Since I prefer paying my bills online, using ATMs and generally avoiding the human element, life has become more convenient. Once in a while though, I do have to line up and deal with a human… I can’t deposit USD through the ATM and generally, anything to do with foreign funds has to be done at the counter. Having to do this has reminded me of the one thing I miss about coming face to face with bank tellers: seeing what they wear.
They’re a great source of ideas. I’ve gotten some nifty ideas on what to wear from them. It makes total sense. They have a mandatory dress code, they’re required to look presentable, neat, tidy and professional. But, at the same time, they also have quite a bit of free range within their guidelines to allow for personal taste and style.
I’ve never thought magazines and run-ways were a good place to look for fashion ideas. Models in the fashion industry actually have adolescent boys’ bodies, sometimes with breast implants, sometimes without. I can’t speak for anyone else, but that’s nowhere near what my body looks like, so whatever they’re wearing will usually not work for me at all. But bank tellers are more likely real people, real women with real and different body shapes and sizes. I’m much more likely to see them modelling something practical and accessible that would look good on me than a run-way model.
It’s a crap shoot to be watching bank tellers for fashion ideas. I don’t always see something spiffy enough to copy, but when I do, it’s fantastic. Especially when it’s something that I can do with things that I already have! And it’s random enough that I can’t be accused of copy-catting most of the time because I’m not in the same environment.
The other day, I saw a bank teller girl wearing a black lace-trimmed camisole underneath a midnight blue button-down cotton shirt. Only the button at her diaphragm (right under her breasts) was done up. The rest of the buttons were open. The black cami was one colour and in a tasteful style. The colours were muted and not flashy, bright or loud. It didn’t show a lot of skin because there was a fresh, ironed, cotton shirt over it, so the whole thing was stylish without being trashy. She was a fairly heavy-set girl, but the princess cut of the shirt made it very flattering on her body.
I have a black lace-trimmed cami. I have the same shirt, except mine is burgundy/wine red. I recognized the ‘V’ cut on the sleeve. I did the same thing that she did with clean, crisp black pants and non-descript black heels. My boots are very similar to this Ralph Lauren pair except mine are no-names and were only CAD$45.00. My pants cover most of it, so the buckle on those Ralph Laurens would not be visible anyway. I got mine three years ago and I’m still wearing them. I wore that to work one day when we had a VP/Product Champion in the office for meetings.
It wasn’t dressy enough that people thought I was interviewing for another job, but I did get positive comments on it from others in the office. It was up a notch from the regular, geeky, IT Jeans-and-Blah. =)