Most people, when deciding what to wear in the morning may glance a the weather, but beyond that, most don't put tons of thought into it. But my world is a little different, partially because I wear so many different hats (proverbial) throughout my week. Getting dressed for me takes a little more than the average in terms of planning. Here are 27 things I take into at least brief consideration before getting dressed in the morning.
- What's the weather like today? However, I'm not just looking for hot or cold. The animals need care whether it's nice or not, so I have to consider rain, mud and wind as well. Mud kills most dress shoes like nobody's business.
- What day of the week is it? On Fridays I'm allowed to wear jeans to my regular job, on Sundays I work a nursery shift at the church, on Tuesdays I can dress up a little more because my friend Kelly takes care of the horses.
- Will I have time to go home and change before X? Sometimes I have to choose two different outfits if the answer is no.
- Is it shedding season for the horses? If so, it's pretty much cotton all the way, since there its about the only thing horse hair doesn't stick to dramatically.
- It it slobbering season for the horses? When they eat clover they drool more, and it's very, very green. Anything light colored goes away for a few weeks.
- Is there a chance I will be low on time and need to exercise in my work clothes?
- Do I have an IEP meeting today? If yes, then a blazer and collared shirt are absolutely necessary.
- Are all my students on their meds? This is less of an issue now than it was at my last job, but I have no desire to have my ankle twisted or my necklace broken during a child's meltdown.
- Am I being observed today. If so then I put on heels. It's silly but they give me that added boost of confidence.
- Will my long johns fit under this/coveralls fit over this? In the colder months, these extras are how I survive.
- Is it a school spirit day? If so, bring on the crazy outfits and tutus.
- Has my classroom been running warm or cold? Ahh, the joys of working in a public school. Very sporadic with the temperatures in the classroom.
- Is there any way this outfit could get me in trouble? I have worn plenty of things to the school I thought were innocent and gotten in trouble for it. Not at my new job, but definitely at my last school. The last time it was for a cowl neck sweater. What was the deal, I was showing too much neck?
- Am I likely to get stepped on by a horse today? If so boots are the order of the day.
- Do I have to lesson plan? Bring on the sweat pants.
- Does this fit? Does anyone else have the problem where something is too tight one wear and too loose the next? What the heck?
- In the summer months, I ask myself, particularly when working with kids, if this gets wet, will it be a problem?
What do you consider when choosing your clothes for the day?