We’ve all been there. The unexpected week night sleepover (perhaps a result of a very, very happy hour.) Or maybe you were just at your boyfriends or girlfriends and overslept or didn’t bring the right clothes. Now, as much as we wish we all could just throw on a man’s dress shirt and wrap a tie around it and head off to work, we all don’t live in romantic comedies (Judy Greer actually did do that in 27 Dresses.) You need a strategy for how you are going to show up at work looking like a presentable human being instead of a college senior on a Friday morning after 80′s themed pub night.
This is why we talked to Nora Bass, COO and Co-Founder of Vixely, the new women’s media brand. Vixely was born out of the frustration over the lack of quality content for women on some of the most crucial topics, mainly sex. Nora, who was recently deemed the real-life Carrie Bradshaw by “Only in Reel Life” gave us some tips for how to look fresh for work after you have an “adult sleepover” or just pulled an all-nighter.
Nora told The Grindstone:
“In my early 20s, before launching my start-up, Vixely, away-games were recurring events while I worked in Manhattan in finance. Some nights after work I would stay over at my boyfriend’s apartment; some nights when I didn’t have a boyfriend I’d stay elsewhere (WINK); and some mornings I would actually be coming from my apartment but had worked so late I really couldn’t be bothered to ready myself beyond brushing my teeth (so, not technically an away-game, but producing the same visual effect from the neck up).
I took advantage of the fact that my predominantly male colleagues on the sales and trading desks around me never noticed if I wore the same outfit twice. I actually only received one of two comments: “You look nice,” or “Lookin’ good, Nor!” like I was heading out onto the field and only on days we had meetings when I put effort into my make-up and ensemble, and “Did you cut your hair?” asked with a frown and sort of upset, quizzical look with the subtext “Why did you cut your hair?” I loved that I didn’t have to agonize over coordinating my outfit or feel the need to look stylish like my female (and male) friends at their hip fashion or media companies and growing edgy start-ups. But I still couldn’t look as though I’d just tumbled out of a dryer, so I developed some covert ways to get ready at the office in ten minutes max.”