Trek Women
August 7, 2008

Fashion disaster...

PumasI usually bike commute in a t-shirt, black workout pants and pumas. I don’t get grungy, but I’m of the feeling that I can’t really carry off wearing my work outfit while riding a full suspension mountain bike. It’s not a good look.

So this morning, I pack my neat-o Sherpani messenger bag. Tossed in my suit, cap and goggles for a swim tonight; threw in a Lean Cuisine for lunch; checked to make sure I had my bicycle lock and hi-ho-hi-ho off to work I go.

Get to the building, take the elevator up feeling smug that I rode my bike, went to the ladies room to change and realized my fatal error. No work clothes. Forgot them. On my bed. Under the cat. Awwww man.

I had two choices. Bike home and back or just go ask my boss if anyone was coming in today for meetings that meant I needed to look reasonably put together. It's hot out so I did the latter, wearing an old, once-white tee and a spectacularly awful pair of pants (my pumas are fabulous though). I’ve spent most of the day in my office because of the shame, shame, shame and probable panty lines revealed by these ugly pants that are going in the trash tonight. It’s been a quite a day.

Lesson learned: keep a back-up outfit at work.


You and Brendan today Laura. . . He got his little 7 year old body dressed for hockey camp, got to camp and at lunch (when the kids change to eat and do outside stuff) found out that he had failed to pack his shorts. It was lunch and outdoor activities in his boxer-like shorts that hold his cup (yes, even skinny little 7 year olds have to wear a cup). I'll tell him your story and he'll be happy that these things happen to adults too.

Mr. Jen has also had to suffer the indignity of wearing dress work shoes and socks with shorts and a t-shirt when I have forgotten to pack the socks and sneakers when meeting him at his office to go somewhere after work.

Will you be traveling tomorrow with two or three outfits just to make sure?

Posted by: Jen | Aug 7, 2008 9:30:48 PM

Actually, I got to work early today because I already knew what I was going to wear. It was the first thing I did after I got home from teaching my a.m. spin class - put the clothes in the bag.

All day, my boss was ripping on me about it. I'm not sure how long it took him to think it up, but he came in at the end of the day holding a red binder and says, I'd like you to look at page 29. So I did, and sure enough it was our office dress code. Then he just cracked himself up. I couldn't help but laugh.

I'll tell you this, I was pretty darn comfortable. I may have to "forget" more often - just in a better outfit.

Posted by: Laura | Aug 8, 2008 8:31:26 AM

It's all in the shoes. I have this theory that if the shoes are really cute, no one will notice anything else. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Aug 8, 2008 12:02:16 PM

I did the exact same thing last week. Except I only forgot my pants. Having remembered my top and suitcoat wasn't very helpful though...they just don't go well with black shorts and silver bike shoes.

Posted by: Lindsay | Aug 19, 2008 2:16:31 PM

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