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2011 February 13
by elizabeth_admin

Do you or a loved one suffer from WAFBS (Work Appropriate/Fashion Blindness Syndrome)?  Are you unsure if you are afflicted with WAFBS?  

Answer the following questions to find out if you are or someone close to you is currently infected with WAFBS:

  • Do you buy outlandishfanciful fabrics like faux fur or purple and gold snake skin brocade?
  • Do you buy these fanciful fabrics thinking you can make them “work appropriate” by making them up in a classic pencil skirt pattern?
  • Do you, upon making them up and trying them on, think “Why yes indeed this fabulous faux fur skirt can be worn at a chokingly severely conservative Wall Street bank type company!”?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may be in the early stages of WAFBS.  If you answered yes to all three of those questions, then you have reached the last stages of WAFBS and there is, sadly, no hope for you and it is my solemn duty to let you know of your impending fashion disaster.

There is no known cure for WAFB Syndrome as of yet.  Scientists are working hard to find a cure but the current working theory is that the cure is not expected for centuries, unfortunately.

Yes, my friends, it is true.  I am deeply afflicted with WAFBS.  My sister confirmed my worst fears this very afternoon.  I modeled the half-finished faux fur skirt for her.  And, while she thought it was definitely wearable, she did not think it was, gulp, work appropriate.  She could conceive of no styling that would save me from WAFBS embarrassment.  I told her of my casual cream knit top with black cardigan combo, she shot it down.  I told her about it possibly going with my black and gold lurex v-neck sweater and she cast a dumbfounded look in my direction.  It was at that moment that I first realized I was suffering from WAFBS. 

I can scarcely believe it.  I am still recovering from the shock of it all.  How long have I been suffering from this malady?  Have I gone to work in questionable clothing?  Are people waiting to see me every morning to see what get up I decide to wear??? 

Apparently, this beautiful skirt will be relegated to a “fun, kicky weekend outfit” status or possibly a “second or third date outfit”.  (Apparently my WAFBS isn’t so bad that I can’t tell this would not be a good first date outfit.  Phew!)

Will I still finish my faux fur skirt?  Yes!  And I WILL proudly wear it. 

Next weekend.

22 Responses leave one →
  1. February 13, 2011

    I still love it, I think it’s great.

  2. February 13, 2011

    HELLO! I told you this before I left for the DR! I work for the same type of company as you and ummm, this skirt wouldn’t even work for casual fridays! However, I’m glad that you’ve acknowledged that it will make a wonderful weekend outfit. And you will be kewl, sexy and trendy wearing it.

  3. February 13, 2011

    WAFBS, you are too funny !! Your skirt seams to be gorgeous. Pictures, pictures, pictures !!! I want to see you in it. Don’t you think that with a gorgeous wool turtle neck (brown, black) with very opaque tights and ballerina you could wear it to the office… I would … I am very much looking forward to see your skirt finished.

  4. Mae Wilson permalink
    February 14, 2011

    Ahh, youth. You look gorgeous in whatever you wear, but you are still establishing yourself in your career so your garment choices need to please others in the organisation. I am ‘mature’ and in the late stage of my career. I have reached ‘cruising altitude’ and I can wear whatever I dam well please and nobody would dare comment. My current style is Betty Draper dresses in um, er, inventive prints, like OTT tropical flowers or giraffe print. With pearls. These dresses would look much better on you, but you probably couldn’t get away with them.

  5. February 14, 2011

    In my last job (as a lecturer in a technical institute) we could wear whatever we liked. That’s education for you, they would EXPECT us to turn up in a faux fur skirt or something equally “fun” and “individual.” As long as it wasn’t too sexy – no that would be a big no no, people have been reprimanded for wearing visible thongs etc.

    I’d say it could be a first date skirt – you might cop a few feels though, while they pretended to be checking out its texture, but you know I’m all for setting the tone right from the beginning.

  6. February 14, 2011

    WAFBS – count me in! But it’s a great skirt even if you can’t get away with it at work.

  7. Marie-Christine permalink
    February 14, 2011

    Clearly I must suffer from the same syndrome. I console myself with the following:
    Don’t fret about it. And besides, I’d be overjoyed if anyone would show up on a first date in that skirt, Mary Nanna is right, that’d be totally setting the right tone :-).

  8. February 14, 2011

    I worked in an investment bank for about a year and many women wore more interesting styles and jeans were okay as long as they were designer and expensive, something I refuse to buy (designer jeans costing over $100!).

    Despite your sister’s comments, I’d still wear it to work!

    I’m happy to be in a less restrictive environment now and can wear what I like, when I like!

    Please don’t forget to take photos of your construction techniques.

  9. February 14, 2011

    LOL, I’m glad you are seeing this. As your skills improve, you will be more tempted by fabrics like, say, wool crepe, which you can wear to work any time at all.

    But then, perhaps I am not one to talk. I almost never wear SAHM appropriate clothing. Maybe I will do an outfit post today, and everyone will see what I mean.

  10. February 14, 2011

    You go, girl. Wear that wonderful skirt and let them all choke on envy because they couldn’t be WAFBS if they tried! I was soooo WAFBS as a teen and 20’s gal. I mean, dressed to the NINES (80’s style back then!) every single blessed day of my life. Anything casual was relegated to forced labour in the family vegetable garden…. but I’ve sadly been cured as a SAHM…

    So wear that skirt for me, OK?

  11. February 14, 2011

    I don’t know anything about your workplace, but I definitely can confirm that no one cares about what you wear more than you do yourself. I learned this last week with my daring trousers, and it taught me to take more chances with fashion. Marie-Christine’s link is right on the money.

    Wear the skirt to work, and if you absolutely must, pack a replacement in your bag “just in case”. You’ll find out for yourself that not only is no one laughing, but no one’s even noticing!

  12. February 14, 2011

    Were you like this before you met me? Maybe it’s contagious.

  13. Lindsay T permalink
    February 14, 2011

    Clearly you are in the wrong industry and need to be in a more creative field! You could wear that fur skirt at my office any time. So no, I don’t suffer from WAFBS or whatever it is.

  14. February 14, 2011

    Today I wore a duchesse satin black short poufy prom skirt with flat biker boots and a hot pink long shirt T and multiple pink bangles .
    Totally work appropriate. My clients approved with big grins and hugs.
    I also wear fur skirts with chambray shirts and it looks great for work.

    I teach kindergarteners.

  15. February 15, 2011

    I keep waiting to be called out for not being quite work appropriate (in terms of colors/prints/casual styles–NOT in terms of not being fully covered) but until that happens I’m going to be just the other side of the line. Bright colors and summer dresses it is.

  16. Rosie permalink
    February 15, 2011

    I love your faux skirt! LOL about the “WAFBS” … I cannot help you there :o).

  17. Hatty permalink
    February 16, 2011

    You are a single mother. Ignore all the people telling you it’s WA. It’s great but some things are more important than living our fashion dream, and having an income is one of them. Not getting stuck on a lower rung of the ladder because of our WAFBS is another. I am sure you will look great in it, but if people want to risk their own livelihoods or dress up at home, that’s one thing. Encouraging you to risk yours is another. Don’t let people live out their fantasies vicariously through you.

  18. Sue Parrott permalink
    February 15, 2013

    This is just hilarious! I think I am in the end stages of this syndrome… least you had a sister to break the news to you!

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