June 16, 2010

Please, give me something decent to wear.

When someone says uniform to me, I automatically think of all the horrible uniform's I have had to wear over the years...

1. Fourteen years of wearing a school uniform. Grey skirt (below the knee, was De Rigeur in my Catholic school), red jumper (scratchy as hell), white shirt and red tie (the tie is done up properly of course). Stud earrings allowed only, no tattoos, no crazy hair styles, no make-up....basically nothing. Oppressive much?!

2. My first proper job...housekeeping. Baggy tracksuit pants, maroon coloured t-shirt (puke) and runners. Comfort is the key when you have to clean 10 houses in 7 hours, and with my supervisor looking over my shoulder screaming 'HURRY UP!' and 'You missed a bit' or 'Sarah, I can't see my face in the bath-tub, put some elbow grease into it'. Fun times!

3. I them moved into the sophisticated World of being a Sales Assistant...in a garden centre. Hmmmm.... Black combat trousers (of the Unisex variety), bright, really bright green t-shirt with an orange collar accompanied with a bright, really bright green jumper. I don't know if that uniform will haunt me forever or...

Me: 'That's €20, do you have a Homebase Card?' (Bright, cheerful voice with a big smile)
Customer: NO! (Semi-interested, but not really)
Me: 'You don't? Would you like to sign up for one?' (Hopeful...have to get 20 people to sign up for this card today)
Customer: NO! Please, can I have my purchases.' (Fully Annoyed)
Me: Ok, thanks anyway. Bye...have a good day! (Dejected, half-hearted smile)

4. On to bigger and brighter things from there...into the World of fine-dining aka, waitressing. Black, unflattering, below the knee skirt? Check. White starched shirt? Check. Black tie? Check. Black waistcoat? Check. Clear tights? Check. Black flat shoes? Check. Hair tied back? Check. No Jewellery? Check. Too awful for words.

But, the staff of nightclub Bungalow 8 don't have to worry about humiliating uniforms. Oh, no! Whilst nearly all my previous jobs forced me to wear the least flattering clothes in the World, the people of Bungalow 8 will be decked out in Preen, no less.

Beautiful Preen. Very lucky them. They will be cocktail dress based. One in lace, the other in something even more beautiful. Sob! Imagine turning up for work in these...
Preen Spring-Summer 2010.



Preen Fall-Winter 2010.




source vogue.co.uk and images style.com


So, my main aim of this Summer is to try and get a job in Bungalow 8.

Any uniform horror stories? Or have I just had the misfortune to wear some really awful ones?!

45 comments:

Closet Fashionista said...

Loveee!!! And nope, no uniforms for me, unless you count gymnastics uniforms: Leotard, and ugly jumpsuit made out of waterproof fabric...haha
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

jemina said...

your post made me smile along the way, sounds way too familiar LOL, i was definitely garbed in pyjamas or robes for at least a few months after the birth of my children cos i just couldn't fit into my old clothes, sob...., those were the days :))), xoxo

Mar said...

I've never worn an uniform because I went to a public school, so I can't tell any story hehe! I'd be amazing going to work with one of those gorgeous Preen dresses. But I think I have to keep dreaming...

Fashion Butter said...

Ha! Closet fashionista, I had the same uniform! Former gymnast here too. And when the leos where white??? Grrrr.

Um, Preen!! One of my favorites

Christie said...

lol can totally relate to the uniform woes - been there!

I like the preen dresses - but unfortunately, they'll look bizzare a year from now.

xo

In Fashion and Style

Erin Wallace said...

Hmmm - I've had to wear various polo shirts with emblazoned logos, unflattering khaki pants, then moved up the ranks to lime green scrubs that were either too tight (VPL!!) or WAY too baggy. My favorite uniform thus far has been SAHM, though I do miss some of my boho pediatrician wear!

Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words. Have signed up to follow yours!

xo Erin

Pop Champagne said...

sales assistant in a garden centre! I wish you live near me cuz I need some garden decoration help! I like the first 2 dresses, lately I've been into lace in clothing. Looks so feminie and nice!

knk said...

haha nice post

hey no horror stories dear
sorry

bekster said...

i love the dark colours.

http://squishingmushrooms.blogspot.com/

joninel said...

love those collection !! :) thx for your comment

ilsteviewonder said...

IN school we all couldnt wear jeans anything but jeans and we all had to wear this ugly polo shirt with our school in the keft hand corner! so sometimes I would wear a belt with it,heels,a vest a cardigan anything to dress it up! I love the preen winter collection. :)

daisymay said...

They clearly have the best job in the world!!
http://daisymay-dayz.blogspot.com

Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

lol, loved this post. sorry you had to wear so many awful outfits. i've never really had a dress code (not even a school uniform). any bad outfits in my life i've done to myself. yes, try to get a job with bungalow 8! :)

love the second outfit, including the wonderful shoes.

http://cherylclarke.blogspot.com

Gets said...

I totally get what you mean by uniform horrors!

Here in Singapore, EVERYONE wears a uniform. Like, seriously everyone. From office workers to buskers. Heck I'm still in a uniform, and I'm 18. ):

Was in a convent school for ten years and they made us wear this pinafore; we looked like we were going to milk cows every morning.

