When I was in the seventh grade, I attended an awards ceremony at school. I can’t remember exactly why we were having the ceremony; it was probably one of those end-of-the-year things, but I do remeber watching an eighth-grade girl on the softball team walk up on stage to receive her award and she wearing a powder blue skirt suit*. Now, this was the first time I’d ever seen anyone around my age wearing anything that even remotely resembled a suit. Suits were what adults wore to work, right? And here was this girl, not much older than me, wearing a beauitful skirt and blazer, looking so professional and important. That was the moment I fell in love with suits and the whole professional look, even though I wouldn’t own my first one until I was about 23 and interviewing for my second grown-up job after college. I started my first [part-time] office job my junior year in college. It was a very small medical billing business that only consisted of 4 employees when I started: my boss and his father (who helped him start the business), a member of their church, and me, the only female. The men wore a suit and tie to work every day and I loved it. I didn’t wear suits at that time but I did start buying trousers and classic button-down shirts and I felt so professional! My roommate’s girlfriend even commented once as I was walking around the kitchen of our tiny apartment in these fabulous black, pointy heels before work one afternoon that I looked like I could be a powerful executive of some company. It was probably the most awesome compliment I’ve ever received!

Anyway, the whole point of that little back story is to show you that I finally tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time: Break into the masculine fashion world and pay homage to the suit by wearing a tie. And not only that, but try to incorporate it permanently into my fashion choices. So here I am:

Tada! Me in a tie.

It’s Nick’s tie and he had to teach me how to tie it but doesn’t it look awesome? I’ve received a lot of compliments on it so I’m definitely planning to wear them more often. Maybe I’ll wear them enough to start an official Friday Tie Day series on the blog. What do you think?

*I just realized that this sentence makes me sound like maybe I didn’t care about academics and was only into fashion and the sort, and not that there’s anything wrong with caring about fashion, obviously ,but don’t be fooled. I was completely the opposite; I was a complete nerd with excellent grades and an appreciation for education all through school. Still am, actually. And I’m very proud of that.