Nine West hat | Gianni Bini sandals | snakeskin clutch purchased at an outlet store }
Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

34 thoughts on “weekends and the dress code

  1. I really like brightly coloured lace dresses but I never quite got my head around how to wear one (pretty, sexy, fun and fancy all at once???), it never occurd to me to wear one in the day teamed with flatts. Thanks for the ispiration.

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  2. Love this outfit, the colour of your dress is lovely! I wish it was warm enough here in the UK to wear outfits like that more often!

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  3. Love the color! And I think it’s appropriate for anytime.I like how not all your pic’s are just from the front. So many Hollywood pic’s are only taken of the front and I’m like show me the back of the hair once in a while:) Love your style.

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