Thrifted shirt, Zara trousers, Topshop pumps, Urban Outfitters trilby, Me & Zena necklace
Client meetings are new territory for me. As a mid-level creative in a large advertising agency, I very rarely left my desk (which wasn’t always a bad thing… my shiny iMac sat on my desk. Oh I miss it so!). I never had to think about dressing smartly – I think I could’ve rocked up in my PJs and I’d have fitted right in amongst baggy jeans, flat caps and ironic t-shirts. Yes, the wardrobe of an Ad (wo)Man rarely calls for a suit and tie.
In my new capacity as Online Community Manager, I get to go out in the big, wide world. Last week I was in London to meet a client (in some very cool offices in Brixton, complete with office pug who was missing an eye. Only in advertising…). I stood in front of my wardrobe the night before and looked at my floral dresses, skinny jeans and cosy cardigans in despair. I wanted to look smart but cool. Laidback but edgy. Creative but professional, and even more pairs of adjectives.
I eventually plumped for casual chinos and pumps, dressed up with a crisp white shirt and made ‘London’ with a trilby and quirky jewellery. And I felt right at home storming through Brixton tube station, Macbook under one arm and iPod headphones firmly in my ears.*