It was really sad.

On a lighter note, I lovelovelove the last picture! :D Its really feminine and classy, and she doesn't look like she's going to milk cows.

Love ya!
Gets

http://www.wastedseventeen.blogspot.com

Juliet said...

No school unoform horror stories from me, can't even understand how terrible that must be. But my current job I "get" to wear black, commercial T-shirt of the company with black pants and no accessories, hair tied back and stupid and ugly "working shoes". You know the kind that's the only thing worse from health shoes?

juliet xxx

La Boheme said...

Oh I'm sorry about your uniforms! Just think how one day you can wear some seeexy outfit to work because you will be your own boss :) xoxo!

Style of a Fashionista said...

I work for Nicole Farhi in one of her stores and my uniform is anything I want from her currents collections :)I have worked in retail since I was 16 and have always worked for stores that I liked to take advantge of free clothes that are also uniform.

How amazing to wear Preen. xoxo
Great post btw

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

I had to wear daisy dukes (short, short denim cutoff shorts), and a checkered shirt for a waitress job one time. Talk about Bumpkin that was it. Even in the winter, we almost froze. Oh yeah, had to wear my hair in two pigtails too!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Style of a Fashionista: Oh wow, Nicole Farhi...i like the sound of that.:)SD

The Petite Blogger said...

nice collection! and i totally get you about uniforms.. have worn them for almost 18 years of my life until i left for uni!

great blog!
xoxo jenna
http://thepetiteblog.blogspot.com/

Author in the making: said...

awesome collection :D great blog btw xx

beewaits said...

My school uniform was never that exciting....red and black to purple and gold, which as far as colour combos go, could totes be worse.

My nightmare uniforms have included:
orange shirt, green apron, black trousers, green cap
many many oversized company tshirts
and the boring white shirt, black trousers...hair scraped back.

Over Summer mainly doing events and doing some work in a vintage shop (I get to go buying! It's awesome!) so things are def looking brighter.

Claire
x

www.beewaits.blogspot.com

Marie Z. said...

I love Preen!

I remember when I was younger I applied for a job as a waitress at a restaurant and before they would hire me they wanted to "test" me out. They made me wear a long white apron down to the floor with the words "Potential Team Member" plastered on the front along with a bright red robin smiling. I had to wait tables like that all day. It was morifying! But I got the job so I guess this story has somewhat of a happy ending : )

rebel attitude said...

Lovely dresses, although I miss some color :-)
Kisses.

liana said...

fuck i love preen. so edgy....

MarchMusings said...

Oh I feel your pain. I studied in a Catholic school too and the rules were the same as yours. Perhaps they have the same set of rules worldwide?

StuddedLilly said...

hahaa i have a love and hate thing for uniform! loving all the pieces!
by the way, thanks for stopping by my blog ;)

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xxjess

Elizabeth Faraday said...

oh my gah i know the feeling!! i had to wear a freaking school uniform for 9 years! it was horrible!
but, love all the runway shots!

elizabethfaraday.blogspot

Jess Loves Fred said...

Preen never fails to impress me.

adele said...

Bungalow 8? What is this place? How do I get a job there? Oh, to be paid to wear preen...
PS: I feel your pain on the retail front. It sucks so much ass.

The Beautiful and Glammed said...

Good aim for a job, it's so cool there! Love the Preen collections, love all the sheer cutouts!


Great blog, we'll definitely be back, come follow TBAG if you fancy.

Love x

Couture Carrie said...

Ooooooooh I love Preen!
Gorgeous runway selections, darling!

xoxox,
CC

P.S. Bungalow 8 would be an amaaaaaazing summer job!

featherbrain said...

I'm loving your blog! I'm gonna follow right now:)
xx

Marina Siero said...

cute blog!
thanks for your comment
x

mel said...

wow...lovee these! so amaizng:) i really really hate my school unifoprm, it sucks:(
xx

Isabel said...

lol this made me laugh!

Sara Bentley said...

Preen is so cool -- literally like wearable sculpture!

Keith said...

That is a nice collection. I love those. The only uniform I ever really had to wear was at McDonald's. Most jobs I've worked have had some sort of dress code.

Emilie said...

I love your post ;)
x

THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said...

Gorgeous collection! Great post...

Becca. said...

I'M NEVER WEARING SCHOOL UNIFORM AGAIN AFTER MY LAST EXAM ON TUESDAY, YAAY!
i would so love to go to work dressed in preen!
thankyou for the comment on my blog :)
XOXO, BECCA
www.fashion-train.co.uk

Faux Naif said...

oh gosh, i admire you so much for surviving all of those jobs. i probably couldn't have.

i had a uniform for eleven years, but... i kind of loved it :)

My Republic of Fashion said...

All of your comments made me smile so much. Thanks a million!:):)SD

Lauraloves. said...

LOVE this post! It made me smile so much :)
My school uniform was bright green, and I mean bright... and a waitressing job at a hotel had me wear below the knee skirts, skin tights, a horrible skirt, a marroon bowtie (eurgh!), and a waistcoat!

www.romance-is-boring.blogspot.com

x

Fashion is me said...

Absolutely wonderful, very feminine:) i love it all:)



Adam,
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