Friday, November 1, 2013

A Good Sport - Casual Friday Dress Code Violation

My work doesn't have an explicit dress code that I'm aware of. It's business casual, and in BC we have Casual Friday, but it's not like that's the rule or anything. However, something that is not generally appropriate for work in that environment is a sports jersey. 

Boo yah!
Dear giant football organization that shall not be named (not linking because you're a massive conglomerate, but I do love your sport):

Thank you for recognizing that some women like sports. That they might want to wear a jersey of their team that isn't pink. That they actually might want to wear this in public and still be stylish. I saw your advertising in one of those fashion magazines - 4 pages! - and thought, "Wow, I could do something like that!" Very clever of you. 


I really enjoyed wearing my team's jersey today. I had a lot of reaction from people asking me about my team or chatting football with me. HR saw it and was like, "Whatever."
This is how I wore it for most of the day - I took the blazer off to show a few of my coworkers. I went very simple but graphic black and white to help ground the jersey.

This is my black light wool blazer, last seen here (way down, past the 70s party pics) in mid-October.
This is my lovely houndstooth pencil skirt, last seen here with giant green ruffles in September.
Who has two thumbs and loves football?
Barely made my bus, but caught an outerwear pic:
It's getting colder in the mornings!

The stuff:
I found one of the straps of these awesome shoes chewed when I unpacked them in September. Little bugger, Vizzini...

I was happily reminded of how much I love these shoes. They are miracles of engineering. They have absolutely no cushioning other than that narrow little piece you can see in the picture above. They do not bend and are clompy when I walk. And yet, they are amazingly comfortable and after a full day of wearing them (including walking home a few extra blocks), my feet aren't sore.

I last wore them in the November 2012 all-neutral capsule (recap here) where I wore them a whopping 5 times. They're vintage 80s and I snagged them on consignment in October 2012 for $18.00 (about them here)

The stuff:
The earrings remind me of drawn-up football plays.

Jacket (Banana Republic, thrifted), jersey (NFL), skirt (Nygard, consignment), shoes (vintage 80s, Bata, consignment), cuff (Guess, thrifted), earrings (gift from Lise), lapis lazuli ring/Fulvia Ring (Wendy Brandes).


  1. Stripes and houndstooth and topstitching, oh my! What a great blue for your strategic non-linking rule-breaking casual Friday - Go Team!

  2. Love your rule breaking for casual Friday! You would hate to see casual Friday in my office - sports tops? People wear them during the week! hahaha.

  3. Yes! to you mini-rant. I too am a big sports fan, and want to wear my (various) teams' colors, but not in size XXXL. You look fab, and of course you are Number One : >

  4. Cool choice! I think everyone (men and women) can celebrate sports that appeal to them.

  5. I love your "the stuff" pics. You always have the most amazing jewelry. That jersey is brilliant- Maybe I'll start looking for a Flyers jersey (hockey) because I LOVE them. ;-) You look great and I LOVE your combination of jersey with pretty skirt and tights.

  6. THAT'S the way to wear a team jersey to work--I love the outfit!!
    Carolina Panther's fan eh?? Hubby is a Miami dolphins fan since forever!!
    Love your stuff-just imagine Vizzini was "customizing the shoes with his teeth marks!

  7. Hee, hee, I like the rule subverting! And you are number one, of course. I hope Vizzini is fully better now? i missed checking blogs for a few days and was so sorry to hear he had eaten something bad xxxx

  8. Very cute look! I like the jersey, especially with the houndstooth skirt!! I am pretty much embarrassed by my football team right now, so I wouldn't be caught dead in their jersey, but maybe things will eventually turn around because our colors are fun!

  9. I absolutely love the look Sheila. If I had to do anything different it woud be tuck the shirt in and add a chunky necklace.


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